De­clut­ter the small­est space

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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 More than one-quar­ter of re­spon­dents said their bath­rooms also held out of date medicines.

The most com­mon rea­sons pro­vided for hoard­ing so many un­used or out of date items in the bath­room was be­cause they “for­got they were there” and they “al­ways buy too much and never get round to us­ing it”.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.

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