Posts Tagged ‘Decluttering’

Easy Decluttering Project: Medicine Cabinet

By CSC - February 24th, 2017

We may be known for custom closets, but at Closet & Storage Concepts, we’re here to help our clients make the most of their homes. This means helping them declutter and get organized in all areas of their lives!

Decluttering can be difficult. Wrap your head around the task at hand by decluttering in manageable chunks. If you’re struggling to declutter your home, consider starting with a simple task: try decluttering your medicine cabinet!

Find our top tips and items you can toss out today below.

Look for Expiration Dates

One of the best guides when decluttering a medicine cabinet is to look for expiration dates. This applies to makeup, skincare products, and medicine. If a product is expired or smells funky it is probably a sign that the product is past it’s prime. For expired prescription medication, set them aside so you can dispose of them safely.

If you don’t see any expiration dates, use your senses to help guide you. Nail polishes that are separating or dried up mascara can probably be tossed. Makeup and skincare products that use fresh or natural ingredients could be more susceptible to going bad.

Give Aways and Promotional Products

If you have a collection of makeup bags that you’ve received as a free gift, consider adding these to the giveaway pile. Many charity organizations and women’s shelters will often take untouched products. It’s a great way to declutter while doing some good!

Place unwanted items into giveaway bags to make it easy to transport. You could even consider giving away items to friends or family.

Don’t Forget Your Handbag

Don’t forget to look inside your handbag as you declutter as tubes of lip balm may be lurking inside. Toss any expired medication and makeup that you find.

Check In Your Shower and Around Your Sink

While you’re at it, check your shower and around your sink for other items that can be tossed. Look at your razor and if you don’t know the last time you replaced the blades, give it a toss. A dull razor can cause knicks, scratches, or an infection. Look around your sink and throw out your old toothbrush. This is crucial for maintaining good oral health as toothbrush bristles can become worn down and hold onto bacteria over time. Talk about a health hazard!

Consider Decanting

Sometimes items can benefit from being decanted. This helps make room in cabinets and on shelves. Moving products into smaller containers lets you ditch large and bulky containers without having to part with any remaining product. Using bottles and containers that look similar can help give the appearance of a more streamlined and luxurious bathroom.

You did it! You took the first step to decluttering your home. For customized home storage products or more organization ideas, give your local Closet & Storage Concepts location a call. Our design experts are ready to help you make the most of your home.

Medicine cabinet by Jamie, used under Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 2.0).

The Easy, No-Brainer Purge

By - July 22nd, 2016

Clean organized apartment

Do you feel like you’re buried under a pile of clothes, junk mail, or expired foods? Maybe you have overflowing drawers filled with makeup, medicine, or tools. Or maybe you’re looking to de-clutter. Purging is easy with this list; simply toss these items out!

  1. Expired Coupons. Put these into the recycling bin and start looking for other deals! There’s no reason to be keep unnecessary papers in your kitchen or home office. To tame the paper, be sure to go through your coupon piles at least every two weeks.
  2. Expired Food. Moldy milk and food can say hello to the trashcan or compost bin! Free up fridge space to make space for your favorite summer harvests and treats.
  3. Expired Medicine. Expired medicine can be harmful to your body. Be sure to pay attention to the expiration dates on medicine bottles and toss them should they be past their expiry date. For certain products, you may need to properly dispose of them at your local pharmacy.
  4. Expired makeup and skincare products. Notice a trend on this list? Using some expired makeup products can cause irritation or scarring to your skin. Be sure to note when you opened your products and toss items that have been opened past the recommended lifespan. Many cosmetic and skincare items will have a stamp with a jar icon and a number in it where you can find the expiration information. If the number says “12M”, the recommended lifespan of the product is 12 months (roughly a year).
  5. Take-out menus. Let’s be honest. You probably already know the menu backwards and forward for your favorite places. It’s time to clear out part of your kitchen drawer. Plus, many restaurants will have their menus online for you to browse.
  6. Broken items. Chipped mugs, plates, and glasses can be tossed. Or repurpose some of them as a water saucer for plants. For items that you’ve been meaning to replace or repair, but haven’t gotten around to for over 6 months, it may be time to say sayonara.
  7. Clothes that don’t fit. For items that no longer fit, or never quite fit right, just say goodbye to them and don’t think twice about it! These items don’t make you feel good, so you shouldn’t keep them around. Think about the space you could create for items that you love by getting rid of these pieces.
  8. Excessive cords. Have extra extension cords? Or maybe cords for your computer or entertainment center that you don’t need? Consider donating them and saying hello to a neater looking and more streamlined space. This also goes for electronics you no longer need.
  9. Coins. We know that many households can accumulate change and coins over the years. Clear up some space and get some money in your pocket. While we don’t recommend throwing them out, we do recommend converting them to bills and depositing them into your bank account.
  10. Procrastination. Throw procrastination out the door! It’s time to get focused and start checking off chores and home projects. Make a schedule to complete projects and set a timeline you can stick to. 

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