One thing I’ve realized that I can spend a lot of money on each month is toiletries. So I’ve figured out a way to decrease the amount of money that I spend on them each month. Since it’s the end of spring and the beginning of summer. I’ve began my seasonal declutter to get rid of items that I no longer need. This is when I go through my clothing, toiletries, tech products, paper goods, etc. Although, it feels like the middle of summer here in Kentucky. Still, I have been working on my seasonal decluttering session.
If you’ve read my posts about makeup, skincare, and my style mindset you’d know that I’m in the midst of it all. I’ve been making capsules and collections to streamline these aspects of my life. The last two aspects to work on are my summer capsule wardrobe (post coming soon) and my toiletries. Hand and body lotion, body oils, face masks, body scrubs, etc. are the hardest things for me to pair down. So when I was going through products I realized that I had more than enough of some, but not enough of others. Over the past few months I’ve been trying a new approach when it comes to minimizing my toiletries and it’s working.
how to minimize your toiletries:
1 | take inventory
In my bedroom, I have a cube organizer where one storage cube is dedicated to my extra toiletries. I took some time to go through everything that was in this bin. By getting rid of what was expired, refilling items that I had duplicates of, and tossing the excess. I gave away items that irritated my sensitive skin and I wrote down what I needed.
When you take inventory of what you currently have it will show you what you have and what you need. Like, no, you don’t need more body lotion because you have three half-used bottles. But yes, you do need toothpaste because tomorrow you’ll be on your last drop.
2 | stop purchasing new items of the same kind
If you have a lot of one item, such as three types of body lotion. Use them up before going to the store and purchasing more. I love TJ Maxx, but I also purchase items in bulk when I go there so I don’t have to keep repurchasing something every other week. When going through my items I realized that I had a few that I didn’t love, but I used them up first before moving onto new products. Such as products that I tried a while ago to create a great hair care routine. I tried all of the items that I currently had for my hair and realized they won’t working. Since I love to use only all-natural and organic products on my hair. I did my research and tried new products. I’ve found what works for me now and that is great.
It’s always great to make sure that you completely use up an item before repurchasing a new one. One item that I won’t be purchasing for a while is hand creams. Having very dry hands that need to be constantly moisturized has made me a hand cream connoisseur. I love hand creams whether it is Aveda’s Hand Relief, or Crabtree & Evelyn’s Hand Creams. I bought a bunch of them in bulk, which will probably last me until the end of the year. So this means that this is an item that I definitely don’t have to consider repurchasing for a while.
3 | figure out what you love most
Another way I’m decreasing the amount of toiletries I purchase is by figuring out what I love most. Meaning if I hate a particular body soap. When I run out of it, I’ll keep trying other types until I find the one I love. Once I do, I’ll purchase a few when I run out and keep that on hand at all times. I’m doing this to minimize the amount of time it will take me to find products, or test them. I do love trying new things. But overall, I’d love to have the items that I love most and are my go-tos. A few products that I love in this way are hand creams, which I’ve mentioned above and it my favorites posts.
4 | keep a running list
I personally use my phone for this, but you could also use a cute notepad or notebook. I keep a running list of the products I’ve ran out of and need to repurchase. The only items that go on this list will be items that I have used up and there are no replacements for them in my storage cube.
5 | figure out what could be used in more than one way
If there is a body wash or soap that you hate. But you run out of hand wash. Use it in it’s place instead of running to the store to purchase more. This way you’ll use it up faster and you won’t have to deal with it in the long run.
Another way you can do this is with shampoo and conditioner. If you’re trying products, but you find one that you don’t like then use it as a shaving gel. It works just as well and it’s very moisturizing on your skin.
6 | have a space for extras
Like, I previously mentioned I use a cube organizer and storage cubes to hold the extra items. It makes it easy for me to take inventory and see if there is anything else that I need to repurchase. It is also a great resource for extra items that I have saved to use in the future once I run out of a product.
7 | use coupons to save money
If you can purchase an item at buy one get one free, or if you have coupons from the Sunday paper take advantage of this! It limits the amount of time you’ll have to spend at the store looking for an item you need. You can save the extra item in your storage area and you’ll be set for a while. Since college, I’ve been going through the coupons from my parent’s weekly Sunday paper and using them for items. I mean, why not save a little bit of money?
8 | choose a day to purchase items
I have chosen to repurchase toiletries at the end of each month, usually on a Saturday or a Sunday. First, I look in my storage cube for extra items to refill and replace what I’m currently using. Then I take my running list of items that need to be purchased to the store and buy them. I mainly buy items in bulk, but not in the buy ten of each item kind of bulk process. Instead I’ll purchase one bottle of lotion, but three bottles of hair oil because I’ll use up the hair oils faster. This also limits the amount of time I have to run back to the store. And it also allows me to only fill up my storage container with one or two extra items. Otherwise, a lot of extra products will just take up too much unnecessary space.
Toiletries are something that we need every day, but it is also something that can be minimized even more. What’s your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear below!