After the boringness that is paper decluttering, I thought I’d give you a little bit of a free pass today. Today, you can pick which area you want to declutter. For me, I had an extensive nail polish collection, so I tackled that, but maybe your weakness is mugs, stuffed animals, POP figurines, jewellery, crafting supplies… whatever! Pick a hobby that has taken over your home and start there.
The following tips are going to be tailored towards a nail polish declutter, but I’m sure you’re getting the hang of this by now!
1. Gather it all together. Luckily for me, I keep all my nail polish in the one place, so I didn’t have to work too much. For nail polish, I always make sure to lay the bottle on their sides so I can see all the different colours easily.
2. Group them into seasons. I’m sure you all know that there are 4 seasons, but in the nail polish world I have a fifth, and that’s neutral. Most of the colours I wear fall into this category, so they make up most of my collection, but I still like to have a couple of seasonal colours on hand for when I’m feeling a change.
3. Go through each of your groups and ask yourself some guiding questions. Mine were:
- When was the last time I wore this colour?
- Does this colour still work with my wardrobe?
- Do I like the formula of this polish?
- How old is this polish, has it become difficult to use?
4. Evaluate what you’re left with. My tastes are very simple, so I usually end up with a few colours that are shockingly similar. If this happens, pick your favourite and get rid of the rest or vow to use them up in the next month before dumping them.
5. Consider going cruelty-free. Like with make up, this is the perfect time to consider going cruelty-free. Of the 8 polishes I’ve kept, 4 of them are ethical and 4 are not. The latter will be used up over the next few months and then let go.
And we’re done! Hopefully you found my nail polish tips useful, even if that’s not the area you tackled today. Let me know what you picked either in the comments or on Instagram/Twitter – I’d love to hear from you! See you tomorrow morning!