When was the last time that you went through your makeup? What do you mean by decluttered, dusted, or organized? Marie Kondo, a bestselling author and internationally renowned organizer (aka “tidying specialist”), says that by tidying your makeup, you can also clean your mind.

In her late teens, Marie Kondo developed the “KonMari” method. This philosophy suggests that we all should “keep items that speak to our hearts and discard those that no longer inspire joy.” Now, this method is being adopted by people around the globe, who are transforming their cluttered homes into spaces that inspire serenity. Sold? Continue reading…

If I hadn’t adopted Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method, I would have signed up for the TV show “Hoarders” by now.

If you have a mountainous collection of makeup that you don’t use but you can’t bear to get rid of, it is time to make a change. Here are some Marie Kondo decluttering mantras that you can live by.


Sort ALL of your makeup.

It’s not a one-time process but rather a way to get the most out of your makeup routine. You must be willing to tackle everything in one sitting. You’ll only end up moving your makeup around, accomplishing little, unless you tackle the entire task in one go. Once you have decluttered your makeup hoards and finished the organizing process, you will be motivated.


Create a mountain

You are now committed, but you must not only tidy up one bag or drawer of makeup. This will cause you to lose motivation and momentum. Grab all your makeup, whether it’s on display or hidden deep in your cabinet, and pile them up. You can now see everything you’ve been holding onto for months or even years!


Sort by Category

This is the time to tackle your mountain of makeup. Sort by category. (I actually found this part quite therapeutic!) KonMari’s ‘tidy up your home’ method starts with clothing and sorting it into subcategories like shirts, skirts, etc. This same method can also be used to organize your makeup. Put your lippies in one pile and your mascaras in another.



The old is out; the new is in

After you’ve sorted your makeup into categories, it’s now time to throw out the old, expired, or even unused products, or those “that don’t bring you joy,” as Marie Kondo says.

Many of us (I was one of them) hold onto things “just in case” we need them again. Ask yourself, “when was the last time I used this?” If you don’t know, it’s probably time to throw it out!

It’s best to replace mascara if it hasn’t been used for several months.

You will be able to grow your collection by reducing its size. After all, who wouldn’t like to have their hands on the new launch? Remember that some makeup may look great on the palette but not so much on your skin. Try a few things, have some fun, and keep only the products that make you look and feel your best.


Discover which products you love.

After you have thrown out the unusable and old, grab those red lipsticks left, that palette of shadows, and your powder blush and ask yourself whether it brings you joy. If you don’t feel it, then say “Thanks for your service” and put the item in the “see you later” pile. This exercise will not only help you clean out your cosmetics bag, drawer, or cupboard but also improve your decision-making abilities that can be applied in other areas of life. By’sparking Joy’, we refer to how you feel wearing it. Not that you had fun at your 2018 Christmas party when you wore the sparkly lipgloss!



Do not forget your tools.

Sorting out your makeup tools is just as important as your makeup products!

It is important to wash your makeup tools. Both brushes and sponges can accumulate bacteria and dead skin cells, which can irritate your skin and pimples. If you use a dirty brush to apply makeup, the result could be streaky or patchy skin! A clean brush will make your makeup application smoother!


After you complete your KonMari ritual, you will have a well-organized collection that is easily accessible and better for you!