Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Makeup Declutter 2017 -- Vanity Drawers CLEAR OUT -- Hello Minimalism Series

Hey, guys!  I hope you're all doing well :)  I wanted to return with a declutter of my makeup storage.  I originally had a vanity setup, but since then I have scaled down to this black drawer unit from Amazon.  It features 10 plastic drawers (my beauty products used 6, plus the top section) and stainless steel framing.

I had high hopes for these drawers, but these are NOT working for me!  The drawers are only couple inches tall, so it is impossible for most bottles to stand up right and are forced to lie flat.  Also my biggest issue -- the spacing above each one, allows dust and pet hair inside!  No thank you!

With all of being said, I really wanted to clean out every drawer and minimize my collection.  I would love my makeup to fit within two makeup bags: 1st would hold my go-to products and 2nd of my extra lippies, eyeshadow palettes, etc.  That's the goal!

First step: I covered my bed with towels... I knew sorting was in order and I didn't want anything to stain my quilt!  

Next, I took of each of the filled drawers and placed them side by side on the towels.  I also cleared the top of the unit where I kept my sprays, brushes and lip products.  This gave me a great overview.

Then I started through each section and set aside products that I absolutely adore and use often.  I knew those were all "keep".  Later, I removed expired products and items I simply didn't reach for.  This included samples... I kept a few and decided to donate 90% of them.

Here's what I kept!  Basically, I was able to scale down half of my collection.  There were certain products I kept, which I am still working through and will not need to repurchase.  

I decluttered some nail polish, makeup brushes, samples, makeup organizers and more. I decided to keep all three makeup bags, which I use on a regular basis and are all different sizes/styles.

THE RESULTS!  The right pile is garbage and the bins are full of odds and ends.  Some makeup is expired (which will be tossed), samples (will be donated) and all the organizers (will also be donated).  

While I was at it, I went through my jewelry box and found many more items to donate as well.

I counted roughly 40+ pieces that I removed from the drawers!  I'm pretty happy with that!  Of course, with more time I will keep working on it.  I hardly buy makeup anymore, so I'm using what I have.  I do still purchase pure basics, such as concealer, brow pencil and mascara... only things that I don't have extras of.  This is helping me form my ideal minimal makeup collection.

  Here's an overview of everything... top is donation/trash and bottom is keep.  As I work through more products, I think my goal of two makeup bags for storage will be in reach.  I had a lot of fun incorporating the KonMari Method for my makeup collection declutter.  It was very helpful!

  There's my latest declutter :)  How are you doing?

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Lots of Love,



  1. I always want to keep everything! And I wish I could stick to a no buy,but I'm not doing too well with it. I have enough makeup to last until I die now. Lol. And I'm 52 ;)

    1. Haha that's okay!! I'm not perfect with clearing out either... or doing a no buy! Thanks for stopping by Cammie :)