The Hoarder’s Medicine Cabinet
The bathroom is where things get interesting. I love skincare, and I’ll try anything and everything. That means my medicine cabinet spans the entire bathroom. It also means that if my mother buys something and realizes she’s not into it, she’s going to send it to me. In fact, I have a whole basket under my sink of untouched product. About half of the untouched products in my box of goodies are what I like to call “purchases of opportunity.” Meaning I bought them on-sale or as part of some sort of bundled deal that allowed me to receive some other spectacular product. The sad part is most of the sales I’m referring to are 10-percent off codes from Sephora. True, buying my face cream at any discount is better than buying it full at price. But an email announcing a 10-percent off sale is hardly a reason to send a person into full-on restock-everything-you-own mode.
In addition to a wealth of unopened products, I’m also guilty of hoarding empty products. Well, almost empty (an all-too familiar practice on my part, appparently). If I really like something, you can bet I’ll cut it open, and keep it in Tupperware until the very last drop is gone. Note: the practice of saving products past their packaging’s point of giving up is one I highly recommend. You’ll get at least three more applications out of it.