At the start of the year I wrote this post about a book that kind of kick started a dedication to minimise my belongings. I love things being clean and tidy (I’m also lazy so this isn’t always obvious) and I live with my husband in a studio flat. This means that stuff looks messy easily. We have such little storage and too much stuff. Things that I don’t use are just taking up precious space. I also like minimal belongings and I’m over my current beauty storage as it’s just all over the place. So the fact that I have so much makeup that I don’t use, and don’t even like, despite the multiple clear outs I had already had, is just frustrating. I hate waste, so throwing things out makes me sad but at the end of the day, I want to be happy in my space.
I’m trying to use up any products I own (you may see some new bobs in the after photo, this is because of halloween, whoops) before purchasing new ones as I want to get to a one-in, one-out basis now and that means that I can’t have more than one (maybe two) of different types of makeup. In terms of eyeshadows and lipsticks, this definitely won’t apply because a girl needs choices right? I am however impressed with how much I’ve managed to cut down on what I already own and also on what I purchase. I love spending and collecting new bits and bobs but I’ve just had to be honest with myself and make sure I really needed something before I purchase it. It’s a philosophy that I’m trying to apply to all aspects of my life as well. Quantity over quality is my new motto.
As you can see I managed to reduce all my makeup by a draw which I guess equates to about 25% which I’m pretty impressed by! It’s important to clear out old makeup anyway as it can harbour a lot of bacteria and it does expire. Unfortunately products don’t often have use by dates so it can be hard to remember to get rid of them in time. It’s another reason that I am trying to have less products so that I can use them all up rather than throw out half used products. My general rules for clearing out makeup are anything I wouldn’t reach for, anything that bothers me when I use it and anything that I know is really old.
If you have any tips on how to have a really effective minimalistic beauty collection please let me know as I clearly still have a long way to go.
Thanks for reading!