Friday, July 25, 2008

Makeup Storage and Organization

Hi Bellas,

So as you have seen over the past 7 makeup collection has astronomically multiplied, lol. I have a thing about organization...things need to be in their place or I start to get a bit ansy. I do have my messy moments at points (like when you're picking an outfit for the club, and you try on a million things and everything is left abandoned on your bed and floor waiting to be picked up days later, lol) but essentially I go on cleaning and organizing sprees like I did the other day to 3 in the morning!

My makeup is stored in metal drawers, my traincase, and my linen closet. My linen closet was about to burst! I had two sterilite drawers and boxes of random products. I knew it was time for a clean sweep!

So a few weeks ago, I went to wal-mart and browsed their storage sections and came back with a few ideas.

Originally, I had bought these two pullout drawers from Bed, Bath and Beyond. I think it was on sale 2 for $30. I stack them on top of each other to save space. I think they're supposed to go under your sink for organization but I keep them on the counter for easy reach. I've been using these for the past few months and they're great! When I have clients come over for makes me feel more professional having these lil things. I love them...but they were starting to overflow. Even the top of the drawers were being used to house brushes, my lip glosses, and random eyeshadows I've been favoring.

Here's a before:

On the top I store my foundation, blush, and eyeshadow palettes.

On the bottom I store my skincare, lip pencils, eye pencils, eyebrow stuff, and the smaller things.

Now my linen was starting to get a hot mess. Not only do I use it to store makeup, but I put towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies and jewelry in there as well. I also hang my brush apron on the door knob. You never knew when something was going to fall off the shelf and stub your big toe.

Here are some before pics:

My goal was to have the counter as clear as possible. And I wanted the metal drawers to be reorganized as well as the linen closet. It was feng shui for my makeup station. So I definitely used more plastic containers and drawers to help me out with this.

So here are the after shots:

You might not be able to tell...but I moved a lot of items around. I put a lot of things in those clear pencil bags I showed you guys earlier in my traincase video. I also moved all my powder compacts and MSFs/Bronzers into a rectangular drawer organizer and put it on top of the drawers...they fit perfectly into it and keeps super organized.

Doesn't the closet look a hundred times better? I moved my toilets and toilet paper to the top so the middle drawers within reach all had makeup. I added an extra set of drawers and bought a big plastic case to hold all my falsies. I also added a wire shelf to create two levels to store some of my jewelry.

I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I love how I came up with this idea, lol. This is a $7 over the door plastic shoe holder. It has clear slots and about 22 pockets for me to hold everything. I don't put makeup in here, but more so supplies. It has everything from q-tips, sponges, mixing mediums, moisturizers, makeup wipes, label maker, empty 5 grame containers...all in easy to see clear pockets. This makes it so much easier for me to find items and return them back to their place quickly. Love it! My makeup clients (the girls mainly) love it too!

So today I'm off to do Atlanta Fashion week...i have to be at the Georgia World Congress Center at 1pm to I had to take a half day off of work. It should be interesting! I'm going to try and film some footage to show you all. Saturday I'm doing a mother daughter photoshoot of a good friend of mine. Sunday another photoshoot with this really great male model...busy busy busy!

Hope you guys have a fab weekend!


Nic Nic said...

great organizing and storing Ren ren!

didn't tell you before, but my cousin is also called Ren :)

Have fun at the Atlanta fashion week and the photo shoots, do post some pics up! sound very exciting!

mina said...

You can toot your own horn, you did a great job at reorganizing! I really love that plastic shoe holder idea too!
Have a great weekend!

Product Junkie Diva said...

Wel organized indeed! Have a great time at your photo shoots and other event.

Stephie said...

you did great! i could use some help organizing my makeup.... feel like a trip down to the big D? :)

Ethereal Prey said...

damn girl that's a LOT of makeup you got going on there. nice organization, unlike me i throw everything into the drawer or train

Vanessa said...

Haha I have one of those over the door thinga ma bobs I used it to store some of my jewelry because my necklaces would get tangled!

xoxo Jaimie said...

Just gave you a Brillant Blog Award!

Aleca said...

Wow! What a FAB idea with the shoe holder. Toot that horn girl! Thanks for sharing! Good luck on your busy weekend!

Bliss said...

Great storage ideas, the pullout drawers are so neat, i need that shoe holder

Askmewhats said...

Ren!!! You cleaned it up so well and I love love love your collections! i would just "faint" right there and then when I see your collection! lol goodluck with the fashion shoot, can't wait to see shots! :)

Mrs. Lynne, said...

what a creative little cat you are sis! have fun at fashion week!

Mrs. Brookaltimore said...

Whoa, great job! My collection has not quite reached those levels yet but I think you've inspired me to tackle my traincase.

CoutureCarrie said...

Great work! I like the over-door clear shoe thingy idea - might use that!

mayaari said...

nice use of the shoe organizer! it's always a great feeling to get things organized...and then let it get chaotic in a few months :)

lala said...

You know I do the same thing as well ..(shoe holder lol)..yeah its handy :)

Yellow Fever said...

I love it! Funny about the pre-club outfits thrown everywhere and waiting to get picked-up scene! Except for some reason, it happens to me every morning!

May Nguyen said...

and I thought I had a lot! Damn... very organized