Decluttering for New Year

As a beauty blogger on the side, it’s an open secret that I probably own more makeups compared to my next-door neighbors and friends. So much so that I needed a dedicated room for this passion to store my collections and write in seclusion. While there are things I still need to refurbish, build and update to convert it to my ultimate woman cave, I took the initiative to purge, throw, and declutter to welcome 2015 with a fresher perspective.

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{still a work in progress}
dresser, table and chair procured from INspiration Interiors (Hawaii)


Was it hard to declutter? Not at all, that is if you know that makeups do expire. Just like clothes, anything I haven’t touched or worn in two years or so needed to go. While clothing can be donated or sold, I throw makeups instantaneously. Yes it’s money wasted to some, but it’s the least evil compared to money wasted on cigarettes, liquor or other hobbies that pose threat to one’s health. Judge if you may but at the end of the day, to each his own.

Most used and favorite items are stored under the desk for easy access
stacks of unread magazines make this room a tad casual.
my view of cypress trees lovingly planted by hubzilla.
I rely on natural lighting for product shots and makeup photos.

Through the years, my mindset has evolved from ridiculous quantity to sheer quality, grunge to sophistication, hi-pressure to chill mode. My mantra? simplify for a clutter-free life. Easier said than done but as the adage goes, if there’s a will, there’s a way.

vintage Marilyn Monroe bust, a treasured possession all these years… 


Decluttering goes beyond material things. Few years ago, I did a radical approach of detaching myself from all the abusive and user-friendly people in my life, be it friends or family members. I went incognito, erased all their addresses and phone numbers and guilelessly cut all forms of communication. Since then, my life has been drama-free… and yes, devoid of unnecessary stress! Life is good when you make it good. Change happens only when you make it happen. 

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Winkles my baby sings “let it go, let it go”

How about you, how are you decluttering for 2015?

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34 Comments

  1. December 29, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    I have been working on decluttering my house. It's been very therapeutic!

  2. December 29, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    Love this post! I'm going through the same decluttering process right now, too 🙂

  3. December 29, 2014 / 2:44 pm

    Gorgeous office! Love the white furniture. And it is so clutter-free. Great advice that I need to follow

    • December 29, 2014 / 7:08 pm

      Thanks much. I try my best to keep it clean. It gets messy after a while (product shots, makeup photos, etc) so time to clean up.

  4. December 29, 2014 / 3:10 pm

    Excellent post, Kath! I am a minimalist at heart and have been needing to take the time to toss, recycle and donate lots of stuff so that my closets, drawers and garage are clutter free! That is to say nothing of my need to declutter my makeup stash! Thank you for giving me some needed motivation!

    • December 29, 2014 / 7:10 pm

      Pleasure is mine. It's unbelievable now much "trash" I have accumulated. Hubs had to carry a jumbo size trash bag and asked "what's inside all these". Yeah, that heavy!!! But it feels good after. More breathing room, more space to cherish

  5. December 29, 2014 / 3:16 pm

    Your makeup room is very pretty. I love how neatly organised your desk is. I have to declutter the surface of my desk before I get started on the makeup stored inside lol.

    • December 29, 2014 / 7:11 pm

      Thanks much. I try my best, it's hard but I have to do it because it's getting to irritate me w/ all the products on top of my desk.

  6. December 29, 2014 / 3:56 pm

    I love that Marilyn Monroe bust! So fabulous!

    • December 29, 2014 / 7:11 pm

      thanks Jamie… me too, I'm loving that vintage bust.

  7. December 29, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    THAT PURSE AGAIN!!!! =D I love your set up! I need to declutter so bad…

    • December 29, 2014 / 7:12 pm

      OMG, the purseaholic in you couldn't escape the bag, lol!

  8. Lisa Foster
    December 29, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    I've been doing some of the same things to simplify my life, include eliminating people from my life who are negative. It is very liberating, and I highly recommend this to others. If you have people in your life who drag you down, including relatives, you don't need to have contact with them.

    • December 29, 2014 / 7:13 pm

      That is absolutely true Lisa. It is indeed liberating! Life is short so why surround ourselves with negative people, right?

  9. December 29, 2014 / 5:03 pm

    What a great idea! My goal is to turn a corner of my office into my mani area, wish me luck!

  10. December 29, 2014 / 5:31 pm

    I recently moved, and before we left our old place, I got rid of a bunch of stuff. I still feel like I have items I don't use often, so I'm thinking about having some kind of beauty party for my girlfriends to take my stuff.

    I WANT THAT DESK!

  11. December 29, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    We're planning to move early next year before the baby comes and I look forward to the great purging that lies ahead. It's overdue! I love your woman cave, lol!!!

  12. December 29, 2014 / 11:29 pm

    Your pup is so cute!

  13. December 29, 2014 / 11:45 pm

    I need to purge & declutter so bad.. but I have the worst hoarding problems lol

  14. December 30, 2014 / 12:05 am

    As a beauty blogger myself, I have more makeup than a whole school of girls could ever use so I know how easy it is to quickly clutter up a space. I give away a lot and only keep what I truly love….that side I could use a few tips on de-cluttering. 🙂

  15. December 30, 2014 / 12:51 am

    I wish I could be that organized!

  16. December 30, 2014 / 2:50 am

    Love your beauty cave AND that pup!

  17. December 30, 2014 / 4:33 am

    I wish I wasn't such a hoarder sometimes! We bought some new Xmas lights, and hubby has directives to toss out some of the old ones- but not tell me which ones, lest I have some weird attachment to them.

  18. December 30, 2014 / 3:07 pm

    I usually do a big closet clean out after the new year! Your post is reminding me to get started!

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  19. December 31, 2014 / 4:33 am

    Yay Pupzilla! Love your beauty room. The Cypress Trees remind me of home in Mexico!

  20. December 31, 2014 / 5:08 am

    I love your space! I declutter most of my collection a few weeks back but I didn't do too well.

  21. January 5, 2015 / 6:15 am

    I love organization posts:) happy new year!

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