Mum and apartment dweller, Brooke Spain, recently started an Instagram account to chronicle her vast knowledge of organisation, An Organised Apartment. She tells 9Honey Homes how to tackle one of the most fiddly and daunting areas of the home: your makeup.
My girlfriend, ‘Too Much Makeup’ recently wrote to me on my An Organised Apartment Instagram about how she could possibly downsize her makeup room (yes, a MAKEUP ROOM) into two drawers. This friend is a beauty editor who owns a tonne of makeup, so I had to get serious with my advice.
First things first, here are my basic rules for any organisation or de-cluttering in the home.
An Organised Apartment’s organising fundamentals
Whatever area of your home you organise, the fundamental principles are the same – particularly if you live in a small space.
#1 Reduce what you own: Before buying more things to organise your belongings (like containers), first go through your belongings (in this case, makeup) and reduce what you own.
Many of us would acknowledge that we are constantly exposed to product content and as a result, often buy more than we need, usually without thinking calmly before we purchase. Simply organising everything you own into tidy containers will not give you the same sense of calm or save you the same amount of time each day as organising a coveted and curated collection of your favourite things.
Remember your home is not a storage facility – you should feel a sense of calm when you walk in the door.
#2 Create limits: Your home doesn’t have infinite space, so it follows that you can’t have endless belongings. We have to impose limits on how many items we own; these limits will be different for different people depending on your interests and lifestyle.
#3 Have good reason to buy: If you plan to become more minimalist, you will need good reason to bring something into your home. So research, research, research. A good method is to take pause before purchasing – a week may pass and you might decide that you don’t need or want the item or would prefer an alternative.
#4 Make your home easy to organise: It’s one thing to organise, but it’s another to create a space that is easily kept organised. This is the key to creating an organised, happier and less stressful life.
Are you ‘Too Much Makeup’s’ kindred spirit? Is your cosmetics arsenal overflowing and causing stress when you apply your makeup?
The following process will help:
#1 Take all your makeup out and place it on a towel on the bathroom floor or on your vanity. Place a garbage bin beside you.
#2 In relation to makeup that you decide not to keep, discard used and/or out of date makeup. If you have unopened makeup that is in date, there are non-profit organisations like The Beauty Bank that will donate your makeup to those in need.
#3 When deciding what not to keep, do not keep makeup that is out of date. Yes, makeup goes off.
Also, do not keep makeup that reacts with your skin, is the wrong shade, you do not use, or that you do not feel good wearing.
If you’re holding on to an expensive item of makeup simply because it was expensive but you look like an Oompa Loompa or a ‘90s solarium addict, cut your losses and discard it.
Many of us probably wear the same makeup staple items each day. Keep these ideas in mind when making the tough decisions about what to keep.
Once you know what you are keeping, it’s time to organise:
Work out where you’ll store it: Ask yourself what area of your home you apply your makeup. If you do your makeup in the bathroom and there is enough storage in the bathroom for your makeup, that’s great! If you do your makeup in your bedroom or have insufficient storage space in the bathroom, consider storing your makeup in your bedroom.
Get specific and measure: Measure the shelves or drawers that your makeup will be stored in. Measure height, length and depth.
Pro tip: Remember the importance of vertical space. If you have good vertical space, get excited. You might be able to use stackable containers and gain more storage space.
Storage solutions: After measuring, choose containers (these might be bamboo, plastic or clear acrylic) or adjustable drawer dividers. Don’t limit your container search to ‘beauty organisation’. Storage solutions for the kitchen or office can be great for makeup and are often cheaper.
To save space, consider using small makeup purses to store makeup equipment (tweezers, sharpener, eyelash curler etc) or infrequently used lipsticks or lip pencil. If you don’t have space to put makeup brushes in a canister, store makeup brushes in a roll mat. You can then store the purses and roll mat in gaps between the containers in your drawers.
Wipe it down: Wipe over your makeup with a damp cloth to remove powder etc that has coated any of your makeup packaging.
Time save: My time-saving tip is to store the items you use every day (like work makeup) in one container. Then organise the balance by category (for example, face, eyes and lips). This means less time getting ready in the morning, with your essential items in one spot.
Style a little: If you have room for a mirrored or marble tray on your bathroom vanity, you could display any beautifully packaged makeup (hello, Chanel foundation bottle), a science beaker holding your brushes and a perfume here. Keep it simple and don’t overcrowd the tray.
Clean it up: While your organising adrenalin is pumping, take the time to wash your makeup brushes. I have a post over on Instagram about how to do this.
Staying organised will be easy with your daily used items all stored in the one container. When applying your makeup, put it back in the container you took it from. It’s much quicker to tidy as you go.
An Organised Apartment’s go-to storage suggestions
Small modular basket – Kmart
Small & Wide clear drawer – Kmart
Bamboo Drawer Tidy – Kmart
Stack and nest basket – Woolworths
Drawer dividers – Howard’s Storage World
Slimline Drawer Unit – IKEA
MUJI – more expensive but with lots of great options.