I organize all my bags’ contents in mix-and-match pouches. For example, all of my beauty products (such as hand sanitizer, concealer, moisturizer) go in one pouch. It helps me keep everything clean and then if I want anything I can just reach for that pouch rather than fishing through my entire bag. I use a soft leather pencil case by Co Lab, but anything will do. You can grab a bunch of pencil cases after the back-to-school sales.
Buy one of those heavy plastic under-the-bed storage boxes that can fix nicely in a cupboard under the sink or on the kitchen bench. Half fill it with water, detergent, and salt. Give your dishes a quick rinse and deposit them into the bucket. This soaking will remove all grease etc. and with a lid will not invite bugs/flies/mold or smell. When full, fill your sink with water deposit the items in it. Rinse and then allow to dry. This way there are never any used dishes around your house or filling up your sink to lower your self esteem further. In addition, if surprise people should visit, the place continues to look reasonably ok.
If you have a dishwasher, try rinsing the dishes and, rather than put them in the box, put them in the dishwasher and start it when it’s full.
Get yourself a supply of paper plates, bowls, baking dishes, and cutlery. Biodegradable products are freely available, and the ones made out of strengthened paper can be reused if not soiled. This allows you to eat with some dignity without having to worry about washing them, as you can dispose of everything afterwards. This is not optimal for the environment, but we are looking at temporary hacks while you are unwell.
Likewise, purchase disposal oven trays. Aluminum is fine, but the reinforced paper ones are best, as they come with plastic lids so cooked food can be placed straight into the refrigerator once cool (but don’t wait longer than two hours after it’s cooled!)
If you feel like you can’t leave the house, Amazon has a service called Subscribe & Save. If you join the service, you can select from a variety of items and have them delivered monthly, bi-monthly, etc. You can save 15% on your order, and it comes with free shipping. The program is great for toiletries, vitamins, pet supplies, household cleaners, etc. This way, you have everything you need shipped to you automatically— no need to remember anything at all.
Get the easiest possible haircut to deal with. Try to aim for the shortest length you’re comfortable with. Firstly, hair gets progressively easier to deal with the shorter it gets, and secondly, you can go for longer periods of time without getting it cut. Also, if it’s a simple hair cut, it doesn’t take long to get ready in the morning, and you can cheap out when it comes to hair dressers. If it’s really short, you can always buy a set of clippers and have a friend cut it. It’s almost impossible to mess that up.
Unfortunately, hygiene is one of the first things to suffer when you’re sick; however, it’s also one of the easiest things to fix. Keep a basket of toiletries next to the spot where you usually sit. Fill this with:
- Colgate Wisps (tiny, disposable toothbrushes)
- Dry Shampoo (you can usually find this in a pharmacy) or Baby Powder
- Face Wipes
- Hand Lotion
- Hair Brush
- Lip Balm
- Nail Clippers
There’s no rule that you have to wear make-up, but if you would like to, it’s actually easier than you might think. You only need:
- Oil-Free Moisturizer (SPF 15-30)
- Concealer (I like this one)
- Foundation Powder (usually comes with a brush)
- Dark Eyeliner (Mascara optional)
The e.l.f. brand has a cheap, good quality make-up. Start with a light coat of moisturizer. Next, lightly rub concealer on the darkest parts of your skin, such as acne scars or dark circles under your eyes. Then, using the powder brush, lightly coat your skin. Apply eyeliner half-way along the bottom of your eyelid and along the top of your eyelid. If you have especially thin or light eyelashes, finish the look with a dark mascara. This method is simple, cheap, and takes almost no talent.
If you’re interested in branching out in cosmetics and don’t know where to start, try finding your color profile. Check out the infographic below on how to do this!
Choose brands you enjoy. Select flavors you find good or scents you find soothing. It’s a simple choice that may make a big difference.