Organize your toiletries chronologically
Keeping up the basic maintenance of the inner and outer face is hard. There are so many different steps — it's easy to skip one or two or all of them.
Reduce friction in facial upkeep, build a healthy habit, and potentially save thousands on dental bills by chronologically ordering your toiletries.
Best practices for a chronological toiletry organiser
There are lots of ways of achieving this, but for best results consider the following ideas:
- Keep it visible. If you can't see something, you're less likely to use it.
- It should look like a sequence of actions. Your setup should visually represent the actions you want to take — clearly guiding you through each step. It should be intuitive. You should be able to do it while half asleep.
- Each item should have a distinct spot. It should be obvious when an item is missing or in use. That way, when you put the item back, you'll know immediately which item is next.
- Find the optimal order. Take pills before brushing teeth or you'll swallow toothpaste. Apply toner before moisturiser lest you provoke the wrath of Aphrodite.
Morning and night routines often differ but have overlaps. So I created two rows — one for morning and one for night. Each action has its own space. Actions are performed from the left to the right.
- Morning actions are in the top row
- Night actions are in the bottom row
- Actions that should be done both morning and night straddle both rows.
I used modular organisers from Muji to achieve this. This has the advantages of being easy to change if the routine changes.
You could also draw a grid on a board, or even trace around the toiletries to create a clear missing space, like so: