Why I am saying goodbye to 90% of my beauty closet

About a month ago, I was browsing Netflix on Sunday and in the new in section I saw a documentary called Minimalism. I was triggered, I follow a couple of YouTubers who talk about minimalism and I wanted to know more.

This documentary spoke to me like nothing else did in a very long time. I watched it twice that same Sunday and I have seen it five times since. I made my parents watch it, tipped it to friends and now, I’m writing about it.

FILLING GAPING HOLES

I’ve always led a maximalist life, one filled with tons of stuff and with a never ending wishlist for more. I can hear my mom saying “It’s never enough for you. You always want more. You are never satisfied.” at multiple points in my life. When I was twelve in a toy store, when I was fifteen during a holiday and even more after.

Watching this documentary has been eye-opening in many ways for me. One of the most important things I learned is that I’m trying to fill bottomless holes in my life with stuff while that isn’t the answer. It will never be. It’s not about having a closet with a hundred nail polishes, a drawer stuffed with the newest lipsticks or countless expensive serums.

Even more, opening my to the brim-filled beauty closet to choose a mask on Sunday morning doesn’t make me happy – it causes me stress. Stress to choose, to clean, to orden, to rearrange, to use up, to.. I’ve spent too many Sundays going through stuff, making room for more.

Don’t get me wrong, I feel privileged to receive new launches from the most beautiful brands and I am grateful for everything I get to try out. I just realized it doesn’t make me happy to keep accumulating and collecting all these things.

MY BEAUTY STORAGE

I’ve been minimizing all over my apartment, from kitchen appliances over clothing to decoration. But the biggest thing for me to tackle was my beauty storage. I’m sure it would qualify me to appear on Extreme Hoarders.. I thought it was going to be hard to only keep the things that make me happy but – it actually wasn’t. Rather than keeping products in “my collection” and having them gather dust on the shelves, I wanted for them to be more, to mean more.

Therefor next Sunday the 11th of June, I will be selling over 700 products (yes, that’s right – see how ridiculous it was?) for mostly €2, €4 or €10 so they can be used by someone else. Even more, half of the proceedings will go to Red Nose Day. You have seen my “collection”, you know what you’ll find there and if you’re interested in giving some great products a second home while contributing to charity – drop me an e-mail or a comment and I’ll send you the details.

You don’t get rid of the things that make you unhappy overnight. It’s a process that doesn’t come easy but when you’re conscious about why you are doing this all, it’s not difficult either. Next Sunday, you’ll read the next article on my journey to minimalism, to a happier life.

  • Eva

    I totally understand! Due to moving to London and having to watch our budget I had to take a step back from hauls and it actually feels good. I’m not at the point of getting rid of stuff yet though… I did give away loads of things when we were packing but I still have too many things left that I will never all use up. But lots of them were bought on trips etc and I can’t say goodbye just yet 😊
    There comes a point when you`re simply collecting because it’s nice to know you have things in your stash but you only have 1 face, right? I think this is a phase most of us all will go through, at our own pace. I still get excited about new launches, for example, I really want to try Glossier stuff, yes, I blame you 😉, so I just try to focus on what I really want instead of trying everything. Anywayz… Good luck with the sale, I hope everything finds a great home and you’re able to donate a nice amount to Red Nose Day!

    • Thank you for sharing Eva!
      I’m with you for the excitement, I just try to stop my bad habit of impulse buying..
      Let’s say goodbye to the things that don’t make us happy and use what we enjoy 😘

  • Margaux Sallet

    Eeuuhhmm, ik krijg niets toegestuurd en heb ook een enorme wishlist, dus ik ga mij extreem laten gaan 🙈 #sorrynotsorry

  • Laure

    Nu ben ik wel benieuwd naar deze documentaire, maar ook naar je blogsale!

    • De documentaire is een echte aanrader! En ik heb je net een mailtje gestuurd ivm het event, zo heb je alle info 🙂

  • Hi Beautylymin! I won’t be doing it on the website but if I have a lot of products left, I’ll probably list everything. I’ll keep you updated 🙂

    • Where will you be selling if you don’t mind me asking? xx

  • Thank you so much for sharing Nikita! It feels good, doesn’t it? And it’s also beneficial for our spending habits, so much change 👍🏻

  • Eva Dewulf

    Benieuwd naar je blogsale! Love to know the details x Eva

  • Tania

    Ben wel benieuwd naar je blogsale

  • Sandrine Christiaens

    Ik koop eigenlijk heel bewust en enkel wat ik nodig heb. Ik kan t mij ook niet permitteren. En mocht ik t mij nog kunnen permitteren, ik zou het niet doen.

  • Lore Van Uffelen

    ook geïnteresseerd in de beauty sale!

  • Hey love, I applaud you for taking this leap, it takes a lot of guts and bravado to take this step. I’ll be there to help (and to buy of course :-))

  • Wel, ik ga deze docu vanavond eens bekijken. Je maakt me benieuwd.

  • Lise

    Zijn er nog producten over? Indien wel, ben ik zeker geïnteresseerd.

    • Hi Lise! Het was een succes, helaas is er niets meer over voor verkoop. Bedankt voor je interesse! (En sorry voor de late reactie – oops.)

  • Nel

    Hey, where can I see the stuff you’re selling? 🙂

    • Wendy (B)

      I’m also curious!

    • Hi Nel, thank you for reaching out! I did a private sale on a specific day as mentioned above. There’s nothing more on sale right now but I’ll post it here again if I were to do an other event.