I must admit, as a very tidy person, I wasn't expecting to learn much about make up storage when I first started reading Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. However, because I'd heard a lot of good reviews from other people who have read it, I thought I would give it a go and I'm so glad I did! After a few pages in, I could tell this book was actually going to change the way I looked at material objects. It’s not just a case of putting things in their places (in my case my Muji drawers) and keeping on top of things, Marie delves into the psychology behind clutter and the reasons why we hold onto things that have long fulfilled their purpose. The book is predominantly centred round the tidying of clothes and books but I thought I’d apply the same principles to how you can de-clutter your beauty collection which, if you're anything like me, can get a bit out of hand at times!
The Key Principles
Does it bring you joy?
As you go through each item, ask yourself this question. If looking at the object doesn’t make you happy, it’s definitely not worth keeping. You should love the things you surround yourself with, not ‘just because’. This applies to cosmetic samples you might have had lying around for future travelling too.
All or nothing
Don't reserve make up for special occasions, you’ve spent the money so you should use that lipstick with the pretty packaging! And do all your tidying at once and get everything in one place, rather than on different days with items scattered in different room. Marie writes that 'A common mistake people make is to decide where to store things on the basis of where it's easiest to take them out'. Keeping all your skincare and makeup in one place will make it easier for you to see exactly what you have and less likely to buy things you don’t need.
Try it on
In the same way you might try clothes on when you’re deciding whether to keep them or not, trying your make up on is a useful exercise to see if particular colours or formulas actually suit you any more or make you feel good. Our skin type can change even from month to month so it’s only natural for your make up style to change too.
Store make up and skincare in drawers
Forget make up bags that you can’t find things in, drawers are the way forward for organising your beauty products. Clear ones are good because you can see exactly what you have and you’ll easily be able to tell if you’re products are building up again because you won’t be able to close the drawers!
Follow your intuition
Marie emphasises that there’s no right or wrong amount of products for everyone. So trust your intuition through the clearing out process until something clicks and you know you’ve gotten rid of everything you can.
In terms of clothes, the same principles apply but Marie also says that hanging the heavier things on the left side of your wardrobe will automatically make you feel lighter. She explains it more in the book but I've now rearranged my wardrobe so the heavier things are on the left and it feels so much better when I open the doors.
A couple of other interesting points that I took away from the book was to talk to your possessions as if they are sacred objects. Thank them for everything they do for you! This might sound strange but I'm a big believer in everything around us responding to the energy we give out. So next time you are shouting at your laptop for being slow, try and take a deep breath and thank the universe for even providing you with one in the first place. Not everyone is lucky enough to have all the possessions you might have.
Have you read Marie Kondo's book? Let me know if you found any of these tips useful! Now I'm off to tidy...