Simplified 365: The Bedroom - Day 29: Nail Care

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Stay strong!  We’re almost to the end of the month!  We will look at nail care today and wrap up with shaving accoutrement tomorrow.  

So gather all those nail care items into a big pile on your bathroom floor.  Think:

  • Nail clippers
  • Nail scissors
  • Nail kits
  • Polish
  • Polish remover
  • Cotton balls 
  • Q-tips
  • Emery boards 
  • Orange sticks
  • Buffers
  • Toe separators for pedicures

If you only go to salons for manicures and pedicures, I want you to keep that in mind.  You probably use far fewer of these items than a DIYer.  

Once all of your nail polish has been put in one pile, sort it into these 3 smaller piles:

  • Use it
  • Lose it
  • Recycle it

If you absolutely, scouts honor, have used it in the past 6 months, put it to one side.  Now let’s look at the rest.  Do you dislike the color? Is it separated or gunky, and no amount of shaking will revive it? Do you have a friend who could use it?  I challenge you to pare down to your top ten favorite colors, one base coat and one top coat. Bonus points if you use an all in one base and top coat.  You only have one pair of feet, so just keep one pair of toe separators for your at home pedicures. Let’s get the nail polish remover pared down to one bottle and the cotton balls and q-tips pared down to what you would reasonably use in 6 months.  No need storing a huge amount of these, when they aren’t used very often.  If you’re the nightly q-tip in the ear type, and only occasionally use them for nail polish fix its, then adjust the amount you keep accordingly. 

Moving on to the nail tools - clippers, scissors, files, buffers and any other tool you use.  Grab a small bin or makeup pouch to create your nail kit.  You’ll put one each of the above items in it. Extra metal tools can be given to family members or cleaned and donated.  Used paper emery boards and orange sticks should be tossed.  

Once you’re done sorting, grab a small bin to keep all of your nail supplies in.  When it’s time to take care of your nails, it will be as easy as grabbing that bin off the shelf. 

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