Minimizing, getting rid of or keeping the stash? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 11 Old 01-17-2014, 06:02 PM - Thread Starter
 
Marina Brasil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Brasil
Posts: 50
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've been decluttering for the past two years and i find that i have a hard time dealing with my toiletries and stationary stash. I've cut down a lot, specially on the toiletries, but i guess its just the kind of stuff i love and use often, so i'll probably always have some of it. I try to live a somewhat minimalist lifestyle but i do enjoy some of my stuff and i'm ok because its all consumables and it does get used. Do you have a stash of anything? If you are decluttering, how do you approach this?

Brazilian; married to dp; currently on the adoption list (fingers crossed!); interested in minimalism and simple living; rusty english.
2014 in 2014 : 131/2014
Marina Brasil is offline  
#2 of 11 Old 01-18-2014, 03:40 AM
 
SkylerBurrows's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: California
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I like to box everything and this give me complete control over what I want to do and what I intend to do. Boxing helps you find the things quickly as they are like some well organized stacks arranged alphabetically so that you don't need to hunt for more and more time to find those little things at times of need. Do keep a track of things that you keep as a mind map and then you never will have to worry about decluttering ever. Always works for me. :eat

SkylerBurrows is offline  
#3 of 11 Old 01-18-2014, 05:19 AM
 
Springshowers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,722
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 42 Post(s)
I think if they are consumable things you should keep them. I have shelves in my basement storage for extra appliances I don't use weekly, and other extra supplies.

In contrast my mom brought 30 little hotel shampoos etc over and put them under my bathroom counter. I will never use those do I should get rid of those.
Springshowers is online now  
#4 of 11 Old 01-19-2014, 11:24 PM
 
skyview222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 235
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)

My scrapbooking stuff is certainly a stash.   I contain it to keep it organized and am currently "freezing" myself from purchasing anything other than the basics that I can't do projects without (adhesive, cardstock etc.).  I will use the majority of it eventually and it motivates me to create more when I think about one day using it all up. 

skyview222 is offline  
#5 of 11 Old 01-21-2014, 05:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
Marina Brasil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Brasil
Posts: 50
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
SkylerBurrows - I do keep track of what i have and i use all this stuff but it just keeps coming in (people know i'm a minimalist so they gift me with toiletries and stationary, wich i love). The idea of having stacks of anything scares me! Lol! Decluttering is a never ending procces in my life, because i dont want my home to get cluttered even if it happens real slowly! Cointainers are a big hit here though and i use one to store the toiletries, but i just downsized to a smaller container and wouldn't be happy to go back to a medium-big one.

Springshowers - I think i'll keep them, but sometimes i feel this is not minimalist at all and contemplate the idea of zero stash. Maybe that's because i still find myself clinging to stuff...

I used to have A LOT of hotel shampoos and this is what i did in order to use them up:
If they are not good for your hair, then i suggest you use them as shower gel or maybe even to clean the house.

skyview22- I can relate to that! I'm trying to use up the stash of toiletries and maybe downsize my container even more. I almost donated 80% of it, but it would be sort of a waste of money because i use all products i have stored. In the past i would sometimes buy a product i really love, specially if it was on sale, but now i might stop buying those and use then as sugetions for gifts (people always ask me for suggestions and i have a MIL who doesn't get minimalism and whose love language is gift giving). I guess i'll never ever have to buy lotions, fancy soap (or soap at all) and blank cards. Lol!

Brazilian; married to dp; currently on the adoption list (fingers crossed!); interested in minimalism and simple living; rusty english.
2014 in 2014 : 131/2014
Marina Brasil is offline  
#6 of 11 Old 01-21-2014, 05:21 PM
 
Crayfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 369
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My view is that if you have enough storage for all of the objects that you store in your house, then there's no harm in working your way through the things by using them. But if you don't, then the stuff that's stored outside normal storage areas is probably costing you, every day, in more difficult housekeeping and unhappiness with how the house looks and being unable to find things and all sorts of other day-to-day issues. In that case, I'd absolutely vote for donating those things and just ignoring what they cost.

 

In my case, I got rid of a whole bunch of bars of soap, some of which were no longer particularly appealing to me, and now when I use up a bar I buy a fresh new fabulous scented bar. The idea that, hey, I can use *retailers* to store my extra soap! was rather exciting. :) Of course, there's no guarantee that they'll have my favorites forever, but I'm ordering myself to accept that fact.

Crayfish is offline  
#7 of 11 Old 01-21-2014, 06:02 PM
 
KnockedUpButtercup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 683
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I used to have an issue with toiletries - especially things that "weren't working out."  I didn't want to just toss them because it seemed wasteful, yet I didn't want to keep using them, but storing them was burdensome in my tiny bathroom.

 

I finally decided to use up all those old bottles by repurposing - unwanted shampoo became body wash, unwanted conditioner and lotion became shaving cream, etc.

 

I also realized I was saving things like "special" lotions and bubble baths, etc., for "special occasions," so I decided I was special and deserved to use them whenever I felt like it.  :)

 

Holly

Springshowers likes this.

So...I'm 43 and pregnant with #3 - how'd that happen?  

 

KnockedUpButtercup is offline  
#8 of 11 Old 01-22-2014, 12:41 AM
 
zebra15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: State of Confusion
Posts: 4,720
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16 Post(s)

Yarn.... I have a small yarn problem...

bath products not so much (I had that problem years ago and things got used up)


Mom to J and never-ending , 0/2014 items decluttered, 0/52 crafts crafts completed  crochetsmilie.gif homeschool.gif  reading.gif  modifiedartist.gif

Seeking zen in 2014.  Working on journaling and finding peace this year.  Spending my free time taking J to swimteam

zebra15 is offline  
#9 of 11 Old 01-22-2014, 05:27 AM
 
Springshowers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,722
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 42 Post(s)
Ahhh Zebra I think that is normal for people that are into yarn! You gotta have a stash!
Springshowers is online now  
#10 of 11 Old 03-10-2014, 04:19 AM
 
clutterwarrior's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,612
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I can relate to the toiletry addiction! I have 3 bathrooms in this house....ahem, so a toiletry addiction multiplied by three, means a lot of toiletries!
 

However I figure that the majority have a long shelf life, so I am working my way through things bit by bit. Thing like moisturiser, scented body lotion and hand creams and perfumes seem to develop a yuck smell if kept too long, so I have been slathering the stuff on trying to use it up faster!!

Think I might try organising into product types and putting in clear containers and stacking them, because at the moment I just have stuff all sitting on shelves, not in any order.

Definitely going to use that idea of putting all the mini shampoos into one big one, bar one or two for kids to use at school camps.


SAHM to three
clutterwarrior is offline  
#11 of 11 Old 03-10-2014, 12:06 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 2,345
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

To me if you have space to store without otherwise impeding you, and you will use the item eventually, it is ok to stash. Within reason... nobody needs 80 bottles of Herbal Essences, but if they're on sale and you get 4 or 5, I don't see the problem. Since I work at a drug store I buy items on sale so that we don't have to pay full price when we actually need a new bottle. I go through stashed items periodically and either use up or get rid of stuff I don't particularly care for. I used to have a lot more yarn stashed and a few years ago I donated a whole ton of yarn I didn't particularly like, which consisted almost exclusively of stuff other people gave me; now I only have remaining stuff I am actually excited to use (someday, as soon as I have time, lol). 

erigeron is offline  
Reply

Tags
Decluttering , Simplifying

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off