I have an overabundance of the pretty little bags; eye make-up removers; weird-shaped cosmetic brushes that leave black hairs all over your face; and tubes of cleansers for acne-prone skin. I save all these things - for trips I never take; skin conditions I will never have; and out of town visitors that don't come to stay. I have baskets and baskets of them in the GWP Graveyard!
|The GWP Graveyard|
Most of the potions and tubes have no dates on them, so who knows how long I have had them loitering around. In fact, some of the products I recognize as no longer in production. Many of the brushes are too exotic for a "plain vanilla" make-up girl like me. I don't do any contouring, shading or spackling.
So what's my plan for these items? After eliminating the items, I am sure are out of date or too old to be safe, I'm on the hunt for a woman's shelter in my area. I will call around and find out if there's an emergency domestic abuse shelter that will take these items. My fingers are crossed I can find somewhere for these products to land and to be used and appreciated. I can only imagine how much space I will garner under my bathroom sink when I'm done!
Moving forward in my efforts to avoid clutter - even if it's free clutter. I am going to avoid the GWP trap. I might just find my bank account a little more flush by spending less money on that extra lipstick or eyeliner (an item I will undoubtedly never use) that I add to my purchase to get me to the spending threshold required to receive my GWP. Emotionally, I think I will miss the freebies, but logically I know this is stuff I will never use! My new mantra will have to be - "No more GWP for me." Hope I can stick to my convictions. Keep an eye out for me at the Lancome counter - and thump me upside the head if you see me fall off the wagon! Just to test me, look at what came in the mail today! I practiced self-control and put the card in the recycling bin.
|Self control needed - the card went right to the trash!|
Have you ever fallen prey to the GWP trap? I'd love to hear if you have a clever way for using the items without waste and clutter.
Hope you decide to join the challenge! Remember, I will never judge you or the stuff you have accumulated! We need to stick together and lighten our loads!