My mission to get all my beauty/bathroom products organized in a more functional way continued this week! Last week was all about the bathroom counter and tub surround.
Today I tackled the biggest mess – the makeup vanity in the closet. Let’s go back a moment before we go forward.
Once upon a time, this area of my closet looked like this…
We took on the One Room Challenge and redesigned the closet from scratch. After lots of long nights, blood, sweat, and tears (literally), it looked like this…
However, it’s been about 2 1/2 year since we finished the master closet makeover and a make-up organizing update was long overdue because things deteriorated to this.
I’ve been subscribed to the $10 monthly Ipsy cosmetic mailings for over a year and I love all the products I get to try out, but in the chaos of the vanity, I receive products and almost immediately forget about some of them.
I knew if I wanted to keep receiving them (and I do!), I needed to have a way to organize everything in a way that was easy to access.
And I needed to stop wasting time every single day just digging through the vanity for the basic items I need to feel comfortable leaving the house. How the most used products always ended up on the bottom, of the mess, I’ll never understand!
Along the way, I had added a small cosmetic organizer to the corner. Not only was it too small for me, the drawers required a small battle to open and barely held anything anyways.
While I was working on last week’s sponsored post for Interdesign, I saw their larger makeup organizers and decided to give them a try. Full disclosure – they were kind enough to let me pick out the products for this vanity and ship them with the other supplies, but this post isn’t sponsored beyond that. 🙂
To get this project going, I started with the first step I always recommend for organizing…remove everything!
Ah, back to a blank slate!
I measured the width of the vanity and was excited to realize I could fit two new large makeup organizers in the middle of the vanity with room to spare on each side.
I designated one for lips & eyes and the other for the rest of my face. 🙂
It’s SO nice to have ample room for lots of brushes and an easy spot to store mascara and eyeliner.
I was worried the Interdesign version might have the same sticky drawers as my older organizer since it’s also clear, but the drawers work perfectly and can hold more than I expected!
The makeup wasn’t the only problem in this area though, I also needed a solution for the jewelry I have from Gram. I was using a gold leaf DIY organizer I made during a thrift shop challenge, but gold jewelry on gold leaf isn’t so easy to see. Plus, it was taking up a ton of space while not feeling very protected.
I found a 3 drawer jewelry organizer and it may be my favorite new-to-me product.
It feels so fancy, but is hugely functional with different size dividers on each level. There was some great attention to detail with this design because the top even has a nice lip so it can serve as a tray.
On the right side of the makeup, I used my other new favorite – the drawer flip organizer.
The drawers can be rotated so you can use the whole organizer vertically like mine, or horizontally. Brilliant! PS: Did you notice I still have an entire empty drawer in the makeup organizer? They hold SO MUCH!
I was left with just enough room to slide in a countertop trash can on the far right end, which holds way more than I expected despite the size. It’s so handy for makeup packaging, tissues, clothing tags from the closet, etc. I’m embarrassed to say that all those things could be commonly found just left on the vanity before.
So far, my plan to get organized in order to make a morning routine easier is working. I’m enjoying getting myself together in the morning and it puts me in a more productive mindset!
If you ignore the fact that we desperately need to replace the broken drawer pulls, the vanity is now the stuff my organizing dreams are made of.
I hadn’t realized how much having the messy spot to get ready was pushing me toward minimal makeup and ponytail days. Which is totally okay on occasion for me, but doesn’t make me feel my best when they happen over and over.
In case you need to solve any of the same issues I did, here’s the list of products I used from left to right.
As always, while I recommend the products I used because they were perfect for me, it’s not about pressuring you to go with the exact solutions. But it IS about taking charge of the areas making YOUR life more difficult and finding a way to improve them.
If the bathroom products are a struggle for you too, here’s a few more posts you need to check out next.
Bathroom Counter & Tub Surround
Under My Bathroom Sink
Under Corey’s Bathroom Sink
Guest Bathroom Organization (Shows A Tiered Solution for Smaller Spaces)
Bathroom Closet Organization (This one is ready for a real life update since it was from 2014, but there are some solutions that worked well for us for several years)
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