makeupbagSo, I’m getting ready to visit my kids in Michigan next month, and figured it was as good excuse as any to shop for some new clothes. And, for the first time ever, I found everything I needed in one trip!

I couldn’t wait to get home to see what my new finds looked like in my closet. But, do you think I found one available hanger? Nope! 

Then it was clear that my only option was to get rid of the old and make way for the new. I soon realized there was a lot in my closet that just didn’t work for me anymore. I can’t even tell you why I was still hanging on to them. Maybe because I don’t want anything to go to waste?

It got me thinking about the 2 bags under the sink, the grocery bags (yes, you read it right) and huge train case in the closet full of makeup. Yep. It’s come to that. I’ve become a makeup hoarder. It got so bad, I nearly kicked my husband out of our walk-in closet to make more room.

The reality was the majority of the products I collected were much like those clothes I no longer needed. They weren’t working for me anymore, and I came to realize that keeping them was just as useless as not using them at all. If this sounds even vaguely familiar, you’re in luck. I quickly recovered, and you can too!

First, I tossed (I really did) any makeup I hadn’t used in the past 6 months to a year. What they say about clothes is the same thing here; chances are, if you haven’t worn it, you won’t start now. I then threw out anything that had expired or didn’t look or smell right. Like food, most makeup has an expiration date at which time bacteria begins to grow. Unfortunately, that date isn’t always printed on the label, in which case, the following is good to keep in mind:

Ditch your mascara and liquid liners every 3 months, cleansers, moisturizers, concealers and lipsticks every 6 months, and foundations after a year. Eye and lip pencils can last up to 2 years if sharpened between each use. If ever in doubt, take a good look at it, and if it looks funny, has a different consistency or smells bad, put it out of its misery. 

If successful, you’ve probably eliminated close to 60% of your entire collection; enough to clear the way for, well, more makeup.

Is there a particular type of makeup you just can’t seem to let go of? Share your story below.