Time for another Junk Revision Challenge and I’m bringing you some awesome Makeup&Jewelry Organization + Vintage RIT Dye Rack!
January is following in the footsteps of the whole of 2015 and hotfooting its way right past us! Or maybe it just seems that way to me? I look at my work load and my schedule and what I need to be working on and it seems before I blink the day is past. And here we are – six days in already 😀
January always seems to bring a flurry and bustle of cleaning and organizing. Maybe it’s partly the new year stretching out like a clean blank slate, a new start, new beginnings. I think it’s a great time to clear out the clutter that invariably happens over 12 months of living and family and happenings.
The Christmas decor gets packed up, leaving behind a trail of glitter and ribbon and snowdust and memories. Organizing just seems a great way to start a new year – sweeping out the dust and cobwebs, scrubbing off the old fingerprints and smudges and fluffing the home to make it warm and inviting. I’m thinking a fresh coat of paint for my walls really MUST happen this month.
My Jewelry and makeup had become a huge mess. I tried keeping my makeup in the travel bag I started out with but as my collection grew it just wasn’t working. Likewise my earrings. I had my ears pierced a little over a year ago and for several months using a soft jewelry bag was all I needed. But then I started accumulating more and they were becoming a jumbled mess in the bag. I knew I needed to do something but I didn’t know what.
I bought the rack thinking I might use it for something at the store. Then one day when I was sifting through my dangly earrings something made me think of the small metal rods on this rack and a lightbulb went off in my head. My earrings would hang on those rods perfectly!
As I stared at the jewelry on the rack I picked up my blusher and eye shadow boxes and randomly stuck them in too. And then I pulled them out and organized them neatly and grabbed my pencils and lipstick tubes and gleefully filled the bottom section of that vintage rack right up!
I was thrilled. And I still am. I’m also thrilled that this fit our category this month so well. Every time I use the stuff on this rack I think ‘I really need to blog about how cool this is’ but then I go about my day and before I know it another day is gone and I didn’t get that done 😀
The metal rack my necklaces hang on is vintage too and we’ve been using it for several years now. It works well but it is pretty big. If I find something smaller that I like as well someday I’ll switch it out. For now it works and our bathroom counter is big enough for it. (I didn’t photograph these in my bathroom because it isn’t photo worthy yet and the lighting is horrid)
Another really cool detail about this rack – where I got it. Some friends of ours are adopting a child who is aging out and needs a home. Foreign adoptions are expensive – like REALLY expensive. So some ladies teamed up and had a big fundraiser – items were donated and then bid on – this RIT Dye Rack was one of the items – donated by the adopting family. I bought it, not only because it is cool and I figured I could use it at the store, but because I wanted to help bring that child home. Praise God, the fundraiser was a huge success and the funds have been pulled together – now they are just waiting on all the paperwork and red tape to be sifted and stacked properly and they will be winging across the ocean to bring their child home. Hallelujah. #oneless
I have another cool vintage piece I thought I’d share with you too – this old mirror was found when we went through my Grandma’s things a year ago and I immediately made sure it went in ‘my pile’! I love old mirrors and this one is super cool. It’s big, it stands up on its own, and it’s double sided. I’ve never seen a vintage double sided mirror this large. It goes well with the other vintage pieces I have in our bathroom. (now if the kids would just keep things cleared off the counters!)
Just for fun I had to take a shot with the reflected chandi in focus. Yes, the greenery is still gracing my dining room light. Partly because I have yet to get the dining room table cleared off enough to make a mess on it pulling all that dried greenery down. And partly because I’m still enjoying looking at it! I have all the other Christmas stuff packed away and most of the other greenery went in the trash on Monday. But this light will go a little longer and I have a couple bunches of dried bay that I’m still enjoying. Dried bay leaves last a long time and they can be pretty in decor clear through Easter – just add some Easter touches to it and it looks amazing.
And that, my friends, is the best organizing I’ve done for awhile. My work room could use a good purging – if you try to reach me and can’t get me I just might be buried in an avalanche of fabric scraps and pieces! My Ribbon Organizer and my Ammunition Box Organizer might be fun posts to check out now too 😉
Happy organizing, purging, pitching, storing, cleaning, and fluffing!
Now go see what my friends found to use for organization!