Our youngest daughter leaves for college in August. Moving belongings from home to a dorm room halfway across the country is a challenge. We have only seen photos of the dorm room and we still have some questions about storage space. According to the dorm’s private Facebook group, the bathroom vanity is almost non-existent and there is no storage area in the bathroom for cosmetics or hair accessories.
Currently, our daughter keeps these items in drawers in our bathroom. She uses a sectioned organizer in one drawer and a set of storage trays in the other drawer. This system works well at home but it definitely will not work in her dorm room. Also, she will want to take her cosmetics and hair supplies with her when visiting her brother or grandparents on an occasional weekend or traveling home for longer holidays.
In tackling this challenge, our first step was to unclutter. Our daughter went through her things and discarded all of the items she no longer needed or wanted. Some items, such as the black nail polish, were given to friends. Broken hair clips and worn out hair elastics, expired cosmetics and toiletries went into the garbage. Make-up and hair brushes were cleaned and dried. She also invested in silicone make-up applicators because they are easier to keep clean than sponges.
Once the uncluttering was complete, we took a look at what items remained. We also thought about what needed to be transported and how often. She needs to transport all items in one unit so she doesn’t have to keep running back and forth between the bathroom and her dorm room and be able to get her items from home to school and back on an airplane. The items should also be easily accessible because she will need them on a daily basis.
After some deliberation, we settled on a train case. It is sturdy, lockable, and easy to transport. The wide opening allows access to all the items. It can sit on a counter or the floor. Apparently, it can be open, closed, and carried without smudging wet nail polish. All of her items fit inside and there is extra space for storing small bottles of shampoo and other toiletries. Along with a backpack, it would be all she needs for a weekend away.
This organizing dilemma has been solved for us but I’d love to hear cosmetics organizing solutions from our readers.