DVDs and CDs
|Dvd case before|
|“Helping” me sort DVDs|
|DVDs fit great in CD cases|
Skin Care Products
|All of my skin care products|
|What I kept|
|What I kept|
There wasn’t very much in my pile that would be leaving, but I felt better that everything in my makeup collection was useful to me, even if I don’t wear makeup everyday. It’s fun to dress up every now and then.
I was thrilled when I realized that I had unknowingly used the KonMari method on my hair accessories. I reused boxes that I had around the house to hold all of the small stuff and had already gotten rid of the stuff I didn’t like. When I sifted through everything again, I was happy that almost all of it brought me joy. I like using hair accessories, and a girl can never have too many bobby pins or hair ties.
Be sure that everything that you keep is not broken and in working order, as I did discover a few hair clips that didn’t even work and a few hair ties that were too worn out to use. Also, I know many of us have clips an hair ties strewn about the house and our purses. Using the KonMari method of keeping like things all in one place is perfect for hair accessories. No more missing hair ties and buying even more to stock up with.
At first, I was a bit confused about this category. Go through my passports and credit cards? But after I did this, I was glad that I did. My passport is set to expire this year! Had I not double checked, I would have forgotten until the last minute before we travel. Plus, I realized that I was stashing a few expired credit cards in the depths of my wallet. Those were shredded and properly disposed of. But the best discovery? Gift cards that I had forgotten I even had! When I checked the balance on them, I discarded those that were empty and discovered most of them had enough for a full product from wherever they belonged. Starbucks, here I come!
How to keep all of this discarding green:
-Recycle those DVD cases….but double check to make sure your local recycling facility will accept them. Earth911.com can point you in the right direction.
-It may seem like the best idea to pour the extra skin care products and makeup down the drain or flush them down the toilet and then recycle the container, but DO NOT do this. Those products are filled with chemicals and preservatives that pollute waterways and cause harm to local wildlife. Throw out the whole bottle/container with whatever is left inside. Some pollution may occur, but this is the lesser of two evils.
-Don’t buy products that contain harmful ingredients, this stops the vicious pollution cycle. Stick to ingredients that really are all natural. It’s better for your body and for the earth.
After this next phase in decluttering, I am finally feeling like I am making progress. It’s was nice to see that I had started moving in the right direction already with my use of boxes and minimal body care stash. But this phase was particularly easy for me personally simply because I didn’t have a lot in any of the subcategories to begin with. I know the second part of decluttering “komono” will yield the most results so I am really looking forward to it.
Next time, Komono Part 2!