So I have to admit, this challenge was a lot tougher than I expected. First of all, I did not stop shopping just because I wanted to streamline my storage space. In fact, I have even more beauty products cluttering up drawers, shelves, and boxes.
What I have learned is that there are tons of products that I hold on to that I really don’t need, use, or have any interest in using. I simply hang on to things because I have a hard time throwing things away. Somehow I convinced myself that its wasteful to throw away items that you paid good money for. (Then again, I’m probably just rationalizing because I don’t want to thin out my stash.)
What I was able to do was look at all the things I haven’t touched in over a year. I have over 2,000 beauty/fashion and business magazines! And while I needed those when I was still in business school (marketing major), I really don’t need them all now. So after a lot of encouragement from MusicMan, I donated close to 1,800 magazines to my public library. (They sell them at warehouse sales to raise money.)
That’s when I started to look at all the other things I have tucked away in the corners of my home. I finally let go of all my ex-boyfriend memorabilia. Ok, ok… so I kept *some* things, but I also tossed out enough stuff to fill three large freight boxes. I mean, honestly, I’m getting married. I really shouldn’t keep the anthology of old love letters. I wouldn’t be happy if my fiance kept romantic reminders of his past flames, so fair is fair.
Amid this strange re-construction of memory lane, it occured to me that as soon as I closed my eyes and dropped the trinkets into the trash, I no longer felt any attachment to them. I suppose they were just emotional safety blankets that reminded me instances where I was undeniably cared for.
Beyond all that, I realy did use up a few items:
- Frederic Fekkai Glossing set (shampoo, conditioner, and the ever-so-fabulous glossing creme)
- Go Smile Toothpaste
- 2 Philosophy 3-in-1 Shower Gels (Frozen Lemon Custard and Powdered Sugar Cookie)
- Bottle of Chanel Allure body creme
- A trial sized bottle of Shu Uemura’s Pink Sukura Cleansing Oil
- The last bit of my Fresh Lemon Sugar edp
- Bliss Shock Therapy
LOL. I’m a little weirded out by the amount of body wash that I go through…