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I like to think that the space under our bathroom sink contains an efficient combination of cleaning tools and extra supplies ready to go at a moment’s notice. While it does contain those things, there’s a whole other category of items squirreled away under there that I call “The Island of Misfit Toiletries”.
In the Island of Misfit Toiletries, you’ll find things like that shampoo that seemed like exactly what I needed at the time, the one that would make me salon beautiful (after I ponied up enough cash), but ended up hating it.
It was expensive, so it’s not like I can throw it out, right? So, under the sink it goes!
There’s also the huge bottle of lotion, a brand I don’t normally use, but it was on SALE! I got it for some reason, though I didn’t really need it. I keep it “as a back-up” while I continue to buy my regular brand, secure in knowing I have a “back up” in the event of a lotion shortage or if I get stranded at home all winter.
(Note: I was actually stranded at home for several days during an enormous flood last year, and I can report my “back-up lotion” was of no use when we should have had “back-up food and water”, but I digress.)
It was on sale, so it’s not like I can throw it out, right? So, under the sink it goes!
I’m unclear what my resistance is in getting rid of these things that I’m clearly not going to use. I tried giving them to my daughter thinking that perhaps her taste was different than mine and she’d use them. This was a great idea until I discovered them in the “Island of Misfit Toiletries Annex” in her bathroom.
Back to the drawing board, or more specifically, back under my sink.
I even tried using them on my sons thinking, “How picky can a guy be?” But, it turns out that there’s only so much smelling like a flower that a 9 year old can take, and apparently floral isn’t a “thing” for high school guys, either. Who knew?
I’m sure I’m violating basic organization principles by keeping things I don’t and probably won’t use, but this is an area that I keep telling myself I’ll, “Deal with it later”. After all, these are perfectly good items, why waste them?
Your turn: Tell us what do you do with that expensive lipstick that turned out not to be quite the right color or that liquid eyeliner you thought you’d try and were inept at using (wait, that might just be me…).
Do you have an Island of Misfit Toiletries, or do you get rid of things right away, knowing you won’t use them?
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