Lately I’ve been feeling inspired to simplify my life. From that extra shirt shoved into the back of my closet, to the one pair of shoes that doesn’t have a home, from the stack of CDs I never use, to the entire drawer (and maybe traincase) full of makeup that I don’t need (Don’t judge. Every girl needs a dirty little secret.), I’ve been rethinking everything I own.
Because you never know when your closet may grow massive amounts of mold from an A/C leak and the landlord won’t fix it. And then you have to move into a friend’s house on one day’s notice. (It happened, people.)
Ok, this isn’t really about that. It’s not even about not having enough space for the things I own — I actually have more than enough (minus the pair of shoes and the extra shirt). It’s about quality over quantity, knowing that everything I own is a reflection of me and adds to my life in some way.
Whenever I think I have to have something or that I’ve found a deal I can’t pass up, I remind myself that there with always be something else. Something newer and shinier. The newest best things today are tomorrow’s Goodwill donations. Target will always have a clearance rack, Goodwill will always have $5 jeans, yard sales will always have household stuff for $1, and there will always be catalogs with nice things in them making what I have now look like old news.
For me, this isn’t just about not buying things only because they’re on sale. It reminds me that everything has a time and place, and the only reason worth buying, or even keeping, something now is because it has a place in my life right now.
Most of the things I’ve held on to aren’t important to me, but I felt like I couldn’t get rid of them because someone gave them to me, or throwing them out would be a waste of money. But when the aforementioned mold issue happened a few months ago, I was forced to quickly evaluate what I had room for in my life — it’s amazing what little attachment you have to things when you’re trying to pack them up in 12 hours. And you know what? I haven’t missed a single thing I threw out, or felt bad about it at all.
So I’m taking a cue from Jess of Makeunder My Life and starting my own End of the Week Exfoliation. I’ll be adding a section to my sidebar to keep track, and newly exfoliated items will be added Sunday evening. I’m also making a commitment to think through each of my purchases, big or small, and carefully evaluate if an item has a place in my life before I buy.
And maybe one day my makeup collection will go from looking this:
To looking like this:
With less makeup, of course. But an equally beautiful display of the things I truly love.
Care to join me?