Decluttering is not about minimalism or capsule collection or aspiring to a specific aesthetic or size of a collection. Adopting more mindful purchasing habits, being more aware of how and what we use in your collection and having the willingness to accept that sometimes products don’t work for you or you shouldn’t have purchased something, so you can let go of it, are the goals
The purpose today is designed to declutter your makeup collection.
You want to learn from mistakes you've made in the past to make better decisions in the future; that's what you should be taking away from bad purchases.
Along the way, I will try to give you some tips.
You can try to take everything you're willing to part with but are afraid you'll regret it, then put it into a bag. Take that bag and put it somewhere you scarcely see, like the back of a drawer or under a bed. Leave it for a few weeks, and then think about whether you truly missed any of the makeup products you put in it.
In my experience, this is not the best way to do it, but if it works for you, it's absolutely fine, do it!
So, let's sort out that clutter today and help do makeup a much more pleasant task!
I request you to take everything out of place it is usually stock in. I think being in a different room helps you be more open-minded about it. I recommend to put everything on a wipeable surface; you don't want foundation stains on your furniture or floors. I like to put everything on the dining table when I sort through my makeup. This gave me plenty of space to display everything and also sort all the products by doing a pile.
Assess the situation.
There is nothing more eye-opening and confronting than pulling out all of your beauty products and seeing accurately what you already own.
The first step in every declutter is collecting everything so you can be confronting to what you have. Pull your makeup out of its drawers, empty your makeup bags, vanity, makeup organizer, look through handbags any makeup left inside.
Once you have everything out in front of you, you'll sort everything into different categories based on what you plan to do with each item, trash, keep, and donate. You'll probably need at least three boxes or trash bags, one for each category.
As a general rule, once opened, you should keep liquid products should for no longer than six months, and other products a year. I have listed below some other rules to guide you through the decluttering process. Because yes, makeup does expire!
And one of the reasons it's hard to declutter cosmetics is that we don't really know what to do with them. Another good reason is that makeup could be expensive, especially cream and perfume. Sometimes it's just because you love the packaging.
How to declutter your Makeup Collection
I do, however, want you to have no doubt that arranging your makeup collection is about making you happier, not more gloomy. If you find yourself struggling, that's fine; everyone's path is different, and certain actions may be harder for some than others. Maybe for your success, make sure you're putting in a conscious effort to make your collection work better for you.
Trash or recycle -
- Trash items that are unusable.
- Expired products. All makeup has a date to use-by, and its lifespan is shorter than you possibly imagine.
- Pay extra attention to products that are cream-based, contain water, or get exposed to the air often.
- Toss any duplicates
- Don't hoard free samples - We gather them up in hotels or from magazines, but never get around to using them.
- Pay attention beauty products do go bad, smell, and textures perform the tests.
- Products that look bad on you.
- Products that are difficult to work with.
- Throw away what you don't use. Maybe you have a better-performing product that is comparable in purpose.
- Get rid of anything that should not be any more with your makeup. Chances are you need to relocate things that belong elsewhere.
- Morning routine products
- Evening routine products
- If you have any unopened products or pristine present that you don't want, try selling them on eBay.
- Keep - Things that are going to stay there, and you need to find a better way to organize in baskets!
- Favorite Makeup
- Morning routine skincare products
- Evening routine skincare products
You should make space for storing your make up collection where it is convenient to use for you. That could be on a shelf, in a cabinet, or a caddy or in a vanity.
- To throw items you no longer use, need, or love, and that are still in good condition. Donate products to a good cause. Women's and homeless shelters will often take unsealed products, as long as they are in good condition.
Other questions to ask yourself to help you decide when you have been through what is not negotiable, like an expiration date.
- When was the last time I apply it? If it is anything you did not use in the past six months, you should probably let it go.
- Does it fit my current style? If you no longer wear purple eye shadow, then you don't need any.
- Do I see myself using it again? Will you wear that glittery nail polish in the following months?
- Do I have duplicates? This is tricky as you maybe have a few different shades, but if you have something very similar in color or function, only keep one.
- Would I buy this today?
- Did I love it last time I used it?
Once everything you are keeping is put away, it's time to discard what's left. Please don't just throw everything in the trash bin. Don't hesitate to ask your friends or family if you have anything they might want.
For everything that's left, once you have emptied the packaging, put it in the recycling or return to the brand, some of them except empty packaging for recycling.
You can do some research on what to do with the leftover products in your state. Unfortunately, it seems that the only solution right now is to put it in the landfill bin. Although for sure, check with your local council for advice with your packaging, and if you have any nail polish, throw away, especially not pour it down the sink or flush it down the toilet.
The Environmental Protection Agency class nail polish as hazardous waste, which means we can't just throw it in our household bin.
We only keep what we truly enjoy using. If you haven't used it in a year but absolutely LOVE the product, keep it!
Set Up Your Make Up for Joy
The objective of this mission is to make you feel better about using your makeup and skincare safely. What do you think? Checking the expiration date is a no brainer but an extremely important step. There is NO room for expired beauty products in your collection. As tough as it may be to throw away your favorite foundation that they've discontinued, if it is past its expiration date, it must go! Not only is it just downright gross, but it could lead to a plethora of problems if applied to the skin like acne, allergies, redness. Just toss it.
Even if makeup can be expensive, which can make you think twice about getting rid of it, however, like everything else in life, if you don't use it or it doesn't add value, then there is no reason in keeping it.
Now that you have your piles of products, some to give away, some to toss, and some to keep, it's time to clean! Keeping your products, as well as your product storage, clean is such an important step in your routine. It shows that you have consideration for your belonging, and it will make the routine of using your beauty products more enjoyable. Nobody wants to start their day off with a messy bottle of foundation!
Keeping a clean and concise collection is such a great way to truly enjoy using your products.
There's absolutely no need to become a minimalist, I could never, but it is a good idea to keep it simple and, once in a while, just take a step back and see what you already own. After all, money doesn't grow on trees, and beauty products are becoming pricier by the day!
The best way to enjoy your makeup every day is to only own your favorite things.
When it comes to organizing your makeup bag, the rules are the same as if you organize your wardrobe. One of the most important rules to keep in mind is that if you can't see it, odds are you won't use it.
As you plan your storage, keep in mind solutions like:
baskets to group like items together
- a bowl for small items, or brush holder
- some drawers dividers
- acrylic makeup organizer
- makeup vanity
The baskets or drawer's dividers are perfect for helping you organize your makeup collection. To help keep organized, assign a dedicated spot to each item, and stick to it! Think to label each basket, so there will be no excuse not to put stuff back. I like to have one for my morning routine products, and one for my evening routine products separates, so when it's time to use it, I just take it out of the cabinet and put it back when I'm done, so everything stays neat and tidy.
The benefits of a decluttered makeup collection.
The advantages of a functional makeup collection are numerous.
First, a cluttered makeup collection can be a source of embarrassment. When your makeup is cluttered, you are probably spending extra time on your morning routine. Wasting time looking for the right product might make you late for work or for a party! A cluttered makeup collection can also lead to frustration and a poor start to the day. It's annoying when you can't find what you need. Decluttering gives you space, and space is always good.
A decluttered make up collection makes it easier for you to find what you need quickly so that you can get your make up done in less time and less stress.
Of course, neutral palettes get a lot more useful than colorful ones, but decluttering shouldn't mean throwing out everything gleeful. You can keep some stuff that isn't part of your everyday makeup routine. Please don't just save these items for special occasions; they go bad too quickly!
I know that people love palettes, but most of the time, whenever you buy one, you only use just a few of the eyeshadows, and there are always some that end up not being touched. So, creating your own is really nice. You buy only what you want and what you'll use.
Multi-purpose products are starling when it comes to space-saving, and they're great for money savings, too. As a mum, I live for these multitaskers for anything in the house.
It sounds so simple, but it's a rule that just a few of us follow – consume your cosmetics products before buying new ones.
When tempted to buy something, ask yourself whether you already own another product that has the same function. That means you probably don't need another red lipstick then…
To help you flounder through the grooming products, you already have, try a 'no buy' challenge. Set yourself a target not to buy any more cosmetics for a set period of time, such as three months. You'll feel very righteous at the achievement and save loads of money.
Plus, at the same time, you may finally make some breakthrough with the products you already have! When you are buying new stuff all the time, you often forget about the gems you already have at home.
Always wash-your-makeup-tools to eliminate any bacteria that may have transferred from your skin. Bacteria, which causes infections and breakouts, can be passed back and forth from the jar to the brush to your face, so keep it clean.
As the minerals products don't contain any water or oils, they don't grow bacteria or go bad. It could be a good alternative because they don't expire and are safe for your skin. As a mum that doesn't wear a lot of makeup, most of my eyeshadows are loose mineral powders. The investment is worth it in the long run.
Now that you've overhauled your makeup collection and turned it into a beautiful display, you have to make sure to keep it clean and uncluttered. Set some rules for creating some habits that will help you keep things neat and uncluttered.
When adjusting purchasing habits, one of the keys is to be more diligent about the process before the purchase.
These organizational hints will help you keep your makeup collection under control, and with just a few efforts every month or so, keep the collection manageable.
Are you convinced yet?
Let's do it!