AT January Cure #13: Cabinet Cleanout

Worth It

Go through your bathroom and medicine cabinets, cleaning and clearing.

First, take everything out of the cabinet and keep like things together, sorting by type of item as you go. Use a good all-purpose cleaner to wipe down the interior and shelves. Also clean any organizing caddies, containers or boxes.

Now, comes the purge. Have a trash bag and an outbox bag on hand and then dig in while keeping this in mind: your cabinets are not a storage warehouse. You don’t need to keep everything that you MIGHT need someday. Keep what you actively use and let the rest go, using the following simple guidelines from the Eight Step Home Cure.

Dispose of everything that:

  • You haven’t used in 12 months
  • Is past the expiration date
  • Is empty or nearly empty
  • You don’t need any longer

Once you’ve done the sort, replace the items you are keeping, taking care to give the items you use most often the most visible and/or easily accessible spots. Add anything that needs replacing to your shopping list.

before after
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It really bothers me that I took the before pictures in portrait and the afters in landscape. I apologize for the inconsistencies in my already shoddy camerawork.

I didn’t really have much to do for this assignment. This is our master bathroom, the upstairs bathroom has been empty since all our roommates moved out, and the half-bath doesn’t have any storage at all! For once I was ahead of the pack!! I did find about one Walmart-sized plastic bag’s worth of expired junk, though. And I was able to organize my baskets a little bit more. Eventually I do want to add shelves to the half-bath, and then move these black baskets in there to hold first-aid and stuff like that. Then I’m not sure what will go in here!! But, yeah – done and done for this assignment!!

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