UK based makeup artist, skincare specialist, beauty blogger. She is the founder of the Podcast series

How to De-clutter Your Beauty and Makeup


All things need a space or an area to live, don't start tidying in a space that's too big or too small, work to get your Beauty and Makeup clutter free, in a workable space that you have always wished for. 
Are you in denial, or putting things off.. bathroom cabinets filled to bursting, with beauty, skincare, makeup and toiletries? Do you find that your make-up bag won’t actually zip shut any more? What should you do? I have some great de-cluttering tips just for you.
Using methods and strategies that are the staples of the minimalist lifestyle can give you the perfect opportunity to purchase multi-functioning products, and storage systems. Sit back and enjoy a more orderly lifestyle that also saves you time and money. Choose ranges of multi-tasking products, luxury items that are results driven, creams, serums and toiletries that accomplish the task in minimum time. Develop the intention of replenishing your old or out of date items by clearing those closets in one big swoop especially as we get closer to 2021. 
Working Summer 2020 Bridal makeup mess 
If its out of date, smells or oils have separated, if it looks looks a strange colour, or even an unusual runny or clogged texture then BIN IT!
Read the product instructions including understanding the shelf life of your products, is it in date? Any items that are going onto face or hands must always be within the manufacturers date. This will ensure that you avoid any irritation, or skin sensitivities so be very strict. Did you know that bacteria can grow in any of these beauty or skincare items, so be careful about your personal care and hygiene products and store them safely away from sunlight or heat. Educate yourself on the safety and manufacture batch codes to be completely safe, these will be a row of numbers or letters to indicate where and when the product was made and can even indicate, in some brands, the processes that were used to create them.    
Be harsh, aim for a fearless clean-out! Why not share, sell, gift or donate unwanted, overflowing items that have perfect packaging and still in date. Choose and purchase fabulous new storage boxes to vamp a tired bathroom and forget the typical 'last time I used it' rule, especially if its been a few months. Remember you are de-cluttering because things are damaged, replace lids, clean and wipe bottles, tubes, check for leakage, throw damaged items into recycle bags to dispose of, avoiding further mess and spillage before throwing them in the bin. Any opened item that you have not used in the last 6- 9 months, smell them check dates then... yes if it smells funky BIN THEM!
GET RID, old mascaras, lipsticks, creams, body lotions, stained and smelly makeup blenders, makeup brushes.
Do NOT hoard lots of free samples, use them for friends, add to gifts, scent closets and linen cupboards, we usually never get around to using them, and they just take up valuable space. Sell any good quality, unopened items online, always ensuring that they are clean and saleable. Do you have too many of one item? Why not swap with friends, always check texture and usability.

Line them up 
Let it go bless it with love and say goodbye!
Liquid products have a gathering dust in a drawer, foundations can sometimes have a short lifespan so check everything, does the colour still suit your skin tone or look. et rid of them if they are separating or changing colour. Do not keep any makeup, skin care, sprays, toiletries or perfumes in direct sunlight on windowsills or near heaters as this can easily cause separation of the liquids and chemicals. Old and stale makeup sponges can hide a multitude of unseen germs and bacteria, surprise including nail polishes, just ditch them.
Eyeshadows and palettes, pencils, lip liners, that we loved the look of in store, especially limited editions, are not always the best for skin tone, sometimes not the most flattering for your look, why not trade online or again swap with friends, host and evening and Give to local Charity.
CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES! Get rid of dirty powder puffs and sponges!!
Cleanse those brushes 

Love your Organised Beauty

By seriously revamping our beauty game, and educating ourselves on the growing brands of ethically friendly skincare, and anti-ageing products we can evoke joy, by just looking at effortless beauty. Using beautifully stored fabulous lotions, luxury potions easily transport us to the land of ultimate satisfaction.
Simply positioning pots of eyeshadow palettes, and pots in drawers with beautiful see-through or coloured dividers are another fantastic way of keeping your purchases safe, easy to view and use. There are so many fabulous storage containers everywhere.. I love to purchase, with the help of my experience and product selection skills, you can create a system, that works for you or check out my Pintrest board for home storage linked below.
Line up all your lipsticks, according to the colour selection, nudes, winter, reds, then choose texture, separating glossies, mattes, creams or long lasting brands. Work your way thorough all of your items, I really love to have my stunning lipstick cases on display even when they are empty. 
One of the main problems of gaining clutter, is that we are not sure of what to do with items once they opened. A great idea is to donate, unwanted, clean and safe items to homeless, refugee hostels, or even charity housing, for women and teens.
When was the last time I used it?
Does it fit my current fashion or beauty style?
Skincare can be easily arranged by brands, colour or sizes, clean and wipe down all areas with surgical spirits or antibacterial cleansing products to ensure the best hygiene for your area. Continue to throw out damaged boxes, cracked or broken bottles, keep everything in a tidy pretty streamlined home. 

Begin a 'No purchase' challenge with friends, allowing No makeup or skincare purchases, until you have used all of your current stash of beauty items, set a time limitation when it is safe for you to spend and see how much money you have saved! 
Try before you buy is great when re-purchasing and or need to replenish with handy size samples for specific items.
Read all product labels, try to banish or use all or most toxicity from your skincare routine for the safest results. The Cosmetic Industry has so many amazing, safe  vegan and organic plant based skincare brands that do not endorse the use of unsafe methods, allergens, including products or testing on animals. 
Look out for known toxins and eliminate them from your Life for good.
A great balanced diet, immune support, cleanliness alongside our carefully sourced beauty products, can now be proudly placed on our clean and beautifully adorned shelves! 
Experiment with natural fragrances and explore recommended products that are 'clean' or vegan and contain no animal testing, do also look out for the Bunny or ECO-CERT labelling. Use safe packaging, begin your toxin free journey to use recommended sun protection on a daily basis, find great SPF products that will block or absorb the harmful rays if they are out of date, the potency may be not as great as when you purchased them.  

Fearless Clearout 
A Winter detox is the perfect way to jump start 2021, check your medicine cabinet, only store your personalized daily self care supplements.  
By saving money you must ensure that you include the best mineral and vitamin products you can afford,  boost your circulation, and allow your health, peace of mind, to sustain a realistic system. 
By simply adjusting what we are putting on our skin and in our bodies, learning how they are stored all help to curate and downsize. Take time when purchasing new products, to check that you are not buying duplicate products, or the latest trends that you may hate in a few weeks.

Store your oils safely

Work in categories, then locations de-clutter your sections, lay all items out on a towel, for those like me who can become overwhelmed this is an easy method that will assist in the organization of storage placement. Take a look at all the makeup on the towel, see what is damaged, what to keep,  this gives you time, to work out your de-clutter goals. Start your de-clutter system by putting the most used items at the forefront of your recently cleared space, with pretty or functional storage boxes and drawer dividers.

Join me on this skincare journey, to achieve an inspiring space for the best skincare system you can possible have this year! 
Remember less is more.. with this in mind you can enjoy a more effective cosmetics routine, have more space in the home and less chaotic Cosmetic spending.

Cheryl Huggins offers video and phone consultations to help get you get organized with your essential beauty and makeup and love your new space.

Book your FREE Beauty 
De-Clutter personalized consultation email to register your interest 

Lets get started! You will be amazed what can be achieved in a short amount of time Send an image of your beauty closet, kit or area, together we can get your beauty and makeup area, get rid of things that no longer serve you, refreshed clean and organized for the start of the New Year!

Services can be delivered in your home, online or by Zoom with regular updates.


Virtual De-Clutter £30 per hour £18 for 30 minutes
Sundays £45 per hour 
In person by appointment only 

In Conversation with Successful Mums Academy

"Successful Mums Academy has taken me on a hugely rewarding journey" 

Jane Knight Founder 

Successful Mums Academy

 Jane Knight Founder Successful Mums Academy 

Successful Mums Academy was created in 2014, and has become a leading name in business, training and coaching. Founder of this thriving business Jane Knight is committed to working hard in the local community, and to creating professional connections with high street names, local entrepreneurs, including a brilliant growing network of flexible employers, mentors and amazing opportunities for attendees. 

Jane and her team are proud to deliver achievable goals to women and men, whilst they are learning more effective skills to kick-start a return to work, create a small business, or open the door to a new chapter in their lives.    

How did you notice there was a need for Successful Mums Academy, did you believe that something was missing from the employment market ?

When I had my son I struggled to go back to work part-time and had lost my mojo. This drove me to start Successful Mums Academy to help other women in the same situation to find work, start a business and get their Mojo back through our training courses, created for mums.

                                      Successful Mums Academy

Have you always worked in this field, tell us your story?

I've always worked in the skills and careers industry across corporate, Government and not for profit organizations.. I'm a qualified trainer, career advisor and coach delivering employability enterprise and digital skills to thousands of individuals.

What's your most amazing business achievement to date?

It's been amazing to win a number of awards over the years, that truly acknowledge the work we do, along with recently winning funding to support 500 mums in 2021 to find work, or be self-employed through our online courses.

When setting up the Successful Mum's Academy what was the one thing you wish you had known when you began your incredible journey?

The sheer work involved, despite working flexibly I don't work part-time, so the reality is that running a business is full on. I work very early in the mornings and some evenings so I can spend time with my children.

What do you believe is you biggest business mistake and what did you learn from it?

Taking on too much myself, if I had my time again, I would have brought someone into my team a lot earlier than I did. I now have a fantastic team who are also committed to the values and purpose of the business.

There are lots of mums who want to invest in professional training and coaching that guides them to gain confidence, by achieving a positive work and family life balance. How many Mums have been through your courses and achieved that goal?

We have supported over 6000 through our taster sessions, coaching and digital courses. Some of the women that have been through our Business Start up Courses include Regan from the Cooking Shed, your good self and Harriet Buckingham Photography. We have also helped thousands of women to find work through our Career Advice, training courses and employer links too. We work with our local employers along with high street names including food retailers Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer and Ikea, who take our Successful Mums Graduates.

Jane Knight with Successful Mum Graduate
Cheryl Huggins Makeup artist 

How and where can mum's find you, and are men invited to attend your classes?

We are active on social media platforms, sharing the amazing stories of our Successful Mum Graduates, around 70% of our mums are from word of mouth so we are very lucky. The majority of our clients are mums, however we have helped and do welcome dad's, non-parents and Carers too!

Can you share with us how the Covid 19 Pandemic and subsequent second lockdown, affected your business and how did you enable the Successful Mum's Academy, to continue assisting your mums that had hoped to get their MOJO back?

Initially we took a step back and ensured everyone was able to work from home and felt as safe as they could. Our priority was to those mums already signed onto our existing courses. My team were exceptional, we then worked together to transfer all our training courses on line.. This took a lot of hard work however, we completed it in a matter of weeks. Out of the 50 mums that were on our course at the very start of March 2020, all of them went onto complete their course and some found found work too, despite the early days and shock of COVID 19.

Do you have any advice for someone wanting to pursue a career path  similar to yours?

Understand as many Industries as you can. I was lucky that in my previous role as an Enterprise and Career Advisor, I had worked across a broad range of Industries so had a huge network and set of resources about different jobs. I also had the insight at Policy and Government level about the skills needed, employment in the UK markets, in comparison to the rest of Europe.

Who are the three most important people in your life, that have been the most inspirational to you?

My parents have influenced me to have a good work ethic.

My husband who keeps things real and my children who I learn so much from.

An elegant lady author called Lucia Van der Post who has such a zest for life.


Family Time together

What has been one of the best motivational resource, that has helped you along your business and life journey?

I love lifelong learning, and currently listening to a Master Class on leadership by Dame Anna Wintour Editor in Chief of American Vogue and Global Content Advisor of Conde Nast, who is widely regarded as the most influential figure in Fashion.

Share one thing that people don't know about you?

Hats are a big part of me, and I'm fascinated by the skill of Milliners. Occasionally I make my own too!

Behind the Scenes
 BossWoman Studios

Where can our BossWoman Podcast listeners, and social media followers connect with you online, for more information on your Business and back to work Training Courses?

Successful Mums Career Academy have funding to support 100 London and Kent mums in 2021 in response to COVID 19.

Why not register your interest today and one of the Successful Mums team will be in touch…

Successful Mums 

Founder Jane Knight in Conversation Boss Woman Podcast

Successful Mums Graduates

The Cooking Shed

Harriett Buckingham Photography 

Cheryl Huggins

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