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The daffodils are already 5 inches up so spring MUST be around the corner and you know what that means?…Spring cleaning! I am sure there is more winter weather on the way, so I started on the inside. Simple and fun, right! I prettified my make-up drawer with Paper-Source paper and got rid of some old (wintery) makeup in the process.
A messy make-up drawer is a bad way to start the day for me, especially since I am extremely slow to rise in the morning. I have been looking at my “dump and run” station with frustration for too long. Weekday mornings with little ones, as a lot of you know, are just full of shuffle and scuffle. I am lucky if I even GET makeup on my face (no one needs to see that) so this was long overdue. Clawing through a pile of make-up, wasting time sifting through them in a busy morning makes me a little nuts and I get off to a disorganized start, therefore, everyone gets off to that kind of start.
This organization DIY will help you get those eyelashes curled, I promise. You’ll probably even have time to lock the door because you will feel the need to enjoy your new pretty little drawer and take your time lining your lips from here on out! All the “where’s my lunch” and “mom, I'm out of underwear” on the other side of the door will just become a distant muffle when you are entranced by your new organized AM state of mind. Inspired?
Step ONE: KEEP + TOSS.
ASSESS that colorful loot. Make up expires. What? Yes, it’s like produce Go through your make up and decide what stays based upon its age. Here is a great video that covers basic make up shelf life and tips to assess how long you can keep it. I highly recommend watching it before your purge session. Deep in the cavernous cabinet, I found a lipstick from my wedding day. Ewe. I didn't wear it, I just forgot about it. Still.... "ewe". TOSS.
From the video I learned that in the US, there is a little indication on the box, either an “M” or a “Y” is listed, which stands for “Month” or “Year”. Months, meaning, it lasts months, year, meaning it lasts in years and we are to follow the guidlines as described in the video. Umm, thanks for that, however....there have been times that I am so excited about a new lipstick color, the box goes on the floor of my car before I even put my car in reverse after a shopping trip. Message to make-up companies **not everyone stores their make up in the boxes a month or a year later**. This make absolutely no sense to me; there should be a sticker on the container. Thanks! I really think a production/sell by DATE should be required on every piece of make-up (hey there’s a marketing opportunity). My French sister-in-law works for a dermatologist in Paris and shared that it is the law there. Here, we are not exactly sure of its shelf life, and then we have to assume it wasn’t on the shelf too long and remember when we bought it and THEN the count begins. If you don’t live in a metropolitan area, things can sit on the shelf a while, and I have brought make up back because it was dried out, coagulated, or it had an “off” odor upon opening day one. Don’t be embarrassed, make up is expensive, it’s your money, it’s your skin, if it doesn't seem right, bring it back! (End lecture). Since "Y's" and "M's" is what we have to work with here in the US, I suggest taking a Sharpie pen and dating the date you bought it, or do the math up front and date it's expiration.
Next, after you are thoroughly grossed out by your own bad habits, or applauding your good ones, toss out what you regret buying (another way for say what you aren’t using).
In my dream bathroom, (next house) I plan to spec a space in the bottom vanity for a small refer to store make up, water and nail polish and meds. Keeping it cold extends shelf life. Just think, how refreshing it would be to have your “cold” creams and cucumbers at arm’s length? If I have now sent you on a search for a compact under cabinet refrigerator, make sure you pay attention to the specs in INCHES, not cubic feet. Refrigerators come with all sorts of heights, and a vanity height is not the same as a kitchen counter height. Vanity heights range from 30”-31 “ (without counter slab thickness captured). Kitchen base cabinets are a few inches higher. That being said, you may want to shop for a “dorm room” type tiny refrigerator (1+ cu. ft.) .that can safely be used in a bathroom environment, so check the specs, building codes and with your contractor. This one could work and perhaps be paneled creatively…
Now that I have you redesigning your entire bathroom, let’s conquer STEP 2!
Step 2: MEASURE
Measure your drawer. My drawer is 11 “x 18.5” with a 3 inch depth (I know, poor me and I only have ONE). I chose these containers because they gave me design options, they were the same, and they are even stackable if you have a deeper drawer than mine. I didn’t want a “tray” that was all connected - did that-I need options to rearrange. Who doesn’t like options? I also wanted a clear plastic, so I could see the pretty paper I was to paper the drawer in. (I don’t line my drawers, I “paper” them, walls and all” the more fun print I get to see, the better). They are clear, and fairly cheap for the look I wanted. We know that liner shavings and creams will gum up our pretty paper in no time, you have to have something wipe-able or it won’t last. All of my containers bought here at The Container Store and cost about $25. in total. A small price for sanity and a peaceful start to my day.
STEP 3: MAP IT OUT
Time is precious, I went to the store on a slow day and used the floor to map it out. My advice is not to waste time running back and forth, plan ahead so you get ‘er done the first round. You don’t have to make a detailed drawing, just sit on the floor and play with blocks with your “measured dimensions” in mind (hey, that’s a good band name). I stirred up a few conversations at the store and we all ended up talking out our own organizing dilemmas, it was helpful. Everyone has an organizing dilemma, seriously-especially when you meet at The Container Store.
STEP 4: HUNT AND GATHER
I immediately went to Paper Source, We have one farily close, but paper can be found anywhere.. Gift wrap, craft stores, remnants, even fabric can be used or, make your own painted drawer design. Find your pretty. I do recommned the paper Paper Source. They have thicker cloth-like papers in all sorts of designs and metallics and they are easy to work wtih vs. a wrapping paper or craft paper that can crease or tear. If you want to paper the sides like I do, I recommend this paper for it.
STEP 5: PREP
All DIY’s are like cooking (85% PREP, 10% FULFILLMENT (Wow, it’s great, cool, yum), 5% REFLECTION (I am glad I did this). Isn’t that true? Here’s what to PREP:
What you will need:
STEP 6: PUT THE PRETTY TOGETHER
Here I am sending you to the photos for step by step instructions and the reveal of my new pretty drawer!
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