October 1, 2012 in Minimalist Tips
How many bottles do you have in your bathroom? By the sink? In the shower? Cabinets? Bottles, tubes, brushes, bags, tins, these come in many forms. We don’t need piles of stuff, we need simple beauty.
A few weeks ago a reader suggested doing a post about simple make-up. I love reader suggestions …I don’t know if I am the best person to speak on this, but I can give you my thoughts.
Really, it is more than just make-up, it is the whole beauty routine – pretty much everything that can be used up in the bathroom (except the TP). There are skin products, hair products, hair removal products, smell better products, smell less products, look younger/older products. Both genders and all ages have collections of things in this area. We don’t need a pile of stuff, we need simple beauty.
I’m not going to deny it, these things can do great things for our appearance
But often when simplifying the whole house this area doesn’t get cleared out much as it could. It is an area that doesn’t take up too much space and we see it as something we are going to use up in the future. Not clutter then right?
…. well maybe
When we decided to simplify this was a huge area for me. In the years leading up to our minimalist decision I had figured out sales systems with both Menards and Walgreens (both close to my house) that allowed me to get a bunch of stuff free. I also had a collection of items I had found on clearance or on sale. I am a sucker for some of this stuff. I just love it. However, I really didn’t need a 10+ year supply of shampoo.
When we moved I found ways to get rid of new bottles by:
- selling them on our garage sale
- donating them to charity
My decision at the time was based on storage. How is it worth spending hundreds more for housing a month just so I can stock pile free shampoo… didn’t make sense.
However, that only handled some of the beauty beast
During the simplification process lots of partially used bottles, make-up, etc, just got thrown out. I hate throwing out ‘useful’ things but holding onto something until it’s useful life is over and then throwing it away isn’t any better for the environment.
However, the biggest thing for me was to stop buying beauty products until I needed them. Now we have been on the simple living path for almost 2 years and I am still using up some of the things I had back then…. Just because something looks fun to try or is on sale doesn’t mean it needs to be in my house.
I have found with not having as much choice around that I need less as well. I have ‘simplified’ my beauty routine. I want to use products that let me feel presentable and ‘pretty’ without feeling I need to hide behind them.
Okay, specifically on Make-up
Like I said, I might not be the best one to speak on this because I rarely ware make-up. To church, or when I get a few extra minutes I put a bit on, but that is about it. I ‘face’ most days with a clean face and a tub of chapstick.
I own – foundation, a few powders, 2 nail polish (clear and red), make-up brushes, eye shadow, 2 liners, 2 lipsticks, mascara, 2 lotions (one is shimmery), body spray, perfume.
What do you need? What do you want? What do you use?
These are simple questions and probably only apply to some of the beauty supplies you have crowding your space. What would you pack for a business trip? ….do you need to keep any more items than that?
- If you have something you started to use but don’t like – throw it out, it will just get in the way if you keep it around.
- Stop purchasing in this area unless you are truly out of something you need. Don’t stock pile this stuff… in an emergency you might need extra prescription pills… but you don’t need extra body lotion
Do you have a stock-pile in this area? (if you are reading RSS or on currents join us in the comments)
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