Three episodes into watching Cleaning Up With Marie Kondo and we're all obsessed with getting organised. But it's hard to know where to begin, especially where our beauty products are concerned. They're so bitty and so messy. They're oddly shaped and impossible to fold. We called upon Lola Làwal, founder of , a lifestyle brand offering innovative storage solutions specially for our makeup and beauty products.
Get even messier
"Pile all your makeup and skincare onto your bed or floor (make sure you're liquids are tightly closed first!)" says Lola.
Laying everything out is the only way to clearly assess how much you have - and how much you need to get rid of. So, don't be alarmed by the initial choas; it's got to get messy before it can get clean.
Throw out any old products that have been opened or are past their prime (yes, beauty products have shelf lives!). For any products that are still good to go, but that you're not going to use (if you haven't used them by now, you're not going to - be disciplined), set them to one side to donate to charities like or else see if family and friends want anything. After all, one woman's trash is another woman's lipstick.
Group similar items together
"Group your products together in categories," advises Lola.
For makeup, break it down like this:
The everyday products (that you use every day without fail)
Skin (foundation, primer, powder, concealer, blush and bronzer)
Eyes (brows, mascara, eyeshadow, eye liner)
Lips (lipstick, balm, gloss and liner)
Split skincare, hair care, perfume, nails and body products into separate piles and make another pile for all the ones you use every day (we'll talk about these products in a second).
Get some kick-ass storage
Storage is a great investment, especially when it comes to beauty products. "Clear, is especially useful as you can see what's in each compartment without having to rummage around," Lola says.
Other helpful options are with multiple compartments to tuck away neatly in cupboards or under the bed, and decorative trays to contain the products on your dressing table - this will stop them rolling around or falling on the floor.
That's not to say you have to spend lots of money on new storage - you probably have lots of options already, whether that be shoe boxes, tupperware containers or even finished candle holders or drinking glasses (these are especially great for storing makeup brushes, cotton pads or sponges).
Working through the categories one by one, file your products into your storage. Bulky or big products like body, hair and perfume products, are better in boxes or large vanity cases, while fiddly littler products, like makeup, are always better broken down into drawers or smaller compartments like those of an acrylic storage unit.
Finally, place all of the makeup products you use every day into a makeup bag, and arrange your everyday hair, body and perfume products beautifully on your dressing table or shelf. Ta-da!
So we've sorted our beauty products, but what about our living space? Psychologist and spatial expert Helen Sanderson, who has teamed up with initiative to share key tips for decluttering the home and mind, explains that it’s vital to maintain your organised space.
"Keeping your home in order is not only beneficial to your physical space, but can also bring about a psychological change," explains Helen. "When you realise that our mental, physical and digital spaces are all interconnected, you can create a powerful synergy to support your wellbeing, both in your space and in your mind."
While decluttering the home can often feel like a daunting task, reframing the narrative can be a great way to get inspired. Letting go of things is simply about making space for the new, whether a creative project, relationship or new opportunity. So, where to start?
"Practice the ‘one in, one out’ principle - when you buy something new, recycle or give an item to charity," advises Helen. So far, so simple.
Next, keep on top of stray paperwork before it has a chance to grow into unmanageable piles. "Paperwork accumulates fast - avoid clutter by switching to paper-free bank and utility statements," says Helen. "The less you have coming in, the more mental space you have for being present and enjoying life."
Lastly, incorporate a little tidying into everyday life, rather than waiting for it to become a mammoth task. "Build your ‘organisation muscle’ by setting house rules, not just for kids, but for you too!," says Helen. "Make chores easy and front of mind by automatically scheduling your daily tasks and this will support your wellbeing."
Top tip: Ask your Google Pixel 3 or Home Hub where the nearest charity shop is and when it’s open. You can even set an alert on Home Hub to remind you to drop the clothing at the store. Sorted!