Minimalist Medicine Cabinet

Now that my daughter is away at school the medicine cabinet is all mine. Here is  what it looks like without her stuff.

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Top shelf: cotton swabs, Ibuprophen, retainer.

Second self: basket with floss, toothpaste, toothbrush, mascara, comb, nail clippers and grooming scissors.

Bottom shelf: body lotion, foundation.


12 thoughts on “Minimalist Medicine Cabinet

  1. Diane says:

    No face wash, moisturizer, makeup remover, deodorant, hair gel, brush, lip balm, cup? That’s mine plus a few drawers holding the ones I got on sale as well as face cloths, Qtips, nail polish remover, nail polish, emery board, head bands, mirror, hair remover, bandaids, meds. I guess I’m not ready for a backpack existence as yet 🙂


  2. Fawn says:

    Diane-I discovered that make-up will come off easily with moisturizer if rubbed on the face and then washed off with a cloth or towel. And once I use up the moisturizer I was given as a gift (bottom shelf) even better for my dry skin, is to rub olive or coconut oil in and then “steam” it off with a hot washcloth. When I started doing that, my skin cleared up. Deodorant is in my clothes closet. I apply it after I get dressed. No hair gel. I use the “no ‘poo” method for curly girls. Essentially, you “wash” your hair with conditioner. My wild hair behaves very well when I do that. No brush, I use a comb. Lip balm is in my brief case or pocket, depending if it is a work day. No cup, I make a cup with my hand when I am brushing my teeth. There are some bandaids in the hall closet.


    • Diane says:

      What a great idea using oil and much cheaper since I’m using products with no parabens, etc. and they are costly. I too have curly hair but does the conditioner get it as clean as shampoo? I have yesterday’s hair gel and hairspray I need to wash out every morning.


      • Fawn says:

        What I have found is that using the conditioner doesn’t strip the natural oils off the hair and then I don’t need the gel and hairspray to make it behave (or, actually, be is lovely wild curly self.) It took about a week after I stopped using shampoo before it settled into it’s natural zen happiness. Your hair will feel oilier when you touch it. But I prefer that to the “crunch” of gel and hairspray.


    • Pat says:

      Thanks for the tip on using olive oil or coconut oil for washing the face. In the winter the skin on my face gets so dry and I am going to start using this. I too have used the no poo method but I have a skin condition that it did not work with, but my hair was so soft.


  3. swissrose says:

    I keep trying to get down to this and was pretty pleased with myself till I saw yours LOL – ah well, onward and upward!! 😉
    However, I did declutter two shelf units to the point that I got rid of them 🙂


  4. Coco says:

    you are really my hero! seriously I am using your blog as my inspiration as I do want to be as close as possible to where you are with your stuff….thanks so much for sharing.


  5. Béatrice says:

    You truly are an inspiration Fawn! It must be so freeing to have so little. However, my “enough” point is not as low. I know that I need a little more to feel safe and comfortable. What I have found useful for medecines is to use a box (red with a white cross, about 6x6x7 inches) in my bathroom for all the medicines earplugs etc… I love to regularly check and toss away old drugs, being consciously grateful for not having had use for them more than once or twice. I have also half a shelf for miscellaneous toiletteries. For make-up, I use a little tray on a bookshelf in my bedroom near a window. The light is much better there than in my bathroom. That way it allows me to spend less time in the bathroom, so that others can use it!


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