Michelle is a mom of a now 13-year-old, works full time, and runs a business. She also has a Podcast: A place to hit pause on your hectic life and take away one simple idea to create memories with your family.
I’ve always been a person that favors routine over spontaneity. Having a kid has only confounded this! That’s not to say that having kids doesn’t require you to be flexible with your schedule because they most certainly do. I’m just saying that having a solid foundation of routine helps.
Since becomming a mom, I have had to make adjustments for sleep schedules, meal prep, and laundry. But by far the biggest adjustment I had to make was with my morning routine.
Now I was faced with not only having to get myself ready and out the door for work on time, but I also had to help get my daughter ready and out the door at the same time.
I spent many mornings frustrated, rushed, and searching for things I couldn’t find.
A big part of the problem was my husband and I had been living in our home for over seven years. In those seven years, everything was pretty much exactly where we put it on day one. When we moved into our home, my goal was just to get things out of boxes and quickly put away.
Fast forward seven years and the more rushed I became each morning, the more I realized things were not necessarily in the best possible place they could be. I spent so much wasted time rifling through bathroom drawers looking for something.
On one particularly rushed morning of trying to get myself and my daughter out the door, I realized my morning routine was far from efficient.
Bathroom Drawer Storage Problem:
As I was digging through my bathroom drawers, I was scrambling to find my basic necessities-toothpaste, brush, tweezers, etc. At the same time, I had to rush my daughter along with her morning routine. Have you ever tried to rush a toddler? Let’s just say I didn’t excel at this!
I realized to make my mornings run smoother, something had to change. Not just for me but for my daughter as well. I was wasting far too much time searching for things each morning.
It still amazes me that every morning I would dig through my vanity drawer to find my brush, then dig some more for the toothpaste and so on, and so on. Well, not anymore. It was past time to evaluate what I had and where it should go.
My Organization Routine:
The first thing that I like to do when organizing is clear everything out and place in a pile. This can be overwhelming, so I quickly move to the next step.
I pick up an item and immediately place it in one of four piles:
- Keep Pile
- Find a New Home Pile
- Giveaway Pile
- Throw Away Pile
It became apparent that the vast majority of items should never have been in my bathroom drawer to begin with, so I found new homes for them.
The next step of my organization process is to clean out the area that I’m going to place the items back in. I like to wipe it down with a damp cloth.
Now that I had more space in my bathroom drawer, my next step in the process was to come up with an inexpensive solution to prevent everything from rolling around inside the drawer.
I took a quick trip to the dollar store, and I scored the perfect solution: Some simple white baskets in various sizes.
One of the things I love the most about these white baskets is that I can easily wipe them down when they get messy. Say goodbye to the stray toothpaste found on my hairbrush.
Not only was it easier to get ready in the morning, but it has also saved me money. I no longer found myself having to buy the same thing over and over again because I couldn’t find it.
Take, for instance, the six fingernail clippers you see in this basket.
I originally started with just two pair of clippers. One was small, and another was large. They kept turning up lost, so I would end up buying new ones when I was at the store. Now that they have a home, we won’t needlessly waste money on things we already have.
Now that I had some newfound space in my bathroom drawer, I decided to create a solution for my makeup routine.
Once I took everything out, I decided that it was time to evaluate what I should keep and what should be tossed. I did some internet research and decided to follow what WebMD thought was best practice.
The following is a guide to help you evaluate if your makeup has passed its usefulness.
How Long To Keep Makeup:
Liquid Foundation: Keep for One Year
Blush: Keep for Two Years
Eye Shadow: Keep for Two Years
Lipstick: Keep for One Year
Mascara: Keep for Three-Four Months
Eye Liner: Keep for Three-Four Months
I had been keeping my makeup in this travel zipper pouch. Every morning I would take out my makeup case, unzip it, and pull everything out. I’m embarrassed to even show you the inside. But here it goes! Inevitably I would always lose my eyeliner or lip liner in the deep pockets.
I quickly could see that my makeup could benefit from the same basket organization I used for brushes, toothpaste, etc.
I went back to the dollar store and picked up a few more baskets in a couple of different sizes.
Now I have my makeup separated by eyes, face, and lips. I love having only what I use in my bathroom drawers. It has made for more efficient mornings.
Having successfully organized my bathroom drawers inspired me to continue to other rooms of my house. I’m amazed at what a difference it’s made!
I honestly think the less cluttered my house has become, the less cluttered my mind has beccome too.
This isn’t to say that I don’t sometimes still get frustrated on busy mornings. But having created more efficiencies in my home has helped keep my stress level down.
Having less stress has led to more moments to enjoy my daughter’s company while we both get ready in the morning. And to think it all started with organizing a bathroom drawer.
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