Ditch Your Old Makeup! | Meredith Ehler | Life Stylist | Loudoun County, Virginia

My brushes at a shoot with Goodhart Photography.

My brushes at a shoot with Goodhart Photography.

Treat yourself to a more organized life!  This is our third post in our organization challenge for 2013.  You are doing so well!  Don’t stop now.  Keep baby-stepping forward.  If you are just joining us now, you can easily jump in.  Just start where we are and when you are done with this step, go scroll down and look at the last posts.

We started by purging up to 10 items from our closets.  And then donating them to a friend or someone in need.  The second challenge was to dare to look under your bed.  Cleaning our the dark corners of our lives really frees us.  Peace is our goal!

Organizing our makeup is our next challenge.

Please clean out your drawers, bins, baskets and Kaboodles!  It’s time to get rid of anything that is crusty, discolored, or has an odor that should not be there.  Make up has a shelf life and once it is expired it can be unhealthy, growing bacteria that you do not want to come into contact with your face.

As you go though your makeup consider this – dry products last longer than liquid or cream products.  I always encourage clients to ditch their mascaras once they no longer seem moist and smooth.  If your mascara is cakey and dry then it is past it’s prime.

If you use applicators that come with the products they should be washed whenever the makeup buildup prevents the makeup from going on smoothly.  If at all possible, I recommend you trashing them and treating yourself to a makeup brush instead.  Weather you have a Target, Ulta, and makeup counter budget, you can find a brush that works for you.  Check out my previous post on how to keep them clean:   Makeup Brush Care.

Look for anything that appears to have changed color or texture or smell since you bought it.  Don’t worry about how long you have had it.  It’s more about the condition it is in today.  I have had some eye shadows for years and some mascaras only last a few weeks.  Good luck and invite your friends to do this with you!  Please click below on the Facebook tab and share this post on your Facebook page.  We need to encourage each other. I would love it if all us girls were getting more organized together!  Especially the teens and tweens!  Leave me a comment so I can hear how this is going!  -Meredith


A More Organized 2013! | Meredith Ehler | Life Stylist | Loudoun County, Virginia

New Year – New Closet!  Stay with me friends!  We can do this!  Each week I am going to encourage you to address another part of your life!  Even if your home is not cluttered, everyone can use a nudge to re-organize some part of their life.  In my last post I encouraged us all to remove a few unused items from our closets.  I hope you all gave it a shot.  Getting dressed each morning in an organized room or closet is such a great way to start the day!

This time I encourage you to clean under your bed!  I know, it can be scary!  But if you are someone that stores things under your bed I want you to revisit that dark and dusty space and clean it out a bit.  This week take a few minutes to pull things out and sort out the items into 2 piles:  keep and donate.   Try to get rid of about 25% of what is under there.  Store the rest back under the bed.  Utilizing under the bed space is a wise use of space but it needs to be cleaned from time to time.  Hopefully knowing there is now less stuff under the bed will help you sleep even better tonight!

Take what you don’t need and donate it to a friend who could use a treat, or give it to a person in need.  Well done everyone! Check back next week so we can keep up the great work!


New Year – New Closet! Life Stylist Meredith Ehler Has a Challenge For You! | Meredith Ehler | Fashion & Life Stylist | Northern Virginia

my closet.

Happy New Year!  I love the feeling of a fresh start, where hope springs eternal! Ideas of revamping your life abound!  Yet, the reality of implementing them can be elusive. That got me thinking.  The things I have had success with in my life are those that I gave myself to completely.  I thought that this year I will attempt to serve as your Life Style Coach!  I want to walk you through the steps of organizing and re-designing your life, well, the parts that you would like to make more organized and more stylish that is.  With a coach at your side I believe that you can reach those stylish and organized goals that you have for yourself. And I want you to start with baby-steps.

The best place to start is in your closet.  I want you to have an “ahhhhhh” feeling when you open your closet doors.  Many of you dread each morning because you know you have a closet full of clothes yet you have nothing to wear!  Your closet should be a blessing to you!  I want you to open your closet and be at peace because you are able to easily find a flattering, well fitting outfit that you can accessorize with ease!

my closet.

So, if you are ready, I would like to give you your first assignment.

This week, take a few minutes and remove 1-10 items from your closet that you no longer enjoy.  There is no peace or joy when your closet is too full or it contains items that no longer serve you well.  I want you to let go and get rid of 1 to 10 items of your choice.  I suggest you use ask yourself “does this item bring me joy?” (it could be a shirt, a pair of shoes, an old sweater, a necklace you never wear, etc).  If the answer is “no” then I am asking you to let it go.  Consider giving it to a friend, a church or charity that could use the item(s).  It feels amazing to know that the next time you go into your closet it will be less crowded, and that you will have blessed someone in the mean time.

You have one week!  Please post your results!  I will continue to walk with you and challenge you in different ways this year, all with the goal of a more stylish and organized life!  Remember, baby-steps!  We have an entire year to reach your goals!  A new, more beautifully dressed, less stressed you awaits! -Meredith