Time to Deal With the Product Graveyard

Spring cleaning with Sam — edition 1

Samantha Lazar
5 min readMay 17, 2021


Photo by Andrea Davis on Unsplash

In this first edition of “Spring cleaning with Sam” I will purge my expired and unused products. Come along with me in my effort to clear my space, freshen up my home, and in return, feel more beautiful. Who knows? Maybe you might get inspired to finally get to that clutter you’ve been building since 2020 or longer!

This article will show my process of going through all of my beauty and healthcare products, and tackling organization. I will explain my personal process with this endeavor and how it feels to be lighter and fresher. I will also highlight some reasons you should ditch those expired bottles and use up what you have before you buy more.

What is a ‘product graveyard?’

You know it when you see it. Open your medicine cabinet, your vanity drawers. Look in that makeup bag and spare closet. Take out your travel kits. Put all of those bottles of nail polish remover, facial scrubs, lipsticks, vitamins, and everything else in a big pile. That’s your product graveyard.

Author’s image: My product graveyard. Go ahead and judge.

My personal experience decluttering these products.

Not all of these products will end up in the trash and recycling bins. Several of them are in good shape. The idea is to find everything and put it all together to take stock of what you have. I have learned a lot from Marie Kondō, and I have a wish that she will someday come organize my life.

I live a busy life with my son, husband, dog, and cat. The five of us have a lot of stuff in our small home. Getting organized really helps my mental state. It is hard to feel beautiful with so much clutter. Dust collection is not good for my overall health either. Hiding stuff away in closets does not work for me. “Out of sight, out of mind” just prolongs the stress.

“To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. To get rid of what you no longer need is neither wasteful nor shameful. Can you truthfully say that you…