Blush Response

On Formspring, an anonymous reader asks:

Could you please write a post explaining how you organize your stuff (makeup, legwear, clothes) ? Thank you!

A pertinent question! Since our move out of the overgrown-with stuff, J.F. Sebastian-style apartment last year, I’ve cut my belongings in half and began establishing actual storage systems. Because this isn’t something I can dedicate a whole lot of time to, it’s still a work in progress, but I’m proud to say I finally have my makeup and jewelry situation under strict control.

We have two bathrooms – one is communal and the other is dedicated to my makeup and accessory arsenal. It’s fairly compact so organization is key, or the space turns into a powdery minefield of brushes, hair clips and lipstick, where chaos reigns and all things get lost forever. I split my stuff between a chest of drawers, makeup case, a cabinet and a shelving unit.

The secret to keeping this powder room streamlined is assigning specific areas to specific items and products. All pencils in one cup, all chain necklaces on one rod, all hair products in one box, etc.

I do have a few jewelry dishes around, but even they have their assigned residents.

If going to such lengths seems excessive, I beg to differ, because cursing like a sailor while digging through twelve drawers for that one prized accessory or that specific shade of green eye shadow isn’t conducive to a pleasant outing. So – no exceptions. All things must go back to their home base within 24 hours.

The system works. I love walking in here and knowing exactly where everything is – not a statement I could have made last year, when the mere thought of locating anything specific in my old bathroom was enough to summon panic.

If you’re just getting started on your path to streamlining, be brave – it will get a lot worse before it gets better. Nonetheless, if you have half a day to dedicate to this project, it will serve you well, forever. Here is a quick How To, to help get you on your way:

  1. Have lots of boxes/trays/organizers/cups, etc. on hand
  2. Empty all your drawers and cabinets
  3. Separate everything into categories
  4. Fill shelves and drawers with trays
  5. Fill trays with sorted stuff
  6. Sit back and admire your grand accomplishment
  7. Put everything back, every time