Friday, March 1, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 12 • Skincare & Makeup

Welcome to Day 12 of the #30daytidyingchallenge! This challenge runs from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 18 days, the plan is to be finished in time for the first day of spring on March 20th (or the March Equinox if you are located in the Southern Hemisphere). This tidying challenge is based on the KonMari method, and I was hugely inspired by these three resources: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

To help with the process, I put together this calendar, which shows all the different categories I'll be tidying during the 30 day challenge. Depending on your situation, you may want to tackle this project over a number of months, and that is totally ok too! You can still use the calendar--just follow the order, but take more time for each set of categories.

On Day 12, we'll be tidying skincare, makeup, makeup bags, and nail polish!

Some thoughts on Day 12:

1) Certain categories are fun to tidy. My skincare and makeup collection is relatively pared down compared to before, and I've put in a lot of hours decluttering these items in the past. As a result, today wasn't really an exercise in spark joy for me, but rather an endeavor to organize and get like items together. As soon as I sat down and got tactile with my makeup and skincare, I was in my element! I didn't let go of a lot, but I was able to get all like items together (except for a few subcategories of skincare, which I will continue to store in the bathroom). After a few challenging days, it was nice to have fun tidying today.

2) Beware of the sunk cost fallacy. In the past, I spent so much time organizing my nail polish. I had 400 bottles, and I decided I wanted a swatch stick for each shade. I can't even express how many hours it took me to swatch each nail polish, label the swatch stick, and enter the nail polish into a spreadsheet. I had fun doing it at the time, and when I came across the swatch sticks during my tidying today, I was tempted to hang onto them because of all the hours I had spent. In essence, this is the sunk cost fallacy, and as soon as I realized this, I knew I had to kick these swatch sticks to the curb. Hanging onto possessions you never use just because you spent a lot of time or money acquiring them does not contribute to a home that sparks joy.

Thank you for tuning into Day 12! If you're tidying alongside me, please let me know how you're doing. I would love to hear about your journey and if you have any tips or tricks to share. I'll see you tomorrow for Day 13. :)

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