Last year when we were moving house, I stood in the dressing room looking at my makeup and skincare and asked myself how much makeup/skincare do I really need? And how the hell did I let myself accumulate so much?!
I had stuff everywhere, and my dressing table was jam packed so I decided to create a Makeup Inventory. Primarily I put this together so I could see my products in one place, namely my eyeshadow palettes because I realised that I kept getting drawn to and wanted all the new releases. However, this ended up being an inventory of all my products also being some sort of a budgeting sheet as I decided to cost up my items. We’ll get on to that later on.
I’m going to show you how I created my makeup inventory and my top tips if you decide to do this for your stash.
Before starting the spreadsheet, sort through your stash and put it into categories. This is also an opportunity for you to get rid of anything that has expired or you’re no longer using.
I categorised my makeup into the following areas but you can add others:
- Skincare/Base Products
- Misc i.e eyelashes
Now that I had my categories I created my spreadsheet. I used Numbers but you can use Excel or even create a table in Word, whatever takes your fancy.
If you find it easier to put more of a description then you can totally do that, but my next tip should explain why I didn’t provide a description of the product.
Take LOTS of pictures. The only way this inventory was going to be beneficial for me is if there was one place I could go to, to quickly see what products I already have. Especially when it came to eyeshadows! I think we all sometimes get taken in by beautiful looking packaging and the product inside is similar to at least 3 other shades you have at home already. So I numbered all of my products, and took pictures of them and numbered them.
Cost it all up. Okay so when I costed up everything I owned, I used the price at that moment in time, but bare in mind I (and you) probably didn’t pay full price for everything and maybe you got some discounts here and there, so it’s not going to be the most accurate information. *To avoid that, it probably would have been a good idea to start this inventory from the day I started really getting into makeup, it would have made this so much easier!
I then totalled up each category to see how much I had spent. This is embarrassing, I genuinely could not believe the amount I had spent on lipsticks.
Let’s just take a moment to take in the total cost of my stash.
Now, I know this probably isn’t anywhere close to the amount some of my fellow bloggers have spent over the years, but when I looked at this, I was like damn, this is the cost of a holiday.
This inventory has really helped me to keep track of the products I already have and to stop me from buying products that I don’t need. Yes admittedly there’s the odd item I’ve bought here there, namely lipsticks, but other than that I’ve not bought any new palettes and not purchased any foundation until I’ve run out.
You can also take it one step further if you wish and look at the number of products you have from each brand – can you believe I own 27 NYX lip products and 23 MAC lipsticks?!
Even if you aren’t a blogger and just like to buy pretty looking makeup, I think an inventory is a great way to analyse your spending habits, and makes you ask yourself, “do I really need this?”
This would make an interesting and worthwhile lockdown task, especially if lockdown has you purchasing items you don’t need!
You could use this inventory method for anything, whatever your thing may be, books, CDs, you can create an inventory to keep track of it all.