Decluttering: What to do with Excessive Skincare?

When I do not have to throw things

Bathroom shelves tightly stuffed with skincare – is it something familiar to you?
Decluttering makeup
For me – yes, it is.

It is pretty normal condition of my bathroom at all times, wherever I live, regardless how much space I have, at any given moment. My shelves and cabinets always-always cracking filled up fully.

Why is it so?

Aside decluttering one of the fields of my interests is skincare.

I love reading books how to care of the skin, improve skin quality and as the result – I love buying and trying different skincare products.

For sure I’m frequent guest at skincare shops and if I come not to buy something then at least to check their product lines.
I also apply multiple layers of products at a time, so no wonder I have a lot of different jars, bottles, packs and tubes with skincare products.

My bath shelves and cabinets always stuffed full!


Do I really have to keep so many?
Decluttering excessive makeup

Sometimes I have to get rid of something that does not suit my skin well or just not really effective.

And now it’s the moment I realize I have too much of skincare.
Do I use each and every piece?

I don’t.

A good thing I find about skincare that it’s consumable! (Well, i know, it’s a bad thing too cause it keeps running out!)

Not always I have to throw things, sometimes can use them up!

Those facial products that work less good for me on the face still can be used… on the body.

Last night I used some of the serums and oils that meant for face on my body – result is really good!

That’s how I can finish unwanted products quick and release some space on the shelf.

Good that not always I have to through things – sometimes can just use them up quickly!

I hope to finish some of the products withing next few weeks and remain those I like most.

Still a long way to go, but I hope one day I will defeat clutter in the bathroom:-)

Decluttering: Old Pillows

Decluttering pillows

Yes, sometimes I have to declutter even so necessary things like pillows!
Today I’m throwing these 2 pillows:

Decluttering redundant pillows

The one at the bottom is my former sleeping pillow, and another one is sofa pillow.

Why do I need to throw them?

As usual, reasons are very simple:

1) Sofa pillow

Now we do not have sofa any more … (has it been decluttered? Oh no, it’s just we shifted recently to a different place, and there is no sofa in the living room here).

This pillow is not suitable for sleeping, so I just didn’t find any use for it in our new place.
(Here maybe its worth to say that we are renting a really little unit and do not have much of space).

After putting it from one to another place, finally I see it would be better to save the space and get rid of it.

2) Sleeping pillow

It was a good and soft pillow which I enjoyed… until decided to wash it.

After washing it took very long time to dry up (literally a few days!).
It seems that filling inside just became molded after being wet for so long and got that bad unfresh smell.
No matter how long I kept it on the dry air, it did not disappear.

Well, it’s not what I would like to smell in the bedroom.

Then it’s a good chance to try another better pillow! I was happy to replace it with memory foam one I was craving for a long time in department store.

And it was a good piece to enjoy my sleep even more.

Yup, that’s it for today.
Even though it was a short decluttering session, I got a little bit less of unnecessary stuff at home.
And hope to progress in this direction more each time!

Decluttering: Excessive Makeup

Decluttering Makeup

It’s time for new make-up declutterring session!
I longed for it every time I was digging in my bursting make-up bag looking for something. But today I got into more decisive mood to put an end to that:-)

Yup, I had done makeup decluttering before but have something to get rid of again.
Oh, maybe you understand how seductive it is to drop by a makeup store just to “have a look” with no intention to buy and leave it with a new pack of … (lipstick/blush/shadows… this never ends!)
Well, it’s not what I’m proud of, that’s why my makeup decluttering resumes.

Today I picked a few things. They did not satisfy me for one or another reason and just got stuck in my makeup bag – then there is no point of keeping them further with no use.
I really would like to be more minimalistic in many aspects (maybe better if I tell it when I’m in the store instead?)

Here they are, my new candidates for decluttering:

Decluttering Makeup Excess

Some of the items are brand new, and some are used just several times. Some are from world famous brand and some from reputable smaller brands.

Why do I have to throw them? Reasons are pretty simple – either something didn’t match me or … I do not need it (my key phrase when I’m decluttering:-)

So what am I throwing today?

1) Loose Powder

Decluttering Makeup Powder

It’s not bad powder, I bought it from the Korean brand that I really like.
But I noticed that on days when I wear powder my skin feels dry. I relate it directly to powder usage and stopped wearing the product. And yes, my skin feels better now. So will throw with no doubts.

2) Gel eyeliner
Decluttering Makeup Eyeliner

One disadvantage of this eyeliner is that it does not stay long enough. By the end of the day it’s gone – and, of course, it is not my intention.
I replaced this with liquid eyeliner which is more durable and makes me more happy with its results.

3) Eye Shadows

Decluttering Makeup Shadows

Eyeshadow colors are nice and match me well, but their disadvantage is the same as eyeliner – they just do not stay long. My new set works for me better, so I discard these since I do not use them.

4) Makeup Base

Decluttering Makeup Base

I got it on the sale. It’s a good brand and I do not question its quality. I just have another product from another reputable brand that happens to satisfy me better, I’m going to stick to it.
I wouldn’t like to accumulate things that I do not use so will discard them.

Here it is, my short decluttering session.

And as a final result I just want to show my emptied makeup bag with favourite products inside.

Decluttering Makeup Bag

Each of them is in active use every time I wear make up, and frankly I do not need more than that.
Hopefully I will remind it to myself next time when I’m in make-up store:-)

Decluttering Session: Discarding Storage Containers

Decluttering Session: Discarding Storage Containers

Discarding Storage Containers

It’s a rainy Saturday morning. Quiet and calm, but not inviting to go out at all.
Somebody might feel upset with such weather but not me…ok, not now.
This is the perfect weather to stay at home and start decluttering session!

Yes, today I’m discarding storage containers.

Decluttering Session: Discarding Storage Containers

These storage containers are here for weeks. During decluttering I discard unnecessary items but keep their storages. Wt least until I’m sure I will not use them for other things I remained.

But turned out I had so many storage containers! I piled them up for a while – and this “a while” lasts for several months for now. I think it’s just right time to get rid of this clutter.

What storage containers I discard today?

Well, not all will be discarded. My target for today are only that 3 pieces on the photo, just to release the space. I still will keep some – better quality – until I’m sure I will not need them too… oh, that’s so typical logic for me. But it’s not easy to discard everything at once, so I’m trying to progress how I can, move at least by baby steps.

1) Paper storage box

Decluttering Session: Discarding Storage Containers

I used to keep my underwear there. But after a few rounds of decluttering suddenly sufficient space in the wardrobe drawer appeared, and everything managed to fit there. That’s a good news! Seems we wil not need this box any longer, so I just discard it.

2) Empty trash bin

Decluttering Session: Discarding Storage Containers

That may be funny that I used it as storage container too. I kept my belts collection there. Recently I discarded most of that collection (it’s in the post Decluttering Belts)… just because I didn’t need them. Other belts were relocated to more appropriate storage, and trash bin was standing empty.

3) Plastic drawer cupboard

Decluttering Session: Discarding Storage Containers

I removed most of the drawers from the cupboard and I used as storage trays. It has already done a good job, so I can discard remaining of the cupboard with no regret. (P.S. After taking photo I still managed to use the remaining drawer!)

And that’s it for today! It’s just several pieces less, but they were bulky enough to notice that now room became a bit more spacious.

Thanks to rainy weather encouraging to do this since the morning:-)


Fashion Accessories: Decluttering Belts

Fashion Accessories: Decluttering Belts

Decluttering Belts:

I use to treat my belts with respect.
I keep them carefully…
…in the trash bin. Oh no no, in clean trash bin!

Yes, it’s still ironic. Guess my mind realized I have too many belts and was giving me hints what to do with them.

I knew I had too many and can’t even remember what I had inside that bin.
Belts used regularly are always on the top, so I don’t have to dig I side to get them. No wonder eventually I couldn’t even remember what’s there inside.

I wear only 3 belts regularly: wide belt, medium and narrower version. That’s all I really need and use. I have no idea about the rest of the content of the trash bin. Let’s check it!

Fashion Accessories: Decluttering Belts

Wow. I didn’t expect I had SO many! I counted…21 number.
Oh me, former shopaholic, why you bought so many?

Ok, I bought them not all at once. I recall I accumulated this stock for 5 years.
Each time when I bought some, I just put into storage box and forget I have it at all.
Genius, right?
Every time when I needed it I went and bought new. Just because didn’t check that I already had it (I think impact to my budget with such approach is quite clear).

Oh, and also one version of something is never enough for me.
Minimum two! I need to have choices!
Never mind that all choices are the same and often of a questionable quality.
Now I see this pattern very clear – while doing decluttering in the house.

So, let’s continue!

This is the belt mountain I just retrieved. Most of them are duplicates of what I already have.
After checking them all one by one, I realized either I don’t need them or I’m using a better version now. Then I just discard others.

This is a mountain for discarding:

Fashion Accessories: Decluttering Belts

2 belts from the mountain I decided to remain. They have potential for my outfits…Hmmm, at least I will give it a try.

So now i will have 5 belts.

Fashion Accessories: Decluttering Belts

And discard 16.
Good that now it’s much less amount to keep and will take less space.
I will roll remaining belts and put them into the tray (plastic drawer from accessories storage I just unassembled).

Will keep belts in the wardrobe just under clothing.
I liked this decluttering belts session and hope you too!


Decluttering Desk Space (and Discarding stuff)

Decluttering Desk Space

Many houses have their own clutter spots.
Places where you put something unintentionally and just forget to clear it later.
One of mine is under desk space.

Decluttering Desk Space

I kept procrastinating decluttering desk space because this area is not really on display. Cannot see – cannot know! – my motto for hidden clutter spots.

I pushed under unintentionally put and left how it is forgot to remove: exercise mat, storage box with necklaces collection, shoulder bag, camera bag. Certainly, under desk is the best place for all of them! Especially piled up on the floor.

Decluttering desk space:

One by one I take everything out from under desk insides.

Exercise mat. I don’t recall when I used it last time. Definitely more than a year ago. Over a year ago we shifted to new place, and I didn’t use it a single time here. Then I just discard it.

Storage box. As many of my impulsive buys, I bought it on sale just because it had promotion price and I liked it. Is it a serious reason that I should own it?
That time I thought it was, and it ended up in my shopping basket.
Now I do not care neither about it’s attractive sale price nor why I suddenly wanted it. What I care now is that it takes space and I do not use it.
Well, I will discard most of its content but will remain empty storage till the end of house decluttering overhaul. If I need to store something inside I will do. Otherwise I may sell or donate it.

Shoulder bag. Yup, every time I come home, I put my shoulder bag under the desk…
Moment of understanding.
I gets clear why my quite new bags get dusty and worn out that fast.
Ok, I allocate some space in the wardrobe to treat them more careful.

Camera bag. Why under the desk? I didn’t find a place where to put it and just throw carefully put below.
I will keep it nearby shoulder bags in the wardrobe. Also a bag, right?

After decluttering done I can enjoy a view…of a dust! Oh no. I know I know, what else I could expect when never clutter the place and never broom it. Time to correct it.

Decluttering session is over:

And now finally, enjoy moment! Under desk is cleared (oh, I will miss a storage box below used to rest my feet when I’m working:-), no longer a clutter spot.

Decluttering Desk Space
Secret thought – now my job is to sustain it well and not clutter again.
will try to put an efforts to it🙂


Decluttering Overhaul: Where to Start?

Decluttering Overhaul: Where to Start?

     First steps are usually the most difficult to take. The most daunting sometimes, but the most valuable. Starting decluttering is no exception.

     One day I got so tired of the mess in the house that realized decluttering is the only solution. I simply was not able to care of the house, and ti did make me feel uncomfortable.

     Sudden visitors? What can be more terrifying!
     Planned visitors? I will spend hours before they arrive in non-stop cleaning.

     Over years I realized that just arranging my stuff will not help.
     It’s too time consuming to organize clutter.
     The only what might help is discarding.

     And then I gazed around our place and was wondering where exactly I should start. Literally every single corner required full attention. Not exaggeration – every single corner.

     Drawers are full with stuff, storage containers on the floor – it’s hard even just to move! Shelves are fully packed. Wardrobe is cracking overfilled.

     I hardly could imagine how I could ever make our house in order. Where to start, what to plan? One thought about it made me overwhelmed.

     And you know what I did? I simply started doing – genius, right?:-)
     Without much thinking or planning. Just pointed to the very first area nearby and started from there.

     I still remember it was surplus beauty products. I knew I was not going to use them and just discarded. Some space on the bathroom shelf released. It made me feel so much lighter!
     I didn’t realize before that unnecessary stuff weighs on my mind.
Unmade decision what I was going with it, how to care of it, when I’m going to consume that stuff. And once my first decluttering session was done it, I felt so lightened and inspired!

     The next time I did the same – just randomly chose what I want to tidy up right that moment, and I did so.

     Over time, when I discard more stuff and released more space, I already could plan what exactly to do next. Clutter did not terrify me anymore. I knew that after extensive work – well, what else I expected, I was growing that clutter for years! – I will have an incredible reward. Additional space in the house and indescribable feeling of becoming lighter are that reward.

     So if you long to do decluttering in the house, but do not know where to start… just start somewhere. Where you are looking right now. Or what creates most inconvenience for you and your family.

     I know, it sounds obvious but this is what worked for me.

     I did my first step by starting decluttering at that day.
And it did look overwhelming to start, but now I do it every week. It doesn’t seem to be hard, and I rather enjoy it. Condition of our house obviously improved, it became neater and more spacious. It was really just about taking the first step!

Real-Life Decluttering Coffee Table

Real-Life Decluttering Coffee Table

Decluttering Coffee Table:

It’s such a pleasure to live in a tidy home. I love tidiness, I see it as a kind of chic…unachievable chic with my level of home running skills.
I admit: I don’t really love cleaning, or brooming, or doing laundry, I just sometimes do it.
But I love decluttering.

This little coffee table stands in the middle of the living room cum kitchen. And it’s one of the hottest clutter spots in the unit!

Real-Life Decluttering Coffee Table

It’s so convenient to put all the things to the table and forget leave there for a while…sometimes for a long while. But today I will stop it! Ok, at least I take an effort. Yup, decluttering is my continuous solution!

Oh, no no, clutter on the table is just a small issue. Big issue? Clutter under table. See that storage containers?Real-Life Decluttering Coffee Table

Me too. I used to see them every day and never use anything from there. Neither my husband.

And they make floor brooming impossible. To broom below the table, I have to move everything around. Sure I don’ t like doing that – so I never do.
Finally there is a lot of dust and trash accumulated between them, on top of them and even under! Oh, this view make me suffer quietly but keep procrastinating with cleaning day by day.

Until a shining idea came – will decluttering coffee table area help?

I took out all the stuff. As usual with our forgotten storage boxes, I see most the items we do not need. Lots of stationery kept for years – wonder why do we keep so huge stock at home? Hubby agreed we don’t need and he would bring it to the office.

Old gadgets and devices, long time outdated. We will donate them for recycling.

And husband’s tools – well, this we can keep. I put them into dedicated box and placed on the shelf.

And that’s it! All containers became empty and space below the table released!

Real-Life Decluttering Coffee Table

It happened to me for the first time – I felt enjoy brooming the floor! I dreamed to do it do long but kept delaying. Now it’s finally happening!

Another baby step in house decluttering overhaul is done. Good! Now I have to care of a bit less stuff than I had to before. It will stress me less because will take less time and efforts to care about.

This is why I love decluttering!


Decluttering Session: Discarding Shoes

Decluttering: Tidying-up Shoe Rack and Discarding Shoes

Why do I need suddenly to start discarding shoes?

     That’s probably common to own more than 1 pair of shoes.
     I own more than 1.
     To be exact, it’s …12 pairs. Only for summer season.

     …I’m looking to the pile of shoes gathered on the floor. I wear regularly just several pairs of shoes, where is this pile from?

     I admit I used to believe and follow fashion urges like:
– Woman should have choices in her wardrobe;
– Not possible to have too many shoes/bags/dresses/accessories;
– Shopping is the best mood lifter.
      I know…I look like a victim of fashion marketing. To be honest, so was I.
      I thought everything is alright…until my wardrobe closet became a cluttered chaotic mess. Frankly, the entire house, not wardrobe only.

     Every weekend I used to buy something new. Shopping was the main entertainment I saw for weekends.
     And the next day opening my wardrobe I wonder why I don’t like anything.
I didn’t realize I felt upset with the messy wardrobe closet.

     But now I understand. It’s mistaken approach to quantity instead of quality.
      Suffering from clutter, spending money on unnecessary things, feeling unsatisfied with results…Finally a bulb is going off around now – more and more I become interested in rather minimalistic approach to the wardrobe.
      I’m decluttering clothing, accessories, bags. And now discarding shoes!

     Among all I actually can make use only of 6 pairs. Some on weekends, some on weekdays or special events. And that’s it! The rest is going to be discarded.

     I took out all the shoes and found pieces about which I didn’t remember! All this time they were sitting on the rack in wardrobe taking the space. Better late than never, so now I’m going to part with them.

Decluttering Session: Discarding Shoes

     Many are quite new and worn just several times.

Then why am I discarding shoes which are new?

     I admit, many were bought on a whim. Result of impulsive buy. Though, aside just being surplus each pair has its drawback making it easy to part with.

     After decluttering rack became more spacious, all remaining shoes fitted properly. It’s no longer 12 relaxed pairs, but 6 hard working ones.
Amount of shoes reduced twice, but I didn’t lose a single necessary pair. The only what has gone from the rack is clutter.


Decluttering: Switching to Minimalistic Wardrobe

Decluttering: Switching to Minimalistic Wardrobe     That word – minimalistic – may sound scary. Women like shopping…maybe not absolutely all, but many. Do you? Me – for sure.

     I have to admit: here it is, a former shopaholic. Particularly keen about clothing shopping. Feeling down or stressed? Get away meditation, vitamins, relaxing or sports – stores are the best mood lifter!

     Over time this budget-friendly approach has gone, but a habit of having fully packed wardrobe remained.

    Frankly, opening my closet every day I didn’t realize it was fully packed and almost cracking. A view of plenty of clothes was not a sign I should stop bringing new friends to my fashion pieces.

     But I did realize I didn’t wear most of my collection. And it gave me quite uncomfortable feeling. Every morning I was standing in front my numerous fashion choices wondering why am I so unsatisfied with my wardrobe? Maybe need to buy something new what I would like?

     Cluttered wardrobe was so unpractical and unsightly that I decided to reduce it to just a few pieces – but only those which look great on me.

Trying to go minimalistic:

     Due to specifics of local climate and my profession, I need different wardrobes for office, for weekends and for special occasions. So I started with my office wardrobe.

     After weeding out, I have remained only 3 dresses, 5 tops, 2 bottoms and 2 blazers. For actual minimalists wardrobe it probably does not sound minimalistic at all neither look so.

     But it’s times less than I had earlier.

     I see free space in the closet!

     I never had it before. My wardrobe has always been full and cracking, 3 bags of clothing for donation is a proof.

Decluttering: Switching to Minimalistic Wardrobe

     And you know what? Since then I didn’t regret about a single things discarded. Happened I need much less than I owned.

     And what about my love for shopping? After having a limited set of favorite clothing, I’m fully satisfied. I’m not craving to buy something new anymore. And yeah, it helped me to increase my monthly savings around twice. Not bad benefit, isn’t it?