People have aspired to look younger and live longer since the beginning of time. Greek historian Herodotus first wrote about the Fountain of Youth in the fifth century B.C., and Ponce de Leon added to its lore two thousand years later on his quest through the swamps of modern-day Florida.
But today the quest manifests itself, especially for women, in the allure of beauty products. Creams, lotions, gels and soaps — all “worth it” — every one promising the ephemeral qualities of youth: energy, elasticity, and glow. Each seemingly innocent purchase is small enough to fit in your handbag, so you say, what’s the harm? Unfortunately, a shocking amount of cash out the door without your even noticing it.
- Step 1: Gather all your beauty products on one surface — used and unopened, from the depths of your bathroom cabinets and linen closets.
- Step 2: Take out a calculator and estimate the cost of what you own.
- Step 3: Drink a glass of wine (if you like) to dull the shock.
- Step 4: Bravely pitch (or give away) all but the absolute essentials, ditching every woulda/coulda/shoulda that just clutters up your space and never delivered on their promise.
Organize it: Re-load your medicine cabinet, toiletry kit, handbag, etc. with your go-to, all time favorite items. Group by category, and place backups on the shelf right behind the current ones, so you don’t forget about your ample supply. Too often we buy something new before we’ve finished what we already own. Make the commitment — Only buy replacements when your last tube of cream, lipstick, or bottle of shampoo — is six applications from gone. And don’t try anything on impulse — if you need a new lipstick — do your research, and then plan a mindful shopping trip.
Reap the Rewards: Relish the clean, clear spaces on your dresser top, bathroom counters and in your shower. Enjoy the speed with which you can get your hands on what you need in a flash. Dedicate the money you might have spent on a seventeenth mascara, to a savings or investment account that keeps that glow on your face naturally.
Getting a grip on your impulse spending feels good. You could potentially preserve thousands of dollars, save time rummaging through cluttered cabinets and purses, and reduce your stress. What could be better for creating that youthful glow?
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New York Times bestselling author Julie Morgenstern is an organizing and time-management expert, business productivity consultant and speaker. Her company, Julie Morgenstern Enterprises, is dedicated to using her philosophies and methods to provide a wide range of practical solutions that transform the way people and companies function.