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How To Apply KonMari To Your Beauty Routine

If you’re like me, you love getting the free gift bag of skincare and makeup samples when you buy pricey boutique cosmetic products, and it’s hard to resist the lure of a cute lipstick color at the drugstore when it’s only a few dollars. Before you know it, you have an entire box full of makeup, skincare, hair care, and nail polish, and it’s pretty hard to keep the whole mess organized. Everybody is buzzing about Marie Kondo’s KonMari organization system, and her tips can even help you simplify your beauty routine. You’ll see that streamlined and simple can still be very beautiful.

Purge What You Don’t Need

The most important first step in organizing your beauty routine is making sure you have the right products. A key part of the KonMari method is making items earn a place in your home because they are the items that you like and want to use the most. Taking a survey of the items on your vanity (and in your bathroom drawers and in the cabinet under the sink) will show you quickly that you have a lot of items you don’t actually use very often.

The fuchsia lipstick you wore once because it was a perfect match for a bridesmaid dress? Toss it. The same goes for the gummed-up nail polishes, the shower gel gift set with the fragrance that gives you a headache, the mascara you never wear because it leaves flakes under your eyes. Get rid of anything that you don’t see yourself ever wanting to use again. Dump it, even if you feel guilty about the waste, because it’s still being wasted even if you don’t use it. Set yourself free.

Put Some Items In Time-Out

The KonMari method recommends only keeping the items that will bring you joy. But what if you’re not sure how you feel about some things? Try storing the “maybe” items out of sight, perhaps in a box under the sink or in a closet. If you find that you miss the items, bring them back out for a permanent place on your vanity. But a month from now, go back in and get rid of anything you haven’t used.

Store Supplies In Permanent Packaging

The things you own should bring you joy and even your beauty products and supplies should themselves be beautiful. Transfer appropriate items to prettier, permanent glass packaging, like putting makeup remover in a user-friendly spray bottle and storing cotton puffs and Q-tips in glass jars.

Create A Staging Area

Once you have decided which items are worth keeping in your beauty routine, it’s time to create a display where they will be most useful. Marie Kondo, founder of the KonMari method, is a fan of trays for displaying items. Whether you choose to put your items on a tray, on the counter or in a basket, it’s important that the beauty products you keep are easily accessible and look pretty. Try grouping similar items near each other like lipsticks and mascaras, in order of when you use them as part of your daily beauty routine.