By Heather Kilduff of Sterilite Corporation
First things first, take a good look in your vanity, under your bathroom sink, in drawers and anywhere else you have been stashing cosmetics for months or even years. Your new motto will be “out with the old to make room for the new.” Once you have your beauty products under control with a system that works for you, you can rejoice that you have space for new stuff!
CHOOSE ONE SPACE AT A TIME TO PURGE AND ORGANIZE
I like to get myself a small stool, to sit on so that I am at drawer height. Making myself comfortable is important for me to keep the momentum of the project. Be sure to have a wet disinfecting cloth for wiping down anything that has collected dust or that pesky makeup residue. Grab a large empty wastebasket, and let the purging begin.
TOSS ANYTHING OVER 12 MONTHS OLD
For the record, makeup does not last FOREVER so say “see ya later” to that three-year-old mascara! Mascara should be discarded after 3 months, not 3 years. Anything that is empty, toss it. Almost empty, toss it! If you haven’t used it in a year, then you probably won’t ever use it again, so clear space for things that you use on a daily basis. And by all means, clear space for new things! I like to store my makeup in a small tray within a drawer. This way, the things I access most frequently are neatly stored but easily accessible to me every morning.
NAIL POLISH HAS A SHELF LIFE
The shelf life of nail polish does not directly relate to the bottle being empty. Toss polish and remover older than one year, or when it appears to look clumpy or separated in the bottle. Becoming a collector of cosmetics is something we all do. The average woman buys five nail polishes a year. So at age 30, that is potentially somewhere near 75 nail polishes. Buy them, love them, use them, and then toss them. I have added a small FlipTop organizer within a drawer to store all of my nail polish. I love this box because it is small, square, see-through, and it snaps shut. Make sure that each nail polish you store is smooth and free of clumps. Give it a good shake and try organizing the shades by color.
The key to staying organized is to choose an organizing style that works best for you and your space. Older homes tend to have smaller storage spaces — shallower, sometimes narrower drawers and overall less space to work with than some newer homes. Larger storage space isn’t always a good thing, the more space I have, the more space I use. Keep this in mind when you are organizing and customize it to your style and morning routine.