I am the kinda person who gets stressed out by clutter. It honestly affects me, emotionally. That is not to say that I don’t collect a lot of things. I am a bit of a hoarder, but an incredibly organized one. If I can collect something and neatly pack it away, that makes me happy. Even if I never see that thing again, it feels nice that it’s organized and neatly put away. Ya see, the thing is, that’s hoarding, in every sense of the word. So, for the past few months, I’ve been trying to unload all my…. shit.

Today, I went through all my “beauty products”. This includes nail polish, samples of make up I never wear, foundation that doesn’t even match my skin, 10 tubes of mascara I’ve literally never touched, etc. I have a buncha lil samples of shampoo, conditioner, lotions. I condensed em all into one container for each. That’s probably sacrilege for some of those brands, but I’m done with all these tiny travel sizes of bottles I never want to take and use up. I know if it’s all in one container, I will use that shit up, and it’ll finally get outa here. Plus, look how cute this lotion looks in an old jam jar:

I don’t care that there’s all kinds of smells in that jar. I know myself and I know I am more likely to actually use it all up this way. In a central location, clear container, I can dip my whole hand in there and slather it on. Not in tiny lil tubes I need to use up one by one, that are hard to squirt out. I did the same for the shampoos, conditioners, body wash, and lotions made specifically for the face. All thrown together into one container, no matter what brand, smell, purpose, it got mixed in with all the rest.

It felt so good to throw away all those tiny travel sized bottles and dumb make ups I never even think of using. I kept going, on to the earrings I never wear, the necklaces that I actually hate but still have for some reason, the bracelets that have never been worn. The millions of unused hair ties, how many hair ties does a girl need!? The hair clips I have never used even one single time. The tiny to medium to big sized combs, why so many combs? I barely even brush my hair. Get outa my life!

This freed up so much space for me to better enjoy the products that I actually do love using. Opening up even more space in our “closet room”.

Reminiscent of the clothing dump I did a couple months ago. Getting dressed in the mornings is less painful when there are less options that you HATE, staring you in the face. I was holding on to clothes I wanted to like, wanted to fit me again, or never actually did fit me in the first place. Clothes I thought were valuable, even if I had no interest whatsoever in wearing them. Shoes that hurt my feet to even look at. Underwear that never fit me but I was too lazy to return. Pantyhose with big old holes in them! What? Why??

Besides the obvious benefit of freeing up SPACE. Space to Breathe! Space to think! This practice makes me more mindful of what I bring home. Items I purchase. I’m always looking at lotions, shampoos, hair products, without even considering the plenty I already own. Why should I buy more of anything when I’m not valuing what I already have? This is especially true of the clothes, I (and I’m sure I’m not alone here) am always thinking “I have nothing to wear”. When in fact, I have weeks of clothes to wear. Even after getting rid of 60% of my wardrobe, I still probably own a month’s worth of clothes I could wear without doing any laundry… for a whole month! That is NOT “nothing to wear”.

Because of this (and this audiobook I recently listened to), I’ve decided to challenge myself to a month of No Shopping. I started March 1st and right now, it’s going so great, I’m already considering going longer. I was planning to grocery shop today, but decided instead, to opt for using up ingredients that are already here.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to deprive myself of necessities, fun things, and wonderful experiences. So, I created a list of things I will allow myself to spend money on, without any guilt:

  • Groceries
  • Uber when I just can’t deal with the bus, but only when it’s under $3 for a shared ride.
  • Experiences. This includes:
    • Eating out, as long as it’s with someone and not just a lazy lunch.
    • Entertainment, like a comedy show or movie, date night.
    • Travel, obviously.
  • My monthly, totally unnecessary expenses:
    • Clothing rental. Renting clothes keeps me from buying clothes.
    • Libro.fm for audiobooks – this gets me 1 free book/month. This could’ve gone in the entertainment category too.
    • Gym, but I have to keep up with going!
    • I recently signed up for a couple monthly “plant” boxes that I haven’t even received yet, I might cancel after a few. But for now, I can’t wait to see what they send and hope I don’t kill it.
  • Any products related to making something, myself. This no shopping has had the unexpected effect of making me interested in DIYing. I’ve already made hand soap and a face wash that I am LOVING.

I’ve gotten rid of so much junk in my apartment already. I think if I’m able to let go of anything more, I am going to document it. Because everything I have right now are things I didn’t want to let go of the first time I made a sweep. That doesn’t mean I won’t want to get rid of it in the future though. I remember a time when everything I owned fit into a 2-door car and a truck, and even then, I had a buncha junk. No one needs this much stuff, but damn does it feel good to unload it.