beauty: clean sweep

January 7th, 2011

I woke up the first morning of 2011, and I had this very unique urge.

To clean.

See, I am not a neat freak.  Especially with respect to clothes and beauty products, I can be a bit of a hoarder (isn’t it funny how that word has thoroughly replaced ‘pack rat’ by now?).  I’m so jealous of people who are naturally tidy and organized, and I’m trying very, very hard to be more like that myself in 2011. 

And to start, I woke up the first morning of the year and cleaned out my makeup cabinet.  I made a rule for myself that if I didn’t remember when I’d gotten a product, it was definitely too old to keep around.  What’s more, if I’d had something for over three months without wearing it once, it got tossed as well.  And, most of all, anything that irritated my skin went into the trash (WHY would I keep products around if they irritate my skin?  Wish I could tell you…)

I was so proud of my newly organized cabinets that I had to snap a picture for you guys.  What do you think — great start to 2011?!

Tags: beauty

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bailey // Jan 7, 2011 at 5:20 am

    absolutely… start out the new year, clean and organized in all aspects… including my folders on my laptop…  Hope your year is starting off swell!

    sorry, I had noticed your Flintstone vitamins… hehe I used to take them too… aren’t they great?

  • 2 Pearl (Crunch and Chew) // Jan 7, 2011 at 6:40 am

    A super start! Wish I had the urge too.

  • 3 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic // Jan 7, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I love organized cabinets!! You seem to have a lot of space, I’m jealous 😉 Happy Friday!

  • 4 admin // Jan 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Haha, yes!  No reason to ever outgrow Flinstones. 🙂

    BTW, guys — silly disclaimer, but I am NOT responsible for the 70’s-style purple sinks in our bathroom!  Ugh, the things you deal with as a NYC renter, sigh…

  • 5 Carly // Jan 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I am going home today and doing the same thing…..I TOO keep products that either didn’t work or irritate my skin…I think we feel bad for throwing something that is barely used, away…..but too bad.  No clutter is a good mantra for 2011!

  • 6 Melanie's Randomness // Jan 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

    It’s snowing something fierce outside so I’m going to take up some of your cleaning inspiration!! It looks great!! =)

    Melanie’s Randomness

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  • 8 Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen // Jan 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Looks great! Lovin’ the Flintstones vitamins 🙂

  • 9 Sara // Jan 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Oh wow, it looks terrific!!  Good work!

  • 10 Katie // Jan 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Nice! I tend to hoard and organize…which leaves me with a neat collection of old makeup;) I need to do this!

  • 11 Stephanie // Jan 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    definitely digging that you have flinstones in your medicine cabinet lol

  • 12 p // Jan 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Ideas for girls raising money for our church?

  • 13 Andrea P // Jan 10, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Good for you! Looks awesome. My bathroom looks like a Sephora store blew up in it, lol.

  • 14 June // Jan 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I find it adorable that you have Flinstones vitamins. Those are definitely the best. And did you know that chewable Tums are a good way to get extra calcium? Straight from the doc, that one.

  • 15 Paulina // Jan 19, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I spy Essie Mint Candy Apple!!! Love how organized your beauty stuff is. I wish I could keep mine neat.

  • 16 Sarah Helfgott // Jan 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Wow! Your cabinets look amazing! These pictures look like they’ve been taken directly out of a Storables catalogue as an example of how to get organized (which is a really good thing!) The nice thing about your arrangement is that everything seems to have its own place, so it’ll be easy and convenient to put things away in the future.

    On the topic of beauty products expiring, I actually did some research and wrote about that last year on my blog… Products expire much earlier than you’d expect! After I wrote this I went through my stuff and threw out almost everything. Here’s the guide I put together, which might be helpful for future reference when debating what to keep and what to toss:

    I love your blog. I just added it to my Google Reader and I’m looking forward to following you. Have a great day!


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