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ORGANIZING

Tips for Tuesday

Today our focus is on the bathroom.  As with cleaning any room, the first step is always to empty everything. Take it one drawer or shelf at a time so you don't take apart more than you can tackle. Once a particular area is emptied, clean the surfaces and allow them to dry while you sort out the contents. 

Place the items into one of three categories: "stay", "go", and "I don't know."

Medications
Check expiration dates! Its probably been longer than you think since you've really gone through things.

For information on the proper disposal of medications, you can check the FDA website here.

Makeup
Discard anything that is caking, cracking, separating, drying out or older than your children!

I found these guidelines for when to replace your makeup at bellasugar.com:

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Toss it...
Mascara
Every three months (or after an eye infection)
Foundation
One year
Concealer
12 – 18 months
Powder
18 months
Blush/Bronzer
18 months
Cream blush
12 – 18 months
Eye shadow
18 months
Eyeliner
18 months
Liquid eyeliner
6 months
Lipstick / lip gloss
18 months
Lip liner
One year
Nail polish
One year
Makeup sponges
Wash after each use, then throw away after a month.
 
To help your makeup last longer, wash your face before applying. This helps keep the oils from your skin off the product.


Replace

Once whatever is outdated or unused is pulled out of the mix, the next step is to find a place for the items you use or need the most. 

I like to use boxes and tops (jewelry boxes are a nice size for bathroom drawers) to keep things from getting all jumbled up.  Not only is this neater, but items are easier to find which makes it more efficient.



Try to think outside the box and repurpose containers.  I've since discovered that the little plastic boxes some baby food comes in are just the right size for bobby pins.

The box I keep my earrings in was originally designed for DMC floss, so they can be found in most craft stores.  It's fairly airtight, so I don't have a problem with tarnishing on the few silver pieces I have.

Remainder

You've discarded unused and expired items and replaced those things you use on a regular basis.  Still have items left?  Place these in what I like to call the "holding area."

The "holding area" is a container that houses the items you're not sure if you'll use or not.  Mark the container with todays date and place it somewhere inconspicuous within the room.  If you find you need an item, it's right there.  Whatever is left in there after a month or two is probably not something you use and you can dispose of it accordingly.

There!  Doesn't that feel better?


Lisa

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