We Organized Safiya Nygaard’s Makeup Room On YouTube

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Last month, Practically Perfect had the opportunity to organize with YouTuber Safiya Nygaard, a fashion and makeup-savvy vlogger extraordinaire, who wanted to makeover her makeup room.  Check out some of the details below, including a quick DIY on how to transform your own space.  And click here to see the full video!

Photo credit Safiya Nygaard – Left to right: Joni, Kitt, and Safiya

THE DETAILS

Safiya’s makeup room was a former videography/editing/storage room that had recently been emptied and was housing just a single dresser (which Kitt immediately identified as an IKEA piece!)  Much of Safiya’s extensive makeup collection was contained in a variety of anonymous bins and jars on a shelving unit in her closet. There was more makeup in her dresser… and more on top of the dresser… and some on her desk in the other room.  We knew that we needed to create a Practically Perfect solution!

Photo credit Safiya Nygaard

THE WISH LIST

Safiya’s first priority was having a way to store and display all of the beauty products so that each item would be accessible.  Because finding certain products required her to dig through her collection, she found that they weren’t winding up in her videos.  She wanted to be able to use everything that she owns.

Her second request was that the display should “raise the overall level of cuteness.”  As professional organizers, Pinterest-addicts and Instagram aficionados, we’re all about the cuteness.

Safiya also needed a workspace to apply her makeup.  The current system of lugging armfuls of makeup to her editing room was just not feasible.

And lastly, she wanted a space to sit and film her makeup application.  Design time!

THE DESIGN

Once we had an overview of the room and Safiya’s needs, we were ready to create the design for the overall workspace.  We decided to incorporate the Alex Dresser, which was similar to the one that was already in use, to add additional storage for all of Safiya’s beauty products.  We also procured a tabletop for makeup application and video creation. And of course, no makeup room would be complete without the perfect vanity.

(We’ll show you the finished piece and all of the items that we used at the end of the post. Feel free to scroll down now if you just can’t wait!)

THE LOGISTICS

Once we had a design plan and some lovely open floor space, our next move was to SORT. ALL. OF. THE. MAKEUP.

Photo credit Safiya Nygaard – Say hello to Ashton and Caylie, two of our Practically Perfect organizers! 

Photo credit Safiya Nygaard – The lipstick extravaganza

Our team jumped right into the sorting and editing process with Safiya.  She was a rockstar at separating and tossing, sometimes with a little help from her boyfriend Tyler.

Eventually, all of the lipsticks, eye products, concealers, foundations, blushers, highlighters, etc. were sorted and edited.  Then we began placing them into the containers we had purchased.

To meet Safiya’s goals, we knew that we needed items that would both categorize and display her products in the drawers and on the table… ensuring maximum cuteness!

Photo credit Safiya Nygaard

Next, it was time to assemble the vanity table and start placing the collection into its new home.

Although IKEA assembly is the bane of many people’s existence, we pretty much love it.

Photo credit Safiya Nygaard

With a little bit of elbow grease, some meticulous placement, and a whole lot of Safiya’s comedic spirit keeping us laughing, we moved every makeup and beauty product into her new workspace.  Voilá!

Photo credit Safiya Nygaard

We turned some of Safiya’s favorite makeup into a beautiful display on the tops of the dressers and minimally decorated the table with some of her favorite brushes and a magnifying mirror.  We also added a few floating book ledges to display some of Safiya’s treasured items, giving the space a personal touch.

Below, we give you a peek of what’s inside the drawers!

Photo credit Practically Perfect

Photo credit Safiya Nygaard

Photo credit Practically Perfect

Our Practically Perfect team deeply loved this project.  It was a fantastic few days of organizing and filming, thanks to the lovely Safiya Nygaard and Tyler Williams.  

We hope you feel inspired to get your own makeup collection organized, too!  Below is a short DIY to create your own makeup station:

Step One: Take A Trip To IKEA

Pick up your Alex Tall Drawers and Alex Short Drawers to combine with the Linnmon Table Top. Keep in mind that an extra table leg is recommended for support.

Step Two: Assemble

Once you’ve gotten those goodies home, get your assembling groove on!  You’ll need a hammer, flat-head and Phillips screwdrivers, a ruler, a pencil, and a little dedication.  If this is not at all your jam, you can of course utilize IKEA’s assembly service.

Step Three: Ordering Your Vanity

Vanity lighting is a must for any makeup station.  We like the Chende Vanity from Amazon (and we love Prime shipping!)  Once it arrives, simply set it up on your new workstation.

Step Four: Get Your Organization On

Grab your favorite makeup containers, and let the organization begin!  There are tons of options to choose from. Here are a few of the Luxe Inserts we used with Safiya:

 

Step Five: The Final Product

Add your own, personalized finishing touches to your makeup station… and ENJOY!

P.S. If you liked this blog post, join Kitt + Joni for a virtual workshop on beauty organizing on September 13th! Click here to register!


The Do’s & Do’s Of Donation

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Nope, that's not a typo!  We're here to present a fully positive spin on donating goods.  Our goal is to assist you in finding a responsible re-home for your items. 

At Practically Perfect, we're huge fans of overhauling spaces, deep cleaning, spring organizing, organizational maintenance… we could go on and on.  These projects almost always begin with editing belongings. And once we've collected a pile of donations, the next step is figuring out the appropriate place to pass them along.

Our team has created a handy donation guide, which references some our favorite local and national organizations.  But by no means is this list exhaustive, so if you have a favorite drop-off spot, keep using it and send us a DM on Insta (@practicallyperfectla) to let us know too!  

For the full local and national downloadable guide for donations, enter your info below:

 

And for even more detailed information on local, nationwide, and e-waste recycling, click here for all our spreadsheet goodness.

Below are some quick tips to making donation easier and more successful…

DO – DESIGNATE AN IN-HOME DONATION BOX 

One Practically Perfect tip is to keep a basket/bin for donations (as shown above) in your home at all times, so that you can be adding things anytime that you decide they aren’t needed/wanted.  You don’t have to wait for a special season or project to edit… it can be ongoing!

DO – GIVE AWAY TO FAMILY, FRIENDS, FRIENDS-OF-FRIENDS

Host a clothing swap, put out an offer on social media or post a free ad on Offer Up or Craigslist.  All of these are wonderful ways to get items out the door!  

DO – THINK LOCALLY

We encourage you to consider the most responsible donation options.  One great way to do this is to ensure that you're donating to organizations that allocate resources in your own city.  This will cut down on transportation costs, as some organizations send used goods out of state/out of the country.

Check with nearby shelters, transitional housing organizations and churches – they can often directly allocate your donations, especially when it comes furniture and household items.

Local libraries are a fantastic place to donate your books and audio collections, neighborhood schools might make great use of your extra office supplies, and some pet shelters will happily accept used bedding and towels. (Just imagine your favorite blanket being repurposed as a puppy bed and tell us that you don't want donate it right now!)

DO – GIVE THE GOOD STUFF

'Gently Used' is the key phrase – make sure that what you're donating is something someone else can really use!  Give away clothing that is clean and folded, wipe down household items before tossing them into your donation bin, and spend a few extra minutes tracking down the missing pieces of that toy set.  You'll feel great about saying goodbye to your items in this kind way — and so will the recipients!

Photo by Amy Bartlam

DO – REPURPOSE

For hard-to-donate items, consider whether they might be able to have a second life somewhere else in your home or garden.  Old towels can become great cleaning rags — and various treasures can become supplies in your craft box!

If an electronic item has made its way into your donation bin due to a small technical issue, check out your local repair resources!  One of our FAVORITE options is Repair Cafe – they're a nationwide volunteer-run organization. For no fee, you can bring in your finicky toaster/vacuum/bicycle/you name it, and they can either assist you with the repair or their specialty volunteers can tackle it for you!  They can also help you recycle a non-repairable item, as well. (Los Angelenos, there are two locations in the city!)

We hope you're feel empowered to get more familiar with the local options in your city.  Here's to really upping your donation game!