Originally Posted by lilinah
I found it's a great help to make an organized inventory of what products i have, along with the month and year each was purchased. That way i can see if i have a lot of a certain color and hold off buying more unless it's something really special. Or if there's a gap that needs to be filled. Or i can see that i accidentally bought multiples of exactly the same item and not make the same mistake a 3rd time - I don't generally get back-ups, because i like a lot of variety in what i wear.
With my inventory i can go through my stash and pull out old stuff to wear before it spoils, or toss what's getting rancid or going bad or likely full of bacteria.
Originally Posted by aradhana
i have an inventory with year of purchase listed, and sometimes year of release if it was a CP or something after the fact. sadly i haven't used my inventory in the way you're suggesting...but i should! it might also help me if i had a column for shade category. i know my products by name, but maybe it would help me decide what i should wear on a given day by shade and how soon it's going to go off!
sounds so familiar. i really need to do a 'shop your stash' for a few months.
I'm far more Obsessive-Compulsive! I keep everything sorted by color family and mostly by type.
For example, i have one box of FUCHSIA, PLUM, PURPLE, LILAC, and VIOLET lip products.
They're sorted into baggies (hey, it ain't pretty but it works for me) :
Baggie 1. - Blue VIOLET and PURPLE and PLUM (dark purple) LIP LINER PENCILS
Baggie 2. - Blue VIOLET and LILAC LIPSTICKS
Baggie 3. - Blue VIOLET and LILAC LIP GLOSSES
Baggie 4. - PALE PALE PURPLE and FUCHSIA LIPSTICKS & LIP COLOR PENCILS
Baggie 5. - PALE PALE PURPLE and FUCHSIA LIP STAINS & LIP GLOSSES
Baggie 6. - PURPLE LIPSTICKS
Baggie 7. - PLUM (dark purple) LIPSTICKS & LIP COLOR PENCILS
Baggie 8. - PURPLE and PLUM (dark purple) LIQUID LIP COLORS & LIP GLOSSES
Each baggie holds between 10 & 14 items.
I have 3 boxes of lip products and 4 boxes of eye products, all sorted. The face stuff is also sorted, but stored a little differently because of bigger pans and taller bottles.