If your makeup bag is a bit of mess then you need Marie Kondo. Marie Kondo is widely regarded as the queen of decluttering and author behind the best-selling The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying who has turned decluttering into an art form. So what are the merits of bringing some order to your beauty? Well there are three main benefits to applying the KonMari method to organising your things:
1. Knowing what you already own: at times, especially when we own a lot, we can mindlessly purchase items we don’t need.
2. Feeling more in control: taking stock of what you have means you will feel more in control, and it may result in you becoming a more mindful consumer in the future.
3. Knowing the condition of your items: tidying through KonMari provides a good quality check. By taking each item into your hands you are able to make an informed decision about whether the item is still in good condition.
With this in mind, here's our tips on how to Marie Kondo your makeup bag. Could this be the end of that unused green eyeliner and slightly unflattering lipstick?
Place all your makeup items on the floor or a large surface and group them into separate categories to work out what you’ve got duplicates of. You’ll be surprised how many of the same kinds of nude lipstick, glosses or blusher you have and you only need one of each for your makeup bag.
Don’t feel you have to throw everything away, you can always keep them in a separate box in your bedroom, but make sure that you don’t have repeats of anything in the makeup bag that you carry around or use every day.
Clean your products, because when was the last time you actually wiped over your blusher or cleaned the edge of your mascara?
The other thing to consider is how long you’ve actually had them. Mascaras of any brand, for example, should be changed after six months, otherwise they can cause infection.
A little ritual of letting go of products can be a good idea too. For the makeup items that you no longer wish to keep, if you feel like they've already served their purpose, express your gratitude saying, “thank you” and let them go.