makeupIn many cases, putting on makeup is part of a morning routine.  This task may be included in a list of activities designed to ease you into your day.  A morning routine keeps things on track, and the tasks become habit. Habits are actually a form of automation which makes life much easier.

In order to make this particular routine task flow for you, consider where you apply makeup and create a solution in that space.  The most common space is probably a bathroom. Second may be a vanity, either in the bathroom or another room such as a bedroom.

Concentrate on the space you typically use to apply your makeup in terms of storage. Best practices indicate that you store things where you use them for easy access. Review the storage solution you’re currently using for what works and what doesn’t work. Continue with what is working and ditch what isn’t working.

Designate storage space just for your cosmetics and tools. That may mean limiting the amount of your products to fit the amount of available storage space. When you reach the pre-determined limit, it’s time to make some decisions on what stays and what goes.

Discard excess makeup products and tools, but don’t stop with this category.  Purge any other products that live in the vicinity. Freeing up space is liberating, and who doesn’t need more storage?

Probably the easiest reason for discarding excess products is expiration. You may, or may not be aware that various types of makeup expire.  You need to understand how long you should keep makeup, either sealed or opened to avoid health issues. To learn more about this topic, I encourage you to check out this article that goes into depth about expiration dates for cosmetics.

There are other reasons to purge excess products such as, duplicates, allergic reactions, or you don’t like the way a product looks, feels, or smells on you. Discarding excess tools may have the same or slightly different reasons for discarding. The main point is, if something doesn’t work for you, let it go.

Now that you have purged the excess, it’s time to create your storage solution. You will have less to work with so that makes it a little easier.  As mentioned above, review the storage solution you’re currently using for what works and doesn’t work. Continue with what works, and try something else for the things that don’t work for you.

Cosmetics storage products come in all shapes and sizes, but you need not spend a lot of money on them. Many common household items can be repurposed to contain cosmetics and tools.  Ideas off the top of my head include mugs, lidless plastic containers (square & rectangle work best as drawer dividers), empty check boxes, jars, baskets, etc.

Store your products based on what you determined worked for you as mentioned above.  Storing like with like should be the foundation of your solution. Keeping these things in mind should help you create a solution that works for you!