15. Bathrooms should have only what you use each day. In my small bathroom I have one wicker basket I pull out for all makeup, another one for all hair appliances and a drawer for brushes, combs and other essentials. I pull them out when using them and store in my one small cabinet the rest of the time. I know what I like, so I only buy what I need and resist taking samples. (See my article on Feng Shui for Bathrooms)
Having been a major collector of stuff in the past, I now apply the six month rule; if I haven’t used it in the past six months, out it goes. The greatest transformation for me is that I now relish deep-sixing those un-useful items. I am like the Queen of Hearts….”off with their heads!”
The benefit of downsizing is that I can no longer be the un-conscious consumer that I used to be. I keep it simple and spend far less time managing and cleaning all of the stuff in my life. This frees up time, money and energy to do the things that I truly love. I now travel more, go to the opera more and spend oodles more time doing what I love the most: walking on the beach!
Having to make tough choices about what was truly necessary and/or important to me in the material realm, gave me clarity about the extra baggage I was also carrying in terms of the relationships in my life. Now that I think about it, they seem to have magically fallen away along with the excess stuff!