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The Bathroom Item You Should Never Declutter

A bathroom closet is organized with towels, toiletries, and other items.
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It’s easy to get swept up in the bathroom declutter trends. You get on a cleaning spree and toss any unused or “unnecessary” items in the trash. But hang on just a sec…Before you purge everything in your bathroom, consider this: What would you do if your favorite product ran out?

Having a backup supply of your most-used toiletries and bathroom essentials can be a lifesaver in unexpected situations. This means, you actually shouldn’t declutter backup shampoo, extra conditioner, travel-sized toiletries, and other commonly-used items.

Maybe you run out of your favorite shampoo on a busy morning when you’re already late for work, or you host a few unexpected overnight guests who forgot to bring their own toiletries. In a more serious scenario, you might be stuck without access to a store or your usual products due to a power outage or other emergency.

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If you don't want to get rid of all your bathroom supplies, at least make sure they're organized.

By keeping extra everyday products in your bathroom, you’ll always be prepared for these situations. You don’t need to keep every half-empty bottle or bar of soap, but having a few extra supplies on hand can make all the difference when you need them most.

If you have several from the same brand, you can even consolidate them into a larger bottle to clear up space. While, of course, you should take expiration dates into consideration, on average, shampoo and body wash can last 2-4 years, so it’s unlikely they’re expired.

Next time you see a tempting decluttering method you’re itching to try, remember you only need to declutter the things you don’t use or need.

Abbey Ryan Abbey Ryan
Abbey Ryan is a storyteller, preferably of stories in written form. Across the 5 years of her professional writing career, her work has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Amazon, The Medical News Today, and more. When she's not writing (which is rare), she's likely traveling, painting, or on the hunt for a good snack. Read Full Bio »
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