How to Spring Clean Your Beauty Products

The time has come, folks.

Spring cleaning isn't just about vacuuming an entire year's worth of breadcrumbs from your car or finally finding out what's been hiding under your couch cushions. It's also a time to finally sort out the clutter that's accumulated into a precarious pyramid in your bathroom. (How did we even end up with four open, half-used bottles of shampoo in the shower in the first place?)

To make sure your bathroom no longer resembles a beauty-product-filled junkyard and more like, you know, a bathroom, try these simple steps to make sorting out the mess a little more manageable.

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1 Give your beauty products a check-up.

You've probably been told that, like food, beauty products have a shelf life. But because we're not eating them, sometimes we forget. And it's so hard to part with that blue mascara you impulse-bought two years ago — what if you'll actually need it someday?

Seriously through, the key to decluttering any room is throwing out what you realistically don't need. And if you've only worn that blue mascara once in the entire time you've had it, you can probably live without it.

Still can't let go? Blogger Kyla Rae McCabe breaks down how she does it here.

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2 Combine products into one container.

Dogs and shampoo

Well hello, four open, half-used bottles of shampoo. The time has come to combine them into one bottle. That way you don't have to choose between moisturizing, volume-building, and frizz-fighting.

This tip can also work with products like moisturizers or body washes. You just have to be careful to avoid combining products with ingredients that don't react well with each other, like retinol and alpha hydroxy acids.

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3 Use a Tic Tac container to store bobby pins.

Isn't it annoying how easy it is to go from having 100 bobby pins to having none? Even more annoying is when they pop up in random spots all over your house (The dishwasher? Seriously?) when you don't need them.

Instead of tossing your empty Tic Tac containers into the recycling bin, try repurposing them into an easy place to store your bobby pins. To add extra prettiness, decorate them with Washi Tape with blogger Laura Trevey's easy instructions.

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4 Pin your makeup on a magnetic board.

What's not to love about storage that doubles as decoration? Instead of digging around your makeup bag or drawers to find your nectarine blush, simply attach adhesive magnets to your favorite products and pin them on a board or sheet of metal. Your morning routine will get a whole lot easier.

For more tips on magnetic makeup boards, check out One Good Thing By Jillee.

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5 Use shopping bags as decorative storage.

If you ever feel bad about throwing out exceptionally pretty shopping bags, you'll love this organization hack. Use your favorites as storage by hanging them on the back of a door. You can even take things up a notch and label the bags with categories.

For inspiration, check out Le Zoe Musings.

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6 Store feminine necessities in empty baby wipe containers.

Baby wipe containers come in cute packaging. Pads and tampons, on the other hand? Not so much. Store your feminine products in empty baby wipe containers to spruce up your bathroom — they'll be much easier to find during those times when you really need them.

Check out more tips at Gibbys Place.

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7 Use a dish rack for your eye shadow palettes.

Why do we shell out big bucks on expensive containers when all we really need is a dish rack to store our eye shadow collection?

For instructions, check out Kandee Johnson's blog.

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8 Use ice cube trays for your eye shadow.

Another easy organizational solution using something you probably already have lying around the house! This one even makes it easy to color code your eye shadows.

For other tips, check out The Beauty Bybel.

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