Just like everyone else in the world, January has me itching to get organized. I am a driven person and that can be a positive thing when it comes to a to-do list, but it can also be a detriment when faced with an entire house to organize and purge. I want to get it all done all at one time, which just isn’t possible unless I neglect everything else in my life for a week. So, I’m reigning in that desire and am forcing myself to tackle the house in bite-sized tasks. When I was sick last week, it was just one drawer in a day. When I was feeling better, it was one closet or a grouping of drawers.
In general, this is a good way to approach organizing, so it’s not overwhelming and you can fit it in around the rest of your life (that doesn’t come to a halt just because you want to organize!) You’re more likely to do it if you set small, attainable goals. And that small taste of victory leaves you craving more.
One of the bite-sized projects I took on this week was the drawers in my bathroom. These are the drawers I go into every day to put on makeup, wash my face, brush my teeth, style my hair, etc. And all of that putting things in and taking things out resulted in a jumble of toiletries and cosmetics…not to mention the eye pencil shavings and broken compacts that made the drawers a mess, too.
So, I took about an hour, emptied each drawer, cleaned it out along with all of the contents and organizers, and put back only what I use and need.
My drawers weren’t even that out of control, but I still managed to discover four pairs of tweezers and four boxes of floss…both were items I bought repeatedly simply because I couldn’t find the one (or two or three) that I already had.
I was also brutal with cleaning out my makeup. I’ll sometimes buy a product to try it out, but I always used the products I already love, so I only used about half of the cosmetics I had. I pitched everything I didn’t use regularly.
I also put the pencil sharpener in the bottom half a little cardboard jewelry box, so the shavings would be contained. I cleaned off all of my make-up containers using some make-up remover, so now they are all nice and clean. With less stuff in the drawers and the pencil sharpener separated, they will most likely stay clean.
I sorted through all of my bobby pins, hair ties, and clips and purged any hair products I wasn’t going to use. I have a few bottles of products that do similar things, so I need to use those entirely before I buy anything new.
While I was cleaning out the drawers, I also took the time to clean my makeup brushes…
Yep, it’s not just for paint brushes! In fact, I use this soap for so many things. I use it to pre-treat laundry stains and to wash the oil paint out of my non-painting clothes that I wear to paint in any way! I’ve also used it to get Sharpie marker out of my white duvet cover. It has gotten out stains that other stain treaters didn’t even touch.
I just wet the soap, wet the brush and rub it into the soap. It removes all of the oils from contact with skin as well as the make-up. As with paint brushes, it not only cleans, but conditions the brush, so it dries nice and soft.
I wash the brushes I use daily regularly, but this was a good time to give them all a good washing.
I still have a few more bathroom drawers to go through, but I did get the linen closet cleaned out and washed all of the linens as well.
My next bite-sized organizing tasks will be finishing the bathroom, working through the two other linen closets, and starting on the kitchen cabinets. Some of them are still a mess from when we moved in!
It’s going to take me a few weeks to get through the entire house, but it feels good to make some progress…