Today was a hard day for me. We continued on our Konmari journey and began working on the bathroom. This meant that I had to face the one category that I have been dreading – my beauty stockpile. I’m a couponer and I went a bit crazy building a stockpile of hair care products and bathroom stuff last fall. I was getting things for free or very near free and so I felt like I was being smart and savvy buying up carts full of the items. I even bought a whole bunch to donate – like 3-4 boxes full.
In the book, Marie Kondo talks about how stockpiles cost you money because you give up room in your house (that you’re paying rent or mortgage payments for) to store these things. You give up precious space to hold things that may take you years to use up or even worse, that may expire before you can use them. She also talks about how some people who stockpile develop anxiety over running out of things in their stockpile. They use one item up, see that there are only 4 left and go out to buy several more to prevent running out.
When I heard her say that on the audio book, I uttered an “uh oh” and started to stress a bit. I have felt that anxiety in the past. I don’t feel like that all the time but there are times when I see that I only have one package of toilet paper left (with 8 GIANT rolls in it) and worry about running out before there’s another “deal.” I knew that when I got to my beauty stockpile, I would have to face my anxiety and choose carefully whether something truly sparked joy – that day was today.
The biggest stockpile category I had by far was hair care products. Take a look at the picture below. All of that is for me, the only woman in my house and I have short hair!
You can’t really tell but there were probably 25 bottles of shampoo and conditioner. I barely use a single bottle in 6 months so that’s a 12+ year supply! When I got to these, I felt stressed because I was afraid I would be too attached to them. But you know what? I picked each bottle up and asked myself if it sparked joy. Very few actually did.
So I got a large box and started putting each of the new bottles in the box to donate. I discarded anything used unless it was only used once or twice. This is my box:
There are a few cleaning supplies in there that came from my stockpile but for the most part, it is items I bought as part of a “deal,” not because they made me happy or even worked well for me. When I finished, I thanked the items in the box (not individually but as a whole) for teaching me a valuable lesson on only buying items that spark joy for me and not getting caught up in “deals.”
This is what I ended up putting back in my closet:
I wasn’t sure which hair dye was my favorite so I did keep some of both but aside from that, everything in my keep pile works for me and makes me happy. I feel so much freer looking in the linen closet where I keep my bathroom stuff and I feel powerful knowing that I was able to let go of things that I had stockpiled in an attempt to “save money.”