I used to have a friend who had dozens of little bottles of lotion all over her dresser, all different scents. All of them three quarters gone. I never asked her about them but I’m just sure that she didn’t use them up because she didn’t want that bottle of lotion to then be gone. Like one day she might really want to wear that particular scent.
My son used to have “bath crayons” that he used to draw on the tub and shower walls when he was in the bath. He would also never use all of a color until we bought a new pack, so that he was never out of a color. You never know when you might have to color the bathtub blue, you wouldn’t want to be out of your blue bath crayon.
I know I’ve been guilty of this habit too. Leaving little bits of make up left in the containers in case I need it someday. Like someday I’m going to have some very important event where I just have to have that particular shade of eyeshadow.
What is the real result of this habit? You actually get less joy out of your stuff. My friend saved these lotions because she liked them so much. She didn’t want to not have cucumber melon lotion in case on day she really got a hankering for it. But the true result was that she never really got the full joy and value out of it. She didn’t consciously think “Oh man, I love this lotion so much that I’m only going to use three fourths of it and then leave the bottle on my dresser until it goes bad.” While that wasn’t her plan it was the result.
My son, who has long outgrown his nightly baths, probably still has those bath crayons. Unused and dried out. His desire to save them for the perfect moment meant that he never used them at all.
I’ve thrown out so much make up because I never used the last little bit, then one day I find it shoved in the back of a drawer all gross and old. Make up I didn’t use because I liked it too much! Go figure that one out.
Is there something you are not using because you like it too much? Go use it! And when it’s gone, if you want to use it some more… go buy another one!
Get the joy of your stuff! Don’t wait for the perfect moment to use it up. Use it up right now. And if that perfect moment comes along later you can always get more. I’m obviously a big fan of not buying things you don’t need or don’t love. But when you have spent the money on something you love… please, use it. Use it all! Use every last drop and then go get another one.
Don’t save your joy for later. Do it now!