By Professional Organiser Rebecca Mezzino from Clear Space
Howards Clutter Buster Tray Small
Howards Clutter Buster Large
In this picture we have used 2 x Large Clutter Busters and 1 x Small Clutter Buster.
Keeping control over your makeup can sometimes get a little tricky. It can end up cluttering up your counter-tops and filling your drawers and cupboards.
Here’s a step-by-step procedure to getting your makeup made over!
Make a plan. What are you wanting to achieve? Are you looking to simplify your makeup routine? Or do you want to be able to access it all easily? Or do you feel like you have too much makeup and want to reduce it? Perhaps you want to reorganise it so that you are making better use of your space? Writing down your goals and objectives helps you be more effective as you do your project.
Pull it all out and group it all together. Grouping it all together helps you see how many of each category of makeup you have, especially if it ends up stored in different places around your house. It doesn’t matter how you group it, just use whatever categories make sense to you
Do some culling. The first things to cull are those that are out of date. Did you know that makeup expires? Old makeup can harbour bacteria that can infect your skin, lips or your eyes. Mascara should be used for 3-6 months after opening only, in fact (and liquid eyeliner is similar). Even if you haven’t used it all, you should discard it after this time. Many makeup and skin care products will have some indication of when you should use your products by. Some will have a “best before” date, and others will have a symbol that says “3M” or “18M” or the like, indicating that the product should be discarded after, for these examples, 3 and 18 months respectively. If your products don’t have labelling on them, a quick Google will help you figure it out. Also, it if smells kind of funky it’s probably better to be thrown.
The next round of culling is for the makeup you don’t use anymore. You’ll probably be surprised (or not!) at the makeup you’ve replaced but never discarded. Give it a good hard look – if you went through a peach lipstick phase that then morphed into a matte red phase, you’ve probably kept those peach ones. It’s time to ask yourself if you really need them if you aren’t wearing them!
Think about storage next. One thing that I recommend to simplify and speed up your makeup routine is to split your makeup into “everyday” and “special”. Your Everyday makeup consists of only the items that you use on a daily basis. It is stored where you do your makeup, in your bathroom vanity or on your dressing table.
The second category is the “Special and duplicate stash”. This is the makeup you use only occasionally, or the duplicates of your everyday products (if you bought a few bronzers on special for example). This can be stored elsewhere – perhaps in your WIR, or under your bed, or even in the laundry! I keep mine in a box under my bed.
By stripping away all that aren’t essential for daily use, your everyday routine is greatly simplified and you can easily access of your makeup at a touch.
Makeup bags are great for portability, but for everyday makeup, you really need something that you can easily see all your different items in, and can move from cupboard to counter and back again easily. I use an acrylic tray with angled dividers that stands in a basket I can easily slide out. The Howards’ “madesmart” clear stackable containers are perfect for this. If you need to store them in your vanity cupboard, and you have more than one, putting them in trays make it easy to pull it out, use it and put it all away again, ensuring your vanity top doesn’t get cluttered and difficult to keep clean.
There is no point spending all this time and effort into getting it all simplified and organised if it’s a crammed mess again in no time! Make the time to identify what habits you can put into place to keep it organised. Some suggestions are:
Daily: putting everything back in its home after using it
Weekly: culling things that aren’t used any more
Monthly: checking expiry dates and culling old items
When you run out of an item: checking that you don’t have one in you “duplicates” stash before buying another
Annually: a big declutter and re-organise
And most of all, make sure you enjoy the daily pleasure of a simple, clean and clutter-free makeup routine.
Professional Organiser Rebecca Mezzino has been running Clear Space since 2005 based in Adelaide.
Unlike many Professional Organisers, Rebecca was not in fact ‘born organised’. She was actually born very organisationally challenged (a genetic gift!).
A number of years ago Rebecca decided to change her always-late, constantly-forgetting-and-losing-things lifestyle and try to smooth out the bumps. So she researched, and observed, and taught herself how to get organised – and surprised herself by staying that way (as it had never lasted in the past)! She found that she had a knack for communicating her skills and knowledge, and decided she would love to help people achieve their goal to get more organised – and so Clear Space was born.