BEAUTY top tips

Tips For De-Cluttering Your Beauty Stash

10:39Alice Grace

top tips decluttering beauty stash

I don't know about you, but I love a good ol', clutter cull at the start of a new year. There's something cathartic about clearing out cupboards and taking a huge pile of clothes to the charity shop. But, stream-lining my makeup collection and product stash is my favourite bit. There's always a drawer full of beauty bits that are neglected, some products that are probably past their best and a selection that I insist need to be kept, 'because I will move out of my comfort zone and start wearing blue eyeshadow, one day'. So, I thought I'd share some tips on how I'm going to be doing it, this weekend...

Organise Your Beauty Storage!

Whether you've got a mountain of Muji (I wish!), the Ikea Alex units, or a more unique, storage set-up, it needs to be organised. Not only will a well laid out collection help you to see all of the products you have, encouraging you to use them more often, but it will also save you time in the mornings, as you won't have to rummage around for hours to find something, hopefully! Taking the entire contents out of the drawers to sort through, is a great opportunity to make sure all the drawers are clean. I'm sure we've all experienced a product leaking or a pot of glitter exploding, before.

Then, you need to think about layout. Personally, I like to cluster my products by type. Depending on how large your collection is, you could further section the products into colours, formulas or drugstore/high-end. If you have large drawers, it's best to section them so that every product has its own place, rather than being lost in a mess. You can buy specifically-made, interlocking inserts and dividers, from Ikea, Muji or even stationary shops. For a budget option, you could try saving up your beauty subscription boxes, or cut up old gift boxes, cereal boxes etc to the size you want them. A cheap cutlery drawer could even do the trick, if it's the size you need! I like to keep my daily essentials on top of my drawers, in a glass fruit bowl, so I have them to hand. Every weekend I'll switch up the items that are in there, so that I'm constantly rotating the products I'm using.

top tips decluttering beauty stash

If it smells, looks or feels funny - throw it out! 

The first and most important step of sorting through your stash, is getting rid of anything that may have gone off or could cause any bad reactions. On the back of every beauty product, there's a little symbol that tells you how long, after opening, the item should be kept. A beauty use-by date, if you will. Honestly, I don't always stick to these restrictions and use my common sense. Things like how the product is packaged, if you've shared makeup with others and whether you've had any infections makes a difference to how long you should keep a specific item. For example, powder products can last for years, whereas cream or liquid formulas can deteriorate a lot more quickly and harbor harmful bacteria. If a foundation comes in a fully sealed bottle with a pump, then that will be much more hygienic than a pot that you dip your fingers into. But, one thing that you can't take a risk with is mascara; even if it hasn't dried up after being used for three months, then it should still be chucked in the bin, I'm afraid. Eye infections are never a good look!

To kill germs and prevent the growth of bacteria, you can spritz your makeup products with a sanitizing spray, such as The Pro Hygiene Collection Anti-Bacterial Makeup Spray, to extend the life of products. They can be used after every application on practically all makeup items, from cream blushes, to loose powders. Unfortunately, they don't work with mascara.


Be ruthless!

This whole idea won't work if you aren't merciless. There's no time to reminisce about purchasing a product if it's unnecessarily taking up precious space in your collection. Although, if it's particularly sentimental, like the first piece of makeup you bought, the lipstick you wore on your wedding day, or a special gift from a family member, then definitely keep hold of that! Otherwise, if you haven't used it for over a year, get rid! Even on that rainy day that you're waiting for, you'll want to reach for your holy-grail must-haves, rather than that palette of neon-brights that you bought in a brave, defiant moment of madness. Parting with unwanted makeup doesn't mean it has to go straight into the bin. If there's a product that I know a family member or friend may want, then I'll make sure it's thoroughly clean and then pass it on to a new, loving home. 

top tips decluttering beauty stash

If In Doubt, Try It Out!

Ok, so this is a method that I use when I'm really struggling. If a product that you haven't used was particularly pricey, or everyone else raved about it when you were left disappointed, then it can be difficult to let it go. I put these items aside and give them another chance by using them for a week or so afterwards, to see if my opinion has changed. Or, I'll stash them into a hidden place that I'll forget about and see if I miss them being in my collection over a couple of months. If they haven't made it into my makeup bag by then, it's time to wave goodbye! Sorting through your collection is a great way to re-discover products that have been shunned after new releases have come into the limelight, but there may have been a good reason why they ended up at the bottom of your drawer!


Ask someone you trust for advice!

Chances are, if you haven't used a product much, it's because you didn't like how it worked for you. Maybe that foundation didn't sit well on your skin, or that lipstick that caused major blogging hype just looked wrong with your skin-tone. My tip is to ask your mum, friend, partner or anyone you trust to be honest and say whether they think the product suits you, or looks unflattering. After all, not every tone of red lipstick suits everyone's complexion and different tones of eyeshadow will look better on different eye colours. Would you want to keep wearing a makeup product just because it's popular with everyone else, even if it doesn't flatter your look?


Do you have any tips on cutting down your beauty collections?

AGB X


You Might Also Like

20 comments

  1. Great tips, I had a little clear out the other day and it really does feel good :) I'm trying to now sort out my makeup storage and my vanity so that everything is neatly organised :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I always feel so much better when everything is neat and tidy, I'm a bit obsessed! haha x

      Delete
  2. Urgh, de-cluttering my beauty stash is something that I have been struggling with for the longest time. I just don't have the heart to do it. Too sentimental for my own good I'm afraid. Thanks so much for these tips.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is difficult to cut it down, but my collection always starts to overflow out of my storage and then I know I have to take action! No problem :)

      alicegracebeauty.com

      x

      Delete
  3. Some great tips. I always tend to put off de-cluttering as I'm such a hoarder! :(

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great post! I'm definitely guilty of hoarding! I can't bring myself to part with any of it, even though there are some bits that just don't suit me at all, or are really bad! I need to start being more ruthless ;)

    Dannie x
    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm like that with clothes! haha x

      Delete
  5. Heeey! We love your blog and your de-cluttering tips are very helpful because I'm such a hoarder! We've nominated you for the Liebster Award so if you want to give it a try, the questions are on our blog, http://atsundaycoffee.blogspot.co.uk Thanks, Alice & T x

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is a great post! I had a huge cull of my make up drawers before the New Year and while I don't have that many products now I really need to get some storage for them x

    Josie’s Journal

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, honey! I always feel so much better when my collection is well organised :) x

      Delete
  7. Wow I never knew you could spray your makeup to extend their quality of life! Great tips =) I'm pretty good with getting rid of makeup I don't need but I'm really bad with clothes haha

    Katmicru

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm currently having a clear out and joined the Finish 5 by Cinco de Mayo challenge to use up beauty products before they go off. Some good advice here. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooooh I haven't heard of that, but it sounds like a great challenge! Thanks, lovely! x

      Delete
  9. i definitely need to do this, good tips!

    xx danielle // shades of danielle // bloglovin

    ReplyDelete
  10. Great tips! I definitely need to do this! x

    http://theperksofmeg.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It feels so good to streamline your collection :) x

      Delete

Thanks for taking the time to read this post and leave a comment! I try to reply to each and every one of them within 24 hours! x

Contact Form