How to Spring Clean if You're Lazy

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Every so often I'll feel a need to clear out my wardrobe or tidy my desk but it's a rare occasion when I decide I need a complete room overhaul. I'm lazy when it comes to keeping things dust free and tidy, I'll let the "organised" mess pile up around me. Then I'll be so sick of looking at it, I'll go on such a mad cleaning spree I'll be ready to throw out all my old furniture and spend a fortune in IKEA. This happened to me a few weeks ago and I thought I'd get in early with my mega spring-clean this year, but this time I came up with a system that really works. And it could work for you too! This is how to spring clean if you're lazy (like me)...

Compile a List

Write down everything you want to change in one room. Do those drawers need a proper clear out? Is your makeup storage driving you insane? Maybe you just need to dust and polish every surface? Get it all down in a huge list that may seem daunting to look at, but once you start ticking off the tasks and realise how easy it is, you'll start feeling better about the whole situation. I use the Wunderlist app which makes a very satisfying 'ping' sound every time you complete something.

Do a Little Each Day

The mistake I repeatedly make is to expect it all to be done immediately. If I'm in the right frame of mind to clean, I want it all finished and perfected by the time I go to bed that night. In reality, this is impossible. You'll never complete a thorough spring-clean if you try to pack it all in to one day. Spread out the tasks. I spent 10 days working on my bedroom. I did one little job each day, but I did that job really, really well.

For example, I have a set of five deep storage drawers full of craft supplies, cables, stationary, and anything else I'd thrown in there which desperately needed sorting out. That task alone took me all day. I removed every drawer from it's frame, emptied the contents on to the floor and sorted things into piles of 'throw away', 'keep' and 'give to charity'. At the end of the day I felt very satisfied with my neat and tidy storage drawers.

Set yourself a new job each day and focus all your energy on that small thing. It will take longer and yes it is easier to just shove things under the bed, but eventually you will have a super organised space (which ultimately means you shouldn't have to do another spring-clean for quite some time!)

Buy Something New

As sad as it is, having something new encourages me to clean and tidy. I want that new item to be fully appreciated in all its new glory. There's no need to go crazy with the credit card but a few purchases (from IKEA usually) will help even the laziest person feel inspired to spring-clean. I donated my old cheap makeup storage drawers to my dad for his diy tools and invested in some acrylic fancy ones which made me feel ever so excited to organise my makeup!

Re-Purpose Old Items

This is a cheaper way to achieve the same feeling as stated above. One of my favourite easy ones is to use candle jars as storage pots. Candles come in lots of different sizes and shapes - once you're finished with the candle, poor hot water into the jar and leave overnight to loosen the leftover wax. In the morning you should see the wax floating on top of the water. You might need to do this a few times to get all the wax out. I use candle jars to hold things such as hair bands, grips, lip balms and jewellery.


My only issue now is staying motivated to keep up with it all! Best of luck with your all your spring-cleaning this March! Is anyone planning on a complete room makeover too? I'd be interested to hear your top tips when it comes to tidying and organising...

Acrylic Makeup Storage

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Acrylic drawers, pots and stands are fast becoming the most popular way to store makeup. I've slowly been building up my acrylic storage, sourcing the best for budget and quality. I think I'm finally settled with how everything is, so I thought I'd share my system! Doing this has also helped me to slim down my makeup collection and throw away some old or expired products. I've included links to where everything is from (and nothing is Muji - I've found more affordable alternatives!)

Everyday Face 
four drawers with display unit top 

(bought on eBay here) £19.40

In this set of drawers I store everything I'll want to grab for on a daily basis. I have foundations on top and I'm currently only hovering between 2 or 3. A Real Techniques beauty sponge sits with them. I also have a few skincare products on top, my eyelash curler, tweezers, brow brush and a brow setting gel.
In the first tier, these two drawers hold setting powder and concealer. The next drawer down has blushers I use regularly, a couples of highlighters and a bronzing powder. And lastly in the bottom drawer I store my MAC lipsticks and a few others that I reach for regularly. Beside this set of drawers I keep my makeup brushes in a glass pot from IKEA. 

Perfume Display  
acrylic two step display stand

(bought on Amazon here) £5.89

I wanted a new way to display my perfume bottles. I know technically you're supposed to keep perfume in a dark place as light can ruin the fragrance but when the bottles are this pretty and I want my perfumes to be close at hand, there's no way I can consider putting them in a drawer! These are my most worn, I have a few other fragrances stored away and will put on rotation depending on my mood and the time of year. I think the acrylic steps are perfect for keeping things classy. You can even place bottles in front of the steps (which is what I do) for a three-tier effect. 

Skincare Trio 
stack-able containers

(bought from Amazon here) £10.99

Here's a simple one - three containers, that stack and pull apart to hold my cotton things! Each container is big enough to store lots inside so I shouldn't need to top this up too regularly, but it's nice to get rid of ugly packaging and keep things to a theme!

All The Rest 
four drawer set

(bought on eBay here) £12.99

These drawers are a little bit deeper, so ideal for storing lots of makeup. Mascaras and eyeliners in the top drawer, loads of lip products are in the second drawer, individual eye shadows, eye crayons and primers are in the third drawer and in the bottom drawer I keep other face products such as cream blushers I don't use as often, highlighters and powders. This is a nice set of sturdy drawers which I'm really pleased with. I did have to cut my collection down a little bit but I managed it, and now this set of 4 drawers along with the first 'everyday face' set (as mentioned before) hold all of my makeup!

Eye Palette Storage 
acrylic letter holder

(bought on Amazon here) £6.03

This worked perfectly! A simple letter holder which you can find in stationary shops or online works to hold a my eye palettes. I'm lucky I only have a few to store, but if my collection grows I'll just buy another letter holder and store them back to back. You could also stand two palettes next to each other on end and fit up to 6 palettes in this way. I like that there are little rubber feet on the bottom to stop the holder from sliding around when you pull out a palette. 

...and anything else I have lying around that doesn't really fit - I pop into a jam jar, a glass candle pot or in this case, I store lip balms in a plastic Halloween cup shaped like a skull!

March Knitwear

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Jumpers, cardigans, sweaters and all things cozy are probably my favourite items of clothing. I've added a few new things to my wardrobe recently and I'm finding them very useful during this cold March we're having...

I made a pretty big Boohoo order a few weeks ago but most of the stuff went back for being wayy to big but I kept this heart patch jumper because it's so sweet - and it arrived just in time for Valentine's Day! I remember a few years ago how elbow patches on knitwear were everywhere and H&M had some great ones but I didn't ever get hold of any. I may be late, the trend may have past, but I don't care because I think this jumper is so cute!

Josh bought me this Next chunky knit jumper - and he did well because I've been getting so much wear out of it, I like styling it best with leggings and knee high boots and my hair up and out of my face.

 Fur Hooded Cardigan Jacket* - Tokyo Laundry

This cardigan-come-hoodie is perfect for layering up when on a chilly walk. The fleecy material inside is sooo soft and keeps me very warm. I'll have to write a whole blog post on what I wear when going on long walks.

Roll Neck Grey Knit* - Tokyo Laundry

This roll neck jumper has a unique feature - the neck piece can be removed! It's attached by a teeny button at the back and hangs loosely around your neck rather like a circle scarf, or you can take it off to reveal a V neck jumper underneath. I hate tight high necks so something like this is much better, it's very comfortable and the 'eyelash' knit style is super soft!

Engraved Silver Bow Ring

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

This post has been in the pipeline since New Year! I don't know how we've got so far through 2015 already. But here it is at last, the piece of jewellery I've been meaning to show you for so long. At the end of 2014 Jewlr asked if I'd like to pick an item and have it engraved. Of course I said yes, and just had to have this teeny bow ring. On the inside band I chose to have '2015' engraved to celebrate the beginning of the new year and also to remind me to make the most of every day.

It's 'easy-to-wear' and by that I mean you can pop this on every day, layer it with other rings or wear it alone. It's the perfect piece to add a little femininity to my otherwise simple and understated ring collection. Jewlr shipped this in a huge box, very beautifully wrapped and packaged. I'd recommend having a browse through their website especially if you're looking for a gift. They offer all types of engraving too (on nearly all items) so you can really make something your own.