Begin with the Bathroom, they said. You need an easy win, they said. They didn't see my bathroom drawers.
One of the issues is that I had for years back, been making long-haul trips to Ireland, and lugging toiletries with me. As well as being heavy and awkward to carry - spill-prone - after 9/11 they could no longer be carried in the cabin, if they were over 30ml, and what you needed had to be transported in clear plastic bags.
Those were the days I was working and would begin a long trip tired, dehydrated already, and feeling like a prune. I needed lashings of lotion, eye ointment and so on. My eyes would feel like two pebbles on a hot beach. I carried a lot of things, and since things in checked luggage was apt to spill and ruin everything around it, I carred toiletries and beauty products in my hand luggage. Instead of buying Travel size items (which were not the brand I preferred) I used little empty bottles for lotion, shampoo, conditioner etc. And not because I'm cheap, but more because I hate to waste anything, I'd bring these back with me...so I ended up with quite a collection not only of these but of several clear plastic bags, and other bags that organised my handluggage so that I would have easy access in the cramped cabin.
And these small items were not just for travel. They were to keep at work. As I cleaned out my desk, I didn't throw out anything - I took an immense supply of these daily refurbishment articles home with me if they weren't empty. As I said, I hate to waste.
As for travel - things changed - a few years ago I bought an entire supply of toiletries and beauty products and put them in a bag and left them in Ireland for use there. Gone, with one stroke, was the need to take any with me besides what I needed for the journey!
I'm left with the clear plastics and other little travel items collected, now no longer necessary, and the various things retrieved from work. I have been retired for two years now.
The sight of these, in various drawers and baskets, reflects more on my exhaustion in those days than on my ability to organise. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!