get organized: beauty

(This is day 5 of the Get Organized Series)

I know it's the weekend, but I want to keep the ball rolling so we don’t lose the momentum we’ve been building during the week! So today is part two of the miscellaneous category and we will be sorting makeup, beauty products and skincare. This is a fun one and you can also include nail polish, hair goods, medicine and hygiene products.

Create small piles

As you know by now, you want to remove everything from its original place and create smaller subcategories to sort. In this category it's very important that you keep an eye for expiration dates. Since we are dealing with items that go directly on your skin, you want to pay close attention to what is still good. Expired beauty products can cause an array of problems and become detrimental to your health.

For the items that are still good, ask yourself the following questions to see if they “spark joy”:

  • How often do I use it?

  • How do I feel when I use it?

  • Am I using this to feel better or to hide insecurities?

  • Do I like this item or did someone tell me I like it?

  • Can I get away with fewer items?

If it brings you joy...

I had a lot of fun with this category because it helped me figure out my current style. Back in my late teens and early twenties I had a lot of makeup and loved experimenting with color. I had so many eyeshadow pallets, glitter eyeliner, lipsticks with different shades of pink, nude and red. It was overwhelming! And oh, I also used to collect nail polish. I got to a point where I had close to 500 bottles. I know, I know, who needs that many?  But at the time it made sense to me and it also brought me a lot of joy.

Needless to say, I have come a long way in this journey and now own less than 30 bottles. Like I said in the beginning of this series, this is a process and you won’t get there immediately. So take time to really go through what you have and evaluate if it matches your current style.


After sorting everything, it’s time to store what was left. Make sure your storage solution is visible, accessible and brings you joy. I keep all my makeup in an acrylic container that I can take out of the closet and place it on my sink anytime I need it. As for the nail polish, I keep a box with all the bottles and utensils I use to do my nails tucked in the linen closet.

Sell x recycle

For the items that were expired, check to see if the brand will take them back. Many companies are working to recycle their products in an environmentally friendly way, so look into that before tossing it in the trash. If you have unopened or barely used items (as long as they haven’t expired) there are websites that will take your products, like Glambot. If you don’t want to take the time, ask friends, family and coworkers if they want it or donate it to a women’s shelter.

I hope you had some fun with this category and now have a vanity that overflows with joy! I’ll see you tomorrow to help you sort electronics.