I've been tidying my tip of a bedroom bit by bit this year and the more I do, the more hopeless it seems. I am a collector (if you hadn't already guessed) and have a rather obsessive nature which I've discovered is genetic (we found over 100 pairs of scissors when we cleared out my Granny's house-random I know and she still had her mind!). Basically I own too many things. The shoes alone take up the majority of my bedroom, then there's the dolls I've collected for the past 30 years, the huge amount of cosmetics I own, the large jewellery collection, the hundreds of dresses...I could go on all day. I'm a 'keeper' (prefer that term to 'hoarder'!), I'm not big on throwing stuff out especially if it's got some sort of meaning and I tend to grow attached to all my belongings! With my typical Gemini split-personality though, I do get a huge sense of satisfaction when I throw out a big bag of rubbish, I do love cleaning (not so big on 'tidying') and I don't want to live in a mess. So I figure, all is not lost! A few weeks ago, I decided I would tidy my vanity area. I keep my perfumes and daily skincare items here along with some hair things and it had become rather disorganised and messy. Unfortunately I didn't take a 'before' pic because I hadn't intended to blog about it at all until I'd rearranged it and thought it might be something you'd be interested in.
I was kinda in two minds about whether to make it pretty looking or practical. In the end I went with a mixture of the two and since these pictures, I've tweaked it a little bit, so it's even easier for me to keep and access. It's not a massive space to work with and I've always dreamed of a huge ornate dressing table-but that will remain a dream for some time I think! On the top shelf I put hair products to one side and got rid of a few things I haven't used in a while. At the moment it's all Percy & Reed stuff with the exception of a can of Batiste Dry Shampoo which is almost finished and some Virgin Vie hair sparkle.