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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Five minute, $5 make-up drawer organization

I may not work-out as much as I should, there may be entirely too much reality TV saved on my DVR(s) (BTW - the new season of Real Housewives New Jersey looks so good) and I may neglect my laundry for weeks a month at a time, but I do consider myself a fairly organized person.  In fact, when I opened my suitcase in front of my friends the last time we were in Vegas, they were appalled at how organized my packing was.  (Refer here for my travel organization tips.)

However, even the most organized girl will sometimes accumulate clutter.  Clutter I cannot deal with, which is why I could no longer function with the sad state of my "every day" make-up drawer any longer.  This particular drawer is full of products I rotate on the daily.

Thanks to all the traveling I've done in the past 6 months, which led to switching products back and forth between make-up bag and drawer several times over, I accumulated the hot mess you see on the left below.  I didn't even realize how much stress this drawer was causing me every day until I spent $5 and 5 minutes to fix it.


I bought the compartments from The Dollar Tree, which helped organize my make-up into 7 different sections: lips, eye shadow compacts, eye shadow pots, foundation/primer, powder, blush/bronzer and eyeliner/mascara.

The red circular tin and the red baskets were each $1 .  The clear and blue tubs were 2 for $1.  

I bought a glass votive for $1 and used wax beads (similar to these) that I already had on hand to organize my brushes:

It literally took me 5 minutes to dump out my drawer and put this together and it's already made a world of difference by cutting down on the time it takes me to get ready.  You wouldn't believe how long it took me to riffle through that hot mess of a drawer trying to find the particular foundation I wanted to wear for the day or the right eye shadow brush.   My only regret is I waited six months to spend the $5 and 5 minutes to do this.  Sigh.  Live and learn, right?
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34 comments:

  1. My gosh I wish I had you around. I'm the least organized person EVER! I don't have nearly as much makeup as you do (I use the same things pretty much every day) but man that organization looks nice. I gotta stop hitting up the dollar store!

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  2. Love the organization, very key! I am too lazy to do my makeup at home so I get it in at work, or red lights ;)!

    Love the brush holder, I have a very similar one that I made with coffee beans. the smell is amazeballs!

    xoxo

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  3. your before is exactly how my makeup drawer looks right now. and you're right...i spend ages trying to find what i need for the day. might be time to organize. thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. I am right there with you! And the Container Store sells these acrylic divided drawer organizers which I'm obsessed with. Your brush votive is awesome - I want to try it!

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  5. This is fantastic - you would be appalled at the sight of my makeup drawers right now....one big mess! Luckily I got a Dollar Tree gift card from my future mother in law for Christmas:) I know how I'm spending it! Also - RHONJ=AMAZING!

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  6. Gotta love the dollar tree for organizational things! Also, if you put coffee beans in the glass votive it will make your room/bathroom smell amazing. I put them in my brush container and LOVE it.

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  7. Looks good, I'm in the process of getting all my stuff organized too, finally finished my closet and my makeup desk is next :)

    Xo

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  8. Love it!! I keep my makeup in a makeup bag but I wanna sort it all out like that when I move. I just don't have space to do that right now. Looks great pretty girl! :)

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  9. Love this idea. I've been trying to get my make up in order. I have done the make up brush organizer too. It is a big help instead of fumbling around a make up bag

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  10. wow! looks great! i also just read your packing tips since I am going to hawaii on thrusday & packing gives me the WORST anxiety! and the NJ housewives season looks AAAMAZING! omg! so.much.drama.!!

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  11. looks great! i did this with my makeup/jewelry drawers a couple of weeks ago. it really makes a difference.

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  12. very organized my dear! now how long will it stay that way?? ;)

    im off to the east village tonight. perhaps ill pass your beauty bar! ill let ya know.....

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  13. Love the organization tips...might just have to hit up the dolla store later to get some of these goodies! I especially need a more organized makeup brush holder...

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  14. I love it! I so need to do this with my makeup!!

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  15. I wish my bathroom had a drawer so I could do this too! Looks great!

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  16. Damn girl, you have a lot of products. Jealous!

    I have my makeup brushes in something similar.. a vase with some marbles. I love the way it looks and it holds them all together perfectly!

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  17. You are right. It seems simple - but I was just thinking this morning how I need to move crap that I don't usually use somewhere else, and leave only everyday items in my makeup bag, because I swear it is causing me to waste at least an extra 10 mins. (a lot of time for me) every morning looking for crap. Good idea! Now I'm motivated!

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  18. you have to do a makeup collection post! looks like you have some awesome products =]

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  19. That looks awesome! It is such a great idea! I am deff. going to have to try this one out!

    http://beginningwithbecca.blogspot.com/

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  20. good job girl, i have containers like this too, but it doesn't look as great as yours........

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  21. Who knew organizations could be so cheap and effective! Looks great :)

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  22. I am a neat freak too, but it seems my makeup drawer is never quite right. Thanks for sharing.

    Love our back and forth convos on Instagram, my dear!

    Xo,
    Dana @ www.five30three.com

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  23. HOW FREAKING GENIUS IS THIS! ah love you! you and i would be BFF for our crazy tactics. SMART though. Very very smart...

    And best of all? On a budget.

    My kinda girl.

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  24. LOVE the Dollar Tree! & it's amazing how much better you feel when something that was once a chaotic mess it now an organization heaven! Good job chicka!

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  25. WOW, i seriously need to do this to become organized again.

    Your blog is amazing!! Following!!

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  26. Great job! I need to seriously organize my jewelry drawer! Need to take your inspo and get to it!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  27. I realllllly need to start organizing my house. I love organization but you could never tell it by looking at my house at the moment - I'm surprised it doesn't keep me up at night. I'm serious.

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  28. i want you to know that i saw your pics on instagram and then promptly added "makeup jars" to my store list! inspirational little miss bargainista!

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  30. I put my brushes in coffee beans & my bathroom smells amazing!

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