Facetime

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Welcome to my mush-wrangling station. It’s changed a bit since I last blogged about it. For one thing I’m now not confined to the top of a shared chest of drawers; I have my own custom-built unit. So fancy. Well custom in that I picked out all the bits from IKEA, and then built it.

I do love a good Expedit – they’re so freakin’ versatile with all their baskets and bells and whistles. The unit was £20 and the glass door cupboard inserts were £14 each; the baskets are the real kicker at £15 each, but the whole thing comes in at £78 for a deceptively spacious vanity. Perfect for a low maintenance girl like me.

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The little glass jars came from a pound shop and originally contained some rather sickly £1 scented candles. But I scooped those out, gave the jars a hot wash and now they are perfect for storing tubes and cotton pads within easy reach. And while I’m not much of a make-up girl, I keep my three most regularly used bits – Soap and Glory Solar Powder, Kick Ass Concealer and Lid Stuff neutral quad palette – within easy reach in case I have a sallow morning. The rather beautiful glass container was from a charity shop, one of my favourite places to find unusual and unique home wares.

Inside the glass cupboards one houses a stash of moisturising products and a modest collection of nail polishes, which sadly I’m not using at the moment because my nails are so badly chomped; the other has my various jewellery bits and bobs, housed in the small antique chest of drawers that my Granny gave me for my 18th birthday.

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The baskets underneath have un-opened products on one side, and washbags and my hairdryer on the other. The hairdryer arrangement is something I am particularly proud of: there is a plug socket behind the cabinet, so the dryer is always plugged in. I can just pull it out of its basket in the morning, give my hair a blast and then tidy it away again. Because the secret to true tidyness is making sure that no one can see your clutter.

So there you have it, a lightening tour of my modest vanity set up. I realise that many people would want a lot more space than this to store all their different bits and bobs, but this works so well for me, and finally giving me a little woman-corner in our shared bedroom that I am really happy with.

How do you store yours? Are you a minimal Ms like myself, or do you need something more substantial?

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