I’ve never had too much trouble with cleaning out, purging, and pitching stuff. I am so motivated by the zen of no clutter and not too much “stuff” to manage that I actually look forward to a good clean-out session around my house. And I tend to do a lot of them during this time of year.
But there are some areas where I simply forget to take a fresh look and evaluate what I have on hand. And one of those areas, for me, is my own bathroom where I keep my stash of hair supplies, makeup, bath products, nail polish, and other miscellaneous girlyness. I’m always amazed at how much stuff I can get rid of when I DO remember to clean out this part of my house – not only do I come across some stuff I tried once, didn’t love, but felt guilty throwing out right away, but there’s tons of stuff I just don’t use or that has actually expired.
I recently read that many products (I notice about 2/3 of the stuff I own) have this little jar icon on the label, with an approximate date of how long the product is good for, once opened. The tube of hand cream above is good for 18 months. Maybe I’m just oblivious, but I had never noticed these before. Until now, I was just keeping track of “approximately” when I bought stuff in my head, but let’s face it, that’s not very accurate. I know some people say they just throw stuff out when it starts to smell different, but quite frankly, that just grosses me out. So I thought this time around, as I narrowed down to just the stuff I love and use, I’d keep better track of what was still usable. I did a little research and made a chart to share with anyone else looking to purge through their beauty products:
When you’ve pitched the stuff that’s expired or you just no longer want or need, you could use a Sharpie to write an approximate date on all your tubes and compacts and bottles as a reminder of when to throw them out. I’m not sure how on top of that I will be, but knowing the above guide certainly helps me get a grip on what’s still okay to be using.
Oh and my purge efforts? Thankyouverymuch, I parted ways with:
- six full-size bottles of hair and body products
- two travel-size bottles of product (I buy these a lot to try out something new)
- eight expired nail polishes (and still dozens left…I may have an addiction…)
- a handful of eye shadows
- two compacts of powders and bronzers
- one concealer
- two lip glosses
- three lip/eye pencils
- two handfuls of free samples I’ll never use
- one makeup brush (came in a set – I don’t even know what to use it for!)
- one extra nail file (one is enough)
- one extra makeup pencil sharpener (again, one is enough)
Can I get a high-five?! There are a couple items in there I need to replace but otherwise, I love having a much more simplified collection of the stuff I love and actually USE. It’s easier to keep it organized and find what I need in the mornings. Looking for a way to STORE all your makeup? My mom over at BeColorful recently compared a bunch of clear acrylic organizers and reviewed her favorites!