This time of year always makes me want to purge my life of unwanted junk. Is it some old back-to-school urge to head into fall with a clean slate? Or because my birthday's coming up (ditto starting a new year, fresh)? Whatever it is, I'm on another getting-rid-of-stuff kick.
Cleaning out a bathroom cabinet today, I confronted a stockpile of lotions and potions that's been taking up valuable space here at Boogaloo Acres. I'd loosely categorize these into three categories:
1. Travel items. These are assorted soaps, shampoos, etc. from hotel rooms and the like, that have been gathering dust on shelves and in baskets. The "Winchester Bath Crystals" came from a B & B where Anthony and I stayed on our honeymoon in 2003. Why am I keeping these??? I think part of it is denial about the fact that I don't travel as much as I used to. Having mini stuff makes me feel like a road trip could break out at any moment. But you know what? Even if it does, I keep travel-size everything in my carry-on bag, ready to go. Plus, anywhere I'd stay will have this stuff (WHICH I WILL NOT TAKE HOME WITH ME).
2. Discontinued items. A while back, I stocked up on some of my favorite scents and products that were being discontinued. And here they still are! I've been rationing them for, literally, years. One bottle has maybe two squirts left in it, and has for a long time. Why don't I just finish it off? What's the point of keeping these "special" things if not to use them? What monumental occasion am I waiting for? Holidays, anniversaries, birthdays--they regularly come and go without being deemed special enough to deserve those last drops. And don't products like this go bad eventually? (So far, they still smell good.)
3. Items that were free. These make the least sense of all. They include: things my mother-in-law bought from an Avon lady just to be nice; things that came free with some other purchase; and one thing I got for Christmas that I'm pretty sure someone re-gifted. And that fancy soap in front? A friend brought me that from her trip to France circa 1999. And the thing is, because I didn't choose these items myself, I don't even like most of them! I've just been keeping them because...why? In case I run out of all other lotions (unlikely--see above), and have absolutely no money to buy more?
Remember in the first Tim Burton Batman movie, when the Joker replaced all of Gotham's beauty products with Smilex, and everyone stopped bathing out of sheer terror? Yeah, it's like I'm prepping for that kind of grooming emergency.
Today's purging activity: combine all mini lotions into one larger bottle, donate or toss items I don't like, and vow to use up the ones I do like instead of hoarding them. SPEND OUT, weirdo.