Helpful Tips for Getting and Staying Organized

June 15, 2023 0 Comments

Ask my mother, and she will tell you that I have had a gift for the organization since childhood.

Yes, I was that girl who, at the tender age of seven, searched her mother’s drawers and cupboards and regularly organized makeup, jewelry, clothes, etc. This continued during my youth, and even now, when I come home from Germany for tours, I always organize something with my parents. It’s just in my nature.


I realize that I am probably in the minority here, and most of the human population does not find the organization relaxing or invigorating from a distance. And I understand! Life is like it’s pretty wild to make appointments, keep schedules and meet deadlines. Then why bother with that unwanted drawer, that cluttered closet or (gasp!) this inbox contains thousands of unread emails? (Author’s note: I can and will never understand this.)

So if you are not yet someone who likes to organize, the trick I have found is to tackle one thing at a time. These can be your cosmetics, clothes or old college photos that are not yet included in an album. In any matter, stick to this one thing and do not bother with everything that needs to be organized. You will arrive there in due time.

The trick I found is to tackle one thing at a time. . . . In any matter, stick to this one thing and do not bother with everything that needs to be organized. You will arrive there in due time.

Although the last thing I want to do is look like someone who has my life together perfectly around the clock, I take pride in being organized and turning a pile of clothes or a pile of loose papers into an orderly work of art. So without further ado, here are some ways to keep parts of my life organized and running smoothly.

My beauty products

I admit it, I’m a demon of beauty products. I love trying out new brands and seeing which ones work for me (and which ones don’t). And one of the best parts of online shopping is all the free patterns they contain. If I’m traveling somewhere for the weekend and I only bring hand luggage, I always bring these samples with me. They take up very little space in my bag and are TSA-compatible as a bonus.

But having said enough about this, let’s first talk about where you store your cosmetics, which is one of the pillars of the organization. Depending on your living conditions, you may be lucky enough to have an entire vanity in your bedroom or a large bathroom shelf (that’s me). Or you just have a small shelf in your bathroom mirror cabinet or a separate drawer in a closet underneath. Wherever your cosmetics live, make sure you invest in clear storage so that you can quickly identify what you are looking for.

If you have a place to display your cosmetics, I recommend a see-through makeup stand that you sell at pretty much any target or container store. They are inexpensive and so practical. If you only have access to drawers, opt for a pair of see-through cosmetic bags with zip tops. These also work wonders. And whatever you do, do not keep all your products in one bag, if this is the path you are taking. Divide them by categories-eyes, lips, face, nails, etc. Sure, you may still have a few bags in your drawer, but you will know which bag is what if you hold it in the air.

If you are upgrading your storage, I also recommend that you take stock of your current cosmetic arsenal. Did you know that your beauty products have a shelf life? True, mascaras and other eye products should be discarded after about six months, while lip products can last for more than a year. If you have products that you have never opened or used before, why not give them to a friend or family member? Someone else likes this color, shade or contour effect.

And if you want to do a thorough cleaning, why not bathe your products a little? Every 3-4 months I fill my sink with dish soap and warm water and rinse off my cosmetics to remove stains or small pieces of dust that can accumulate on my shelf while sitting. I do not rinse out products that may contain water, but everything else is fair. For me, it’s a perfect way to keep my makeup fresh.

My closet

Being organized often means parting with things that you no longer need. Perhaps this is why so many of us avoid it, because it reminds us that we have left certain objects or have moved on to another stage of our life.

This is the matter with our cabinets. Most of us hold on to things that we know we will never wear again or that we may have never worn before. Long before Marie Kondo became a household name, I went through my wardrobe every six months and reconsidered whether I wanted this particular item or not. I didn’t wonder if it was “fun”, but I took a moment or two to decide if it was worth sticking to.

Although I have no problem getting rid of things that I no longer wear, I know that many are sentimental and have difficulty letting go. This is the time when it is a good idea to involve a loved one who will help you browse your wardrobe.

My rule is if I haven’t worn it for a year, I can live without it. Everyone is different, of course, but I think this is a good start. If you are already organizing, it is also a good time to invest in suitable, uniformed hangers. I passionately hate a burning flame wire hanger. A mess of hangers (made of plastic, wood and wire) just creates a messy closet, so before you even start getting rid of things and sorting out what’s what, you should replace some of your hangers so that they all look the same.

Once you’ve made stacks separate from what you want to keep, throw away, or give away, start organizing your wardrobe in a way that makes sense. This can be by color, category or season. I prefer to organize my wardrobe by season. Regardless of the season, I only have this season’s clothes hanging in my closet at this time. Other seasons are stored in a large garment bag, which I keep in our basement. Again, this largely depends on how much space you have. If you don’t have a basement or storage space, investing in storage space under your bed will also work well.

Now let’s move on to the topic of storing clothes and accessories. I don’t hang up my T-shirts or jeans, but I know that some people like it. I would rather have rolled up every pair of jeans in my drawer and folded my T-shirts, even in a drawer. When it comes to accessories, I also use my drawer space to store them. I always keep my handbags and clutches in their original fabric bags and my shoes either in their original shoe box or on a shoe rack. Think about what is most suitable for your lifestyle and start from there.

My schedule

While one might assume that a well-organized woman never forgets, that’s just not the matter with me. No matter how well prepared I am, there is always room for mistakes. That’s why I constantly set up reminders on my phone to pay bills, wish my friend a happy birthday or give myself a boost so that my online pilates class starts in half an hour.

Sure, there’s nothing wrong with writing down a few reminders on a piece of paper, but these days it can take a lot more to keep track of things. That’s why I’m such a big fan of apps like Evernote, which keeps track of all my notes through a keyword search, and Calendly, which allows me to schedule meetings without those nightmarish back-and-forth emails. Kudos also have to go to Google Calendar, which helps me optimize my work and personal schedules, especially when recording the podcast I have with my sister, who is in a different time zone.

Time is running out

I find that a crowded environment creates a crowded mind, so I try my best to sort through the different areas of my daily life.

That is, if there is an e-mail that I can respond to quickly, I tend to do it immediately, rather than reporting it to answer it after. When I receive the mail, I open it immediately instead of putting it aside. When I get ready for bed, I hang up my clothes before putting on my pajamas. These little habits take very little time, but they go a long way to making my life much more organized.

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