As part of my mission to declutter my life I decided to have a beauty purge. My collection of beauty products is one that always feels cluttered and messy, and to be honest even after clearing out some of the items it’s still cluttered and I know I have way too many products. But I don’t just want to get rid of them for the sake of having minimal products sitting on my shelves. If they are still good and I still like them I want to use them up. But first I needed to clear out the stuff I knew I was just not interested in any longer.
My Beauty Purge
To start with I emptied everything off of my beauty shelves and onto the floor. As I pulled each item out I checked to see if it had gone bad (in which case I chucked it out), or if I knew I wasn’t going to use it (in which case I put it in a pile to be given to friends). I then began categorising everything into groups of similar products – all face masks together, all shampoo’s together etc. From there I could see if I had a lot of one particular category and start narrowing it down to just the products that I knew I liked and wanted to use up. Anything I was so-so about got donated to friends.
I got rid of 10 products in this round. The Herbal Essences shampoo, Timothy conditioner and Talika moisturiser had all been sitting on my shelf unused for quite some time and I wasn’t fussed about finishing them up so in the bin they went. The Fibrology shampoo and conditioner, Rituals shampoo, Tommy Guns conditioner, KMS curling mousse, and Umberto Giannini backcomb in a bottle and (clean) Soap & Glory shower puff all got passed along to friends and family who would get much better use out of them than me.
The after might not look all that much different from before my beauty purge, but it’s a step in the right direction. Now I just have to remember to focus on using these products up instead of buying in new things to try…
If you want to see more decluttering you can watch my Makeup Declutter and Nail Polish Declutter videos, and read my Wardrobe Declutter post too. What area of my home would you like to see me declutter next?