How to Organize Your Vanity

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Is your getting ready routine a nightmare?  There is an amazing key to make your getting ready routine go smooth and get your prepared for the day like a diva!  It is a well-organized vanity.

Every girl needs a vanity.  I remember when I was a little girl, I had a play vanity that I would sit at and brush my hair in.  I loved this!  I was obsessed with sitting at my vanity and getting ready like I was a grown-up.  I think this was partly because of watching my mom do her hair and make-up at her vanity growing up.  I also would see women in movies sitting at their vanity and getting ready.  The whole thing was so alluring to me.  Getting dressed up as a little girl was so much fun for me!  I couldn’t wait to grow up and really get my hair and make-up done.

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When I was in middle school, my mom took me to antique stores and we bought an old vanity and seat.  She painted it white with me and then bought beautiful flower stencils.  We used purple paint to match my room to paint the flower stencils.  We finished it with a matching purple flower chair cushion and got a custom-fitted glass top for my vanity so it would be easily cleaned.  I used this vanity from middle school to college.

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This was how my vanity turned out:

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My aunt and grandma bought me a beautiful new vanity and chair to match my room decor when I moved to Hoboken.  Having a vanity is still so much fun.  I store all my make-up inside and keep it as organized as possible.  I love getting ready at my vanity and it keeps the bathroom unoccupied so my husband can use it to get ready.  Plus, who doesn’t love getting ready like a princess?  You get to sit comfortably in a chair to get ready instead of standing and leaning against the bathroom counter.

Here is my new vanity:

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There are some essentials that every woman needs for her vanity.  Here they are:

-These are the essentials you need to get my look!  You need an organizer for all of the make-up you use (eye liner, eye shadow, concealer, foundation, brushes, lip colors, etc.)

This is what I use for the drawer of my vanity.  It fits any size (it expands and fits all types of make-up)

This is what I use for my q-tips and cotton applicators

This is similar to what I use on top of my vanity to help me organize my brushes and lip colors

-You need a magnifying mirror that lights-up.  I know this can be scary to literally see every flaw and pore on your face, but this is perfect for tweezing eyebrows and making sure that you are covering each blemish for a big night out!

-You need a garbage so you can throw away your tissues, q-tips, and other cotton applicators used to do your make-up.  You will thank me for this tip when you are able to complete your make-up routine without running into the bathroom each time you need the garbage.

 

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How To Organize Your Master Bathroom

Organizing your bathroom is very important.  This is a place you want to go to and relax.  You want to be able to pamper yourself here.  I love getting organized and enjoying all of my things.

The first thing to do is to organize your countertop-I make sure that I have a toothbrush holder on the counter top. I also had my water flosser and Listerine dispenser.  I try to keep it as clutter-free as possible.  I do add my decorative candles.  I keep the tissue box and room spray above the toilet.

I use small boxes to keep my things organized under my sink.  I categorize all of my things that I use each day.  For example, I have my ring cleaners in one area.  I have my sanitary supplies in another box.  I keep my soap and room spray in their own box.  I put my nail polishes in pink closed boxes.  I keep all of my hair products in one box.  Then, I put my bathroom creams and lotions in another box with some essential oils and some other bathroom essentials like witch hazel.

I also keep my drawers organized.  In one drawer, I put my toothpaste, floss, and other daily dental needs.  In another, I keep my hair supplies like brushes, clips, and hair ties.  In another drawer, I keep my hair dryer, straightener, curler, and rollers.

In my linen closet, I keep my toilet paper, garbage bags, and old towels on top.  In the next shelves, I keep my nice, new white bath towels, hand towels, and face towels.

The bottom shelves hold extra bathroom items.  On the first shelf, I keep extra lotions in on box, and shampoo/conditoner/body wash in the other box.  I use a small box in the middle for razors.

Underneath that, I use boxes to organize extra dental supplies.  I have one box of extra floss, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.  And another of extra mouth wash.  I keep my retainer cleaners in another box.  In the back, I store q-tips and cotton balls.  On the floor, I keep my travel toiletries (I actually keep these mini-bags packed all year long so I am ready for any trip).  I also keep extra mouth wash cups on the bottom.

I am a bit nervous to see what type of space I will have in my new house to organize my bathroom!

Here is my favorite item that helps me keep my bathroom organized.  It looks so sleek on the counter top and it is a lot nicer than seeing a big Listerine bottle sitting on the bathroom counter.  It is only $19.93 on Amazon.  An awesome investment to make your bathroom look fancy!

 

 

How To Organize Your Refrigerator

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I find that that the best way to organize your fridge is by category.  Let’s start with the door:

Refrigerator Door- I place the eggs in the assigned spot on the door.  Then, I use the rest of the door to keep things like butter, salad dressing, and miscellaneous condiments.

First Shelf-I place drinks like orange juice, milk, and creamers

Second shelf-I put ready-made or left-over food.  For example, my pre-made salads for work and my quinoa and vegetables for the week.

Diary drawer-I obviously put deli meat and cheeses in here.  I also put in parmesan cheese.  I put hummus in here as well.

Third shelf-I put my can-dispensers.  I fill one with seltzer and the other with either flavored seltzer (if the cans fit), soda, or beer.  I also put any meat down there next to it (the meat always remains in bags not touching anything else-I am very neurotic about this).  Sometimes, I have to keep containers of produce that aren’t able to fit in the produce drawer here as well.

Produce drawer-Of course I put my spinach, peppers, tomatoes, and carrots in this drawer at the bottom.

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The can dispensers help keep the refrigerator cans organized and help maximize space in the refrigerator.  It is awesome to have the cans continue to come forward and not have to reach around the refrigerator shifting cans around for space.  I love these dispensers, they are so cheap and help organize your refrigerator so well!  They are $7.99 only Amazon!

 

How To Store & Treasure Your Big Wedding Day in Small Boxes

 

After your big day, what do you do with all your big stuff???  That was my big question after tying the knot with my husband.  The day after my wedding had ended, the venue had packed up my car with boxes of things that had to be returned to me.  I was very overwhelmed and of course, sad it was over.  I wanted to keep all of my memorabilia.

It took me about a year to get it all organized to store.  I couldn’t part with my beautiful bouquet of flowers.  I kept them in the refrigerator until they all died.  I kept them about a full month.  I had my pictures of my both sets of grandparents still in my bouquet along with my “something borrowed” gold pin from my mother-in-law.  I also saved my husband’s boutonniere.  Then, I found a deep shadowbox. that I could pin these flowers in to save forever.  My plan is to hang it in my closet in my new home.

I used a brown box to save all my wedding day fun (my fans for the hot day of the ceremony, glow sticks, sunglasses, hats, specialty napkins, etc.)  Then, I bought small, pretty storage boxes for my personal wedding outfits.  I have one for my hair and jewelry from my wedding day.  I also added my invitation on top and some white flowers from gifts to keep to make it look fun and special when I visit my box.  I also have a “bachelorette” box.  I wasn’t ready to let go of my fun weekend with the girls!

My wedding dress is in an archived box after being cleaned.  And, my wedding shoes are in one of my special plastic shoe storage boxes that I have written about in my “shoes organization” post.

I had such an amazing wedding, and now I get to revisit it in my many boxes!  (Just to clarify, there are 6 boxes in total of wedding memories!)

You can re-create my wedding storage on Amazon!  These ways are super easy and affordable!

           

 

 

How To Organize Your Shoes Part 2

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So I have already showed you my major shoe saver that helps protect and display all your fancy shoes.  But what about slippers, flip-flops, and flats???  I use a hanging shoe rack for these.  I am able to fit a couple slippers on each shelf.  I do the same for my flip-flops and flats.  I find it easy to store them in a hanging shoe rack so I can just quickly get a pair out.  I put this rack at the end of my closet, by the door so they can be easily grabbed and worn at any moment.  This saved me so much floor space for my boots!  I love this hanging rack!  Here it is on Amazon for just $11.35!

 

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I love this hanging shoe system so much, I got my husband a similar one.  His is very sturdy.  I have been organizing his closet as well.  He is always traveling and/or rushing out for work, so finding shoes quick and easy is a MUST.  I hang his shoes in his closet on the hanging shoe rack and he can easily see what he has and head out for work on time!  This makes starting the work day so much easier!  This is only $19.99 on Amazon!

Organizing your closet can be cheap and easy!  Just follow my simple tips!

How To Organize Your Purses

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These are the wire dividers that I use in my closet.  I absolutely love them.  I have used them to help organize my purses.  They are cheap and you get 4 for $16.71 on Amazon.  They have helped me showcase all of my purses so beautifully in my closet. All I do is pop them in the wire hanging shelves that are already in my closet and organization is ready to go!  I sort my purses by color/season I wear them in.  While I am not using them, I stand them up and fill them with tissue paper to keep their shape.  I always know what I have when I see them up in my closet.  Plus, it lets me showcase them and makes my closet look so organized and clean.

I loved them so much that I used them to organize my sweaters and shirts that would be ruined if they were on a hanger.  My sweaters are also sorted by color.  I do combine my pink and red sweaters because I don’t have that many.  I have mostly black and white sweaters.  I wear black the most-I just love that color!  These dividers keep my sweaters organized and folded nicely by color on top of each other.  They won’t tip over and they look so neat and organized.  I am able to easily pick outfits out for the day this way.

Here is the link for these wire dividers-you NEED these for your closet to keep it organized.  They are the best!

How To Organize Your Shoes Part 1

Hey guys!  I have had a lot of questions about how I organize my shoes and where I buy my organizers from.  On Amazon, you can get a set of 6 shoe boxes!  They are clear so you can see your shoes and the front opens so you can easily slide your shoes in and out. One of the best parts is you can stack them for easy storage!  This keeps your shoes from getting scratched and scuffed.  And the most important part is you CAN SEE each pair you own so you can get use out of them without become an expert climber in your closet.  I adore my shoe boxes!  I make sure that I have my nicest shoes in these boxes.  Having your shoes organized when you enter your closet for work and for going out really makes you feel like you have your life together!

Here is the link to the ones that I have: