August Organising - Week 1 - The Dressing table14:51
Dressing table, vanity, whatever you call it, wherever you put on your make up, do your hair, store your priceless gems....this is that.
Ok, so the challenge is to get rid of 2011 items before the end of the year. I think you'll find it easier than you realise once you really get going. Be brutal with yourself, if you haven't used make up in 6 months it's due to be thrown out anyway for it's best before. If you find you want a bright blue shade again next year, well, go buy another. I know we're all trying to be frugal but with make up, you can't be too careful.
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Anyway, so here is my dressing table to give you some inspiration. You've got a week to do it and I find the best way is to just jump right in. Procrastination can only lead to a cluttered house!
|You'd never guess I liked things neat!|
|A close up of the devastation!|
I knew essentially that the storage I have inside the drawers is ok so I just cleaned the baskets and put them back in. If you don't have extra baskets etc you might want to think about it.
|Clean and ready to go!|
Some things can be donated but with the dressing table I have a feeling lots will be binned. It's just not safe to share half used mascaras!
Anyway, so put your pared down items back into the drawer neatly.
Admire your pile of items towards your 2011 item challenge. You can insert a beverage here and do the next drawer tomorrow. I chose to do it all in one go and was over and done in an hour.
|Those sunglasses in the pink case are 3 prescriptions out of date and look like John Lennon's specs!|
Do the same for the rest of the drawers. You'll be amazed at how much junk you've accumulated!
Remember this little fella from my tin can tutorial here.
I found him a nice new little home.
|Everyone needs a purpose, even tin cans.|
Some of these drawers weren't a major transformation but we all have little enough time to get ready in the mornings, it helps to have our items streamlined and close at hand. You don't want a load of tat you don't use getting in the way.
I finished the dressing table off my clearing off the top, cleaning it, polishing the mirror and staring in amazement at how much stuff I managed to decide I don't want/need anymore!
Obviously there's somethings there to go for donations and the specs to be donated to the spec shop. I assume they send them to developing countries...it might be worth checking there!
In total I threw away:
1 x mug tree
3 x cosmetic bags
1 x hair brush thingy
3 x bottles of hair product
1 x moisturiser
2 x pairs prescription specs
2 x pairs sunglasses (1 prescription)
8 x nail polishes
4 x miracle growing/strengthening nail polishes
1 x nail polish remover wipe
35 x hair accessories
6 x pieces of make up
1 x watch
1 x eyelash curler
3 x disposable eyeshadow applicators
2 x bracelets
8 x pairs of earrings
3 x pairs of cufflinks
1 x ring
2 x hard specs cases
That's a grand total of 96 items! Easily....like as in, I didn't even have to look very hard!
1915 items still to go....we're getting there!
If you want to link up your first week at the 2011 challenge go ahead below. It's my first link up so I hope I'm not the only one who posts!! You've got a week as we'll start our next challenge next Friday.
If you want to link up that's fine, it'd be lovely if you displayed my button and blogged that you were taking the challenge. I'll just be glad if anyone links!
p.s. I had to come up with a 'description' for the link party so I typed in 'Link up your dressing tables below'. I know it's lame.....anyhoo, moving on.....