Sunday, July 14, 2013
My Stash, One Year Later
I've technically not yet met my stash goal, but that's okay with me. Why? Because when I compare my current stash to October's photos, I feel stupidly proud. And when I compare my current stash to what I had last year, I'm more than a little embarrassed. It's not that I have anything against large stashes, and it's not like I didn't try out all of those products. I just...didn't really need all of that. And I certainly didn't need it to take up that much room.
Now that I've reduced how much I own as far as makeup, clothing, and other shtuff goes, I feel far more comfortable in my room. Granted, my sister doesn't really live here anymore--she stays with her fiance and comes home about once a week--but very few of her space-hogging items have left the room. (I say that with love.) That means the new un-cluttered room is the result of my regular purging. And while I still wish I had a little more space, I'm incredibly happy with the progress I've made so far!
My dresser contains about a third as much stuff as it did last June. I got rid of most of the extra makeup storage containers, and the antique Japanese bowls no longer hold makeup--they just sit there and look pretty, as they should. I currently keep all of my pencils and brushes in cups (whereas I used to keep half of them on top of my dresser and the rest in an overfill drawer in the plastic tower), all of my lipglosses and a few of my lipsticks, and some of my most-used perfumes on top of the dresser.
I still keep a few "loose" items on my desk, but this is primarily stuff I'm just now trying out or plan to review. It keeps them right under my fingertips so I don't forget about them. The Dior Instant Cleansing Water will move to that large skincare compartment on the left after I get my last use out of that Elizabeth Arden body lotion (sob!).
I use one of the smaller drawers for my false eyelashes, cream eyeliners, pigments/glitters, and single eyeshadows. There's also a Laura Mercier lip stain and some extra KA SSE that I keep up here for lack of a better place. I must admit that the blank space is a comfort to me; I'm a big cream eyeshadow fan, so I like having extra room to ever-so-slightly expand that part of my collection.
The basket in the back holds a few Prescriptives items my mom wanted me to store for her, plus some backups, extra puffs and eyelash curler pads, and empty MAC compacts. There's also that old Prescriptives gloss palette my mom gave me years ago...I know it's not safe to use and it just takes up space, but my emotional attachment to it is still too strong. So it stays.
The middle basket is all of my skin stuff that won't fit in to my desk-top organizer. It's not a coincidence that it's skin stuff I don't tend to grab when I'm in a hurry or doing an every day look.
The most mind-boggling part of this drawer, at least for me, is the lip products basket, which is only half full. Granted, the 10 or so glosses I've kept aren't here, and I keep most of my daily lip colors in the desktop organizer. But this is still a MAJOR change from ye olde days of 3 or 4 baskets for lip products alone. While lipstick is still my main passion, it's a passion I try to limit, as I already have plenty of beautiful, incomparable colors.
I also use a big drawer to hold most of my perfumes, some extra baby wipes and q-tips, a few back-ups and skincare products that are too big to put anywhere else, and all of my samples and nail polishes. I've decided to start painting my nails again and taking decent care of them. Having a nice manicure was a big part of my ethos as a teacher, and I've missed that. My current polish is OPI Dulche de Leche, one of my all-time favorite polishes that's perfect for job interviews.
So there you have it, my current stash! Again, check out my old stash photos, especially if you're having trouble reducing your own stash. I think it's proof that even if it takes you a while, it can be done. :)