For years my blogging life focused mostly on what I had recently purchased or what parts of my vast collection of eye shadow palettes.
A more intense recent work schedule and other interests such as “life offline” changed my priorities quite distinctly. The admittedly very large collection of drugstore products suddently felt suffocating. Something needed to be done and I finally got around to sell many boxes of decluttered make up just a few weeks ago. And I am glad!
Glad, I could successfully decrease my collection and even gladder I did not have to throw away all that many products.
Which is a very important part of this subject for me – being economical has been part of my life ever since my childhood. Therefore, trashing “still good stuff” is generally almost impossible. However, one must get rid of such thoughts swiftly and painlessly!
It does help to accept that all the “still good to go” stuff already met their purpose by giving joy at purchase and use.
Thinking about it, I am probably writing this post more for me than anyone else. However, I do believe it might help someone who would want to reduce their collection as well.
The term hygiene is more than just cleaning and disinfecting – it’s also cleansing of both collection and ones mind.
Due to the daily grind I produced a “Cleaning Schedule” for my home – it has always been very helpful to me to write lists, tick things off and stay on the ball. (How often do you remember to wipte the fan hood?)
Therefore: Why not use the same principle for make up?
If you followed this schedule and still feel overwhelmed with your collection – try another round of decluttering. Maybe be a little stricter and honest with yourself .
I have to pat myself on the back as I feel I am very much in control when I think about #thecollection now. Brushes, however, seem to be a completely different chapter! I store brushes that I currently use in my Malm drawer – see previously mentioned traffic dirt, ugh – but there is a not-so-secretive secret box full of “backup brushes”…#facepalm
This brush box is going to be a project in itself. I do approve keeping 2 to 3 blending brushes, but does anyone “need” 10 different foundation brushes even though most people know which shapes and sizes they prefer? Mmh!
So, what DO you need? Cast-iron will, of course!
Nope, simply the wish to change things should do it, the rest will follow. A few helpers like a good brush soap or soap are good to have as well, along with wipes for glasses (ahem mirrors), or make up wipes, alcohol, an empty spray bottle is handy too, as well as an empty box or micro fibre cloths for cleaning.
Do you have a special routine to keep your collection “clean”? Let me know if you are stricter or like to experiment when decluttering!
A simple printable for you to download and pin: