I Decluttered My Stockpile!

Like this? Share it!
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

decluttered my stockpile

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!

Before I Konmari'd My Hair Care Stockpile

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:

donated-konmari-hair-products

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:

After I Konmari'd My Hair Care Stockpile

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.”

Have you ever stockpiled items via couponing? If so, how do you feel about your stockpile? Do you get stressed if you start running out of an item?


Like this? Share it!
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

You may also like

4 Comments

  1. This was so me! I had so many hair care products it was ridiculous. And makeup I never wore or wasn’t even right for me. Kids products…don’t get me started. I just up and donated most of the stuff. Now we buy what we like and what works and don’t buy anymore until we run out. It’s like she says about paying rent to hold this stuff. We have 4 kids and people are always asking when I’m going to buy a bigger place. As long as we keep up a minimalist focus in our home we won’t have to move out for a long time.

    1. I was so embarrassed by my makeup collection. I had a huge Caboodle case (like from the 90s in bright pink and purple) FULL of makeup. I never wore any of it. I threw out the vast majority and only kept a few things for special occasions. I feel a lot better about that.

  2. Hi Jersha!

    Love the blog! I just recently discover KonMari Method. I can understand what you are going through. I have been couponing for about 4 years now. But over the years, i have slowed down and only purchased enough to last me for the the next sale or wait for the next fabulous deal.

    One day when i was thinking about my stock pile and how quickly we can go through things. I decided to label the first time we started to use an item. So My husband uses hair gel, i dated this one bottle that he is using. As of now, he has been on the same bottle for about 8 months. The bottle is only been 1/5 emptied.

    i am not sure that i would go through the KonMari method on my stockpile. I haven’t bought shower gel for almost 3 years now and i am still going through my supply. I am happy to see my stockpile of shower gels.

    I recently bought 1 years worth of dog food and i am very happy with that.

    But i do actively try to rid my pantry, that is what i am not happy with.

    I hope that all made sense.

    Thank you for bringing up the stockpile and KonMarie method. I was wondering about that. I noticed that people that are writing about their purging aren’t couponers.
    Also, thanks again for the checklist that was most helpful. I was looking for the checklist and found your site.

    1. I think the main thing is that there’s ALWAYS another deal around the corner. The only things I’d really stock up on after doing Konmari are highly consumable items like toilet paper, paper towels, sandwich baggies and food. I won’t buy 2 years’ worth of shampoo or toothpaste because there WILL be another deal down the line. However, I still do believe in using coupons to get freebies and donating the excess. If someone can benefit from my skills, that brings me a LOT of joy!

Leave a Reply to Lynette Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *