In January, I found myself cultivating an obsession with makeup and skincare. This newfound devotion to vanity was almost entirely accidental; at the start of each year, I opt out of drinking for the month, which meant that this year, while my entire social circle was drowning the loss of hope in booze, I was as sober as a deacon.
Laying off the alcohol was, I believe, the key to surviving that terrible month. But this year, unlike Dry Januarys past, I needed extra distractions, and I found them in Sephora and Ulta
and deep dives into beauty blogs and subreddits. When Twitter got to be too much to bear, I browsed for beautiful makeup brushes; when Facebook was more than I could stand, I got lost in
K Beauty Empties.
There was another welcome side effect of this burgeoning interest: Suddenly, I had a whole new set of things to organize! And, oh man, I love organizing things. Bringing order to chaos is deeply satisfying for me, and it provides another favorite escape from an often overwhelming world.
As my collection of eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, lotions, and potions has continued to grow, I'm due up for a reorganization project this spring. I could not be more thrilled! Styling my vanity, playing with my paints, and spending a few hours prowling the aisles of T.J. Maxx looking for the perfect caddy to house my Sephora samples (those Sephora samples are precious, we can't have them getting lost deep in cluttered drawers!) have become favorite activities. Time spent focusing on color-coding my eyeliners is time when I'm not thinking about the deeply disappointing state of the world.
I know I'm not the only one! I've heard, in emails and tweets and epic blog posts, from so many people who have said that cleaning or organizing projects have helped them regain a sense of control during a time when many of us feel helpless. It's a nice reminder that life goes on, that there's still beauty in this world, and that it's okay to take time for frivolities that bring you joy. Plus, I look so good, seriously, you guys.
Send this to a friend who needs some help jumping on the spring cleaning bandwagon!