Having done a little research into the shelf life of cosmetics, I feel that this information would not only help to clear your clutter, yet may also help serve to clear up someone's complexion.
Today I offer a few tips for you when it comes to organizing your cosmetics so you can make sure that whatever product you use, it's fresh.
First, the organizing process:
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
Got the post summer closet blues?
Beds that do more
Under bed storage is the perfect option for exploiting all that space the double bed takes up. Storage beds are great for hiding items that don't get used every day, but need to remain available. With deep storage wells that are easy to access and use, storage beds are ideal for bedrooms that lack space. If you don’t already, get into the habit of making the bed each morning; this instantly gives a more ordered feel and sets the tone for the rest of the room.
Forget bedside tables on either side and replace them with furniture which earns its keep. Small chests of drawers provide far more useful interior storage, and can also serve as nightstands. This is a more effective use of the space on either side of the bed, and means less storage space is required elsewhere in the room. The addition of an ottoman bench at the foot of the bed will provide even more extra storage space, as well as a seating area.
Storage doesn't have to be hidden away if it comes in pretty packages. Invest in attractive cartons, storage bins, or hat boxes that coordinate with the decor of the bedroom. A line of pretty boxes along the top of the wardrobe or on a shelf in the closet looks harmonious if done with style and obvious intent.
Avoid dirty socks and other laundry items being strewn all over the floor by having a user-friendly system for dealing with them. Place an easy to use laundry basket in an accessible place and there will be no excuse for discarded underwear and T-shirts on the floor. Consider also where shoes, books, DVDs, and other items will be stored. If there places where shelves or hooks can be discreetly installed to increase the storage space, put them up.
The bedroom should be a peaceful haven, somewhere we can totally let go and allow ourselves to relax. By creating an organized space that functions on a practical level, we give ourselves the best chance of a deep, restful sleep.
Ah the rain, it comes and goes and the sun finds it's way to us in between. I just love the breezes that come in to push out the last of winter. Now is the time we see new life springing up around us and as the days get brighter and longer some of you may be looking around to see how you can tidy up your space, inside and out, to meet spring with a fresh face.
If you're looking to do some spring cleaning and lighten your load of 'stuff' now's a great time to start sorting and decluttering. You may just find that letting go of things you don't need and that don't bring value to your life, feels great. It's like 'making room for happy'.
I have a quick tip to share on how you can make more objective decisions of what to keep and where it belongs, as you go through your home and office to 'Tidy' up. It's called the '4 T’s grid' and here's how it works:
Basically there are really only four categories that everything falls into;
Treasures, Toys, Tools & Trash.
These four simple categories are based on only two criteria. The two criteria used are;
Emotional Attachment and Functionality.
As you're sorting and cleaning up this Spring try to look at your possessions and consider these two criteria. By deciding how much 'Function' and 'Emotion' an items holds for you, you can more easily judge which category they fall into. Treasures, Toys, Tools or Trash.
Treasures are items with high emotion attached to them but are low in functionality. There is usually some room for trimming down here. In many cases they just need to be carefully and safely stored away yet you may still want to keep a few around close at hand to reminisce over from time to time.
Toys are things that have high function and high emotion. These you keep close at hand, easy to get to and easy to put away. Invest in good containment that provides function and looks good for these items yet remember to consider the function carefully, do you really use it and do you have too many?
Tools are high function and low emotion. Things you must have yet probably only one of, not 5, right? I mean if you have 5 hammers, 3 potato mashers, 4 kettles or 30 dinner plates I think we’re getting into excess now.
Last of all, hopefully least of all; Trash. These items are low emotion and low function. It kind of makes you wonder why you even have this stuff around. If something falls in this category, you know what to do. Get it out!
And please don't let the supposed value of an item prevent you from making the right choice for yourself. 'It cost too much to let go' is not a good enough answer to hold onto things that do not ad to your life.
So take an objective look around using the 4 T's method. See what can go to make more room for what’s truly important. Spring is in the air, let that fresh new Spring felling into your home.
Paper, Paper, Paper!
It’s everywhere and I know that many are struggling to deal effectively with it.
Oh sure, paperless sounds like a great idea and is an option for a vast majority of information that comes in paper form. Yet, not everything can be effectively stored on your computers system, and even before you start on such a project you first have to have a basic understanding of what to keep, for how long and where. Oh yes, and back it up!
File retention, proper naming conventions and a clear logic filing system are imperative no matter if we’re talking about paper or digital files.
I mentioned electronic filing just now, yet we won’t go into that today. Anyone that needs help in that area in encouraged to go to my ‘products’ page for some ‘ready to go’ electronic filing systems (Home and Office are covered). Those systems include pre-made electronic folders, instructions and an index which I will email you after your purchase, when and if you’re ready to tackle your electronic files. And for paper files I have solutions too. See the Freedom Filer and Paper Tiger Systems links in Products and 'Paper Tiger' links above.
Just remember, the tools are here for you, yet you still must be prepared to set aside the time to do the work to effectively ‘tidy up’ your files, paper or electronic.
Remember I am here for you if you need help with organizing either, of course. That’s my greatest passion.
Today let’s get back to focusing on ‘paper’ files as I share some tips and information about ‘filing cabinets’ and the features that will ‘make’ or ‘break’ your filing success…
Ever wonder how much thought goes into some of the office supply and equipment on the market today? Well I do. And every week I am reminded of just how poor some things are made and how it can lead to office clutter.
One big pet peeve of mine is poorly designed file cabinets. The kind that when the drawers are fully open a 3 to 4 inch gap of inaccessible file space is left behind! This leaves you digging your fingers between the files and the top of the drawer, desperately trying to reach the files at the bad. Grrrrrr!
Only solution: Stick that big bulky box that came with your latest software purchase at the back of the file drawer. Most people can’t bring themselves to part with these boxes anyway, and at least here it can be useful.
Other signs of a poorly design file cabinet are:
* Not enough clearance for the file tabs that are attached to top of hanging file folders
* No bottom surface to the bottom of the drawer
* File rails that hinder the smooth flow of the hanging files
* Hanging bars that keep coming off or bend with the weight of the files
* Drawers with no hanging file rails (A quick fix with Pendaflex Speedframe)
* Drawers that stick and won’t open easily
* Cabinets that don’t have locking mechanism that prevents more than one drawer open at a time. (A real safety hazard that should not be overlooked!)
If you want to file effectively and enjoy the experience much more, please keep in mind these key points.
After all, this stuff you’re keeping is important, right? So you’ll want to be effective in your management of it.
For highly functional file drawers consider the following features:
* Capacity is in line with your needs leaving 10%-20% extra space
* That it is either Legal or Letter sized depending on your long term needs
* The quality is good and it will last as long as you feel you will need it
* It has security keys if needed to lock up valuable or private documents
* The drawers allow access to very back of drawer
* The drawers open and close with ease
* File rails are sturdy and won’t wear and bend over time
* The look is acceptable with your decor
* You have enough file holders and tabs to suit your labelling needs
Please take some time to share your success,
your own pet peeves about filing products,
your own best solutions, and more.
We would love to hear your story and share your great ideas.
I suggest everyone try this, and give your closet some breathing space. Enjoy the stuff that you really love and use often. All you need is a few clear bins as shown in the picture and some safe and dry space to store it. As you see, my needs are covered with only two bins. The box on top represents a portion of donated items from my household and my mothers too.
Cost to you, about $20 per bin and a few hours of your time.
And you can do this with things like kid’s toys and books too. Doing a seasonal swap each year gives your children a chance to focus more on the few favorites they own and each year see the old as new again. It beats shopping for new stuff when you can get a thrill from un-boxing some almost forgotten favorites.
Will your pictures and keepsakes mean anything to the next generation?
A lifetime goes into collecting images and keepsakes that take you back, to that special day, that once in a lifetime event, that person you could never forget.
Who cares?! Getting them organized now is what really matters.
Before its too late and these keepsakes, heirlooms and photos get left behind as the next generation doesn’t know the story and doesn’t understand the value.
Getting organized in any area of life and work should not be about assigning blame or guilt to what hasn’t happened, it’s about taking action now and honoring your possessions and space for the present and for the future.
So the question begs, how do I organize them? Here are 5 steps to help you: I call this my ‘ALBUM’ method!
Arrange and Sort
Gather some shoe boxes or other trays to sort in. Have a marker and note cards ready to make categorizing easy.
Choose your categories based on dates, life stages, events, or people. You decide, just remember to think long term on what makes most sense for you and your family.
If you can’t decide ultimate order now, that’s ok just take time to label the categories you come across well so putting in order later will be easy.
Limit and Purge
Toss the extra packaging, old flyers and old cardboard frames.
Toss any unflattering, fuzzy or ‘too dark/too light’ shots.
Redundant, duplicated, off centre and poorly framed shots can get tossed too, unless there is any potential to create a special effect when scrap booking a very special image. In which case do limit this, as in reality you’re not going to do this with every subject.
Toss pictures taken for temporary needs or practice shots.
Box it up safely
Chip in and get good archival quality photo boxes that are acid free.
‘Neatly’ label the outside of each, and don’t mix up your categories. That ‘I’ll put it here for now’ mentality is what gets us cluttered in the first place. This stuff is either valuable and to be honored, or it’s not.
Safely store negatives in envelopes with photos if possible.
Upgrade when you have time
When shopping for albums & frames consider your volume, the sizes and where in your home you will display them.
Take the time to plan how much album space to allot to each category.
Purge more as you go.
Maintain your system
Develop film or download images from digital cameras immediately.
Limit the pictures you take, or keep. Don’t fall back into that ‘good enough for now’ habit.
Update boxes routinely, monthly, bi yearly or yearly.
Then sit back, enjoy your collection, invite family and friends to view them with you.
Re-live all those great memories in style while making new ones to cherish along side them.
Enjoy the peace of mind being organized brings and share the news on how grrrrreat it really feels.
To learn more about organizing your home, your office and everything in between, get resourceful and check out the information and free gifts available on this site.
You can also call or write today and I will be happy to discuss any organizing dilema you may be experiencing.
Additional free resources:
Archival Products - www.archival.com
Collection Protection Supplies - http://www.bagsunlimited.com
Specialty Options - http://www.houzz.com/photos/traditional/storage-boxes
Instructions on the nitty-gritty of photo storage – http://www.ehow.com/how_4599899_best-way-store-photographs.html
Tips on how to organize digital photos – http://smallnotebook.org/2008/05/20/how-to-organize-digital-photos-the-easy-way/
Need a way to keep the wet shoes and boots at the door from ruining your floor?
Tired of trying to coral and contain the many little spice jars and sticky bottles of oil and vinegar in the cupboard?
Let's rethink the possible uses of those extra baking trays...
1. Try using baking trays or pans as cabinet organizers.
Gather up those small items such as small spice jars, pouches and small bottles and place them in a spare baking pan. Then treat it as a drawer, carefully sliding it in and out of the cabinet when you need to get items stored near the back. You can also use small to medium sized baskets if you have those instead. What ever you use the beauty of using baking pans or leak proof baskets is that it will catch drips and small spills thus making clean up a lot easier. Tip: For taller glass bottles use deeper trays.
2. Give your old baking pans the 'boot'.
Rectangular baking sheets and pans can make wonderful receptacles' for wet boots and shoes. Again the pan or sheet can help catch muck from the street and when it's dry the pans can be washed and replaced easily. If they fit you can even slide them into existing cubbyholes at the doorway, taking their contents out of the way.
Done in no time!
Faster than ever!
Push button technology!
Get it now!
Western culture's way has us all believing that we can have anything done in a 'snap'. It will be 'easy' and all we need to do is push a button and our problems are solved.
Yes, it's true that our microwaves, digital cameras, remote controls and other 'push-button' technology has made some things easy, and given us back a little extra time. So why do we still hear "I don't have enough time!"? Perhaps we do have enough time, if we just stopped and organized it a little better.
When I have the honor of looking into an office or home that someone wants to have organized, I can approximately estimate how long it will take. A couple of important variables are the expectations about what the final results will look like, and of course what we find along the way, which may require more attention.
I have been in 20 hour homes and I have been in 200 hour homes and I can tell you that in either case one thing is constant. One hour is one hour and in one hour you can do only one hour worth of work. No instant fixes, no 'push-button' solutions and no modern technology can change this fact. You can of course have the help of extra hands to help make this go faster.
If you or someone you know has a space that is aching to be reclaimed, can you guess how many hours it could take?
What I do know is this; if there is a mess, it didn't get there overnight and it won't disappear overnight either. Besides, what's the rush? Oh yes, those instant results we are used to. Actually, when it comes to some projects that I have been hired to work on, I really wish sometimes I could be locked in, given free reign and allowed to 'have-at-it!". Of course this may in fact lead to a burn out so doing work in intervals is fine and gets the work done over time regardless.
With this is mind, lets now consider how frustrating it may be for someone faced with a 200 hour home. If they come to the realization that they could work diligently for hours and not 'see' the difference, how disheartening this could be for them. What is an important thing to remember, however, when faced with this prospect, is that just because the first portion of work won't be 'noticed', does not mean it is wasted time.
For example, if you had 10 pounds to lose and lost 5 pounds, it would show right away. Just like 5 hours on a 10 hour kitchen. Yet if you had a goal to lose 100 pounds, 5 pounds would not show right away. On a 200 hour home this could mean you’ll need to put in 40 hours to start 'seeing' the difference and enjoy the benefits increased organization brings.
Remember; a pound is a pound, an hour is an hour, and it will 'show' in time. Starting and working through the process, one step at a time, is what will make the difference.
Many of the wonderful people that have allowed me to come into their homes and offices are talented, intelligent people that have just let things go for a while. That same 'while' is just waiting for things to change direction, that's all.
As inspired to write about this today, I must pay homage to two wonderful ladies, Pam Young and Peggy Jones, also known as the "Slob Sisters'.
Their book "Get Your Act Together: A 7-day get-organized program for the overworked, overbooked and overwhelmed" is an informative, insightful, entertaining and practical guide to help anyone get organized.
There are many professional organizing gurus that offer expertise, their systems and even their personal experiences to help improve the state of our lives and our homes. These two wonderful ladies are in that category!
With Warmest Regards,
1. Consider visibility, accessibility ad flexibility when planning your closet design.
2. Measure carefully the height, depth, width, and also for the entrance to the closet too.
3. Inventory what you have and what you need more of. Hanging space, shelves, shoe racks, etc.
4. Remove the things you can do without and put seasonal clothes away, preferably in close and accessible storage.
5. Shop for what you need. Talk with a closet designer to get ideas and determine costs for special installations.
6. Put it back together, containerize and label any baskets or show boxes properly.
7. Respect it, maintain it and love it.
4 More for the Kitchen Drawers
1. Designate just one drawer to be a "Junk Drawer." For items like batteries, flashlights, tape measure, paper pad and a pen for example.
2. Sort and Purge the contents once every 6months to a year. Try to keep it for truly important things, not just a free-for-all junk collection as the name would suggest.
3. Use drawer organizers to separate and store "like" items.
4. Keep your flatware near the sink or dishwasher and your cooking utensils near the stove.
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