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Things Women Over 40 Should Not Have

Ladies, this is gonna be a long one. And you know it too. After all, you are over 40, which means you have spent years acquiring things and people while forming certain habits. Some of these "things" we have not even looked at in years and have no clue what purpose they now serve in our lives. Talk truth, am I not right?

I know it's hard for us to separate ourselves from some of these things, especially because we tend to be emotionally attached to everything. Well I know I use to be. I am learning to let go of things, people and situations. If the thing doesn't make me sparkle, isn't practical or have some real benefit or use in my current life - out it goes. Same for people, if they are toxic to my life, yup, out they go too. Yes, you heard me right, you will need to get rid of some people out of your life and make way for new ones. No joke.

Anyway, I don't believe we have an issue with acquiring new things; it makes us happy. On the contrary, however, "getting rid of" is a whole different matter. But I sincerely believe that we need to purge. Ideally, you should be doing this once a year, however, if you've spent most of your early adult life acquiring without purging then ages 40 to 45 seem to be the perfect time for that. Why this specific age? Because that's the time I realized how much I needed to do it and how fulfilling it has been. Plus it's the time when others who have gone before seem to do it too. And, it's the age where it just seems natural to start fixing everything in your life. You no longer have tolerance for clutter or nonsense (or you shouldn't) and you no longer care for people's "utterances." Unless of course, it's going to help you improve in some way or another.

So let's get the party started. Today we are going to talk about the things you should not have if you are a woman over 40. But don't feel anyway if you have any of these things, I'm right here with you, guilty as charged, we're in this together. Grab a glass, or a bottle, of wine, and let's purge!

Oh, before we do that, let me put in a disclaimer. I have friends who are not yet 40 who decided I was being unfair when I published my blog post on July 1st stating that the entire month of July was being dedicated to women over 40. So, to all my family, friends, and followers under 40, feel free to start forming these habits from now; purge and renew, because 40 isn't that far away. Okay? Good.

Now that I have gotten that out of the way, let's go tackle the things women over 40 should never have (or try not to have).

The Must Not Haves

1. Dingy Towels and Bedsheets

If you're getting a body scrub from your towels and bedsheets then I think it's full time you toss them out. If they're discolored and full of holes and strings, then it's time to toss them. If they feel like cardboard against your skin then it's time to.....yeah...sing it with me now...🎤TOSS THEM OUT! I firmly believe in having good sheets and towels and you DO NOT need a cupboard full.

2. Posters and Pictures Without Frames

Now I know we all have some of these hanging around. Even some from college or high school for that matter. If you really, honest to God, can't tear yourself away from them, then here's what you do. Invest in some cute storage boxes and pack them away neatly somewhere or use the cute storage boxes as display, with them hidden inside. If you're so inclined to keep one hanging, make sure it's framed and looks like a nice piece of art.

3. Expired or Old Makeup

I get it, they ain't cheap, but neither is going to a dermatologist. When was the last time you cleaned out your make-up bag/draw? I'm sure some of you just scratched your eyebrows. I know I did when I read Hoffpost's article on it. Ladies, please visit your make-up bags and purge.

Here's a list of how long you should be keeping your makeup:

Eyeliners and Lip Liners

6 months to a year

Mascaras, Liquid Eyeliners