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What’s in my real-life minimalist bathroom: Sneak Peek

This is a REAL photo of a REAL bathroom; not a magazine spread with fake toiletries and cute bottles everywhere.

(Glass in the bathroom? What at terrible idea.)

I consider myself a minimalist (a practical, realistic one) and this is the barest that I can go. I guess I could go without any makeup and cut back on even more, but what’s the point?

The shower is this.

I can’t really cut back on anything in the shower. I think I’m good here.


The drawer with all my toiletries and stuff. I can cut back on some eyeshadows and powders, but.. it’s pretty bare. I would maybe get rid of a few eyeshadows or lip things but that’s it.



The sink is pretty bare as well.

Makeup brushes, toiletries that are bare and basics. I want to make this entire sink completely bare but this is impossible. The bottles are too big (and wet) to fit into the drawer.

Honestly, this is the barest I can go.

It’s a REAL bathroom, folks. Not a magazine spread.


So that’s it. I’m pretty pared down, I think.

Posts I am referring to about skincare can be found here:

What’s in your bathroom?

Above post inspired by Sarah!

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  1. Alex

    Love the fact you have a Diva cup hiding in there! Some minimalists are concerned about their shelves being white and fresh, but not about the environment… Anyway, I actually expected you would have less, but all the products seem reasonable. I’m in a phase of using up various bits and bobs such as freebies from jobs and gifts… when I’m done I should be pared down to about the same level.

    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      I love the diva cup. It is a staple!!! I’m not concerned about things being “perfect” because this is real life. I have lots of stuff but I use all of it. I don’t have anything I don’t really use. It is all handy πŸ™‚

    2. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      I ought to update this post though.

  2. Mel @ brokeGIRLrich

    I like your soap holder set up! I also like how you have a pretty normal quantity of stuff. Minimalism is about having what you need and use, not being some psycho without any belongings at all.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Exactly. You said it best.

  3. Anonymous

    I don’t care for minimalism but I like your bathroom. Everything seems organized.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Haha πŸ™‚ It’s minimalist to me. I try to keep as little as possible (less to clean)

  4. Lucinda

    I’m on a use it up challenge of all the products I have. Rather than tossing unused items, I’m not buying any more until I have used up my stash. Currently at 68 days of not buying any cosmetics – skin care, hair product or make up.

    Can I ask how you put the little speech bubbles on your photos?

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      That’s a really amazing goal!! I’ve been unconsciously doing that for a while now, my stash is pretty much done, except for the makeup side

      The speech bubbles are standard in Mac πŸ™‚ You open it in Photo Viewer and then “Annotate” and select the speech bubble.

  5. me

    love this!
    eek my bathroom is FULL … actually both bathrooms πŸ™‚
    But I do keep it neatly packed away in cupboards!
    I get lots of free samples, I pour them into empty bottles (shampoo & bath wash & hand soap)for the children who use way too much of everything! Also buy a lot on discount with coupons, so I have a years supply of soap & toothpaste. I might have to take your advise and not buy more until its all finished πŸ™‚

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Yes, don’t buy anything more until you’re done your stash!

  6. SarahN

    Oh my – definitely more minimal than myself! Just too much stuff to use up is my problem – I don’t dislike them enough to turf them, but nonetheless, they linger

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      That’s the killer part. Stop buying stuff until it’s all gone πŸ™‚ It was hard for me to get to that point but once I did.. I stuck to it.

  7. tomatoketchup

    I used to have only 3 items in my bathtub: a combo bottle of shampoo/conditioner, a bar of soap, and a shower poof. Since my girlfriend moved in, the bathroom accoutrements have grown plentiful. It’s much easier for guys to have a minimalist bathroom.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      HAHAH! πŸ™‚ That’s why my partner gave me a bathroom to myself. He has the same as you. Actually, less. Just soap. He uses it for his hair too.. he really isn’t into “stuff”.. and his skin / hair seem to be OK with soap instead of actual shampoo, unlike mine.

  8. The Asian Pear

    Hmm. I have less than you in the washroom but that’s because I don’t keep much in the washroom. I keep make-up/hair ties/creams/lotions/feminine hygiene products/etc-y stuff on my vanity in my room.

    As for the washroom I have Dove body wash, Pantene shampoo & conditioner, a face exfoliator sponge, a body exfoliator loofah, a body exfoliator, razor, baby oil, Neutrogena face wash, toothbrush, toothpaste.

    (I’m big on exfoliating).

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I really want a body exfoliator but I’m afraid of starting up my eczema by doing it


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