GO! Challenge #16: Make-up and Toiletries

Make-up and Toiletries. Today’s challenge is to find 16 make-up and/or toiletry items to throw away.

More than ever, looking good requires “stuff.” Hair products, bath and body products, make-up… all of these tend to take up space in our bathrooms. Periodically, it is a good idea to sort these items and clear out the unwanted clutter. Today’s challenge is to find 16 make-up and/or toiletry items to throw away. Yes, this is a large number, but search all of your bathrooms and you might just surprise yourself! Common culprits in this category include:

  • “Free gift” make-up that you never liked
  • Eye shadow multipacks of which you’ve emptied some colors and won’t use the others
  • Old/stale make-up
  • Hair products that didn’t’ work or you no longer use
  • “Mostly” empty tubes of ointments, creams, and toothpaste that you are finished with
  • Expired items
  • Brushes and combs that have lost prongs
  • Old mascara (once opened, keep for up to 4 months)
  • Old sunscreen (good for 3 years) and insect repellent
  • Sponges, brushes and pads that are old and/or dirty
  • Broken nail files, razors, nail clippers, tweezers, etc.
  • Dried up or old bottles of nail polish
  • The extra contact lens cases that come free with solution
  • Feminine protection products that you don’t use
  • Sample soaps, lotions, shampoos, shower caps, etc. that you have brought home from a hotel (can be donated.)
  • Clips, hairbands, barrettes, and headbands that you don’t wear.

One easy trick for helping you to figure out how much to keep is to sort items by type. This way, you can easily see how many of each kind you have. Realizing that you have 21 bottles of nail polish makes it easier to let a couple go. A general rule of thumb is to keep just enough of a product for variety, but not so much that you lose track.

Are you ready to see if you can find 16? What can you think of that I didn’t list?

15 thoughts on “GO! Challenge #16: Make-up and Toiletries”

  1. I like putting my extra makeup supplies in a bin in my linen closet. It bin is specifically for extra supplies and it works well for us. Popular to belief, makeup doesn’t last forever. I created a makeup shelf life infographic and attached it above for your visitors. Hope that’s OK. Thanks for sharing this challenge.
    Sabrina Quairoli recently posted…Foyer Organization Made EasyMy Profile

    1. Great, Sabrina. The more information, the better! Yes, it really doesn’t last forever. I believe mascara can be particularly dangerous as it fills with bacteria and we are putting it so close to our eyes! A bin for extras is a great idea… the unopened packages last longer.

  2. I’ve been doing a Decluttering FB challenge and makeup was on my agenda too. I said goodbye to some rarely used brushes and a gloppy lipgloss. Can you say “eww?!” This is one area to do every now and again.

    1. Yes, to think we hold onto these thing and then put them on our faces! Hope you are having as much fun with your decluttering FB challenge as I am. Great month to get rid of stuff:)

  3. As is often the case, I read your title and thought “this doesn’t apply to me” but after reading your article, I realize my makeup brush is old and should probably be replaced and I have a bunch of hairbands I bought last summer that turned out to be too small (they were probably not intended for an adult). Thanks for the kick in the butt!
    Janet Barclay recently posted…Minimalism – an invitation to a conversationMy Profile

    1. I greatly appreciate the affirmation, Janet. The lists are designed to help readers think through more than the “obvious” candidates so that they can make genuine progress. I’ve had those small headbands – “headache makers!”

    1. Yes, who needs to be putting expired stuff onto their face and eyes? When you think about it objectively, it isn’t very appealing. Like anything else, it’s all about circulating supplies through our space. Good for you, Tamara!

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