In today’s post I am talking all about clearing out the beauty products and how to not buy more. Easier said than done right? Yes! I am obsessed with beauty products. Love them. I don’t appreciate the sheer quantity that cluttered my home. As part of all of the work I am doing on decluttering and minimalism, I thought I would share with you my progress.
It doesn’t look a lot pictured here but I have around eight further drawers filled as well as endless amounts in the ensuite bathroom and further products in the family bath too. One has a shower and how has a bath and I tend to use the bath more often.
I believe you need to declutter and establish what you are working with before you can go any further. The first step was to gather everything together. I emptied all drawers, pots, cupboards etc and brought the whole lot into my dressing room onto the floor separated into categories – into bath/makeup/hair/skin etc.
I then further split each of those categories up one by one. I would start with makeup and do eyeshadows/foundations etc. If you don’t have a massive collection, it may be easier to split into eyes/face …
When I look at each item I will decided to BIN, GIFT or SELL.
I then look through each one and get rid of anything out of date (BIN) or anything that I opened and tried but didn’t like (BIN or GIFT to a friend – have to be careful with certain beauty products). Mascaras that have dried up, bubble bath that left your skin too dry, I then look at brand new products that I have had for a while but haven’t ever used (GIFT or SELL) and then finally look at what I am left with. I think about how much I actually use. For instance, I use a tube of foundation for about six to eight weeks. So if I have 6 tubes, that is enough for a whole year. Do I need more than a year’s supply at a time? Don’t get rid of items just to get rid and don’t throw away to just have to replace again within a couple of months – that’s not the point!
It’s hard to be ruthless and I think the little girl who wanted to dress up in us always wants more of this type of product but the older girl in you now wants a streamlined life and a clutter free life. Always single out your favourite items first so you know what it feels like to have those products in your stash, you should then use that feeling to get rid of the other products! Be sensible with your stash – keep what you love and keep what is essential.
BIN – obviously try and recycle where you can but putting things in the bin is a must!
GIFT – does a family member want any of your items? Can you give a friend something to add to their collection? The goal isn’t to weigh them down with belongings but to gift them a product they might have purchased anyway.
SELL – Ebay/Shpock/carboot sale are all good ways to try and recoup some of the money you have spent on these items. Try to be realistic in your pricing but also do your research to see what these items are selling for.
Well just like any area of the home, going forward the idea is not to spend the money you have created on extra stuff into the home or fill the space you have emptied so take heed with your purchases. It’s so easy when you go into Superdrug or Boots to spend £80-£90. I have done it myself several times! However, what I have learned is that in the end, these things often end up BIN or GIFT or SELL, not KEEP. I am basically wasting money.
I now buy essentials only or replace when it comes to buying beauty products. I currently have three mascaras. When I am onto my last one, I will start to research a new one or replace one of them I loved. Same with the rest of the products. When it comes to essentials I am looking at wipes (although I may switch to a face eraser cloth instead – still testing and much cheaper), toothpaste, cotton pads, cotton buds and deodorant. These are the key items I will probably have to buy in the coming months. Shampoo/shower gel/conditioner are also must haves for me but these items I have in excess due to Christmas so I won’t need to buy these for quite a long time.
Has this helped you? Do you have any tips for me?