WK3: Declutter & Detox Your Personal Care Items

Now that you have a little bit of decluttering practice under your belt and are feeling the momentum of letting go, it’s time to go a little deeper.

This week we are going to focus on decluttering and detoxing our personal care items.

This means it’s time to sort through your:

  • Bath and shower products
  • Skin care products
  • Make-up/Nail Polish
  • Beauty treatments
  • Hair Care/Shaving products
  • Perfumes and Colognes
  • Deodorants
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Accessories like hair bands, barrettes, and bobby pins
  • Small Misc Items (tweezers, nail files, trimmers, scissors, Q-tips, loofas, etc.)

 In addition to this, I’m also going to ask you to take a look at your self-care routines and your underlying limiting beliefs.

What are limiting beliefs?

Limiting beliefs are the thoughts you believe to be true that in reality are not true.

They are a form of negative self-talk and thinking that causes you to behave in a way that keeps you from becoming your best self.

They are also what feed your consuming emotions—thus causing you to purchase excess items and clutter your life in an attempt to make yourself feel better.

For example:

A woman who says to herself: “I am not beautiful” believes she is not physically attractive and may decide she needs a significant amount of make-up, the latest anti-aging potions/lotions, and other personal care products to make herself feel more attractive.

In truth she is intrinsically beautiful, and it’s evident that this woman’s false belief stems from a lack of personal self-worth.

The difficulty of acknowledging our limiting beliefs lies in the fact that they often reside in our sub-conscious mind and were formed as a direct result of a past experience.

This woman who does not find herself to be beautiful and struggles with her self-worth may have experienced a situation in the past in which another person said or did something to make her feel this way. In response, she believed this to be true and has since lived her life accordingly—fluctuating from not taking care of herself to splurging on material items she thinks can change her fate.

To overcome this limiting belief she must practice mindfulness. 

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. It’s a simple and practical way to notice thoughts, physical sensations, sights, sounds, smells, and anything you might not normally notice.

While it sounds easy, it does take practice because this is not how our minds normally behave. Most of the time we are thinking ahead to the future or comparing a present situation to an event in the past in order to gauge how we should react.

For the women mentioned previously, it’s imperative that she practice mindfulness so she can catch herself thinking her limiting beliefs , stop saying the painful and discouraging words, and begin to create a new script for her life.

By mindfully saying words of encouragement to herself each day, and eliminating the situations and people in her life that make her feel less than worthy or beautiful, she will begin to create an environment that supports a new reality and truth—the truth that she is breathtakingly beautiful in her own unique way.

The incredible thing is, that once she BELIEVES she is beautiful and worthy of love and affection, her entire being will transform. She will radiate from the inside out—and that is an intrinsic beauty that cannot be achieved through the use of make-up or an excess arsenal of personal care products.

To overcome limiting beliefs such as these and ditch the excess clutter they create, I’m going to ask that you establish a new compassionate self-care routine this week, work on setting healthier personal boundaries, and actively practice mindfulness as you de-clutter and detox this aspect of your home and life.

**Click this link for the compassionate self-care routine Hello Beautiful: An Inner Beauty Treatment for Greater Health & Happiness.

Before you begin, let’s set an intention:

  • Do you want to reduce your personal care items to only those you need that truly make you enjoy your self-care rituals?
  • Do you want to create more space in your bathroom so it becomes a peaceful place to care for yourself?
  • Do you want to avoid products that are made with synthetic chemicals?

Remember, setting an intention for this aspect of the de-cluttering challenge will help you stay on track and be more likely to succeed in creating a space that nurtures and inspires your true potential!

Choose your method:

Like our previous challenges, you can try this a couple different ways…

  1. You can take baby steps by doing one drawer or cupboard at a time.
  2. Or you can use the Konmari method of taking EVERYTHING out of your drawers and cupboards, placing it in one single location, and sorting through each individual item, one at a time.

The first method creates less chaos and may be good if you’re short on time…but it does make it harder to stay on task. It’s too easy to stop at one or two drawers and forget about the rest.

The second method will turn your space upside down—creating more chaos—but remember it’s only temporary, and it encourages you to go through your things in one major overhaul!

Regardless of the method you choose, it’s important to establish the criteria for what you are keeping, and what you’ll do with the rest!!

Questions to ask yourself to help you decide whether or not you should keep something:

  1. Do I enjoy using it? If not, say farewell!
  2. Do I use it regularly? If not, say goodbye!
  3. Is it broken or empty? It goes!
  4. Is it expired? Adios!
  5. Do I have duplicates? Keep one and the other goes!
  6. Do I need a new one, but can’t afford to replace it at the moment? (Keep it for now, but make a list of what you want to replace, and toss the old one as soon as you bring the new one in the door!)

Additional criteria I use when choosing whether or not to keep a personal care item:

  1. If it was a gift or inherited, but I don’t like it—it goes!
  2. If it makes me feel guilty for having invested the money, but not used it—bye bye!
  3. If it’s made of a toxic material (synthetic chemicals, parabans, phthalates, etc)…farewell!

***For more information on what’s in your beauty products, check out EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database where you can search for information on over 64,000 products and learn about the ingredients you should avoid to protect your health.

What to do with the items YOU ARE NOT keeping??

  1. Empty, Rinse, and Recycle them if possible.
  2. Donate them to goodwill if unused and appropriate. (Physical items still in packaging like extra brushes, headbands, etc…not soaps, lotions, or shampoos.)
  3. Sell them (if they are unused and it’s worth the time and effort!)
  4. Give it to someone else if it’s appropriate (and ONLY IF THEY NEED IT!! We don’t want to burden someone else with more clutter)
  5. Throw it away.

The key here is to move the stuff you’re not keeping QUICKLY!!

Do not create a pile or box of stuff that you’re going to get to someday. Whatever you decide to do with it, it needs to happen by the end of this week! Otherwise you risk a new pile of clutter that will collect more dust and be another burden to deal with later.

For everything else you are keeping…clean up the dust and dirt in your drawers and put it away. Yes, that’s all I want you to do for now.

Do not risk getting caught up in finding new storage systems, as this will take time and energy away form accomplishing next week’s challenge 🙂 Good luck!!

Don’t forget to share your progress, ask questions, or request support in the Facebook group when you need it!

And remember, if you’d like to get in touch with me privately to discuss any aspect of this week’s challenge, just send me an email at: darcey@thecompassionatehome.com .

I can’t wait to hear about your results!!

Happy Decluttering!

~ Darcey

Additional Resources for this week’s challenge:

Tiny Buddha: Overcome 8 Common Limiting Beliefs That May Keep You Stuck

Psychology Today: How Limiting Are Your Decisions?

Psychology Today: 4 Steps to Release “Limiting Beliefs” Learned From Childhood