...catch a palette by the (figurative) toe. If it sucks then let it go. Out goes Y-O-U...
After vigorously cleaning and reorganizing my makeup stash, I came face-to-face with the harsh reality that so many makeup addicts face - I was pretty much drowning in makeup, a lot of which I never wear.
A rational person would say, if you don't use it, then toss it. A makeup addict is not a rational person. We hold onto things because of sentimental reasons. We hoard limited edition makeup that is long expired and we can never wear, because the packaging is cute. It sounds incredibly dumb now that I am typing the words out, but nevertheless, this is how our logic works. Enter: decluttering by way of this little rhyme that I used to use to pick out which color of M&M to eat first (after separating them into beautiful color coordinated piles because organization is gorgeous).
I have LITERALLY been doing eenie meenie miney mo with my makeup collection every morning. I wear whatever the "U" of "y-o-u" is, and I do it for my eyes and lips. I rotate between large eyeshadow palettes, small palettes and singles, and I also switch between lipstick, lip glosses, high end, drugstore, you get the picture. Every day I am using products that I have continued to hang on to for no apparent reason, and it is making it so much easier to let things go. When I land on a twelve pan palette and open it up only to realize that I only truly love 2 shades in it...yeah, that's a problem. I have already selected a Revlon lipstick to declutter that I'm pretty sure was only worn once, and that one time was yesterday when it was the "U". I've also decided today that I am finally biting the bullet and decluttering the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. The rose gold one that everyone and their mother and myself were all freaking out about a few years back. I almost never reach for it and there is only one shade in it that I really love. That thing cost a pretty penny so I would much rather give it to somebody who is actually going to use it more than once every six months.
I am really excited to see what else I can declutter in this process. Is saying this rhyme every morning completely ridiculous and very silly? Yes. But it's working when nothing else really has. I am hoping to reach a point where my collection is only filled with things that I truly love and use all the time. You know those products that people say that they cannot live without? That's all I want in my collection, and that's all you should want too. Otherwise you are just sitting on a pile of wasted money, all for the sake of having a big collection that is in turn collecting a ton of dust.
Have any of you tried decluttering your collection? What tricks have worked for you? Tell me in the comments!