I’ve known for a while that I’ve had a problem, but recently I’ve been struggling to really figure out what I’m doing with my makeup collection. For a while I was leaving it all out, but then I realized that it’s simply overwhelming me, and honestly in the depths of fall, I’m not going to use my Pastel Goth palette. The pan and empty challenge that I did this year has been really successful so far. I’ve decluttered SO many things that I wasn’t using, but ended up trading them for items that i do use, so while I didn’t gain any space, I feel less guilty about looking at the palettes.
I’m considering putting away my makeup by season – that way when I break out my spring/summer stuff, it’s like brand new. I know that for myself, if I have the new sexy, I tend to use it more. Case in point: I’ve been marrying TONS of looks with the metallics in the Prism palette and have felt more inclined to do an eye look while my daughter takes her nap. I’ve kept a couple of palettes with me at my computer desk which is why I’m thinking that severely limiting what I have out might help.
I know I sound like a whiner and full of privilige right now – “Wah, I have so many products that it’s hard to deal with” – and I get that. But I also don’t think it’s any different than any other hobby. Eventually we all get to a point – be it with makeup, warhammer, funko pops, or whatever – that we need to adjust and make space.
I’m entranced by the idea of Swedish Death Cleaning. I’m actually writing another post about that so I won’t go into too much detail here. I don’t want to get rid of my stuff. It was so hard saying goodbye to products that I KNEW weren’t good anymore (colourpop mattes, BBW lotion from five years ago). I felt very guilt, and that feeling of wasted money has helped me be MUCH more mindful with what I’m purchasing over the past few months. Which is what it’s supposed to do.
But at the end of the day, I’m still sitting here looking at battlestation photos and wishing I could do that.