Spring has officially sprung, and for many of us that means it’s spring cleaning time. As a somewhat organization obsessive Virgo, spring cleaning is actually something I look forward to every year. It’s a chance for me to start fresh, tackle the dusty corners of my house and most of all, declutter. And since one of my goals for this year is trying to live with less and be a bit more minimalist with my belongings, I was extra excited to get started. I started my spring cleaning with a little beauty declutter, and figured that I’d share my best tips for cleaning and simplifying your beauty collection.
First of all, a note on how I store my beauty. I’m not one of the lucky people with room for a gorgeous vanity (a girl can dream, though), so I store most of my beauty bits in a little chest of drawers in the bathroom. It houses everything from makeup to body care and hair care, all neatly organized in these white Ikea boxes. On top of the dresser I have an acrylic makeup organizer, that houses my favourite lipsticks, foundations and perfumes, all within a hand’s reach.
A BEAUTY DECLUTTER
Take Everything Out
The first step in organizing your beauty stash is taking out every beauty bit you own. And I do really mean everything, so don’t forget to check your nightstand and gather all the lipsticks from the bottom of your bags too. (I usually have at least five hiding in there). I like to gather mine into a pile on the bathroom floor, and then organize everything according to category. So all foundations go together, cleansers go together, etc. That way you can easily sort through them, and also see the areas where you might be going a bit overboard on the shopping front.
Toss, Donate or Keep?
Separate things in each category further into three piles; toss, donate & keep. Obvious things to get rid of are things that have gone out of date, or developed a funky texture or smell. Depending on the state of things you can donate, or get rid of, things you don’t honestly see yourself using. Finally, the keep pile should just have the things you absolutely adore. I also like to make a separate pile of all the things that need to be used up, so they can go in the front.
Don’t Forget To Swatch For Dupes
While going through your beauty bits, swatch everything to make sure you don’t have two of what’s basically the same thing. While doing my own beauty declutter I noticed that I actually had two identical peachy beige lippies. Obviously only one could stay.
Give Everything A Good Clean
Before putting everything back to where it belongs, make sure to give all your beauty bits a good clean. Especially makeup (and makeup removers) tend to get quite grimy in daily use, so give everything a wipe down before putting it back. I like to clean mine with a hand towel dipped in warm water, but you can also use cleansing wipes if you fancy.
Do Your Brush Laundry
As you may well know, washing makeup brushes is one of my least favourite things to do. (And one that I tend to postpone way longer than I should). That said, a beauty declutter is the perfect time to give your trusty tools a bath. I wash my brushes with warm water and Marseille soap, and then leave them to dry on a clean towel.
Consider A Capsule Collection
Finally, just like with your wardrobe, you might consider giving your beauty stash the capsule treatment as well. Simplifying your beauty collection doesn’t necessarily have to mean getting rid of everything. Since I don’t have a ton of space for beauty storage, I only keep my everyday essentials in the bathroom. Out of season beauty bits and backups are all stored in the bedroom. So with spring rolling around I’m packing away all my deep berries and plums, and bringing back out the bright corals and shimmery bronzers.
Will you be doing a beauty declutter this spring?