Clear some clutter and have a better complexion too!
To be honest, I have been pretty bad in the past about my cosmetics. Holding on way too long to old products I didn't get to finish. These products don't come so cheap sometimes, so many of us try to be thrifty.
Yet, once I decided that I needed to start taking better care of my skin, I starting taking a closer look at what I was putting on it.
I learned allot in the process of investigating about cosmetic safety, from the expired product guidelines to what toxins lie within most products on the market. You may be shocked at what we are putting on our precious skin.
As a result of my organizing I was able to toss quite a bit of old unused products.
Let me know how you do if you happen to take on this challenge?
Cosmetic Breakdown Checklist:
1. Sort all your cosmetics into various categories such as creams, foundations, eyes, lips and nails.
2. Go through each one carefully and toss out anything that you; hate, can't remember when you bought it, has expired, is dried out, is covered in dust or smells funny.
3. Decide where your keepers will go.
4. Containerize each category to set limits on future purchases and to ensure you will always have a "Place for everything."
5. Label your containers wherever possible.
6. Keep a copy of the Shelf life List in with your cosmetics so you can keep on top of future expired products.
Please note: If you don't have containers on hand that are suitable, think carefully about your needs and decor, measure, make a list and go shopping.
My philosophy is, If you can afford to spend a few dollars taking care of your skin, you should be able to spend a few dollars taking care of your home and sanctuary.
Make-up Shelf Life List: (In order of shelf life)
• Mascara: 3 months
• Liquid eyeliner: 3-6 months
• Nail Colour: 1 year
• Oil Free Foundation: 1 year
• Concealer: 12-18 months
• Cream Blush: 12-18 months
• Cream Eye Shadow: 12-18 months
• Cream or Compact Foundation: 18 months
• Lip Gloss: 18-24 months
• Lipstick or Liner: 2 years
• Powder: 2 years
• Blush & Bronzer: 2 years
• Powder Eye Shadow: 2 years
• Eyeliner: 2 years
Please share any tips you have in the comments section below.
Thank you on behalf of Tidy Tiger and all the readers.
Have you ever heard the expression
‘Why do today what I can put off until tomorrow?’
When we put things off, we are procrastinating. Maybe it’s putting off cleaning the car, organizing the closet or paying a bill or… the list goes on and on.
So how do we beat it? Here are three ideas:
1. Break big tasks down to smaller ones. If your goal is to read a long novel for example, set small goals to read chapter, by chapter. A small goal to read a couple chapters is less overwhelming than telling yourself you have to read the whole book.
2. Don’t think about it, ‘just do it!' Stop worrying, just start doing. Getting started is half the battle. Don’t wait to get inspired to start a task. Feel the fear, and do it anyway!
3. Get the help of a friend. Maybe you’ll be more motivated with a friend at your side. Like with studying, meeting with a study buddy means you are far more likely to commit to the task.
Rely on external resources and help, such as self-help books, training programs and of course professional organizers. All of these options can help you deal with procrastination. Your success and piece of mind is important, if you need help and want to see just how much fun it can be to ‘get it done’, I am here for you.
TIME SAVING TRICKS
Less stress and a smooth running day can be yours if you use your time wisely. Here are some suggestions to help you save time.
* Make lunch the night before
* Always leave your keys & wallet in the same place
* Clean your home one room a day, or every other day
* Use a calendar to keep track of date specific tasks
* Make a ‘To-Do’ list everyday
* Try running a load of laundry while making dinner
* Set your alarm 15 minutes early
* Set our clock 5 minutes ahead
* Cook large meals on weekends that carry a few days
* Lay out your clothes the night before
* Run errands on the way home from work
Other tricks to help you manage time:
* Make a checklist of tasks for each week & month that happens on a regular basis. This will save you having to write out repeating tasks on your to-do list every time.
* Observe how you spend time for a couple weeks to see where your time really goes. Make notes of when your energy levels are high and when you feel most tired.
* Use your time tracking information to plan a master schedule for each week or month. Include routine tasks and room for creative fun time too. Schedule sedentary tasks for times you know you generally have less energy.
* Review all outstanding action files, goals and ongoing projects every week. Friday afternoon can be a good time to clear your head for the weekend.
Getting ready to think about that next phase of your life? You know, the one where you get to retire in as much comfort as you can acquire.
Maybe it's time for a little planning. You can start with this very simple checklist. These checklist items may not all apply to you, and there will be work along the way to make this work, yet this should get you looking at the key areas that will help you plan well ahead for the future to come.
Top 10 Retirement Checklist: