Are you like me, hauling everything you see or read because it intrigues you? Seeing a good deal online *cough Luxola cough* that you just couldn’t resist? Or are you buying backups of your favourite just in case the brand decided to discontinue it one day? Guilty, guilty and guilty of that 😀
Today I’m going to share with you how I used up my beauty stash, not just using it up but getting through it on a faster rate. This is not something new. It’s just that we sometimes forget about the simplest way and that is using it. It is so easy that anyone can do it at home.
Keep track of your beauty stash
I started with one large drawer to store all my stash / stock and later on ended up with two large drawer out of the 5-drawer cabinet that I have in my room. Let me tell you this cabinet is massive. Its as tall as I am and it’s wide across. My best furniture purchase ever lol. What you’re seeing now is the balance of what I have at the moment after clearing / using up most of the products. It’s no longer massive, which I’m happy and proud with.
What I like to do is to keep track of what I have in the drawer on weekly basis. I don’t note down what I have with their manufacturing or expiry date but I do it the conventional way, and that is to open up the drawer and take a glance through, sometimes taking the product out and do a cross checking of what I’m using and most importantly to keep track of it’s shelf life. It’s therapeutic than writing it down. That’s just me. If you’re a systematic freak type of person, by all mean feel free to note everything down. The most important is that you do what you feel best suits you.
Keeping track of my beauty stash / stock also prevent me from buying the same product over and over again with the assumption that I don’t have it yet.
Take it out and use it
This is a mistake most people do. They buy, keep, forget about it and when it’s expired, they throw it away. I also have a habit of opening up a new product to use for the sake of using only to have forgotten about it because I was using something similar. There’s a very simple way to fix this. And that is to use only one targeted product at one time. For example if I’m already on a brightening serum, I will used it all up before opening a new one to use. That way I can concentrate on just one product and by doing this, I will finish up the product faster. Rotating a few different product on the same category may seems the best way to finish up your beauty stash, sadly this doesn’t work as fast as concentrating on just one targeted product.
Put the product on a visible place
Another common mistake one make is to open up a product only to have forgotten about it. Or you just don’t feel like using it. I certainly fall into that category. I find this method work wonders for me too. I am someone that don’t fancy using body lotion as I find it extremely sticky on me but what can I do when I have tons of body lotion lying around? I place it in the bathroom vanity rack. I have a 3-tier vanity rack in the bathroom all for myself. It is a rack that I’m quite happy with as I get to see all my stuff at one glance so I put a bottle of body lotion in the rack. The trick here is, if I see it I will use it. And I did. Every time after I shower, I will (because I see it) apply body lotion before getting dress without fail. Can you believe it when I tell you that huge bottle of Clarins Renew Plus Body Serum was there for just two weeks ago and I’ve already used up more than half bottle of it?
Same method applied to my new rotating makeup organizer that I bought not too long ago. You can read all about my current beauty storage at this link. The reason why I bought this type of “open air” organizer and not the usual drawer type of makeup organizer is because the product need to be visible to me in order to use it. If everything is stash in a drawer, I might not see it what more use it unless I open up the drawer. This rotating makeup organizer has been the best organizer I’ve used so far. I’ve now neglected my Ikea Helmer and the MUJI dupe drawer thanks to this organizer. Everything is right in front of my eyes and I’m using products that I didn’t even remember owning! So remember, always place the product on a visible area in order for you to see it and use it.
Hope you like this edition of tips sharing on how to get through your beauty stash. It’s not magical tricks but it’s the basic things that you and I just forget sometimes. These are the methods that I’m currently practising and it has been working well on me so far. I’ve now gone back to just using one drawer to store all my beauty products and half of the drawer is basically empty boxes of some of the products that I’ve opened and currently using. You just have to remember this, stop buying if you ran out of space, start taking it out to use and most importantly put the product at a visible area to remind yourself to use it 🙂