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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Saving Space with Jars

Having the teeniest tiniest room in Uni (it really is like a box) means I'm always on the lookout for ways to save space and keep my room de-cluttered. Like any normal girl, I constantly find myself in a sea of loose hair grips (I swear it's how we mark our territory), hair bands, makeup brushes and nail varnish bottles. 
On a recent trip to IKEA I came across some gorgeous glass jars that were way too cute to put back on the shelf, and thought I'd share with you how I've used them to de-clutter my room. I think jars are perfect for organising your desk or dressing table, and they look super pretty too.


Small glass jar bought in pack of 4 for £1.50 
I used to keep my makeup brushes in a bigger pot, but somehow they'd always end up in the bathroom or all over my desk anyway. I decided to transfer them to this gorgeous little glass jar and I think they now look a lot prettier. I love that I can see exactly which brush I'm going for, and it's perfect to see my double-ended brushes too.


Small glass jars bought in pack of 4 for £1.50
I'm absolutely terrible at keeping track of hair grips and hair bobbles so think these teeny glass jars are perfect for keeping them all organised and in one place. They look so cute on my dressing table too!


Big glass jar - 85p
Another thing I'm terrible at is keeping my nail polishes organised. They're always all over the place and I'm constantly looking for colours that I've lost! I bought this big jar and shoved them all in, and not only does it look lovely but I also have them all in one place. I think the fact you can see all the different colours and varnishes makes it look extra pretty too.

Although I bought my jars from IKEA, you can use any leftover jars (from Marmite and Nutella to the classic jam jar) to put all your loose bits and bobs into. Using jars is a cheap and easy way of storing things, and they look super pretty too. You can use jars to store many other things too, from tea bags and buttons to paperclips or sugar. They're perfect for storing those teeny things you don't really know what to do with.
I hope I've given you a little inspiration on ways to organise and de-clutter your desks and dressing tables - how do you store your loose beauty items?
xx

44 comments:

  1. I love the idea for bobbles and hair pins... I lose about a bajillion a year! Such cute little jars :)

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    1. Thank you. Same here!! Little grips and hair bands are always going missing around my room!

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  2. These are too cute and such a good idea! Love it :)

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  3. IKEA are amazing for storage ideas! I have some cute little patterned bowls which I store bits and bobs in on my desk, and bought on of those jars with the clamped lid to store cotton pads etc. I especially love that one you've bought to store nail varnishes in' how funky is that! x

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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    1. Ooh that's a good idea to store cotton pads in them! I also have little dishes and bowls, so pretty aren't they? Thanks lovely :) x

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  4. This is such a good idea, I have a tonne of spare jars lying around, I'm definitely going to start using them as storage more, they look awesome! :)

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

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    1. Thank you! Such a cheap and easy way to organise your desk or dressing table. x

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  5. Excellent idea, I did this once with old Yankee Candle jars!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Thank you! Oooh what a fab idea, I have tons of Yankee jars lying around!! Will definitely be using them too now. x

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  6. This is such a great idea. And your jars are so cute! :)

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  8. I do the same thing! Haha. I bought two cute little boxes at Ikea where I keep things like hair gribs. Then I store all my nailpolish in a cute little victoria's secret bag and so on. I don't have the tinniest room but I like to keep everything organized so.

    XO naomi @ Naomi in Wonderland

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    1. Ahh I love keeping my things organised too, it's so annoying when everything's mixed up and you can't find stuff! x

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    1. Thank you, adorable aren't they!? x

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  10. Wow, this is such a cool idea. ^^
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  11. I do this with my makeup brushes it looks so good and such an easy way to store them.

    Andrea x
    http://andrea-herinfinitevariety.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I think it looks really lovely too, and so pretty on a dressing table :)

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  12. great idea, i love the idea of little jars for stuff i usually lose

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    1. Me too! I'm forever losing hair bands, grips, bobbles and clips!!

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  13. Love the idea! I have plenty of jars at home, might try this out xx

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    1. It's a cheap and easy way to organise your beauty things, thank you! :) x

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  14. Great idea!
    I already use one for my brushes but totally going to need to for my varnishes etc, looks awesome!
    ♥ Fran - www.frannymac.com xx

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  15. How have I not found you already! I literally just redid my room using the jars as my inspiration! Thank you so much!

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    1. Awww, that's so lovely to hear!! They're great space savers and look so cute on dressing tables and desks. Thank you for your comment x

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  16. I've got some of those little Ikea jars! I bought them on a whim and haven't put anything in them but you've inspired me to use them. x

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    1. Aww, use them girl! They're perfect for pretty much anything. x

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  17. I really need a jar for my makeup brushes, they're all shoved in a bag right now and it's hard finding the ones I want to use!

    allthatshimmers.co.uk xo

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    1. Having them in a jar makes it so easy to pick the right one and see exactly what you have etc. I might need to buy a bigger jar for mine soon, however! x

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  18. I love this idea! I especially love the bigger jar for your nail polish!

    Hayley x
    http://www.strangenessandcharm.co.uk

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    1. Thank you. For 85p it's fab isn't it?!

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  19. Love these jars and they are both pretty and functional! Wish I could store my makeup brushes and other items this way, but my cats would knock them over :(

    lovejoanna.com

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  21. Love these jars, they look so cute! I can't believe how cheap the big one is as well! Great uses of jars.
    Jenny http://secretbeautybox.co.uk

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  22. What a fantastic idea and they look so cute! It's like a double win! x

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  23. I love using jars for stuff like this.

    I actually cleaned out an old glass Yankee Candle Jar and use it for my makeup brushes. It's great because it's so heavy vs my brushes which are fairly light weight - other containers would tip over too easy around clumsy old me.

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  24. I love this idea, jars make everything look really well presented 💕

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