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Dumpster Diaries: Purging Other Rooms with the Help of Flylady.Net and THE MIRACLE OF MICROFIBER CLEANING CLOTHS!

Since I my hands are tied 4 days a week from working on the 2 rooms we’re supposed to focus on (R works 14 hours most days), I am focusing on other rooms and clutter… particularly, the kitchen.

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flylady.net is a fantastic website devoted to teaching folks how to keep their homes clean

A friend introduced me to this fantastic site, Flylady.net, which is devoted to teaching people how to manage their chaos and keep their houses clean. It’s been an invaluable tool thus far for me… even though I am still a FlyBaby and haven’t read everything yet.

The first thing they want you to do every morning and before bed is to make sure the sink is empty and shining- totally dried off. I’ve been doing this all week, which is a big deal because I DETEST doing dishes. I removed the dish drainer from the counter permanently and now have the dishes going straight into the dishwasher… and put up promptly when they’re done. I’ve been slowly cleaning off my counter tops and throwing away 27 things every day.

this is the emptiest and tidiest my counters have been since the baby was born

this is the emptiest and tidiest my counters have been since the baby was born

It’s a start and I am pretty proud of myself.

They also advocate doing laundry daily (done) and the use of microfiber cloths for cleaning. I had never used them prior to this and am so impressed with how much I can now clean WITHOUT the use of cleaning products. Amazon had a deal for 48 cloths for $22.99, which I snapped up.

I had given up keeping my stainless range clean of oil splatters. In the past I’ve purchased every cleaner known to man and even scratched the hell out of it with scrub pads to no avail. When I read that I could pretty much get it looking nearly-new with just WATER AND 2 MICROFIBER CLOTHS, I snapped them up and went to work.

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Left side, not done. Right side, cleaned with just a wet (with water) microfiber and a dry one to shine it

Holy CRAP- it works! I am still in shock!

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example of persistent grease splatters and scratches from my earlier scrubbing endeavors

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water and microfiber won’t remove my scratches (I don’t think), but it DID remove the oily spots! I’m a convert!

These cloths have already cleaned a majority of my kitchen without resorting to using nasty chemicals- just plain ole water! If I have a tougher job, I will use white vinegar or Dawn dish soap- and it’s worked! I’ve also cut down on my paper towel usage by using these things, too.

I have to confess that I *do* love the smell of bleach in a clean house, but haven’t used bleach with these microfiber cloths and won’t.

Tomorrow I will be doing the fridge, throwing more items away, and starting on our counter top that houses the microwave and coffee maker.

The main theme of the Flylady site is that it didn’t get messy overnight, so don’t try to clean it all at once- which is a terrific reminder! I set the timer on my phone in 5 min increments and devote only that amount of time to any particular spot in the ‘zone’ I am working in. My house may still be a chaotic hell hole, but it’s coming together at a steady pace now!

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Confessions of a Makeup Hoarder: My Upstairs Bathroom Makeup and Perfume Haul!

This was what I found in my upstairs bathroom.  I usually only keep 'emergency' makeup here

This was what I found in my upstairs bathroom. I usually only keep ’emergency’ makeup here

Like I promised in my original blog post, I am going to start whittling down my GINORMOUS makeup collection.

My makeup purge-a-thon started with a cleaning of my upstairs bathroom. I rarely use this bath and keep just a minimal (for me) amount of ’emergency makeup’ there. I also have things I had forgotten about stashed in that room and my bedroom, too.

a peek into my upstairs bathroom

a peek into my upstairs bathroom

While I was at it, I decided to clean my bedroom as well. Until this week I had not slept there for about a year and a half-ish. I was on bedrest during my pregnancy, then recovering from the c-section- so the sofa was where I lived.

The makeup purge of my ‘small emergency stash’ in the bathroom turned up:

-5 different eyeshadow palettes
-37 lipsticks/lip glosses
-a dozen or more eye liners
-8 different mascaras
-A BRAND NEW IN BOX Bimatoprost (Latisse) eyelash growth medicine!

omg!  this stuff is SO pricey!  I can't believe I lost a brand new box of it!

omg! this stuff is SO pricey! I can’t believe I lost a brand new box of it!

-BRAND NEW Michael Kors perfume (xmas gift)
-Urban Decay Honey body powder- also BRAND NEW
-2 tweezerman tweezers
-7 different makeup pencil sharpeners
-4 eyebrow pencil/gel thingies
-Hard Candy blush
-assorted expired eye and face creams
-3 concealers
-MAC pigments
-a ton of makeup brushes (foundation, eyeliner, shadow, blenders, lip brushes)

I am very proud of myself- I was able to throw away all but 2 of the eyeshadow palettes (brand new Stila and an Urban Decay palette I thought I lost), the blush, most concealers, 80 percent of the brushes, all the mascara, eye creams, etc.

my garbage bag:  PROOF that I tossed stuff away

my garbage bag: PROOF that I tossed stuff away

BRAND NEW (from Xmas) Stila eyeshadow palette and other things

BRAND NEW (from Xmas 2013)”Bring Out Your Glam” Stila eyeshadow palette and other things

I was still left with a pretty impressive haul, including an amazing assortment of 15 lipsticks and glosses that I forgot I had. I had 2 of a particular color, which is a testimony to my sick hoarding habits.

the 'keepers'- lip products

the ‘keepers’- lip products

BATHROOM LIPSTICK/LIPPIE/LIP GLOSS HAUL!

BATHROOM LIPSTICK/LIPPIE/LIP GLOSS HAUL!

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WHY do I have 2 in the same exact color?!?!?

WHY do I have 2 in the same exact color?!?!?

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the one on right is a MAC that I’d been searching for

Yeah… keep in mind, this is my SMALL stash. I’m really worried about what I will find when I clean out the downstairs bathroom.

Urban Decay Honey (lickable) body powder- was still new in it's packaging!

Urban Decay Honey (lickable) body powder- was still new in it’s packaging!

A brand new (was still in package, too) Michael Kors perfume- my fave

A brand new (was still in package, too) Michael Kors perfume- my fave

My makeup addiction is out of control. I have to also say that I am very pleased that I did this purge. It was getting ridiculous. I don’t even wear makeup much anymore since this baby was born.

Well, at least the bathroom and my bedroom got a cleaning while I was at it…

my newly tidied bedroom

my newly tidied bedroom

my little cleaning/purging helper

my little cleaning/purging helper

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Confessions of a Makeup Hoarder: It’s Time To Organize My Stash… And It’s The Most PAINFUL Thing For Me To Do.

pic is not actually *my* makeup, but you get the idea...

pic is not actually *my* makeup, but you get the idea…

I am a makeup hoarder. I admit it.

Am I the only one out there who has this same problem?

I think it started with my mother, who is an obsessive compulsive Filipino EVERYTHING hoarder. She used to get those Cosmetique monthly makeup subscriptions in the mail way back in the late 1970s-80s. Her bathroom was (and still IS) chock full of every makeup and perfume known to man. She even has lipsticks so old that the innards are a waxy, dry mess- but they are in gold metal cases and probably circa 1940s or 1950s, so she’ll never part with them.

my mom actually owns lipsticks like these!

my mom actually owns antique lipsticks like these!

My makeup stash, which consists of 2 or 3 professional trunk cases, one HUGE plastic 4′ tall cabinet with many drawers, and carelessly tossed beauty bags filled to the brim with things I’ve long forgotten about. I have Nars, MAC, Lorac, Chanel just tossed in with the L’Oreal, NYX, and Maybelline. Some of these cases haven’t even been OPENED in years. The last time I viewed the contents of one particular makeup trunk, I’d used it to do makeup for some stage production I acted in about 3 yrs ago.

It’s THAT bad.

Did I mention that I am not very organized? I always STRIVE to be, but somehow fall short…

small disorganized stash I found in my upstairs bathroom

small disorganized stash I found in my upstairs bathroom

I *know* that I need to throw away about 70-90 percent of the makeup I own. I actually WANT to do this- but it PAINS me, almost physically. Ok, I admit it. It *does* hurt physically.

I’m a mess.

My frugal bits remember how much some of this stuff cost and I cringe- CRINGE- when I think of tossing it in the rubbish pile. It makes absolutely NO sense, but that’s the truth of it.

I did the unthinkable this month and ordered subscriptions to Ipsy, Birchbox, and Birchbox Man in one fell swoop. I figured that I spend AT LEAST 40 bucks a month in miscellaneous beauty products, so it’s a good deal.  However, the thought of having more makeup and product haphazardly strewn around my house frightens me. I’ve already run out of room in my ‘makeup storage area’.

Even as I try to type this, my beauty product hoarding continues.  For example, I bought a kabuki set of 32 cosmetic brushes tonight on eBay. My reasoning was that I couldn’t find half of my (dozens) of current brushes and I distrust my brush cleaning skills. I also bought two 24 compartment acrylic lipstick organizers- they were a great deal. I like deals. I love lipstick… do you see the way my impetuous mind works here? Did I NEED any of these things?!

I found these in my upstairs bathroom.  They are the exact same color.  WHY did I need TWO of these?!

I found these in my upstairs bathroom. They are the exact same color. WHY did I need TWO of these?!

No. Nope. Sure didn’t.

So, instead of ACTUALLY CLEANING OUT my stash, I went on google to find other beauty hoarders.

I am delaying the inevitable, I know this.

Lo and Behold! I found the blog of a beauty hoarding person EXACTLY LIKE ME- I could have written that post- except I AM FAR, FAR WORSE!!

http://stylecaster.com/beauty-high/confessions-of-a-makeup-hoarder/#slide-2

I am going to start small- my upstairs bathroom has my ’emergency makeup’ in it. That is where the first of my purging endeavors will begin.

Wish me luck!