I wish I would have taken a before and after picture.
Last week I got the urge to purge. Maybe the start of Spring put me in the mood to start Spring cleaning – if you know me well, you know cleaning really makes me happy – but last week I was ready to get rid of almost everything. My skin care drawer was a mess, I was looking through all of my makeup thinking, why do I have so much stuff. I try to be mindful when it comes to excess. There are certain things I really love, like shoes and skincare products and will always buy, but if it’s something I haven’t used or worn in a while, I try to give it away or toss it.
So I went through all of my products – skincare, makeup, hair care – and started tossing things. I realized I had so much makeup that I don’t even use. Case in point. Why do I have 10 eye shadow palettes when I literally never wear eye shadow. Or why do I have 7 different shades of concealer that are still in the packaging and have never been used.
Having all this stuff taking up space was making my skin crawl!
Usually I try to find any justification for keeping things, and they’re always usually really ridiculous reasons. But this time, I found myself more open than ever to just letting things go.
In many ways my bout of Spring cleaning represents the season that I’m in. Ready and willing to let things go. Dead things. Expired things, things that if applied past the date of use can potentially be harmful. Things that add zero value to my life, there’s no reason to hold on to them, making up excuses for why they should stay. So, right now, it’s easy for me to just let go and avoid excess because my mind is shifting more to the things that matter most.
I’m not saying that I won’t buy more things, in fact, I put in an order for more skin care products prior to my Spring cleaning session. What I’m saying is, I’m no longer holding on to old, useless things.
And that make me happy.