One Monday, I was sitting on our bed, cherishing my beloved “off day” when I came across this video on Facebook. It was a quick documentary on this woman’s attempt to live like a minimalist for a week. I don’t know if it was experimental (for work, since she works at Buzzfeed) or it was her own initiative. Regardless, it struck a chord.
I realized I could do the exact same thing. I could declutter (boy did I have LOTS of unnecessary stuff lying around), pick out the stuff I actually use, and donate the rest I don’t. In the video, they highlighted that living minimally doesn’t have to be extreme and it doesn’t have a set of rules. Do what applies to you. So I thought of a group of items I always have around but don’t use.
I had answers in a matter of seconds. But I focused on this one: MAKEUP.
I rarely wear makeup nowadays since I started getting clearer skin. For fear that makeup might actually bring back my old pizza face, I resorted to doing minimal makeup whenever I went out. I even ditched the entire “flawless base” step.
So now my makeup consists of:
- Loose powder (the generic type – a baby powder)
- Contour + blush
I knew I had lots of makeup I don’t use. I only kept them out of hope that they would be useful someday. Keyword: someday. It’s so uncertain. Yet I was hoarding these products as if my life depended on them.
I started with my own stash – then my mom’s. Long story short, I was able to reduce my makeup stash into 2 lasagna containers. But something still bothered me. I’ve been decluttering my things – even going as far as listing other areas I wanna declutter – my own box in the bodega, our refrigerator, my bookshelf, my closet – but something was wrong.
I wasn’t getting the “clearer mind” I was expecting. Worse, the more I decluttered, the more I got stressed. And then I had a lightbulb moment. A realization. No matter how much I tidy my own space, there will always be 10x more clutter somewhere else inside our house. The culprit: my mom. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not entirely blaming her on this. But she’s the biggest hoarder among us. I’d like to think that one major factor is that she earns well so she can buy stuff just like that.
The problem here is: we keep putting stuff inside our house yet nothing goes out. It has to be a group effort among the family. Otherwise it would only be me decluttering and that doesn’t make sense?
I’m in this point in my life where I want nothing but essentials in my house… when that day comes. I’ve told Jec during the early days of our dating that if we were to have a house, I want nothing but needs inside. I think the problem with us Filipinos, generally, is that we LOVE keeping stuff for the sake of it. Without really knowing the value of things. Doesn’t matter if it’s a keychain from your friend’s cousin’s birthday 3 years ago. It will stay on that closet hanger for as long as it likes. And so on. Apply the same mentality with the rest of our things.
This blog post is coming off as very poorly constructed. I know. I’m aware. This is one of those cases where I literally don’t care about SEO, blogging strategies, readability, etc. I just wanna get things off my chest.
I was hoping to feel better after this. But guess what, I’m still stressed.
And for you, that’s #BaexMinimalism: Makeup.
Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.