Sunday, January 31, 2010

Use it Up!

I love this poster on the right - it really epitomizes the whole rationing experiment.

Right now our current manifestation of this creed is in regards to lotions and soaps. I swear those things multiple under our noses when we're distracted with life. One of my goals this year is to not purchase any new soap (hand or body) or lotion until it is a need and not a want.

Lotion-wise we're pretty good - just one bottle and a few small sample tubes left.

Soap, on the other hand...

For a while it seemed that I received a Burt's Bees collection for every birthday and holiday (not necessarily a bad thing). And Grandma has a tradition of bringing the girls those little hotel soaps after she's been away on a vacation. A few years of both conditions combined with shopping amnesia and you end up with this in the back of your cabinet:

To be honest, we may not use all of this up in the next year. It's over 15 cakes of soap! I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, what do you have multiplying in the back of your cabinets? Is it shampoos? Vitamins? International condiments? What do you have too much of that you can vow to use up before you buy more?

--Rational Mama


  1. I'm with ya on the excessive soaps and lotions. But my list continues with body sprays and old make up, shampoos and conditioners. Honestly, some of it's so old that I don't know if I should keep it around. Does that stuff go bad? I don't even know!

  2. I have two bottles of body spray that I'm determined to use up before I buy any others!

    Maybe you could make a plan for all your shampoos, lotions and soaps - go through the stash, donate what you no longer want to the YWCA battered women's shelter and then vow to use up the rest before buying more?

  3. I seem to end up with countless bottles of hair conditioner. I'm not even sure how it happens, unless they like using my shower as a meeting place for discussing world domination and somehow hypnotise me to comply with their dastardly plans.

    Last week I ran out of shampoo and went shopping for another bottle. Only when I opened it to wash my hair, did I notice that I'd accidentally bought conditioner instead. Sigh.