28 Days Purging Series: Day 22

Welcome to day twenty two of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing Handbags.

Our goal is to spend 20 minutes or less on this task. Throughout this series there may be tasks that only take 5-10 mins and that is great and gives so much motivation to keep on with the tasks in the days ahead. 

Also, during these daily tasks for our purging series if there is a day where it does not apply to you or that place does not need it you can select another area to do with the same idea of 20 minutes or less.

Just like Day 20, this task might be a little harder on the decision making side. I love handbags, over the years I collected lots of handbags, about 5 years ago I did a big declutter of all my handbags, I narrowed it down to my most loved and used. I have a different look when purchasing handbags now, I really live by quality over quantity. I also, no longer jump on every trend. A trend is something that isn’t here for long.

For this task, we are going to go through all our handbags in sight. If you have seasonal bags packed away you don’t have to go through them until you are ready to pull them out for the season. First similar to Day 20, pull the ones you know you love and use. Next, pull one bag out at a time and make a decision. Make piles, to donate, to sell.
If you have luxury bags that you don’t want to get rid of because of the amount of money spent on them, consider selling them. There are many sites you can pick from to sell your items. Research them and pick the one of your choice (examples: Facebook Market Place, On your own Instagram account, Poshmark Canada).You won’t get what you spent, but you will earn something from it and that handbag will go to someone who will make good use of it. If you come across bags that you would like to donate I have come across a great cause on Instagram called Purse Project York, check them out here or select of course from your own choices.

Was this a hard one? For me now it is not, as I explained earlier on I have really paired down my collection and think about many things before purchasing a new bag.

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28 Days Purging Series: Day 13

Welcome to day thirteen of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing Nail Polish.

Our goal is to spend 20 minutes or less on this task. Throughout this series there may be tasks that only take 5-10 mins and that is great and gives so much motivation to keep on with the tasks in the days ahead. 

Also, during these daily tasks for our purging series if there is a day where it does not apply to you or that place does not need it you can select another area to do with the same idea of 20 minutes or less.

This task should not take long. It will be easier then Day 11 and Day 12.
Go through your nail polish, look for the ones that look like they have gone bad. Next pick your favourites and put aside in your keep pile. All the others you want to go through and deicide if you really want to hold onto those colours. If you haven’t touch it in the last 6 months, it’s time to go. According to google, unopened and properly stored polish will last at least 18 months, possibly 24 months depending on storage conditions. For me, I use to have a whole bin of nail polishes, I did a good clean out of them a few years ago and kept a good amount. I have three daughters, so they do get use these too which is why I still keep a good amount. I store all my regular polishes on this lazy susan from Dollarama and I love it. I have made it a habit to go thru them every 4 months. Getting rid of any I am not using or have gone bad. Last year I purchased a gel polish starter kit that I love and use more of then regular polishes, I store those in a different place, but I don’t have to go thru those as I just got them last Spring and since the current life with Cover I have used it often since I haven’t been in a salon in a long time. I also have a review on it if you want to check it out, here. I tend to use regular polish on my toe nails, but my younger two daughters love painting nails so that’s why I still have a good amount. This task took me no longer then 7 minutes. If you only have Gel/Shellac nail polishes or both you can do this task to both of your collections. If you have time to spare you can also go through your nail care products/items.

My after isn’t too different, but I did get rid of 5 polishes and gave it a quick tidy of the other nail care products that are kept here.

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28 Days Purging Series: Day 12

Welcome to day twelve of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing Makeup.

Our goal is to spend 20 minutes or less on this task. Throughout this series there may be tasks that only take 5-10 mins and that is great and gives so much motivation to keep on with the tasks in the days ahead. 

Also, during these daily tasks for our purging series if there is a day where it does not apply to you or that place does not need it you can select another area to do with the same idea of 20 minutes or less.

Makeup is something that we should be more on top of as they too expiry and some quicker then others. I have a great tip that I also shared in Day 11. (Tip: if your products don’t have an actual expiry date but have dates like 12M, 24M, etc make it a habit to check these dates before opening and then with a permanent marker write the date you opened it. For pallets you can write on the label that comes on the back. This will insure you don’t forget the date you started using it and will know if it has passed the date.) I will also share a website with great information of the life span of makeup Healthline has a great post on it. Makeup is another hard one for me, making decisions on what to keep and not, because I love trying new products, I like having certain things for certain times. I have all my makeup organized into categories so it wasn’t hard to go thru when it came to starting.

I use these aryclic makeup organizers from Amazon top, the bottom and my pallets are in these. The other clear trays are from Dollarama.

Depending on how you have your makeup organized this process maybe a bit different for you. You can make the process work for you. I started at the top and went thru each section. Getting rid of old and expired. I also got rid of items that would be expiring not long from now that I only use for weddings or events as with our current situation (Covid) these things won’t be happening anytime soon.

Well, this took me about 20 minutes, think the longest part was deciding what to let go of and going thru lip products for colours. I also check my back stock of my favourite products to see what I had. How long did this task take you?

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28 Days Purging Series: Day 3

Welcome to day three of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing the kitchen counters.

Our goal is to spend 20 minutes or less on this task. Throughout this series there may be tasks that only take 5-10 mins and that is great and gives so much motivation to keep on with the tasks in the days ahead.  If you missed the previous post Day 1 and Day 2, they are linked for you.

Our kitchen counters can get cluttered quick. I also, use to keep more appliances out on display (the pretty ones). I quickly learned that they are, one just taking up room and two making cleaning longer.
I now only keep out the appliances that we use daily (example; coffee machine, espresso machine, toaster oven) everything else I store away in the cupboards with easy access. This clears up room on the counters and makes cleaning the counters faster. It also makes the kitchen look bigger and sleek. I do have decor on my counters, but not much. The decor is also away from the spaces we use daily.

If you keep papers on your counters, I suggest getting an organizer for them.

You can sort into categories &/or family members, it’s neater and easier to find what you need. It is also a great way to keep on top of and making a habit to go thru weekly. You can easily tuck in on the counter where you like. This also makes it look so much better.

Let’s get right in.
First pull everything off that doesn’t belong on the counters &/or items out of place. If you have paper piles, go thru and sort them quickly, toss anything you see you don’t need (ex: flyers), and then you can move them to the place where you will be going thru them in more detail. Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong there (tip: you can put the things that you want to move to another place of your home in a basket, a laundry basket works great, and move it to their homes once done) Keep appliances that you use daily out making it easier and less time consuming pulling them out everyday, the others if you have the room store it in a cupboard, or if you have a walk in pantry. If you do not have the space in the kitchen, think of an area of your home that you can make storage for those items. (could be a space you can setup in the basement, or in a hallway closet that has room, etc..). For your dish washing area, I personally keep a ceramic tray out that holds the dish soap, hand soap, dish sponge and brush. I do this because I have teenagers that do chores and having it out is easier for them. I added the tray to make it look more appealing. Under the sink is also a great storing area.

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