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Posted on May 1, 2012 in Dear Diary | 22 comments


Confession: I’m a bit of a hoarder. It’s true. It’s time to come clean.

I simply cannot bring myself to throw things away. Old magazines. Dog sweaters that Daxter has grown out of. Clothes that no longer fit me (in one direction OR the other). My bookshelves are littered with prizes won from Dave & Buster’s years ago, my drawers are full of hair accessories that I have not had the hair-length to utilize since senior year of college. And let’s not even get started on my collection of Hello Kitty tchotchkes, hehe.

Sure, every now and then I might get inspired to do a purge of my closet, or finally throw out the junk mail that I’ve been letting pile up on my desk. It’s not a healthy epidemic. There are no pathways that have been forged between stacks of old newspapers in my room. In reality though, if it wasn’t for the fact that I move every couple of years, which actually forces me to parse through my collection of stuff, I’m pretty sure that I’d be at the level of people on TLC’s “Hoarders: Buried Alive” in a hot second.


I’m trying to work on my problem though. My most recent tackling attempt? My makeup collection.


I love makeup, and I consider myself fairly knowledgable about it. I mean, let’s face it, I have A LOT of it, haha. So I really do know that you’re supposed to replace your makeup items every once in a while, and as I’ve added new items to my collection in doing so, they’ve slowly been upgraded in quality as well.


So it still begs the question of why I’ve been holding onto that old 99ยข Wet ‘N’ Wild eyeliner pencil, or broken eyebrow brush, or can’t-pull-off-that-scent-anymore perfume. So alas, after much deliberation and self-convincing, I’ve taken the plunge and began the purge.


I tossed out a ton of old products, free samples that were piling up unused, and pretty, though empty, makeup boxes (because for some reason, I can’t even bring myself to throw out the boxes…). The result?


Consolidation! Of course, it doesn’t actually look that different, haha. But rest assured, it is a much better situation.


I was even able to get rid of an entire container (the one that housed mostly half-empty old lip glosses, hahaha). Progress! Now if only I could convince myself to do the same with my collection of Archie Comics.

And of course, what is the true purpose of clearing out the old? Why, to make room for the new!



Incidentally, Sephora now has an awesome nail polish collection with which you can play.



Do you have hoarder-like tendencies, like me? Also, I should put it out there that if this entire post has bored you to tears because you have absolutely no interest in A) hoarding, B) makeup, or C) me (all three of which are entirely possible, though I’m not quite sure why you’re reading if you’re part of the last category?), you’re not alone:

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They are not amused. I’m okay with it.


  1. My problem?
    Tee shirts. I have a zillion of them from past cheer events, races, sports teams, etc. I cant get rid of them!!

    • Oh, I’m the same with that too! They’re shirts from races, events, have random memories attached to them, whatever… but I’ll never wear them because they’re just standard unisex t-shirts! Still, can’t bring myself to throw them out. Guff!

      • Make a quilt, or enlist a friend to ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Haha, I’m a hoarder. Drives my boyfriend nuts. Between makeup, old mags, notebooks full of notes from my freshman year in college….I have it. Hey…I might need those notes on Psych one day!!!!

  3. I wish I had a makeup hoarding problem. Not really. I think my hoarding problem is clothes. I never want to get rid of clothes I never wear because I might need them someday or they would be cute if I found the right ___ to go with them. So they just hang out in my drawers/closets taking up space and hangers. I’m also seriously in denial about the cheap clothes I bought that looked good until they went through the wash once or twice. I can’t ever bring myself to get rid of them because they’re slightly warped or faded but I can’t bring myself to wear them either. It doesn’t help that I really hate clothes shopping so it’s not like I have a steady stream of replacement items coming in. Bah!

  4. I actually have the opposite problem, I clean out my stuff too much. That dress I haven’t worn in a month (and only because its winter and its a summer dress)? Gone. The shirt that is slightly stretched out but could probably just use some new seams and it would be like new again, also gone. So every season change I find I have no clothing. I get rid of shoes like it’s my job. And other stuff? If it lives on my floor for more than I week it will probably get thrown away when I finally pick it up. I mean I do hang on to things until they are threadbare if I just really like it, it still looks good, and its comfortable.

    Makeup? I get bored of what I have about every three months so I chuck it and buy all new stuff. I spend a lot of money this way but I don’t think I’ll ever have a bacteria problem.

    So if you need some tough love when going through stuff you are hoping to get rid of, I’m your gal. I’ll be over zealous and you’ll be resistant and we’ll hit a happy middle ground of moderation.

  5. Congrats on the Great Makeup Consolidation! Yay!

    I’m the opposite of a hoarder. I like to pare down. But my husband? That’s another story. He’s great about throwing stuff out once he gets motivated, but until then? Honey, when I first moved in with him he had 75. Pounds. Of. Rice. Just sitting in the kitchen. And the spare room. And the hallway. No, he’s not one of those doomsday preppers. Just Filipino. And, you know, didn’t mind keeing huge tubs of rice in random places, because they complemented the other random stuff that was piled everywhere so beautifully. Oh, Lord. Well, they do say opposites attract! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Gah! I’m such a hoarder, it’s not even funny. It can take me hours to go through the kids’ clothes because I keep going “Ooooooh, they were so cute in this! I should keep it as a keepsake!”. Problem is, I’ve got containers full of “keepsakes”. I’m getting better though as I have gotten myself to give stuff away, I just have to do it real quickly. Into the bags and outta the house asap. If I even think about getting an item out of the bag, I’m screwed. Oh, and I have trouble throwing out makeup containers too, they just make them too darn beautiful!

  7. I hoard makeup and hair products. I literally have a bookcase in my bathroom for my hair, skin, and makeup. It scares my husband slightly. I like to have options. Now some of them I don’t like or I don’t use but I never know when I might want to use them. I do periodically go on a purge and clean them out but it is few and far between.

  8. I hoard stuffed animals. Every time I try to throw one away, their little bear/pig/monkey/whatever faces flash their happy eyes at me and I can’t find the heart to do it. It really is becoming a problem! hahaha

  9. Look at that collection of makeup! You are a girl after my own heart! (I LOVE Mary Kay and sell it actually. Although, I love everything… Mac, Sephora, EVERYTHING!) I have a perfume & shoe collection that is kind of ridiculous myself…. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  10. I totally have the opposite problem. I’m a super crazy purger. To the extent that I’ve, more than once, threw away things that I soon wanted again. I try to throw away Craig’s stuff ALL THE TIME but he wants to hold onto everything. Tickets. Bottle caps. Everything. We balance each other nicely.

  11. I hoard stuff too! I have a big makeup problem as well. But I used to get subscriptions of magazines and I cannot bear to throw them away.

    Solution: A large two inch binder and clear page inserts. I tear out the makeup tips, recipes, celeb photos, etc., place them in the inserts, and voila: my own Tiffany magazine!

  12. My family are all notorious hoarders! I am better now because of my boyfriend who absolutely detests clutter. We go through our wardrobe and house on a few times a year just to donate or throw things out. Without him though, I would definitely be much worse.

    I do confess I hoard shoes and handbags ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. After moving about 15 times in my life, I’ve learned I cannot NOT be a hoarder. Nothing inspires you toss out old junk faster than having to pack up all your crap and unpack it somewhere else.

    In my old age of 26 (ha!), I’ve learned less is more. I DETEST clutter. I’m starting to go on closet de-cluttering sprees almost monthly to purge old clothes I no longer wear. Great rule of thumb? If you haven’t worn it in 6 months, you probably never will … so toss it!

    I feel more relaxed in my home when I have well, LESS. I feel less stressed, less anxious, and there’s less mess to clean-up daily.

    As I start earning more money as an adult, I’m relaxing lots of cheap things with just a few quality things (make-up especially). Saves money and a hassle in the long run!

  14. While I’ve never considered myself a hoarder, per se, I went through a decade-long phase during which I needed to have things. Lots of shiny things.

    In the past couple years, I’ve been experiencing a turn-around, and am tiptoeing cautiously toward minimalism. I’m one of “those people” who is excellent at helping others get rid of their excess stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. More than anything, I’d consider myself a purger. My mom wasn’t a “hoarder,” but definitely had a problem throwing certain things away (like receipts, old checks and bills from like two decades ago) and it always drove me nuts. I tend to throw out anything I don’t need. I’m not as good about it with clothes (I don’t wear about 75% of what’s in my closet) and I buy WAY too many groceries. Like, we could easily live off of the food in our house for a month.

  16. I’m not a hoarder, but my little bachelor apartment makes me feel like I am since I’m just running out of room and officially can’t buy more stuff. Where would I put it?

  17. I am a hoarder too, but it’s mostly out of laziness. I can throw stuff out, no problem. It’s getting to the point of doing something that’s the problem.

    But a more important point is: How on earth do you get you nail polish on your nails so it doesn’t go waaaaaaaay over the edges? Is there a trick?

    • Hahaha, well I do usually get a little polish on my skin — it’s inevitable! I try to wipe it away with my nail before it dries though, and when I brush the polish on I don’t start with the brush too close to the edge. Instead I let the brush fan out a little so the edges are what get to the edges. Either way, even if you do get it on your cuticles, nail polish washes off of skin easily, I’ve found! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Hi – I found your blog via Tina’s (read the relay reviews). First of all, congrats on the relay! My friends and I hope to run it next year! Secondly… I am a total hoarder! I keep all my old race tees, bottles of nail polish, empty boxes just taking up space – You name it! I live in a two bedroom apartment (alone) with basement space and I find I don’t have enough room. Please don’t report me to that hoarders show!!!


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