30 Days of Decluttering

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I’ve been talking for ages about trying to pare down my makeup collection, by both using things up as well as slowing down my purchasing of new products (and may I just say – I have only bought ONE color makeup item over the past three months [the YSL Golden Gloss] – that deserves an award!), but now it’s time to get serious. I’ve decided to embark on a 30 day decluttering project, in which I have to get rid of a beauty item a day for 30 days. This could mean using up an item; giving away a shade I never wear but keep hanging on to for no good reason; tossing old, expired products; etc. It includes both makeup, skin/hair care, and nail polish – basically any beauty cosmetics I own.

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To start off with a bang, these are a handful of products that I’m going to dedicate time to finishing – they’re nearly done already, and were the inspiration to start this challenge. Beginning something like this with a few products already ‘ready’ to go is a bit of a cheat, but eh – the results are still the same really, and it gives me an extra incentive to really use these up!

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I’m beginning the challenge tomorrow – Friday, January 30th – and ending it on February 28th. I plan to track my progress on Instagram daily, so you can keep up with me there – or better yet, join me! #30daydeclutter

I’m excited to get cracking on this! Skincare is easy, as I usually only have just my current rotation of products with not much duplication (eg. only a couple cleansers, moisturizers, oils, treatments etc. at a time). Makeup, on the other hand, is much harder to part with – even if it’s a shade or formulation that doesn’t really work for me. I have been slowly pulling items from my collection and really scrutinizing whether they should be there or not – no point keeping stuff that I don’t love/wear – but it’s still hard to part with products that were purchased with my hard-earned cash. I just keep telling myself that the more I let go that just doesn’t DO it for me, the more new products I can buy that do!

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Time to get ruthless….wish me luck!!

Anyone else in the process of decluttering / reducing their beauty stash?

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  1. #1 by Dorkchops on January 29, 2015 - 9:05 pm

    Such a great idea, I should do this! 🙂 I have a lot of products I forget about and need to use up! 😀

  2. #2 by Eugenia on January 29, 2015 - 10:42 pm

    While I may not be ready to commit to a plan like this, I’ve begun my own version of decluttering as well – mainly because I don’t even know what I have any more, lol! Wishing you luck, Toya!

    • #3 by Latoya on February 2, 2015 - 11:25 am

      And to you, Eugenia! I hope you do a bunch of posts where we get to see your fabulous collection once it’s all organized!!!! 🙂 >

  3. #4 by supernovamakeup on January 30, 2015 - 12:50 am

    What a great idea, I might try this eventually. That MAC lipstick looks gorgeous, it shouldn’t be too difficult to finish it 😛 Good luck!

  4. #5 by hannahrosebeautyxo on January 30, 2015 - 6:06 am

    Great post – this is such a good idea!! I am currently on my own ‘beauty ban’ – I’m trying to finish 10-15 beauty products before allowing myself to make any more purchases! 🙂

    http://hannahrosebeautyxo.com/

  5. #6 by Wonderlusting Lynda on February 5, 2015 - 6:36 am

    1 item in 3 months – high 5! I totally need to do a declutter….heading over to IG for inspiration.

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