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Last week we wrapped up the master bedroom and I hope the six weeks we spent decluttering various areas in your room helped make it a bit of a more calming space. I've been amazed at the difference I feel opening up my closet now that the racks and shelves have less useless and unwanted items. Now I need to train myself to not toss everything directly on to the couch in my room! Progress, not perfection, right?
If you are just joining us, here's the deal:
I still had this mindset of decluttering being a big ol’ chore up until a few months ago when I read this fantastic post from Nony at A Slob Comes Clean. It was like a huge light went off in my brain! Decluttering is simply the act of getting rid of what doesn't belong, isn't needed, or belongs in the trash. It doesn’t mean buying a whole slew of new bins for your things to go in or coming up with some type of system that you hope will change your life - that’s organizing. It’s a whole different ball game. Right now, I’m in the game of decluttering. I just want things GONE.
When there’s less stuff, especially less of what has no purpose in your home anymore, organizing can often happen naturally. You won’t be cramming thirty towels into the closet because you only need ten and they fit nicely. You don’t need to dig through a tub of medicines to find what you need only to keep coming across bottles that are long since expired.
Here’s my challenge: Each week, take on ONE area of your home. I’ve already made the list for you so that part is done. Go to the area, throw away trash, put items that you no longer need but are still in good condition into a donation box, and put other items where they belong. Simple!
Week 21: Make-Up and Beauty Products
Hello, bathroom! Okay, so there's a chance you have these items in your room but I think most people store them in the bathroom so if I'm assuming wrong, I'm sorry. But for a good majority of us, this marks moving to the bathroom, so yay! New room.
I'm not a big make up person. I think if you follow me on Instagram and catch my selfies you will probably notice that au naturel is my usual jam. I typically put make up on for events and gatherings - church, girl's night, date night, etc., - and don't worry about it during the every day moments. I could totally tell you that it's because I want to set an example for my kids that natural beauty is good. Or that I don't want to cover my skin with all sorts of extra gunk that will cause my skin to break out or need to be removed later. I could tell you those things. But honestly? I just don't want to put in the effort. I'm comfortable without it and also lazy. It's a good combo for saving buckets of money on these items.
But that doesn't mean I don't own any. I do keep a variety around so that those days when I want to wear make up or do my hair I have the tools to do so. But this also means it doesn't get used super often and can get not so nice before I use it up. Or I decide I don't like it anymore but I still hang on to it because I paid for it and should try to use it.
Begone, unwanted make-up! Go away colors that I don't wear or work with my skin tone. I mean, look at all this. I can now see what is in my make-up bag rather than excavating every time I wear the stuff.
I also don't have a whole slew of beauty supplies. Those hair products? I've had them for several years and the cap on the mousse is broken. I've been holding it carefully in place while attempting to use it. Ugh. The hairspray is empty but I keep trying to spray more out. We don't use baby lotion and yet we have SO MUCH. And those binders do not fit in Mercedes hair and haven't since she was about a year old. All gone now.
Share a picture in the comments or on social media with the hashtag #clutterbusterchallenge of what you found to declutter.
Come back next week for week 22 to clean off the bathroom shelves. I use our bathroom shelves to hold most of the beauty products but there are also other random items that get set there so I'm sure I'll find more to toss out.
If you are looking for a better way of keeping on top of your homemaking tasks now that you are steamrolling through all this decluttering you might be interested in a new course from Humorous Homemaking. Home Management How To: A Guide to Daily Success is open now! I've got a post about my experience with this course here but this is a great course for you to take control of all the household tasks in a way that is tailored specifically to your family and life.