Your alarm has gone off. You've hit snooze more times than you can remember and need to be out of the front door in half an hour. Forget miracles. We'll show you how to take charge and get ready in a dash, just by organising your dressing table. And even better, we'll show you how to do it in style.
If you want to maintain a minimal look
It's important to keep your table-top as clear as possible. Use simple, sleek boxes in organic colours and textures to pop essentials in. Store lesser used items in a solid box, and your most-loved items in an easy-to-open chest or basket so that everything's within easy reach. And pick out your absolute favourite perfume to display on your surface for a pretty touch. The sleek lines and soft colour of our Gleam Dressing Table are perfect for pulling off a minimal look.
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Making the most of your drawers
No one wants to wake up to a pile of clutter on their chest of drawers or dressing table – it makes waking up and getting ready take so much longer. Designate each of your drawers for a particular use to help speed up your morning. It may be that one top drawer is perfect for skincare and makeup, whilst the other acts as a hair-fixing hub. A heatproof or silicone baking mat can even be used to place hot straighteners and hairdryers on, without damaging your drawers.
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Relive your Tetris hay-day
Use the Japanese art of decluttering to maximise your table-top space, but more importantly, think back to Tetris. Remember how you made those shapes fit together? Recycle shoe box lids as drawer separators and useful places to store odds and ends, and get inventive with your use of storage methods and positions. There's no need for a trip to the shops. You'll most likely have everything you need at home.
If you've got more products than you'd like to admit, opt for a sleek dressing table design that can offer loads of crafty storage space to help speed up mornings. We love the Otterburn Dressing Table, which has a clever storage system hidden behind a sliding mirror.
If you're a serious bedhead but don't have the drawer space
Create a handy table-top place to keep your straighteners, hairdryer and any other styling tools in. And don't worry, it doesn't have to look bland. A lovely wicker basket in a similar tone to your table-top will blend in without looking bulky and can double as a daily hair-station. Once you've worked your hair magic, throw your tools back in the basket for tomorrow. You'll also have more space to add additional storage solutions. We like using similar colour tone boxes in an array of designs for a pulled-together, chic look.
You want a more lived in look
Are you somewhere inbetween simple and eclectic in interior style, and have been known to hoard trinkets and pretty accessories? Layer up a stylish mat, easy-to-access boxes and beauty chests to store your morning-routine essentials in to create a chic look. Use the unexpected to build clever places that will speed up your morning. Vintage mugs, cups or perfume boxes make perfect brush holders, and that large shell from your last seaside trip can serve as a bobble, clip and ring dish.
Practical and gorgeous
You've been there and done the minimal look but at the end of the day, you realised that you like showing off your collections too. Create a space that you'll want to get ready in and will give you extra incentive to get out of bed. Partner practical with pretty by adding a small faux or real plant, stylish boxes and prop a favourite image in a frame to display. A calendar hung by your dressing table will also serve as a welcome reminder of your plans for the week ahead.
A French boudoir inspired design such as the Fontette Dressing Table will set the tone.
You want to create some calm amongst the chaos
Who say's that you can't have it all? The morning rush of getting ready can be made more enjoyable, efficient and quicker by adding some calm to the mix. An oversized, leafy plant will bring the outdoors in and create a sense of openess and space. It can also give you a perfect hiding spot. Just place bottles and products behind it for easy access. Don't forget the classic scented candle either, which can brighten a dim morning and will give off a soothing scent when unlit. Opt for zingy, fresh scents if you need a morning pick-me-up.
Get involved to win a TIGI hair product bundle
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