Extreme Makeover, Part 2!
The hardest part about throwing away everything in your bathroom is the realization that you bought a lot of products along the way that have never seen the light of day. It quickly became obvious that I had made at least a couple dozen product purchases that were completely wasted. As excited as I must have been on their respective purchased dates, they sat in the dark under my sink, completely undisturbed from that day on. I blame T. J. Maxx!
Regardless, my mom and I began the arduous process of sorting through each and every one toiletry, be it an old favorite or still sealed.
There were three categories.
1. Clearly identifiable as gluten free on the packaging or through a quick Google search.
2. Clearly NOT gluten free, and
3. Possibly Gluten free AND a favorite product. Meaning at the end of my detox trial, adding them in one at a time might be worth it. There were very few products left in category three...
By the end of the process I had a large pile of products to give away, a fair amount to trash and a few I packaged up to check in on in a month or two. Bonus, I had a VERY clean bathroom.
In the midst of this Celiac journey, I've realized a couple of things. Priorities really come into focus when they involve your health. Something so easily taken for granted until it's no longer there. I had tried to clean my bathroom out from this mountain of products for years. I knew I wasn't using them all! But at the time they each seemed so important. And I hoarded them accordingly. This time however, I threw that crap away like it was diseased itself. And the next morning when I pulled out my new products, just a few, I used every one. In fact, I enjoyed using every one! There was a genuine satisfaction in the simplicity.
The following day an email from Ulta arrived. I was now a "Platinum" member (I guess that's what a $700 purchase gets you!). But instead of running out to use my new $33 in points, I hit delete on the email. I had everything I needed for now. And I was happy with that.