Ok, so this week we dive further into my personal life…the bathroom!
…But don’t worry, by bathroom I basically mean the toiletries and lotions and potions I use. After all, how minimal can you go with basic hygiene?!
When it comes to bathroom products, I try to keep everything down to just a few products that I can find cheaply and anywhere. I’ve been through phases of buying really expensive stuff, to going without and I’ve found both ways kind of unnecessary.
For example, I used to spend a lot of money on hair products, thinking that the more I spend, the more it will look like a celebrity’s hairdo. Similarly, I used to buy really expensive make-up, telling myself that I’m paying for better quality. But after a while, I just realised that I was literally flushing money down the drain and simple, cheaper products will do the job just as well. On the other end of the scale, I’ve gone without a few products such as moisturiser and my skin felt the consequences, no matter how much I kept hydrated!
So here is everything I use, although I have left out a few things that should be available anywhere I go anyway, such as toilet paper, sanitary and body towels and handwash.
To be honest, it is possible for me to live with even less stuff than this but since I’m not travelling at the moment, there’s nothing wrong with having a few more bits and pieces, like I’ve said before, minimalism is about only having what you need, not going without to the point that you are suffering! Whenever I’m staying somewhere apart from home, I literally take just the essentials, namely my makeup, moisturiser and toothbrush.
I think it’s in the ‘bathroom area’ that women differ from men the most. Guys can do things like cut their own hair or go without hair altogether! There are some women who have shorter hair and do this and I really admire them for it. However, I’m just not as awesome as them, so inevitably, I have to spend time and money on haircuts, products and getting ready in the morning. But I don’t mind too much since I know that I have pushed the costs down to the minimum.
The most important thing to remember when creating a minimalist bathroom is to never buy anything new until you’ve finished the old product and if you can try to use one product for several uses (eg. ‘body’ moisturiser for face, legs, hands etc.)
It’s quite comforting to know that everything I need to take care of myself would fit into a small bag that I can take anywhere.
Do you have any minimalist bathroom tips? Let me know!