An Organized {& simplified} Makeup Vanity Drawer

I use my master bath vanity drawer several times daily.
And although I didn't store many things in here to begin with,
I still found myself wasting time digging in and around and under things 
to find that one thing that I needed.
What a waste of time!

Only daily-use items needed to be in this drawer.
Other products, like lotion and hair spray, are now under my sink.

I also didn't really find the white plastic bins that we bought 
when we first moved in this home to be useful or beautiful.
I used to buy a new mascara/polish/blush/fill-in-the-blank
regardless if I needed a new one or not, 
and, right before taking the picture below,
I purged quite a collection of barely used and unloved products.

So I wondered:
what if I started spending a little bit more on that one quality item 
that I know would work with my skin tone and eye color?

Would I be wasting money?
Would I be saving time?

I went to Sephora at the mall, had a makeover,
learned about the colors that were right for me,
and got a few things that I love and will use.

These scissors, combs, and clips weren't used daily,
so they went under my sink into a zippered bag
with other hair trimming/shaving items.

I threw away the fingernail files and bought a quality new one
that had several sides' worth of filing smoothnesses.

I wasn't truly fond of any of these polishes, 
so they got put into the donation bin.

I spied this bamboo drawer organizer at Wal-Mart, of all places.
And, to it, I added the products that I'd bought to go with my skin tone.

The only products I need and actually use:

Buxom mascara
NYX eyeshadow collections
NYX lipsticks in purple and red
MAC Lipglass lipgloss
an eyelash curler
nail polish in colors I like
Mac Pigment (for eyeshadow, blush, or lip color)
Mac eyeshadow
Mac Cremeblend Blush
eyeliners in brown, olive, and black
(I already loved) Smashbox High Definition Concealer
Banana Boat Face SPF 30

I also don't use parfum/perfume.
I love Aura Blends Brand, 
the scent Egyptian Goddess,
found at Whole Foods 
(it's next to the deodorant, below).

I used to have eight makeup brushes.
However, I only kept reaching 
for the all-over face brush and eyeshadow brush.
So I kept those and ditched the rest.

Pure Ice has fun nail polish colors and I only use/need these.

Nail care, simplified.

I have finally gotten to the point in my life
where I finally believe that less is truly more!

And whereas I used to say it and encourage it,
now I am actually living it, and I love it!

Little by little, I have been paring down the things in my home
to those things that I actually find to be useful and beautiful.

I have learned to discern my wants from needs,
I have learned to tell clutter from useful items,
stress from simplicity.

As I move from space to space,
I am realizing that I came to this place naked 
and I shall leave this place naked.
All my stuff ought to either 
enhance my life or enable me to bless others,
not just occupy space.

I decided that I would no longer use my precious time 
moving things from one spot to another in an attempt to "organize" it,
or continue to buy more "organizers" in attempt to neatly display
what is really clutter since I am not using it. 

And I started with this drawer 
that I use every day.

Where can you start?


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  1. I clicked on Pinterest to get to this post, so I'm not totally sure when it was posted, but Lord have you helped me. I recently went through and purged my makeup, but still have a bunch "I might need or use one day". No, I won't. I'm going to go home tonight and complete the purge and pare down to the items that work for me. And stick with those items. Thank you so much! I'm going to bookmark this post and refer back to it often.

    1. Hi Roxanne!
      This post was posted a few hours before you comment :)
      Living with less is so freeing and peaceful!
      You'll love it, too!

  2. I love this post I feel the same way and have been slowly working through the house. Your thoughts at the end are so right on. I am embarrassed to say that I have three large drawers next to my vanity that I rummage through daily ~ necessities mixed in with junk. My goal thisweek s to purge and organize them. What section of Walmart dd you find that nice organizer? Also, I love using a glass nail file. I've had mine about 6 years and they run about $7. They are so nice to use.

    1. Oops should have keys are starting to act wonky on my IPad :-(

    2. Karen,
      No worries about the words, I know what you meant :)
      I found the organizer on the kitchen drawer organizing aisle.
      It was only $9.98!
      I will look into a glass nail file! Thank you for that advice!
      Have fun simplifying!

  3. Susan in MississippiNovember 8, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    I love what you did with your make up and beauty supplies, but I *have* to know what the matches are for? ;o)

    1. Hi Susan!!
      You made me laugh so hard!
      The matches are to light the candle that I have on the counter.
      I KNEW someone was gonna ask me that, because I would ask the same thing!

  4. Once again, you have inspired me to follow your example. I cleaned and reorganized two bathroom drawers over the weekend, and now the one that holds daily use items is a joy every time I open it! AND, I didn't have to buy a thing, just re-purposed other containers I had on hand. (My husband hasn't missed one I stole from his drawer yet!)

    1. Hi Tricia!
      EEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I am so glad I got to inspire you to live in freedom from some of your stuff!
      My hubby loves it when I simplify and yours might, too, LOL!

  5. This post is exactly what I need!!! Isn't it funny how the small drawers in the Bathroom.... can hold the most "Un-used" stuff!!! I love your idea on this subject and I am already making a mental list... I was so laughing at myself!! ( Many items in my "Mess" .. I haven't used in ... well ?????) Thanks again Leslie!!!

    1. Terri,
      Why do we always keep things we never use?
      I scratch my head at myself, too!

  6. Hi Leslie,

    Just came across this post today. I haven't been on here in a little while. I love what you did to "pare down." I need to go through the junk in my bathroom and do the same! I noticed your hairbrush. Did you get it at DT? I totally bought that exact brush today, color and all. :)

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