Weekly Wrap-up: My New Drain Brush & Purging Urges

Guys…I need to tell you about a recent discovery that has gotten me so excited!! It has seriously revolutionized my domestic life.

Ok, to give you some background: I shed hair like a golden retriever. After brushing my hair or taking a shower, I’m usually collecting what is the equivalent of a furball around my bathroom. Because of this, I have to clean my bathtub drain twice every month.

A bottle of Drano costs about $7 and lasts two applications, so that means a new bottle every month. I spend $84 a year just to ungross my bathtub drain.

My life changed one day when I was introduced to THE DRAIN BRUSH.

All this excitement over a drain brush? I’m lame, I know! But seriously, you send that thing down your drain and it’ll bring up all the clogging gunk (ew visual!) so you can toss it out. No hazardous chemicals involved.

Sure, it’s gross but I don’t need to purchase a bottle of Drano ever again. Plus it only costs $4 and is completely reusable!

Any fellow shredders out there?? You NEED a drain brush!

When the boys are away, the girls will purge!

As I’m freezing my butt off in Toronto, Andrew is down south on a week-long Caribbean cruise with his mom. I miss the guy but now with the whole apartment to myself I’m able to focus on all my personal projects with undivided attention. My first project: PURGE THE CLOSET.

Storage space is a luxury in a 600 sq.ft apartment so I try to de-clutter as much as possible. If something doesn’t serve a purpose or we haven’t worn or used it in over a year, it’s time to chuck it.

Purging involves skill and discipline. Many people find it too difficult to get rid of stuff because they’ve grown an attachment to it or believe that it will serve some sort of purpose later in life. This is particularly true with clothing but do you really wear every single item in your closet?

This brings me to my post of the week that greatly inspired by purging itch.

Blog post of the week

What Is a Capsule Wardrobe, Anyway? by Unfancy

This post is an oldie but a goodie. Unfancy showcases fashion blogger Caroline’s style using only 37 pieces, or what she calls a “fashion capsule”. Basically it’s a mini wardrobe consisting of only pieces that you LOVE and can easily mix and match with other items. Caroline talks about the paradox of choice and how it’s harder to pick out outfits when you have sooo many items of clothing to choose from (that “I have nothing to wear!” phenomenon).

She challenges readers to go on their own Unfancy journey and provides a free wardrobe planner to help you discover your own unique style.

Could you have a closet with only 37 pieces of clothing? 

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12 Comments

  • Reply Kristyn November 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Where do you get this brilliant drain brush from?

  • Reply Chela November 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I go through tons of Drano too! Thanks for the tip about the brush.
    Purging the closet is so hard for me! I just got a new job I’ll be starting in January, and I wish I hadn’t gotten rid of so many things I used to wear… I’ll probably have a post about this soon, because now I feel compelled to go shopping, which I hate. But I like the mix and match idea, so hopefully I can get a few key pieces that will last.
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  • Reply Barry @ Moneywehave November 24, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    My wife sheds like crazy, every morning when I get up (after she goes to work) I’m picking up hair. I also live in a relatively small apartment so I keep things to a minimum. It actually helps control my spending since I know I won’t have room for any extra crap I want to buy.
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    • Reply Christine November 25, 2014 at 9:08 am

      That’s the one advantage of a small apartment! It’s made me appreciate living minimally.

  • Reply Melissa @ Sunburnt Saver November 24, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I use one of those hair catchers for the drain – it’s like a plastic or metal part that goes over the drain and catches the hair while still letting water drain. It gets full fast! (I know, I feel super gross talking about wet hair lol). But it’s definitely better than having to buy Drano! So far it has worked really well!

    I would LOVE to get my wardrobe down to 37 pieces! I’m going to have to check out that article! 🙂
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    • Reply Christine November 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

      I tried the hair catcher but the water wouldn’t go down because of everything it caught! Okay, that was also gross hah.

      Let me know if you’re going to try out the wardrobe capsule! I’m struggling to get it down to 37 pieces – it’s tough!

  • Reply Connie @ Savvy With Saving November 25, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I shed like crazy too and I feel like I’m am perpetually trying to clear clogs. Going to look for this!
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  • Reply Lisa November 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Girl – I shed like a dog, too! There’s hair everywhere – in my bathroom, on the carpet, even on my car seat! It’s ridiculous. I use an old wire hanger to clear our my drain – I undo it so it’s just a long stick of wire. It’s a little ghetto, but it does the job!
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    • Reply Christine November 29, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Ugh, it’s so annoying! How do our men put up with us??

      That’s so resourceful, Lisa! I would’ve never thought of that. What’s better than $4? FREE!!

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