My fellow Minimalists- I am here for confession. I have sinned against all tenants of Minimalism- Behold, my shower stall. How many adults do you think live here? The answer- 2. And in total, 8 shampoos, 2 conditioners, 2 face washes, and 2 Body washes.
How did this happen? I’ve been so careful to downsize the rest of my life. Clothing gets sorted once a month for donation. Old books taken out. Magazines removed. My digital detox where I removed my news feed from Facebook and turned off email notifications.
The fact is, Minimalism is a journey, not an end result. Something that needs constant monitoring so not to fall back into old habits.
This mess of a collection began by me highlighting my hair. I tend to go brassy, so I needed a toning shampoo. Then my usual shampoos dried out my hair, so I purchased (on sale) two others. They also left my hair dry. My husband ran out of his usual, and I couldn’t find it at the store, so I grabbed the next best one. Then a few days later, I found the actual one he wanted so I got that too.
So here we are, faced with the cold hard truth staring at me every time I take a shower. Instead of enjoying my tub time, I am wracked with guilt at the waste of product and money. And that is just one tiny corner of my life.
The good news is, it will all be used or donated to my sister- I am loathe to throw away perfectly good product.
It was eye opening, and a good reminder for me to be diligent with how I spend my money, and what thought process I take before I make purchases.
So while my digital detox is going smoothly, I will need to move on to the physical items around me. Again, I am Minimalist in Training….