I am trying to document as much of this as possible so that I stick to my resolutions and also to hopefully show other people that they are not alone in having too much stuff.
What better place to start me minimising efforts than my beauty products collection. I have lots of beauty products (as I sure you can imagine) but I even shocked myself when I decided to photograph all the little repositories I keep them in. These photos don't even include my handbag makeup bag or the one in the car!
This is ridiculous, I don't even use half of them as they are a big pile of poop or I was given them as gifts. I really need to sort this out and reduce this to a more manageable size. My house isn't exactly tiny, but no-one (even Katy Perry) needs this many products.
Here are my rules for de-cluttering
- Anything less than a 5 out of 10 goes straight away
- Anything I wouldn't repurchase but that does the job, stays and needs to be used within 2 months (these things will go in strategic places so that they get used up. I hate waste and so find it hard to just get rid of things if they can be of use.
- All discarded products will be boxed up and put on Freecycle, I am the local moderator and hate sending anything that can be used by others to landfill. I have done this twice before and have always had loads of takers, just because it doesn't work for me doesn't mean that someone with opposite beauty needs won't think that it's great.
This is just what I have in my dressing table
My bathroom's own special collection of much replicated products
Miscellaneous beauty product hiding places number 1 ( I can't believe I have 2!)
Last one I promise
Honestly with all of this I should look like a supermodel! Ridiculous. It's also a sad testament to the overconsumption of the West. I am actually pretty ashamed to own all of this. It shows how marketing is such a lie, I think I honestly believed that by buying these products I really would be more pretty, more youthful, more whatever. Most get used once or twice, don't deliver what they promised and then languish in one of these drawers.
I'm not sure who I blame more, me for being such a gullible idiot, the beauty companies for flogging us these products that rarely do what they advertise, or the media for promoting woman's beauty as the only asset worth pursuing.