An organized life is an organized mind – and an organized mind shuts up once in a while and leaves you be
That’s what I tell myself anyway. Over the last few months I’ve been having huge clear outs, from clothes to toiletries, books and knick knacks, I’ve slowly but surely started parting with the crap I have horded over the years and started to get myself organized.
Watching a ton of videos by Jen has helped too!
I love things but I hate clutter. There’s nothing worse than rummaging through a drawer or storage bin when you should have left the house 10 minutes ago and you still can’t find what you’re looking for! Couple this with the possibility of moving and the thought of taking all of that crap with you and boom you’ve got as good a reason as any to kick yourself up the ass and get organized.
I love looking at small space organization solutions on Pinterest (don’t laugh, you know you do it too!) and seeing a million and one ways to use a Muji drawer but before I go investing in all these fancy pants solutions I want to get myself not only organized, but develop a system that works for me.
Behold – the magic that is…recycled subscription boxes. From Birch Box to Glossybox, those subscription boxes are cute, sturdy and come in pretty handy if you’re looking to get your crap together…literally.
Make up Storage and Organization
I had a ton of empty Birch Boxes lying around under my bed that were prefect for organizing my make up that was, at the time, rolling around an over filled storage box in my wardrobe.
In the beginning…
The whole point of organizing an area in your home, be it a single drawer or an entire room is to throw away crap, junk, unloved, unused, can’t remember why you bought it things. So I unceremoniously dumped the entire contents of my make up bin on the floor and waded through, only pulling out the items I still used. Everything else went in the bin. Didn’t know I had it? Bin! Couldn’t remember the last time I used it? Bin! It sounds strange but once you start throwing things away it almost becomes a game to throw away as much as possible (or is that just me?).
I grabbed my trusty pink sharpie and labelled a few of the boxes; Eyes, Lips, Cheeks, Brushes, and Quick Face. Their contents are pretty self explanatory except for basic face. That one contains everything I need to do a trusty go-to 10minute full face of make-up (If you want a post on this let me know in the comments below!).
I also used two larger Glossy Boxes to store my nail varnishes in, organized by colour, and wrote the colours on the front.
The pouches are recycled Sanctuary body butter cases that are super durable with a strong zip and a handy dandy clear front window so I can see what’s inside. One is for my Konad nail stamping kit, the other for samples and products I’m not ready to part with yet but rarely use.
Does size matter…
I love that the Birch Boxes are small, it limits what I can keep/store in them which discourages me from buying more products before others have been used up. As much as I want the things, I don’t have the space for them. For the time being I’m limited by the size of my storage space, it’s a pain in the ass but it’s saved me a fortune as I only buy select items!
A box in a box…
I store the oh so organized recycled subscription boxes inside a large plastic storage bin. They all fit in nice and neatly and it takes no time at all to pull it out, find what I need and get going.
With the available space at the side of the box I store my brush cleaner, nail varnish remove, eyelashes and a small make up bag that I use when I need to take my make-up on the move!
The entire thing fits perfectly onto a shelf in my wardrobe and the job is done! Accessing my make up and nail varnish is quick and simple and there’s no more flapping over things I can’t find! And when the time comes to move all I have to do is put a lid on the box and it’s all set to be chucked in the back of a van!
Oh and yes, I label my boxes. I can’t buy an actual label maker so I cut up strips of paper and stick them on with cellotape! I knew years of Blue Peter and Art Attack would come in handy one day!
Tell me, how do you organize your make-up? Got any tips for me? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,