Now that Pesach cleaning is behind us and spring is in the air, you may feel compelled to do some spring cleaning in order to organize your beauty items and streamline your morning routine. The following strategies may just be your most valuable time saving tool.  

1  Track time accurately. Although most people do not wear a watch in the bathroom first thing in the morning, your beauty routine may require keeping an eye on the clock.  Therefore, storing a small clock on a shelf to avoid cluttering the counter is a wise solution. 

2 Choose clear containers. Use them to organize tools such as tweezers, swabs, and cotton balls. Small items get lost easily when you can’t see them in opaque containers. 

3  Avoid overcrowding. If you have to move more than two jars or bottles in order to reach something, you’re less likely to use it. Leave enough room so that all products are accessible and easy to put away. 

4 Sort products by category. Your contact lens solution, lens case, and eye makeup remover should all be grouped together. When things are scattered, you waste time trying to find them. Buying extras when you can’t find something also creates clutter. 

5 Downsize to save shelf space. Transfer mouthwash, rubbing alcohol, and nail polish remover from big bulky bottles into small clearly labeled jars. 

6 Keep everyday essentials handy. When you’re standing at the sink, your toothbrush, toothpaste, facial cleanser, and other frequently used items should be within arm’s reach. Remove medicines and vitamins from the cabinet, since the bathroom’s high humidity can affect their potency. 

7 Toss. Pare down your beauty routine by getting rid of products that serve the same function and items you haven’t used for the last six months.  Also, toss any makeup or moisturizer that smells bad or has turned orange.  

8 Store. Use a container to group items you might use outside the bathroom. For example, put your nail files, cuticle scissors, polishes, and polish remover in a small caddy, which you can simply grab when you want to do a manicure. Labeling the front of the bins is helpful and enables you to know what’s inside without having to pull the entire container off the shelf.

9 Repeat. To prevent clutter relapse, continue sorting your cosmetics and toiletries every few months. Also, resist the urge to buy in bulk if you don’t have the storage space.  When you do make a purchase, throw out or give away the old product before stocking the new item.    

Organizing your beauty products and toiletries certainly requires time and effort. However, this time will be spent wisely when the products you use daily help pare down your routine, getting you out the door faster.

 Risselle Naimark is a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist and Skincare Consultant. She carries an extensive line of personalized skincare, cosmetics, and anti-aging products. Risselle is also available for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, makeup lessons, photo shoots and any of your beauty needs.  She can be reached at 718 263-5517.