How To Get Rid Of Makeup, Cosmetics & Toiletries Clutter
Today's mission, for today and the next several days, is to get rid of makeup, cosmetics and toiletries from your bathroom, or wherever else you store these items, that are expired, unused and unwanted.
This mission is designed to be done while working on the Cosmetics & Makeup Organization Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, although you can obviously do it whenever you want or need to.
This article discusses how to declutter a wide variety of personal care products and toiletries, but to make it less overwhelming for you, when you check out the declutter calendar for the next few days you'll see it broken down into a small category of products daily.
Breaking it down into small increments is a similar concept to just decluttering 15 minutes at a time. So don't worry, this task doesn't need to be overwhelming at all. Either work 15 minutes at a time or do just one type of things at a time to get the job done.
Make Sure You Declutter All The Following Categories Of Items
Make sure as part of these decluttering missions that you declutter from each of the following categories:
Makeup (including mascara, foundation, powders, and lipsticks);
3. You have not used it within the last approximately 6 months.
It's actually really important, for health reasons, to get rid of old and expired makeup and other personal care products. If you don't believe me, make sure to read my article about expiration dates for more information on that topic!
Once you've decided what makeup and other toiletries to get rid of, you need to decide what to do with those things, so scroll down to get my advice what to do with the items you've decided to declutter.
However, as explained in more detail in my article about expiration dates for beauty and personal care products, once these items are opened and used, even once, they are exposed to bacteria and germs that breed inside the products and can cause infections and skin breakouts once the bacterial levels reach high levels.
Remember, this rule about not donating or selling beauty and personal care products only applies to those items that have been opened and used, so feel free to donate or sell unopened products!!!
Trash Or Recycling The Containers?
So what should you do with the items you want to get rid of from your home? The quick answer is that they belong in the trash, although you can recycle some of the containers that these items come in.
Recycling personal care and beauty containers could be an article all to itself, so instead of explaining it all here, here's a link to a program you can use if you choose to recycle your makeup and cosmetics containers.
Next, scroll down to see some before and after pictures from readers who've already done this mission, to get you excited about how much it can improve your bathroom or other areas of your home once you've decluttered the junk and only have the good stuff left!
Photo above courtesy of Linda, who said, "This is a trash can full of all of the way out of date makeup, lipsticks, mascara, snd miscellaneous stuff i will never use again. Feels good!"
Here's What Happens When You Declutter Beauty & Personal Care Products
Decluttering can be so rewarding! To get you excited to tackle your own cosmetics and toiletries, here's some photos sent in by readers who've already done this mission.
The one above is from a reader, Robin, who said, "I downsized a tackle box, 2 make up bags and random make up I found and purged enough that it now fits in a small drawer next to my mirror! There were some tears but I did it."
You can save a lot of room by getting rid of the stuff you don't use, and then it makes it much easier to organize what you've got left.
In addition, you can make such a significant difference in the way a room, such as your bathroom, looks once you've decluttered. Here's some photos below, from a reader named Michelle, who decluttered once her daughter, Taylor (no relation to me!) left for college. Michelle said, "My daughter (Taylor) left for university last week. This weekend I decided to reclaim the bathroom that she has been using (pretty much alone) for the last five years. I don't have a 'before' shot of the bathroom itself, but I took photos of all the stuff I removed."
Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?
I hope seeing these pictures has inspired you to declutter cosmetics, personal care and beauty products from your bathrooms and home.
When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.
Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!