The Minimalism Challenge: Bathroom

There are a couple of areas where minimalism has just felt right.

One of those areas was my bathroom.

I started with makeup.

Now, if you know me, you know that I rarely wear makeup. I’ll even go to interviews without because, honestly, I’m not going to spend twenty or thirty minutes a day doing up my face. It’s not something I’ve ever been in the habit of doing, and I doubt it ever will be.

But there are times when I feel like playing dress-up. There are places that I sometimes go where I want to wear a little something a feel extra pretty. It happens a couple of times a year, and I’m not going to deny it to myself.

Additionally, I’m not really one who puts on a lot of nail polish. I used to when I was trying to break myself of my nail chewing habit, but it’s been many years since I conquered that hill, and I just don’t bother much anymore.

And so when it came time to sort through my makeup collection, I was more than happy to say goodbye to eighty percent of what I owned.

My grandmother used to work at a makeup counter in one of those big anchor stores at a mall. She got a great deal on the product and would often pass them on to me if they weren’t her color or if she got something with me in mind.

The bulk of my collection came from her, originally, but then I started buying my own when I worked at a jewelry counter, and makeup was a requirement. And, as one does when they’re conditioned to buy all the time, I tended to buy little bits here and there when there were colors and products that I just had to have (but never used).

I went through all of it and broke it down to the essentials:

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Mascara
  • Eyelash curler
  • Five makeup brushes
  • Four nail polishes and one clear coat
  • Three lipsticks colors
  • One eyeshadow pallet
  • Nail polish remover
  • Makeup remover
  • Application wedges


All the colors and products I ACTUALLY USE


The five (FIVE!) makeup bags I had shoved all of the extraneous products into were reduced down to two. Most of them are in the canvas flower case, with the eyeshadow pallet and a few small things in the other. All of this fits comfortably into one of my bathroom drawers, with room for other things that need to be stored.


And this is easier to pick up and go when I need to.


While I was in the bathroom, I also pared down on any items that I no longer used, like a curling iron, blow dryers (yes, two), flattening iron, unused lotions, hair care products, etc.

My medicine cabinet became home for the medication, vitamins, perfumes, skin care, and hygienic items I actually use on a daily basis. Because I have this beautiful medicine cabinet, my countertops have FOUR items on them instead of dozens.


Behind the doors



And the vanity itself. No wasted space!


The built-in shelf behind the toilet in my new bathroom is home to a select few decorative items that I find joy in, a spot for spare towels, hair clips/bandanas, toilet paper, a heating pad for when I get muscle aches, and my big bottle of natural lotion for after showers.


Even with minimalism, there’s room for decoration.


All in all, I find a lot of joy in using my new bathroom. Not only does it have a shower—which, if you remember, was not available at my mother’s house due to its age—and a Jacuzzi tub, but it has an abundance of space and nice, clean, tidy areas.

I’m in love.

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