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.
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.
I 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. I 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.
Next 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.
…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.
Total: 30 lost, 29 kept.
I 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.
Total: 38 lost, 39 kept.
My 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.After 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!”.
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