Katy Atlas is the author of Sugarlaws.com, and “Moving Neutral” by Katy Atlas. She is passionate about food, fashion and beauty.
I try to keep our house streamlined and organized, but with the influx of beauty and hair products I receive every month, it’s almost impossible to keep my beauty cabinet organized.
I have SO many products, but my day-to-day routine pretty much fits into a small makeup bag. Basically, its just Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer in the morning, and Simple Skincare Foaming Cleanser at night, along with makeup wipes in a pinch and spot treatments if I have a break out. And yet, somehow, I wind up with drawers full of products that get so disorganized, that I have no idea what they are or how long I’ve had them! So, every once in a while, I do a huge cabinet cleanout and start fresh…
This was my cleanup rule: If I got it after September Fashion Week in 2013 (seven months ago), it could stay. You can actually hang onto some products for much longer than that, but make sure to always check the expiration date and follow that just in case.
I had all these old dividers from years ago, that were originally meant to be stacking shelves. I used them to line my drawers instead and create mini compartments. Hairbrushes, lipsticks, eyeshadows, skincare supplies — everything went into my new, organized compartments, clean and de-cluttered!
I created a little cheat sheet list below, in case you’re wondering how soon to toss your old beauty products! And scroll down for my before and after pictures — I debated whether to post them because the “before” shots are really messy and gross, but I figure honesty is the best policy! Everything looks beautiful now that it’s done.
Here’s a guide to show exactly what I kept, and what I threw away.
Less than One Year
Anti-aging and acne treatments: Three months to a year, as long as there are no changes in color.
Bath oil: One year.
Nail polish: One year.
Mascara and liquid eyeliner: Two to three months.
Two to Three Years
Body lotion: Two to three years.
Shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel: About three years.
Lipstick and lip gloss: Two to three years.
Foundation: Two years.
Deodorant: Two years (the package probably has an expiration date).
Three Years or More
Eye and lip pencils: Three to five years.
Perfume: Technically two years, but truthfully, I keep mine around much longer than that.
Hair styling products: Three to five years.
So there you have it! Who’s up for some spring cleaning this weekend?
This post originally appeared on Katy Atlas’ blog, Sugarlaws.