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Category Archives: vanity organization
Today I’m delighted to bring to you a new How I Organize post! Shop owner and lifestyle blogger Monika Hibbs (who just became a mom to a sweet baby boy!), gives us a look at how she beautifully organizes her jewelry and collection of perfumes:
I like to have most of my everyday jewelry in place, ready for me to quickly pick up and go! Having all those jewels organized on my side table along side my perfume is perfect! The silver tray is from The Cross Design, one of my favorite home décor stores in Yale Town, Vancouver. The Stag Head jewelry holder, which holds my bracelets is from Front & Company in Vancouver.
For pieces that I only take out for special occasions I like to have them all wrapped up in the boxes they came in. I laugh, because my husband thinks I’m a horder- whereas I like the organization of each piece in it’s place! Takes up a little bit more room, but those boxes are just too nice to throw away!
headshot photo by Melissa Skoda, all others by Ellen Ho of Hong Photography
Back when I was studying abroad in Spain, I remember walking into a Zara Home store and feeling like a kid in a candy store. There were so many lovely decor items everywhere I turned. I was sad to find out though that there were no Zara Home locations in the US, and while that’s still the case, as of this month the line is now available online. I browsed the selection this morning, and found several great trays, boxes, bins and baskets for beautifully organizing the home:
I love finding pieces that can be mixed and matched to accommodate various space and storage needs. My most recent finds are these Muji acrylic drawers and stands. The configuration below shows the 2 Drawer Acrylic Case with the Large Acrylic Stand on top of it, used for organizing makeup brushes, tools, and cosmetics.
For additional storage compartments I could swap out the 2 Drawer Case for the 3 or 5 Drawer Case…or maybe add the Small Acrylic Stand… or this case placed horizontally on top of the drawers… So many possible combos!
image credit: top photograph by Emily Weiss
Why not re-purpose a tiered dessert tray or cake stand and use it in the vanity? It can serve as a creative way to hold and display jewelry, accessories, perfume and/or makeup:
image credits: 1- bhg, 2- moth design, 3- via pinterest, 4- via 97 sullivan, 5- instyle magazine, 6- via home made simple
With an increasing collection of makeup brushes and makeup itself, I found myself frantically searching for a specific makeup brush every morning while trying to get ready for work. With no rhyme or reason, I would just toss my brushes in a drawer and leave them to get smashed by the million other makeup items I would throw on top of them.
I got the idea from Sephora to use clear jars filled with a weighted object to display and keep my brushes organized. While having a hard time trying to find beanbag fill, I opted for a $1.00 bag of white beans to use instead. I filled each glass container halfway full of the beans and stuck my brushes straight in the beans to stand them up. I designated one jar for eye brushes and one jar for face brushes. It was a cheap and easy alternative to easily find a brush, keep them clean and keep them organized. Another suggestion is to use coffee beans as a filler; your brushes will have an extra special scent and might give you an early morning boost while doing your makeup!
Painting my nails is one of those little things I like to do when I get a free moment to myself. Currently I keep my collection of nail polish in a cosmetics bag with clear zippered pockets – one pocket is for mani/pedi tools (nail clipper, file, etc.) and the other is for the polishes. It’s worked great, however after several years of use, the bag now is worn and torn, and so I’ve been thinking of either finding a similar replacement, or maybe trying out one of these ideas:
(1) Dedicate a shelf in the medicine cabinet to them
(3) Line them up on a vanity tray
How do you like to store and keep your nail polishes organized?
image credits: 1-glitter guide, 2-into the gloss, 3-the coveteur, 4-fabulous k, 5-refinery 29, 6-guide to style, 7-hopelessly devoted to makeup, 8-birchbox
On most days, I tend to put my hair up in a pony tail, bun or chignon – any of you do the same? Here are a few ideas for keeping all those bobby pins and hair elastics organized and easily accessible:
Designate a specific spot for each type of hair accessory so that when you need an item you know where to find it. (1) A small clear vanity jar can beautifully hold hair elastics. (2) A paper clip holder works great for bobby pins since the magnetic ring makes them easy to dispense. (3) A larger container with dividers is great for separating out different sizes/types and for holding larger quantities. (4) Magnetized boxes and magnetic strips (5) adhered to the inside of a cabinet door are perfect for small spaces.
Where do you like to store your hair accessories? Share your ideas with us in the comments section!
image credits: 1-via dress design decor, 2-glitter guide, 3-real simple, 4-into the gloss, 5-lucky mag, 6-life currents
Do you have a designated spot for your glasses/sunglasses? While you can certainly just store them in their cases and in a drawer, for those of us though who tend not to use our belongings when they’re hidden away, a good option is to keep them corralled in a tray, which allows them to be out where you can see ‘em and easily accessible. This works whether you have two or three pairs (like me)…
image credits: 1- photography by tinywater via the glitter guide; 2- via lonny blog, 3- photography by anh sunstrom via the glitter guide; 4- via apartment therapy, 5-via pretty stuff tumblr , 6-a beautiful mess, 7-gomming.com
Love this idea from Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere. She used a frame, hooks, and wire to create a sunglass holder:
See how she did it here.
p.s. Along similar lines, another idea.