Somehow, I’ve survived an entire week of #NoShopFeb. I haven’t taken my credit/ debit card out of my wallet for anything besides the necessities (basically gas and groceries and Fresh Monkee). THIS IS A VERY BIG DEAL.
I got home from a workshop on Saturday afternoon and ended up going to Target. This normally would be a horrible idea but it was a test of willpower. I was returning a bunch of things I’d bought before #NoShopFeb started. Happy to report I passed the test! I went in, returned everything, and walked out without looking at a single thing past the customer service counter. Who would’ve thought that was possible?!
ANYWAYS. I got back from Target and it was barely 4:00. I genuinely didn’t know what to do with the rest of my day. It occurred to me, either I really do shop a lot or I need a hobby. Probably both. I decided to continue rewatching Grey’s Anatomy (again) and clean out my makeup vanity.
I had products from my old Ipsy subscription, random Sephora & Ulta purchases, and my current monthly Sephora PLAY Box subscription (that I’m thinking of cancelling, but that’s another conversation). It’s not like I wear makeup everyday and really NEED 20 different lipsticks. I want them, but I certainly don’t need them.
My goal was simple: get rid of things that are old, empty, and unused. After that, I could organize everything again.
Step 1: Go section by section. I started with the drawer that (used to) house random skincare products, highlighters, foundation, and primers. I grouped it all by product type, just so I could see if there were duplicates, what was empty, old, etc. Though I didn’t throw any of it out, I did realize these products were not meant to all be together. I then sorted through all of my lipsticks, eye products, and brushes.
Step 2: What’s staying and going? This was the funny part. I looked like I walked into a makeup explosion by the end of it. I tested every single lipstick I owned on my arm. Pink, red, blue, purple, maroon– you name it, I had it. Same rule from before: duplicate, old, empty and into the box it went. I got rid of at least 10 lipsticks I have had sitting there for a solid 5 years. Gross. The process applied to the eye products and brushes too!
Step 3: ORGANIZE. With fewer products to have to put away, reorganizing everything was easier than I thought it would be. Skin care products and primers went into the drawer– and they all fit perfectly! Eye and face brushes now sit nicely in a container together. Eye products are still grouped together in a container. Lipsticks lay nicely in the big container. And my setting sprays, foundations, and primers all sit in a container together.
To most people who don’t have an excessive amount of makeup products, this may seem ridiculous. But what I learned from the cleaning process is that it can be applied to anything I own– clothes, shoes, etc.
I was so happy to clean the vanity out that I ended up cleaning and reorganizing all of the supplies at work! I really hope this helps, and motivates you to start cleaning out the things you currently own!
Here’s some updates from the lovely ladies I’ve been tackling this challenge with: