How I'm Applying the Marie Kondo Method to My Beauty Products

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I always tell my husband that I don’t have an attachment to stuff. I like material things, but typically in a house purge, I freely and unemotionally toss items into the “these don’t spark joy” pile. If I haven’t worn clothing in more than a year, off it goes to Goodwill. I try to live as paper-free as possible. Souvenirs and trip mementos? I prefer longer-lasting digital photos that can be filed away and viewed regularly.

Yet I’m still perpetually overrun by stuff. With two kids and a sentimental husband, our drawers and cabinets runneth over. (And as the kids get bigger—and their clothes get bigger — the laundry! My God, the laundry!) It’s not helped by the fact that I bring home shopping bags filled with beauty products to test almost every other day. I spend at least an hour each Sunday weeding through my beauty loot like a kid on Halloween. And I admit, this is where my minimalist tendencies go out the window. As you might imagine, I love makeup, skin care, hair care, lotions, perfumes, nail polish, face tools, eye shadow brushes, highlighter brushes, kabuki brushes, skin-care brushes…. Give it all to me.

People often ask what we do with extra products. I give away a lot to friends and family, and we do regular charity drives. But if I’m being completely honest, I stockpile my favorites like I’m doomsday prepping for some beautiful, dewy-skinned apocalypse. I do try my best to get the most out of products. On occasion, I’ll test a heavy night cream that’ll cause my cheeks or chin to break out. Instead of tossing it, I use it on less-sensitive spots, like my neck, décolletage, and hands.

But the perpetual low-level stress of maximalism — and disorganization — has been well documented. So I’m newly committed to paring down and finding a better method for the madness.

Right now, I’m philosophically drawn to Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method. My take: Keep what makes you happy. If a lot of things make you happy, then so be it. Just be intentional and find a place for them in your surroundings.

An organization expert recently reached out to me, offering her services, and I’m considering taking the leap. I figure finding a loving new home for some of my existing stuff means carving out a little more space for the Reformation dress and Brother Vellies heels I’ve been eyeing. I know for some people, more is a four-letter word. But then I’m reminded: So is less.


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