Every day our brain is trying to process billions of messages, trying to define what is important, what needs action, what to dismiss, what to leave until later.
- Newspaper headlines
- shop windows
- road signs
- consumer products
Which, are all bombarding us with instructions to follow every second of every day.
Some of us may have chosen to add “extra” visual clutter in our homes by having ornaments which spell out words such as “bathroom” “love” or “home”.
I wonder how many times a week we subconsciously read the label on our shower gel, toothpaste tube, washing up liquid or moisturiser.
Marie Kondo in her book “spark joy” suggests we protect our homes from the visual clutter of the outside world and encourages us to remove labels wherever possible from products we use daily.
As a mother of two young children I figured this would be almost impossible for safety reasons, however, off I went to give it a go.
I started with hand wash, as I figured even my five-year-old knows it is soap.
To my surprise, it felt better not to read the words ” 3000 mint leaves were lovingly squeezed into this bottle” on my shower gel bottle, every time I walked into the bathroom.
The process then became addictive; once I started, I couldn’t stop.
Another eye-opening lesson for me was, when I peeled the label off my expensive moisturiser it looked no different from any other cheaper brand, and I felt annoyed at myself for being drawn into their consumerism and advertising, I realised I’d been duped.
I immediately began to change the way I shopped for luxury beauty products, which were once a weakness of mine, and it felt good, almost liberating.
The other upside is that no one in the family has washed their hair with conditioner yet, as far as I’m aware but you never know in our house!
Items I remove labels from are
- Hand soap
- Shower gel
- Body lotions
- Face cream
- Beans and pulses
- Biscuits and crackers
- Pasta and Rice
- Washing powder
- Dishwashing liquid
Please note I store foodstuffs in glass jars and laundry powders etc. are stored in plastic containers.
I only remove labels from bottles if they are easy to remove within seconds and are not dangerous to my kids.
I love having less packaged products in my home as I think it feels so much more tranquil and clutter free.
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