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June 24, 2021

So many of us go for years without clearing out our makeup stash and end up hoarding way too many beauty products – some we don’t even use, but sneakily throw to the back of our beauty stash to use for an appropriate occasion (whatever that means).

Why even have them there? These products are usually the culprits that cause overcrowding, take up precious storage space, get in the way, hide the items that you do use or want to find, or you might have to constantly push them out of the way (or sift through them) to get to the items that you do love or use.

It’s a waste of time having to sift through an overflowing makeup bag or a cabinet full of products you don’t even use. By creating functional systems that streamline your routine, you can avoid that unnecessary frustration.

Keeping a concise makeup and skincare collection not only makes your beauty routine more approachable but it allows your skin to truly adapt to the products you’re using. Incorporating too many ingredients can cause irritation, inflammation and just unnecessary stress. 

To help put an end to your overflowing beauty drawers or bathroom cabinets, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you on your decluttering spree -happy decluttering!

 #1 Expiry Dates Are Real

All products have a small symbol that looks like a jar with a number / letter on the inside, for example: 6M. This means that a product has a six month shelf life upon opening.

The numbers are there for a reason - beyond the fact that products might start to degrade and not be as effective as they were meant to be if you use them past this date, there’s also the risk that these products might be contaminated.

Skin irritations such as rashes, bumps, and burning sensations can occur when using expired products. If you use mascara or eyeliner that’s past its expiration date, you can experience swelling, itchiness, or redness. It’s always best to see a dermatologist immediately if you experience any kind of reaction.

Here’s a general guideline on what you need to know about the lifespan of your skincare and makeup products:

Beauty Stash Makeup and Skincare Expiry Date General Guide

While these are just recommendations, remember to check the actual product for expiry dates. If all else fails, just check the texture and smell of the product – these will definitely give it away.

#2 Categorize, Declutter and Organize

The first step (per usual) is to remove every item you own and group them into categories. Then, go through every single item within the category to decide which one you absolutely need and keep only those. Any duplicates or products you never use should be on the chopping block. 

Just remember: this is not an exercise in frugality – keep only those that you will actually use! If you keep them, they are only taking up space for the items you actually *do* use.

With a pared-down supply, choose storage solutions that make sense in your space and ensure that your daily products remain easily accessible.

Beauty products that have been stashed away at the back of your beauty drawer are most likely to be forgotten. Out of sight, out of mind. Try to arrange all your items such that they’re mostly visible and within easy reach.

#3 Consistency is Key

While these are just some tips to help you get started on decluttering your beauty stash, don’t wait till a year later to do this again. A routine check-up from time to time helps maintain an organised collection and ensures you don’t use expired makeup.

Cleaning as you go also reminds you of the favourites you have so you don’t over-purchase new items and end up right where you started!