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A simple tray from an office-supply store will help you store your styling tools in style.

Do you find that it is getting harder and harder to keep your primping space clean and organized?! According to nationally renowned professional organizer and decorator Taylor Spellman, consider giving your morning routine a “makeover” by reviewing your beauty supplies thoroughly and investing in a few low-cost organizers to help maintain the cleanliness and neatness of your skin and hair care collection.

Spellman’s practical beauty organization tips include:

1. Group the same cosmetics together – Separate makeup from cosmetic tools (e.g. eyelash curlers, powder brushes, etc.) and then sort your cosmetics by type of product. Be sure to discard any makeup with missing caps/tops or if it smells bad.

2. Ask yourself a question - "Have I worn this makeup in the past five months?" – If the answer is “no,” it might be time to toss it! Don’t forget that most makeup products have a short shelf life (i.e. because they touch many different parts of your face) and the LAST thing you want to do is spread bacteria around your face!

3. Forgo the beauty bags/visit an office supply store – Yes, as a professional organizer, I am going to let you in on a trade secret—great beauty organizers can be found at office supply stores (e.g. Staples, OfficeMax, etc.)! These office accessories are often cost-effective, user-friendly and just easy to clean! Consider purchasing a plastic drawer organizer to separate eye shadows, foundations and powders. Try too, to invest in pencil holders to hold your mascara, eyeliners and lip liners. Lastly, purchase an acrylic cup, add beanbag fill and then stick your makeup brushes inside with the bristles facing up (to help maintain clean cosmetic tools).

Suggested products Black Wire Mesh Pencil Holder (Staples $4.29) Acrylic Cup (Amazon.com - $9.99) Plastic Drawer Organizer (Staples - $5.29)

4. Storing Hair Tools – The key to achieving the right hairstyle is using various styling tools and accessories. However, these items can take up a great deal of space! When it comes to arranging your hair products, invest in a wire mesh 3-tier desk shelf (for desktop or wall use), a jumbo pencil cup and a drawer organizer.

Here’s how to set up your hair care station: · Reserve the top shelf for your styling products (e.g. mousse, gels and sprays) and place your brushes and combs in the jumbo pencil cup. · Add a “drawer organizer” to the middle shelf and maintain each hair accessory (i.e. bobby pins, barrettes, hair bands, etc.) in its own designated compartment. · The bottom shelf should be reserved for hair tools – such as curling irons, flat irons or hair straighteners.

Suggested Products Silver Wire Mesh 3-Tier Desk Shelf (Staples - $21.99) Silver Wire Mesh Jumbo Pencil Cup (Staples - $6.99) Plastic Drawer Organizer (Staples - $5.29)

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