For all of you amazing Lauren Kelp Newsletter subscribers, you may have recognized that during the month of March we are focusing on simplifying all aspects of our lives. Simplifying is such a remarkable tool, and seems so fitting during this season of Spring Cleaning. One of the challenges we issued to readers and ourselves was to clean out our makeup drawer(s). This is something I have been in major need of doing. Just check out my baskets of beauty products and hairstyling tools below.
Yeah, I know… YIKES! Skin and hair care products are definitely items I tend to hoard and have a hard time throwing out. This last weekend, I set out to de-clutter and simplify these baskets that sit in my bathroom. Today I want to share my three rules for simplifying and tidying up your beauty supply!
RULE NUMBER ONE:
If you haven’t used it in 3 months, toss it.
A lot of hair care and ESPECIALLY cosmetics products have a short shelf life. For me, I love using organic products, so using them in a timely manner is key. Like regular food and liquids, products can begin growing mold (sick, right?!) or just lose their luster after a while. If you are feeling any doubts about throwing an item away, ask yourself “Will I use this tomorrow?” If the answer is no, toss it. If it’s yes, keep it, but toss it out at the end of the day if it still stays untouched.
RULE NUMBER TWO:
Organize items by category, and pick up some organizing containers.
For me, I hate seeing boxes of q-tips in the original packaging. Having storage containers not only makes the product look more aesthetically pleasing, but makes it easily accessible instead of boxes stacked on top of each other.
I start out with organizing my products by category, then placing them in the appropriate storage. For instance, all of my skincare products go in one basket and hair care into another. I like to keep disposable items that are used on a daily basis, like cotton balls and q-tips, next to each other and in an easily accessible area. Containers don’t have to be anything fancy – I love storing items in re-purposed mason jars.
RULE NUMBER THREE:
Leave some space for growth.
There’s nothing worse than coming home with a shopping bag of new products, only to have them sit on the bathroom floor until you make room for them. Allow yourself a few extra square inches for your new lipstick or body scrub purchases.
Another thing to consider, is leaving space for your significant other. My husband hates it when my products take up all the space, and he has nowhere to put his stuff. Being considerate of other peoples possessions will ultimately help you in implementing simplifying habits into your life.