How I Went From Hoarding Beauty Products to 8 Simple Items

How I Minimized My Makeup Bag - The Calm Collective

One of the most difficult transitions for me when cleaning out my bathroom cabinets or drawers has been letting go of beauty products.  First of all, they’re not cheap! Second, the thought of wasting something perfectly good is hard to swallow.  But each morning, whenever I’d open my medicine cabinet or try to find something in my “makeup drawer” – I’d have this sense of chaos wash over me, and it would leave me feeling frustrated. Why can’t I just find what I need? I really only reach for the same few products every day, anyway.  What was with all of these options?

How I Minimized My Makeup Bag - The Calm Collective

It’s like when you’re little, and you’re faced with too many options. Instead of being able to think clearly through each one before deciding, you instead get flustered and just freak out and throw your arms up in the air. “Someone just choose for me, thank you!”  That’s how I was feeling when it came to the mess that was my bathroom.

When I decided to commit to living not only more simply, but slower, I knew this was one of the first things that I had to tackle.

How I Minimized My Makeup Bag - The Calm Collective



How I Minimized My Makeup Bag - The Calm Collective

Here’s how I started the process:

  1. I gathered any products that I had purchased out of impulse and put them in a pile.  Whenever I would see friends, I’d bring them along to see if anyone wanted what I either hadn’t used, or still had a lot left of.  This made me feel so much better that nothing was really going to waste, and that other people would get to enjoy it.
  2. I paid attention to the flow of how I got ready each morning (and how I handled my skin care routine each night) – what was I using on a daily basis? What did I use once in a while, and what was never used?  After about two weeks, I had a solid idea of what could go (again, I shared with friends), what could stay, but be put away else where, and what I needed within arms each every day.
  3. Then, I bought a makeup bag that was on the small side so that it would only hold what I needed. This was an easy reminder for me to actually see that I don’t need much, and whatever this bag holds – that’s enough.
  4. I also organized my medicine cabinet by row. The top row is my night time routine and everything is laid out in order. The second row is my morning skin care routine, and again – everything is in order. The bottom row is things like deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrush, my qtips and jar of make up brushes.  Now I don’t have to skim the entire cabinet to find what I need.

In regards to #2 and being “put away else where” – I don’t want this to be misunderstood as hanging on to things simply for the act of hanging on to things.  I have a hall closet with a small container that holds travel size containers for when I’m out of town, as well as lipsticks since I change those out pretty often (and with each season). But it’s so unnecessary for them to live in my small bathroom, so I’ve given them a new home.  That’s about it, though!


How I Minimized My Makeup Bag - The Calm CollectiveHow I Minimized My Makeup Bag - The Calm Collective



Here’s what’s in my minimal makeup bag:

How I Minimized My Makeup Bag - The Calm Collective

Now that I don’t have eyelash extensions anymore (something that I NEVER thought would happen! But I ended up getting a swollen right eye out of no where and it freaked me out, so I’m back to the all natural look and I gotta say… I’m loving it) Anyway, this means that I needed to buy an eyelash curler and start using mascara again.  Tweezerman is literally the best (I also have their eyebrow tweezers) and I obviously couldn’t resist that it was gold ;)  If you’re in the market for one, look no further.  They’re not that expensive, either!  The mascara is always a tricky category, but I’m LOVING this organic one by Physicians Formula. It’s not thick, and it separates your lashes and gives them a little curl boost. Win/win.

So there you have it. How I went from hoarding beauty products to using just 8 simple items each day. (not including my skin care routine of course!)



How I Minimized My Makeup Bag - The Calm Collective

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