Like a Boss: De-cluttering – Beauty

It’s time to move out, and with this, it’s time to declutter.

I come from a family of hoarders, so getting rid of things that I can someday find a use for can be pretty tough. What if I end up regretting my decisions? What if I spent good money on it? Will I be able to live without these items [that I don’t even like]?

There were a few factors that affected my decision to declutter

1. I am moving out,
2. I don’t use a lot of things I own,
3. I want to live a simpler, less stressful life,
4. I travel a lot, and think of moving out of the UK in the future.

I am naturally someone who doesn’t like to spend her money, meaning I never buy expensive things in general – therefore my beauty stash, composed of mainly drugstore products was a great starting point to my de-cluttering journey.


I have researched a lot about de-cluttering and how to do it best, so I compiled a list of the things I took into consideration. For each item, think of these seven points:

1. Do I use it?
2. When I do, does it bring me joy? If in doubt, throw it out. 
3. Is it broken? If so, fix it in a week or get rid of it. 
4. Am I holding onto it because it had a higher price tag? You’ve already wasted your money, it’s fine. 
5. If I lost it, would I cry about it?
6. Can someone else be happier to have it?
7. Is it a gift and do I feel guilty for throwing it out?

Number seven is a biggie. A lot of the times we hold onto things because we don’t want to upset the person who gave it to us – but remember, when you are given a gift, you receive the joy of having it in that moment/months you use it etc and you are no longer obliged to keep it if it doesn’t serve the purpose of bringing you happiness. Receiving gifts is not a contract!

And so I started off with lip products, something I don’t use on an everyday basis, no matter how much I would like to say I do.

lips (2)I have laid out all of my products in categories of colour first, and then picked my absolute favourites, without which I hypothetically ‘could not live’ (although I definitely could). My favourite lip balms, bright colours and nudes. To be honest, I could/should have probably stopped there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI then went through every single colour, swatched it, became real with myself in terms of LOVING it, and even getting rid of things that held a sentimental value in my heart (gifts). A girl gotta do what she gotta do. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have narrowed it down to 17 products which will last me for the next few years or until I stop enjoying it. This is still way more than anybody needs – but I’m happy with what I kept!

Top tip: when decluttering, think on the positive side and ask yourself ‘what do I want to keep’ instead of ‘what do I want to get rid of’.

Total: 18 lost, 17 kept.

eyesNext up. The eye palettes, shadows and liners. Some of which I never touched after opening because I simply didn’t enjoy them, but was too cautious to get rid of (cough, cough, because it was from Sephora). Yet again, I took myself on a ‘shopping my own beauty stash’ experience, and picked out my holy grails – mainly my palettes and favourite eyeliners.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA…and so I ended up with 14 products (update: 12 as I recently also got rid of the MUA palette and Rimmel eyeliner) out of the original 24.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATotal: 30 lost, 29 kept. 

faceI didn’t think I would have much trouble in this section, since I only own one foundation and usually use it up before I purchase another one – but I didn’t realise how many unnecessary things I had hidden (!). But, I still only stuck to my favourites and threw away things I didn’t like no matter of the brand (in this day and age brands can lead so many decisions!). 10 kept, 8 lost.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Total: 38 lost, 39 kept.

nailsMy guilty pleasure. It kind of gave me a headache (not mentioning heart ache). I can’t even imagine how much money I’ve spent on all of these during my high school years! Quantity over quality for sure, I thought. But lesson is learnt – I now have a great selection of colours I love, with formulas that work, simples.

Colour-coding first, shopping my own beauty stash second.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter picking my favourites I then went through every single bottle and decided if I want to donate it to friends or throw it out. The joy of getting rid of things also gives you the opportunity to selflessly give your unwanted ‘trash’ – (here it comes) “someone’s trash is another person’s treasure”!

35 kept, 55 lost. I do however realise I still hold on to too many, but this will get better as I go along and see which ones I use most. This will also mean that while I don’t have to buy any more nail polishes in the next years – I am still able to pick any colour of the 35 and have a great nail day.


Total: 93 lost, 74 kept. 

Here’s to getting rid of 55% of my beauty collection! I am willing to commit and make it a process I go through every 6 months to make sure I use and love all of the items I chose to keep in my life. I dream about becoming a minimalist, but I am not sure I am quite ready for extreme downsizing. More simple, lighter life, here I come!

Are you thinking of decluttering? If you’re thinking about it, stop thinking and start doing! You will feel a huge weight off your shoulders. The fact that we don’t need possessions to make us happy is one of the most liberating feelings.

Happy de-cluttering my loveliest! …and remember, “if in doubt, throw it out!”.

Keep thriving for more,
Karolina ♥

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