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Use It or Lose It: Clutterpocalypse

Hello! No, I haven't given up on this...I've just been taking a break. It is hard on my skin to be constantly switching products. My face isn't as young and resilient as it used to be, and a small pause in the challenge was definitely required. To fill the gap, I've decided to tackle The Drawer in my bathroom...where all my toiletries go to die.

I have this drawer in my bathroom. I don't share it, so I can't shift blame at all. It's where I shove everything I use on a daily basis...and then some. It was time to go through it. There was no way I was actually using everything in this drawer on even a weekly basis. I just don't have that much skin!

I pulled everything out and laid it on a towel on my bed. Something oily leaked (I think its that damnable Josie Maran cleansing oil) so there was some cleaning that needed doing anyway. Then I went through the pile and threw out anything old or empty. There was a lot more than I am comfortable admitting. When I clean my bathroom, I often just shove whatever is on the counters into the drawer...not a smart habit.  Once the hoard has been thinned, it was time to sort.

everything laid out. holy shit.
I sorted things by category: face, makeup, hair, body, etc. I put away the cosmetics and perfumes, since those really didn't belong there anyway. (Don't keep fragrances and cosmetics in the bathroom. Temperature shifts and humidity are not their friends.) This was actually rather pleasant. When you sort things out by their use, you can get a really good idea of what you need and what you don't. 

still a lot of shit
Then I sorted out "what I actually need to function on a daily basis, but still need in this drawer." This is what I've decided I need. And yeah, there are some dupes (I have two facial sunscreens. You shut up) but I use them together or separately every day. These things I must have within arms reach.

Next, I addressed my hair stuffs. My hair is pretty short, and some of this stuff had been in there since I had shoulder length hair...and only one child. Yes. So I put things away  and refined the pile to things I need: dry shampoo, volumizing gel, duckbill clips, bobby pins, and a headband.  I'm trying to keep the products at hand so I will actually finish them off. I'm getting close with the dry shampoo...which is good because there is another couple of bottles waiting after this one. Dammit.

if I'm honest, I don't even need this much
I put everything back into the clear organizers, and admired the smallness. Much more efficient. Once I stick this back in the drawer, I can actually see everything that is in there. No more shoving things around and cursing as I grab one of a billion eye creams while I look for my lip balm at night. 

It is truly amazing how tackling one drawer can make you feel like real progress has been made. All of those things I was holding on to...really, if I haven't used them by now...

Oh, and for the sake of de-cluttering porn here is the bag of things I threw out. I'm pretty proud of this bag of trash. It is full of money, time, and space wasted. Let it be a lesson to me. Next time I decide to buy some lotion/cream/hair product when I don't need it...let me see this bag and reconsider.

How has the struggle been for you so far? Have you taken a break yet? Have you tackled any organization projects? I think, when you are feeling exhausted and missing your normal routine, that a small pause to take on a project like this is just what the doctor ordered.


  1. I should really get around to doing this! I organized my makeup drawer and such a few months ago but it's out of hand again. Since I cancelled my ipsy bag I haven't been adding to the mix though lol but I think it's time to weed out the samples and older products

    1. I killed off Ipsy last month...only partially because of the added crap (mostly because wtfipsy). My face is still moderately angry, so I'm trying to give myself a little break from testing out skin care stuff...all while still making progress!

  2. My daily routine has been turned on it's head lately! Middle cherub decided to join the basketball team, and we have hit the Y by 6 AM 4 out of 5 weekday mornings for practice. Since I have to get up, I started running those mornings too.

    I used to shower at night, and used BBW Aromatherapy Nighttime Tea body wash and lotion. It helps relax me and sleep a bit better. It does seem to have a cedar note, not my favorite but still enjoyable. (waiting for the honey and milk scent to come back!)
    Since my showering routine has changed, I have rediscovered my BBW White Citrus scent. Love this tangy scent in the morning, it really wakes me up, doesn't dry out my skin. I will repurchase when I blow through a few more items.

    I then usually follow up with a good lubing up of philosophy's Pure Grace. I like this because it does moisturize my skin and it doesn't conflict with any fragrance I choose to wear. I have gone through several uber sizes (64 oz) and will wait for a good long while to repurchase it. A great product, just burnt out. A strange side note, it does sting my skin after shaving.

    2 products I tried and hated.. Vidal Sassoon moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. My hair did feel soft, but I had massive flyaways and my hair didn't have it's natural curl. I was sent these by influenster and wanted to give them a good go, (cuz I have to review) No Beuno. And even worse, they didn't have the old school cherry almond scent. Thankfully they were just the travel sizes.

    Winter has slammed into Central Texas! Wind chills in those early mornings in the teens! I did start adding rose hip oil to my olay regenerist moisturizer am and pm.

    Trying to use up a few hand creams I have open. I like to use the J.R. Watkins while watching a YT video. It does work, but it takes a bit to sink in. (hey I have to watch these YT vids so it sinks in! LOL) trying to finish up the Aloe and Green Tea, and the Lemon sugar scents.

    I have a feeling this will be a very long cold winter... and only hand and body items, facial oils and hair masks will be used up ;)

    1. No cherry almond? pfft, GTFO. Whats the point then?

      I think this is gonna be a cold winter too, even on the coast. I keep hearing murmurs of El Nino...which means loads of fun. I will definitely be coming up with some moisture rich recipes this winter.


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