When I was growing up, my mother had “fancy soap” in our bathroom. They consisted of little pastel-colored bars of soap in various shapes: flowers, sea shells, hearts, etc. This soap was Not To Be Used by us. It was fancy soap, meant to be decorative on the counter.
Growing up, I didn’t question this. I simply regarded it as decoration, and dusted it when it was time to clean the bathroom.
So, like all kids do, I grew up. People gave me fancy soap-thingies for MY bathroom. Once I got little bars of soap in different smells and combinations, but because they were “fancy soap,” I never used them. However, I didn’t have a good way to display them, so put them in my bathroom closet on a shelf, where they continue to sit today. Another time, I got some fancy Crabtree & Evelyn shower gel and bath powder. Their bottles were lovely, so I displayed them on my bathroom counter. They have now been sitting there for about seven years. I dust them when I clean the bathroom.
Last Christmas, I was given a beautiful box with two bars of fancy soap. Triple milled, honey, little scrubby things in the soap itself, expensive real soap. At first, I mentally classified it as Not To Be Used, and was going to not use it.
Then, I realized that it was not display-worthy soap. It was in two fat bars, and it was Meant To Be Used. Plus, I was almost out of soap. So, I decided that I would indeed use the soap that was Not Meant To Be Used.
I used it and, dude, it was the NICEST bar of soap I have ever used. It never got slimy, the little scrubby-things in the soap felt SO good when I rubbed the bar over my body (it was like a loofah every time I washed), and the bar lasted a LONG TIME, much longer than my regular Caress soap did.
Alas, both bars are now used up. But, after the success of using the Fancy Soap, and also while going through a major de-cluttering phase in my life, I am using things up. So what if they’re nice? Why can’t I use nice things??
And this summer, when my current other fancy soap that I’m using is gone, I’m going to use up the smaller bars of fancy soap in my bathroom closet, and I’m going to use up the bottle of lavender shower gel that’s been sitting on my counter for seven years.
I’m looking forward to it. 🙂