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My new minimalist beauty blogger pledge – Thou shall not hoard

by on March 11, 2012 · 26 comments | in Minimalist living

I’m sure you all remember my epic haulage from last year when I was Stateside but in case you didn’t see it the first time here it is again in all it’s glory! I still have loads of products to review hence the now extended spending ban until I got back to the homeland end of May. I’ve realised since becoming a fully fledged beauty blogger two years ago this month I’ve picked up some habits that prohibit my normal usage of products.

I’ve lost count how many times I’ve come home with new goodies from Boots/Superdrug/TK Maxx and not used anything till it’s been photographed. Then said items stay in my special box because I don’t have time to take photos or there is bad natural light. Then because I’ve started to accumulate many things in the special box, I need to start making lists of what I haven’t reviewed because now the box is overflowing and spilling into drawers. Well in a bid to become more minimalist this year I’m throwing out the old rules and making new ones:

  • New purchases shall be tried straight away – no stowing away in a drawer/box/cupboard only to see the light of day three months later. This means taking off the plastic or shock horror opening the box it comes in – do you really care about the box?
  • Photographs will only be taken after the product has been tested  – Do things need to be brand new when you photograph them? The only exception I’ll make to this rule is scrubs that come in tubs. These should always be photographed in pristine condition for your viewing pleasure.
  • No more lists – Now I know this works for some people but it’s never worked for me. If I need spreadsheets to tell me what I need to review then I have too much stuff.
  • Keep it simple – God created cute Paperchase puffy stickers so all new purchases shall be stuck with a sticker and when it’s been reviewed, said sticker will be removed.
  • Set a maximum number for any kind of product I use – I don’t need 20 different face masks at any one time or shower gels, body lotions, lip balms etc.

Do you get overwhelmed with all the stuff you have or are you super organised and only get a few things at a time? What do you think of my rules, would they work for you? Let me know!


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AsmaaMarch 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I’m a hoarder (although I prefer the term collector). The thing is that my collecting habit extends way past beauty products and into my crafting hobby. Sometimes I buy craft products just because they’re cute or on sale, even if I have no need for them. In terms of beauty products I don’t always review things that I buy, and if I do it will after I’ve used the product a few times, or even after it’s been used up (e.g. project 10 pan). I’m not really fussed about the photo’s unless I’m doing a haul post or something.The most I collect is probably lip balms (the evidence is on my blog), although I’m planning another project 10 pan starting at the end of the month to try and use them up! Lists never seem to work for me, whether I’m using it to plan reviews or a revision timetable. One thing that does work for me is keeping products to hand. If the product is easy to reach then I’m more likely to use it than another product which is stored in some box somewhere.

Good luck with trying to keep organised and not hoard as much =)




March 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Thank you Asmaa, it’s interesting that you’ve mentioned you don’t review everything you buy. I think I buy things with the intention of doing a review and sometimes that doesn’t happen. I agree with you about having things to hand, if it is in a box somewhere it will definitely not get used!

You must have loads of boxes and things to keep all your bits and bobs in crafty stuff can get all over the place! Thanks for your epic comment! :D


EnigmaMarch 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Having a spreadsheet of things to review really does sound like you have too much. Then again you did have the chance to do a massive haul while away in the US :)


March 13, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Yes I always do a massive haulage when I go home, Bath & Body Works is responsible for many things! Thanks for you comment! xoxo


ihavemostlybeenMarch 12, 2012 at 10:55 am

Yikes that is one heck of a haul! Personally I don’t blog everything I buy, if I have something I really love or really hate I blog it, or if it’s been a splurge or as a result of a lot of research then I’ll blog those things too in case anyone else is interested and it might save them some time. I have a spreadsheet for my books though, what I have read, what I have on order from the library and what I have yet to order! x


March 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm

A spreadsheet for books? Maybe I don’t need to blog about everything I buy either. Some products don’t really warrant a review and there is no point forcing it is there? Thanks again Debbie – Eyebrows and Books is there anything you can’t do? :D


ChrissyMarch 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

What on…? What the….? I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like this haul. Good luck with your new rules. Meanwhile, for the rest of the day I shall be speechless.


March 14, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Your short but concise words say it all! Thanks Chrissy! :D


The Nail BuffMarch 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

You are surely my kindred spirit.
I had a moment similar to yours not too long ago, where it struck me as simply crazy to keep buying and buying without appreciating. And you are right, if you need a spreadsheet to keep track of your untrieds, you are simply buying too much.
I find that now my polish collection (which is growing very very slowly nowadays) is my last bastion of “hoarding”. My new hobby has become selling, throwing away and donating lol. And I love it!
Big hugs to you my lovely American friend


March 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I don’t have much to sell but I have been freecycling and giving stuff away on gumtree or the charity shop. I think nail polishes are different in that they can be contained in boxes and stored away neatly. When bathroom gets full of bottles and tubs it can look messy and not very Zen! xoxo


PinktyMarch 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

You know what ?? I have exactly the same issues as yours :-)
I have so many things, products everywhere, even in the living room ! I know I don’t NEED that much but when I see something I fancy, I’ve got to have it even if I don’t use it straight away !
I haven’t bought much recently but I know this will not last long !
When I look at all the stuff you bought in the US, I have done the same things last year too
Did you buy anything interesting in Aruba because my parents are flying there end of week and I want them to bring me back beauty stuff ?


March 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Sent you and email regarding Aruba!

Why is it that we buy stuff but don’t use it straight away? Is it the thrill of the chase that gets us? I keep looking at all my body lotions and wonder what possessed me to buy so many. I know I love having soft skin but what is wrong with having just a few, using them up and then buying more?

Remember it will always be the boys fault we are like this! :D


DaniellaMarch 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I think I’m gonna have tto join you and pledge myself! I had to buy a new set of 6 drawers to house my products, I already have a full length hall cupboard full and a 3 drawer unit, i’m actually ashamed!


March 14, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Stuff can take over your life! Let’s not end up like those poor souls who are surrounded by stuff when they are older and can’t see the floor.

I’m going to keep my eye on you my dear! xoxo


Peonies and liliesMarch 12, 2012 at 11:18 pm

I am definitely guilty of the first 2, especially when it comes to make up! I always like to photograph products brand new before I try it out.

Good luck with your pledge. I’m sure you’ll have made a big dent in your collection by the end of the year! x


March 14, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Yes that is the plan a big dent!

I can understand that you want to photograph makeup when it’s brand new but I don’t think anyone cares when I photograph a shower gel! xoxo


AyanMarch 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I really understand what youy mean. I dont even have a camera at the moment and have a bad habit of keeping products in the bag then hanging the bags on my coat stand (its really crazy) it resulted in me double buying on a few occassions because i simply forgot what i had. This is why im currently trying sort my bedroom and bathroom in to the most efficent stockroom with all products easily accessiable.

Look forward to hearing how everything goes with the organising



March 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm

OMG we all do it! I’ve re-bought things because I forgot that I had them in the first place too! It’s madness – I don’t even want to think about all the money I’ve spent the last two years…….EEEPPP :D


TamaraMarch 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Thou shall not hoard? What.. my beauty blogging mind struggles to compute! LOL

I can absolutely relate to this though.. especially the bit about taking photos! I’m in the midst of working out a new system for getting new products into the loop faster. It definitely can be overwhelming though. I like ‘new’ photos for most purposes, but I refuse to review something until I’ve given it a good work over. Obviously problematic at times.

Great post! :]


March 14, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Thank you Ms. Tamara my lovely Canadian Beauty Blogger! Let me know what system you come up, and I’m sure other beauty bloggers would love to know too. :D


My BeautyFul WorldMarch 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

This is the biggest haul I have seen in my life ha ha ha
I do have hoarding tendencies too but I’ve been trying to fight with them for a while now for a few reasons:
1) I had products going out of date because I didn’t have time to use them
2) I felt guilty to neglect some products
3) Because I was buying a lot,I had lots of stuff I didn’t really like but was using it up just for the sake of it
4) I’ve been spending all my money on beauty products and ended up with none for clothes and other things. It made me feel crap when I saw a gorgeous top/scarf/whatever and could buy it because I just bought 10 face creams I don’t need!

At the moment I am having a lot of skin problems (alergies, dryness, breakouts :( ) so I decided to go for Natural products. I am slowly using up everything I own at the moment. I will replace it with Natural skincare and hopefuly that way I won’t be buying so much because ingredients will limit me :)

Anyhoo….that was my little ramble about my hoarding problem haha
Good luck with your new goals xxx


My BeautyFul WorldMarch 16, 2012 at 9:43 am

This is the biggest hauls I have seen in my life!!! ha ha ha
I just typed a massive comment but it dissapeard and I can’t remember what i wrote :(
So I am going to say Good Luck with your pledge :) I hope you will stay strong :)


KellyMarch 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I need to use some of these tips! I definitely have way too many bath/body products that I’m trying to whittle down before I go and splurge on more!


hair iron straightnerApril 5, 2012 at 10:04 am

hey Kelly, i agree with you.


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