I look at Instagram shots of people’s makeup storage or perfectly organised dressing tables and weep a little inside. Although I want my home to be as immaculately organised as a Pinterest inspiration board, the reality is that I have a lot of stuff and that stuff inevitably spills out of every nook and cranny. My beautifully hand crafted dressing table may offer plenty of space for a normal person, but as a beauty blogger that continually has sacks of product arriving on my doorstep I need to be a bit more creative. I’ve used muji boxes, canvas baskets and stackable transparent containers to organise my wares, but they can be bulky and not exactly visually appealing. I’m constantly re-organising, downsizing, getting rid of bits and
looking for economical storage solutions – but sometimes they pop up in
the most unexpected of places. Over the last six months I’ve collected an array of ‘rose gold’ (yes, I know they’re brass, but rose gold sounds way cooler…) containers that have allowed me to store bits and pieces effectively, but also in a really quirky and space efficient way; believe it or not these are all intended to be candle holders!
I hate having to rummage through my drawers to find a pair of contact lenses or a hair bobble, while the thought of having my favourite foundation brush out of hands reach makes me whimper. It’s the little things eh! These pots and containers help me to organise my stash while still looking modern and stylish – and importantly they’re all incredibly affordable. The hexagonal shaped boxes make perfect storage solutions for things like contact lenses, hair pins or cotton buds; they’re from Anthropologie (£10.00 each) and intended to be tealight holders, but I loved them too much to just leave them holding a singular flame. The tall boxes that I’ve turned into brush holders were also intended to hold candles, but this time of the pillar variety; anything that’s designed to fit a long and somewhat wide candle makes a perfect brush holder – even if your collection is a fraction of the size of mine! I picked these up in the sale in Homebase for a bargainous £3.00 each. Finally, this little metal pot (£5.60) from homeware favourite Cargo holds all my hair accessories, pins and bands in one place; originally sold as a plant-pot-slash-tealight-holder, it serves a much needed purpose on my dressing table.
The key to creating a clean, fresh, quirky and unique space is to think outside the box when you’re picking up bits and bobs. Don’t think you can buy everything all at once or from one store, but instead shop around and gradually pick up bits and pieces from different homeware shops and department stores. I never shop in the section I actually need to either, preferring to use my imagination and re-purpose the intended use of containers so they fit my needs. Candle holders, plant pots, vintage glass and trinket boxes all make amazing storage solutions – and they don’t have to be expensive. I love rummaging through vintage markets and charity shops, picking up anything I think could look awesome on my dressing table. Most of the designs we pay a lot of money for are based on old school approaches, so why not cut out the middle man and make your beauty storage affordable but fabulous? Cargo, Homebase, Wilkos and ASDA all offer a huge range of bits and bobs that you’re sure to treasure… Just not in the way they thought you would.
What do you think of my storage solutions? Do you have any tips for storing your beauty products, or use anything unusual to organise bits and bobs?
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