I’m not a big fan of spring cleaning. Technically I’m not a fan of cleaning, at all.
This year, instead of worrying about the whole house, I focused on some “hot spots” that bother me every time I see them. You have these too, I’ll bet–like the linen closet that’s packed full of junk or the kitchen cabinet that explodes with Tupperware lids every time you open it.
I started by refreshing the kitchen cabinet that holds my glass storage jars and Pyrex. (No tuppers here!) Since I use canning jars to store bulk foods, I replaced my giant box of two-piece metal canning lids with these nifty plastic storage lids. With the solid lids, there are less parts to wash and keep track of.
The big project was coming to grips with my makeup stockpile. (Cue ominous background music.) For somebody who doesn’t wear much makeup, I sure have a lot of it.
The daily stuff (eyeliner, mascara, blush) is in the bathroom cabinet. Then there’s a caddy on the sink and my original 1986 Caboodle under the sink. Is the Caboodle old enough to be vintage, or is it just-plain-old?
Anyhow, once I gathered everything together I was horrified at how much ancient makeup I had. Seriously, some of this stuff is so old it could be carbon-dated.
1995 called. They want their lipstick back.
And their eye shadow.
So began the Great Makeup Purge of 2013. I threw away shadows I hadn’t used for years, lipsticks that I should never have worn, glosses that had turned to smelly goo, and blush that was too empty to eke any color from. (Why did I even keep this?)
I nearly filled the bathroom trash bin with the stuff I threw away.
At first, I was worried about throwing things away that I had paid good money for. But then I realized that the money is already spent and gone. Keeping those items around won’t bring the money back. And wearing lipstick that’s older than my children is both gross and unfashionable.
I need to check eBay to see what vintage Caboodles are worth, though…
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