1 year ago
Here’s another confession for you: I’m a bit of a hoarder. Not an A&E level hoarder, mind, but I still tend to hang on to things that I should’ve long thrown out. Partly for sentimental reasons; but if we’re talking about makeup, I only ever really have one: I’m afraid I might find that I need it after I’ve thrown it out.
This is also the biggest reasoning for my over-packing habit. “But what if I need it?” is a question I ask myself numerous times when packing for a trip or trying to size down my makeup stash. But lately, I’ve been trying to be more discerning about what I keep in my collection and what I need to throw away. I did a major clean-up a week ago and throwing out older or severely underused makeup products has left me feeling a bit, well… Lighter!
There are many benefits when it comes to reducing your makeup stash. The first is the obvious – less clutter! The more items you have the more space you don’t have, so removing items that you hardly ever use creates some much needed and appreciated breathing room. Also, de-cluttering your collection allows you to be much more organised. I had small storage boxes filled with lip, cheek, eye products that I’ve used once and have since forgotten; throwing those products away has really made my space look much cleaner and neater. Lastly, maintaining a stash with many unloved items is a waste – a waste of space and a waste of product.
So if you’re like me and need to free up some much needed room in your vanity, or if you’re just looking to lessen the amount of product you currently
are hoarding own, then this article is for you. I have asked two of my friends, Liz from Beauty Reductionista and Larie of Eye Heart It to give you all some tips on how to successfully reduce your product stash. Hopefully this will prove helpful for you!
So… The first thing you need to do is to stop lying to yourself. I know as an aspiring makeup artist, I tend to justify my purchases with “but I could also use this in my kit!” Of course, I just end up with a product that I don’t really reach for in my personal life, let alone in my work. If you haven’t used a product in close to a year, then the chances of you using it again are slim to none. So don’t be afraid to let them go. I promise that after the initial sting of saying goodbye to a product (yes, even one you barely use), you will hardly miss it. In fact, you will soon forget it again, just like you forgot you owned it in the first place.
Next, do a complete inventory of your collection. “Weed out duplicates, expired, or other unusable things,” says Liz (a.k.a. The Reductionista). Once you’ve done that, toss ‘em out! I know it can be tough to throw out products, especially if they’re perfectly good ones. I tend to try to hang on to a product and use it a few times in the hopes that if I just find the right application technique, it will work. But sometimes, no matter how hard you try, items just don’t work out for you. “People try to find ways to ‘make things work,’” says Larie. “But honestly, with the number of products out there, you shouldn’t have to work hard to have something do its intended purpose.” TRUTH!
That said, sometimes you do find a way for a product to work, but for a completely different use. “Think of alternate uses for a product designed for certain functions,” says Liz. “For example, a bad facial scrub can substitute as a hand/feet scrub, or lipsticks can double as cream blush.” Larie agrees: “many products are multi-taskers and that’s a good way to use what you have instead of buying something new each time. If you only need something once, it might be good to try to turn your existing product into that (e.g. purple eyeshadow can be used as purple blush) before racing out to find a new item.”
If you’re still hesitant to throw away makeup products that have yet to expire, then Liz suggests that you “take the time to consider donating or somehow getting rid of items that may be in good condition but aren’t getting any love.” Do research on women’s shelters in your area that accept lightly used makeup products and give the items you no longer want to keep to those organisations. Another thing to consider is to have your girlfriends come over to sift through the items you want to give away. And if you’re a blogger? Hello, blog sale!
When you’ve sorted the undesirables out of your stash, you are now left with a (hopefully) more workable collection. But if you find that you still want to reduce your stash but don’t want to throw/donate/give products away, then take your nearly empty/finished items, and use them up! Liz says to “pick out items that are nearly finished or close to expiry date and use them daily. For the almost finished items, you’re nearly there. For the almost expired items, there is a deadline! Let that be your motivation! You’ll be surprised how quickly these will go.” Once you’re in this stage, be sure to “stop buying new things until certain progress has been made,” says Liz. Buying more products when you’re still in the process of using up older ones defeats the purpose. So slow your roll and put the debit/credit cards away!
In the end, it’s all about the old adage of QUALITY over QUANTITY. Larie puts it best: “I strive for a more functional stash. like to have a variety of colours, textures, and what not; but in the end, the point is the effect they all have on my face. I like wearing makeup, not just owning it.”