I have one request before I get started…Don’t judge me.
It has become apparent that I have a slight obsession with makeup.
I will preface this post with a justification: I grew up wearing makeup for dance recitals. I would ask my mom if I could do my own red lipstick and blue eyeshadow when I was 3 years old. This issue runs deeeep.
So what you’re about to see, though it may be shocking, is a culmination of 30 years worth of cosmetics. Well, nothing’s quite that old…but you catch my drift. I needed some serious bathroom organization.
Now that that’s out of the way, let me show you how I completely overhauled my overabundant makeup drawer.
This is the obligatory “Before” picture. Sorry, Penelopes. My “organization” consisted of a bunch of old makeup bags and shoeboxes. That’s right. I said shoeboxes.
I’m hanging my head in shame right now.
After seeing this ungodly mess for a few too many months, I set out on a mission to Home Goods to score some acrylic drawer organizers.
Mission accomplished. (See image below.) I freakin’ love me some Home Goods. (You can also find some similar bathroom organizational items at The Container Store online.)
I figured I’d need some organizers to accommodate lipstick tubes, some long compartments for brushes and liners, and some divided trays for pots and palettes. I didn’t do any measuring prior to shopping for said organizers because I like to live on the wild side.
I then fit in a non-slip drawer liner to keep the organizers from moving around.
The first step to any organization project is to toss anything old or outdated.
You know all those makeup charts that tell you how long a certain product is good for? I don’t follow those. If the color or consistency changes or if it smells funky, I get rid of it. Easy.
Here’s the whole haul for your viewing pleasure:
I organized by makeup type (i.e. lips, eyes, cheeks, etc.) and because I’m at least 85% Penelope, all the labels and colors had to be visible for easy access!
Check it out. I feel like I live in the makeup department of my favorite store.
So now, it’s your turn! What small-ish area of your house is driving you crazy?
Let’s tackle that, shall we? Here’s what we’re going to do:
- Choose your project area. Again, something small. A drawer or small cabinet is great for this assignment.
- Take everything out.
- Toss what’s old or not useful.
- Assess what’s left – is there a storage solution (as in something from Home Goods or The Container Store) that would keep that area in order going forward? If so, order it or choose a time to go buy it.
- Implement that new storage solution.
- Stand back and pat your Penelope back. Nicely done, sister.