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ORGANIZED: Makeup Drawer

High Straightenence by Tracy Benjamin

A weekly column celebrating the neat freak in all of us.

Hello! I’m baaaaaack.  The past few weeks have been somewhat chaotic so I haven’t had any major organizing projects in the works. We’re also still moving my parent’s stuff out of the house, so we can only do so much before we’re officially settled. I feel like once that happens, I can start making our master TO DO list which I hope to share with you.

I have been doing little things around the house though…hoping they all add up to something. I find that in moments of stress, it’s important for me to focus some energy on the little things that make me feel better—like straightening up. Having a cleared/organized space clears my head. But you already know this about me.

I was reading this article 33 Meticulous Cleaning Tricks for the OCD Person and #33 was that ANYTHING & EVERYTHING MUST HAVE A PLACE. There’s so much truth to that. Most of the stress I feel when I’m at home is caused by the chaos of things not being put back in their proper place. It’s also hard that a lot of things don’t have a designated spot still!

So let’s begin with me figuring out where to put my makeup FOR GOOD.

Remember when I organized my bathroom in our old house?  In the new house our master bathroom has a a pretty long counter with cabinets. This means we have drawers!  For awhile I refused to use the drawer on my side to put my makeup in. I put everything in my makeup bag that I’ve been using for years and kept it on the counter and then the drawer was filled with random stuff. Then I realized that having that makeup bag out adds clutter and that clutter adds to my stress level.


This is how I was keeping my drawer before the great ORGANIZE.  Yes…I have Carmex addiction. Shut it.

Now we have the AFTER!!!!!!!

I’ve been living with a makeup drawer for the past 3 weeks and not only have I kept it tidy, it’s helping me keep my bathroom counter clean. WIN!

Another view:

I made specific sections for my makeup. At first I really had to train myself to put things back but now it’s in my brain.

Hooray for muscle memory.

Life is manageable when things have their own place. Right?

Tracy Benjamin

Tracy Benjamin is obsessed with good food, great photography, and pretty things.


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