Can we all agree that clutter causes anxiety? I dream of being a minimalist but in reality that will never happen so I just try to keep my hoarder tendencies at bay. I have a real attachment to stuff and find it emotionally taxing to throw things out, especially if I feel like they could be reused for something.
So the idea of Spring Cleaning really speaks to me! The hardest part is setting aside the time to do it. This too can cause one to feel anxious. So let’s just focus on my favorite thing… skincare.
Let me help you “spring clean” your products and take away the overwhelm of not knowing what you have in your skincare collection.
To keep the panic down, schedule just a small amount of time 20 minutes (or an hour if you have it). Keeping the time commitment realistic is an act of self-care.
If you have an hour, pull out ALL the products and samples you have. If you only have 20 minutes, pick a category of products to start with, for example, cleansers, and then work on the rest next week.
Here are some supplies that might be helpful while organizing:
- A few boxes to hold all your products. A box for each type of product, and a ‘throwaway’ box for products you want to get rid of.
- 2 cloths, one wet, and one dry to wipe down any bottles or caps that might be sticky or slimy.
- Download a printout of my free skincare roadmap so you can list out which products are what.
When you find a product that you’re not sure of its use or benefit, how many times in a week to use them – feel free to reach out to me on Instagram or email pictures of any products that you don’t know what category they should be in.
Once your products have been put in their piles and wiped down, now let’s decide which products you LOVE and which products you don’t love. The love products get used first and the ‘not love’ products get used as backup. If you have products that you really can’t stand, toss them in the garbage or give them to a friend. Getting rid of products you don’t like is an act of self-care.
You are going to repeat these steps with each category of products until you are done. You can do this all in one sitting or do it in stages (like that 20-minute increment I mentioned earlier).
Now if your products have dried up or smell bad they definitely need to be thrown away, but an expired product doesn’t mean spoiled. It just means the manufacturer won’t guarantee their efficacy.
Can’t do it alone?
I am here for you. Book me for an organizing session, we can do it in person or over zoom.
I have varying time frames available, 20 min, 30 min, 45 min or 1 hour.
Once you can see what products you have you will be more likely to use the ones you like. This organization process might need to be revisited monthly, quarterly, or yearly. But you will feel the overwhelm lift. Prioritizing your self-care is an act of self-care.