In the beginning of this year, I decided my intention for the year was to simplify. I think it's going well, as I'm constantly working on simplifying my possessions, my goals, and my to do lists.
But I've noticed when it comes to my beauty stash, it easily gets out of hand and can become overwhelming.
I'm sure a lot of other people feel this way, both bloggers and non bloggers. There's a sale, a new line was launched, and we stock up. It happens to the best of us.
So today I'm sharing the tips I've started to implement to declutter and streamline my beauty drawers.
Why Do I Need to Declutter?
First let's talk about why you should declutter.
The main reason, for me, is the visual mess. I don't like have drawers stuffed full of products waiting to be used. Maybe you're like this too.
The second reason is to avoid using expired products. Green beauty products have a shorter shelf life than most because of the lack of chemical preservatives. Products that are expired, or are even getting close to their expiration date can cause bacteria growth on your skin. This can result in skin irritation and acne, something nobody wants.
I have two different reasons for wanting to declutter, but maybe you have a different one. Why do you declutter?
Let's get in to the 5 tips to declutter your beauty stash.
Be Honest With Yourself //
This is a really important tip. Think about the products you use and how often you use them. If you don't have a need for a hairspray, why are you buying one? If you don't really need a new nail polish, why get it? If it takes you months to go through conditioner, why are you buying two at the same time?
If you can really reflect on your beauty habits, you'll save yourself so much time, space, and money by avoiding unnecessary purchases.
Resist Sales //
Along the same lines as my first tip, avoid sales. This is the easiest way to get stuck with ten products you'll never use. Or you may use them, but it'll take you months to go through them.
Yes, saving money is important, and you should be on the lookout for deals. But only when you need the products.
Don't buy three shampoos to get the fourth one free, when you're only buying for yourself. Don't spend a hundred dollars on products you don't really need, just to get a free gift.
It doesn't make financial sense, and it'll stuff your drawers full with products you may never use.
Keep Only One Backup At a Time //
This has been the biggest struggle for me. My issue is that when I see a product I'm interested in, I buy it. But then I'll end up with five different cleansers that will take me a year to go through.
Not only do I have way to much product, but I've got no room to try new releases. Which kinda sucks as a blogger. It also means that there's a good chance something is going to be expired by time I get to it, and not only is that a waste of money, it's just really annoying.
So my rule has been to only buy one backup at a time. I like having one backup in case I run out, as it saves me from scrambling to replace it. This also gives me room to buy new releases and try them right away.
But most importantly, it means my drawers are more simplified, paired down, and empty.
Incorporate Multi Tasking Products //
To simplify your beauty routine, look for multi tasking products. I love cleansing oils, as they can easily replace a cleanser, serum, and moisturizer all in one. Instead of having to buy and store three products, you only have one!
Another multi tasking product is love dry shampoos. My favourite is the Acure Organics Dry Shampoo Powder. It works to absorb excess oil while adding volume and texture, all in one tiny little bottle.
Keep a Contained Beauty Storage System //
This is a really easy one, and it's my way of keeping everything together. If all of my other tips fail, this one will save you. I have a set of Alex drawers that I store my beauty products in. They don't go anywhere else, and if they can't fit in there, I don't buy it.
This way you have a physical threshold of products. You can't buy more than what can fit in there. It seems too simple, but it's really helpful for visual people like me.
What are your favourite tips for decluttering and keeping your beauty stash simple and streamlined?
Until next time,