Guys, it’s house cleaning central over here these days. I’m a cleaning / organizing / tidying fool, and I’ll tell you what: my house has never looked better.
In the end simplification + tidiness = happier everyone.
Read the beginning of the project Organizing Your House One Week At A Time here, and Organizing Your House Week Two here. Then come back, and we’re about to get all tackle-y in here in Organizing Your House Week Three.
Are you ready to jump on the bandwagon? Please say yes. There’s strength in numbers, I really believe that to be true, and I’d really love you on my team. It keeps us all accountable to know there’s someone, somewhere out there, doing the same fun cleaning + organizing extravaganza.
And it is FUN, I can assure you of that! Even if my idea of fun has shifted a bit in my more *cough* mature years. A Friday night sorting and organizing old makeup? Sign me up!
The last challenge, Organizing Your House Week Two I organized my bathroom vanity, but only one side. It was too much to do the whole thing at once, so I separated the vanity into quadrants, and this week is the second part: the makeup vanity.
The makeup drawer was a hot mess of broken eyeliner pencils, a pair of floating false eyelashes (I couldn’t make that up if I’d tried) nail polish, and an assorted mix of travel toiletries. UGH.
- Step 1: Pull everything out and see what you’ve got
In my case it was random fake eyelashes (I can’t even tell you when I wore them) a whole bunch of random out of date makeup I don’t use, and a whole lot of dust.
- Step 2: Sort
I sorted the makeup into piles: eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, makeup brushes, lipstick, lip gloss, foundation, blush, highlighter, bronzer, and makeup compacts.
- Step 3: Clean + Tidy
The organizing compartments in the vanity from IKEA, which I HIGHLY recommend using (or any sort of organizing compartments) were filthy dirty. So I pulled them out, washed them in hot soapy water, and hand dried before putting them back into a cleaned + disinfected drawer.
SO much better. Phewsies.
- Step 4: Put it back
Organize your stuff in the drawer or cupboard in a way that makes sense to you. In my case it made sense for me to organize my makeup by the way it fits into the organizer. I put makeup brushes together, eyeliners on another side, then bigger makeup compacts underneath the compartment.
The foundation, lipstick, lip gloss, and stick eyeshadow went in separate sections, as did the blush + highlighter. Eyeshadow went in its own little place, each compact on its side to make room for more colors. I love the way it looks now. I can actually find what I’m looking for, and I’m wearing makeup I’d forgotten I owned!
- Step 5: Recycle / Donate / Toss
Remember those piles you made when you were sorting? (see Step 2) Now’s the time to actually donate or toss. Be brutal. Remember my organizing motto: what would you pay to ship across the world if you were moving next week? My guess is not a lot.
My daughter happened to get very lucky the day I organized my makeup, but I tossed a fair amount of expired junk + recycled containers of things I didn’t want anymore.
Just for reference here are the before and after photos of my makeup drawer:
What about you? What organizing projects will you tackle this week around your house?