Eliminate The Extras


"I am beginning to learn that
it is the sweet, simple things of life
which are the real ones after all."

Laura Ingalls Wilder 


'Tis the season... for dry, chapped, cracked skin! (Yes, even here in beautiful Arizona!) 

And I bet you have a bunch of different bottles and jars and tubes of lotion in your bathroom right now. Some of them were part of gift baskets you received, some were bottles you picked up on vacation, some have been in there so long you don't even remember when you got them. 

Some have fragrance, some don't. Some are for your feet. Some are for your hands. Others are for using in the shower. 

Just how many are in there, anyway? 

In fact, why don't you go and take a quick peek? 

Seriously. Go check and see how many different kinds of lotions you have right now. 

I'll wait. 

So how many different kinds of lotion did you find? 

How many are you actually using? Do you like all of them? 

If you're like most people, you probably were surprised at how many different lotions you found. And I bet you don't even like or use most of them. 

All of those bottles and jars that are taking up room in your bathroom - most of that stuff is clutter. 

Even if they were expensive. 

Even if they were a gift. 

If you're not using them regularly (and especially if you don't like them), they are just taking up room in your bathroom and your life. 

Imagine if you had one kind of lotion that you really loved. That you used over and over again. One that worked on your hands and your feet and your body (OK, you can have a separate one for your face...I must confess, I do have a separate lotion for my face, because I have really sensitive skin!) 

And imagine getting rid of all the rest. Maybe you give it to the neighbor teenager who loves any products she can get her hands on (better in her cupboard than yours). Maybe, if they're unopened, they can go to a nearby charity that accepts products. Maybe they go in the trash (that's perfectly fine, too). 

Imagine that! 

Enjoy your new, spacious, airy bathroom when you're done (maybe with a lovely glass of wine and a bubble bath). 

P.S. In fact, I have found a lotion that I love, called Udderly Smooth. It was initially developed as an udder cream (yes, I guess those cows like to have nice, soft, smooth udders), and then some dairy farmer realized that it was great for humans, too. :) You can find it at most local pharmacies or drug stores, or at uddercream dot com. 

And I love the packaging...too cute. Seriously, the stuff works great!