Declutter the smallest space
WITH the UK’s bathrooms in dire need of a spring clean, a survey by bathroom company Dolphin has found that 70% of those asked said they had up to 10 unused pamper products, and the remainder admitted to up to 30 bottles, packs and tubes gathering dust.
Shampoo is the most wasted product, closely followed by shower gel (which came top with men as the most wasted item) and moisturiser, (which was the most neglected beauty product by women). More than one-quarter of respondents said their bathrooms also held out of date medicines.
The most common reasons provided for hoarding so many unused or out of date items in the bathroom was because they “forgot they were there” and they “always buy too much and never get round to using it”. About 58% said the majority of their unused toiletry items were from unwanted gift packs.
Store promotions were also cited as a key reason why people buy more products than they need, with 61% saying they would still take up a multi-buy offer even if they knew they wouldn’t get round to using it all.
The bathroom cabinet takes most of this strain for half of those surveyed, followed by the windowsill and around the edge of the bath. One-quarter of respondents claimed that too much bathroom clutter was a cause of argument at home, with 57% of households choosing to have a clear out every so often.
Geoff Wells, planning expert at Dolphin, says: “While we may be a nation of pamper addicts, we accumulate too many products that we never intend to use and this means bathrooms can be cluttered. It comes as no surprise to us that more than 60% of those we questioned wished they had more storage space in the bathroom, as it is often the smallest room.
“ With careful planning, any bathroom can be designed to keep lotions and potions well organised and easy to find. Clever use of cabinets, sink space and shelving will make sure you optimise every inch of space while keeping your bathroom beautiful – plus you can avoid wasting money on products you don’t need.” THESE weather-proof outdoor art canvases aren't just for people who don't have green fingers and for whom nothing grows. They're also for folk who like to decorate the great outdoors. They are treated with a UV coating to stop the colour fading and keep them safe from the elements. From Marks & Spencer, £29.50.