12X30 Challenge January: The Love Yourself Challenge


My So-Called Chaos and Chasing My Extraordinary have this great monthly link up. This months theme is organize. Now, being that I moved less that a year a go, I don’t really have a ton of clutter. In fact, if we’re being honest, I don’t really have a lot of anything, anymore. Anyway, I sat down to put on my make up and realized how much of a mess my make up drawer was. It’s actually kind of embarrassing.




See? It’s just a mess of … mess. So, I had these baskets from either the Dollar Tree or Dollar General, that I originally had bought for my bathbomb displays at farmer’s markets. Well, it turns out that they’re great for organizing make up.



All Done!


I went through and separated everything by what it was. So basically everything that was for lips went into one basket, eyeshadow went into another, blush, powder, and foundation into another. I have a ton of eyeliner and eyebrow stuff (the curse of having small, blonde eyebrows) so that stuff all went into it’s own basket. While organizing it, if went through and if it was broken or hadn’t been used in the last couple of months, I threw it out. I also cleaned all my brushes and put them into a new jar. It looks sooooo much better now that I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am with it.




The best part is, it only took me about 15 minutes to do. All you need to do is go in with a plan. My plan was, “If I haven’t used it in the last 2 months, it has got to go!” this made the process a lot faster. I know what I use regularly and I know which products I love and which ones I don’t. Fortunately, I don’t get super attached to my make up (nail polish though, that’s a different story!) so I don’t have a problem throwing it away if I don’t like it.




What do you think?


Heather is a 29 year old Social Media specialist that enjoys writing, reading, video games, and nerdy things in general. She has two children, 3 dogs, and a handful of chickens. Her favorite fandoms are Star Wars, Tolkien, and the Harry Potter universe.


  1. Great ideas on storing and organizing your makeup stash!! Also, remember to throw out any expired makeup and to clean your makeup brushes once a week (or after every use, if you’re willing).

  2. When we remodeled our bathroom I had a special make-up drawer with trays built in – because trays are the only way to go when it comes to make-up! I go through every couple of months and clean out the old products, being able to see everything helps!

  3. Your makeup drawer looks so awesome! I love the idea of separating the makeup into bins by type. I really need to go through and get rid of some of my makeup. I don’t wear it too often and I have managed to accumulate quite the stash.

  4. The Dollar Tree is the best! I use it for just about any organization project.

    I need to do my polish next but I just get soooo attached that I hate throwing any of it away.


  5. I *should* go through mine that often but I just don’t. I love organization, too. I can spend hours on pinterest just looking at how pretty people can make things look!

    Thank you for reading!

  6. How much counter space do you have? You could do something like this: http://www.target.com/p/sterilite-3-drawer-small-multipurpose-organizer-white/-/A-14779287#prodSlot=medium_1_12&term=small+drawer+tote

    Or you could do something like this: http://decozilla.com/2013/11/bathroom-storage-ideas-multifunctional-tools-at-its-best/
    but on a smaller scale?

    My last place didn’t have any counter space and I was renting so I couldn’t put up shelves. I ended up using an old school caboodle box for all my makeup!

  7. What if you have literally no drawers in your bathroom? I moved about two months ago, and all my stuff is still in boxes on my bathroom floor. I have a small under the sink cabinet, and that’s it. I do have space for a shelf, but I’m unsure if I should buy a shelf or something else. Any suggestions for me?

  8. Taylor Yates

    Awesome idea! I try to go through about once a month and clean out any old makeup I’m not using or that has gotten icky and reorganize everything else…but it’s always so hard as I hate letting go of ANYTHING when it comes to makeup. Love the tip about the bins – they keep everything nice and organized! I am OBSESSED with organization so I was literally drooling over how nice it all looks. lol


  9. Dana Brillante-Peller

    You’ve motivated me to go through my makeup drawer…I don’t even know what is in there and I always just pull out the same stuff!


  10. Dollar Store purchases can solve ALMOST any problem! I swear by the Dollar Tree but friends don’t always understand. lol
    This is pretty inspiring and you’re right it could probably be done so quickly! I definitely need to go through makeup, dried up nail polish, etc. It probably makes you so much more excited to use your products when they’re appealing to the eye as well. 🙂

  11. I organized my makeup this weekend, too! I actually deep-cleaned my entire studio, which is where my vanity resides. I had these plastic drawer organizers from Ikea that didn’t fit well in the drawers I had, so there was a ton of wasted space AND the compartments weren’t really appropriately sized for makeup items. I ended up grabbing my old Birchbox boxes & laying them down in the drawers and they fit like a freaking glove. I’m so happy with how the drawers look now. Well, half of them. Half still have the ikea organizers. But I don’t get Birchbox anymore, so Idk how I’m gonna organize the remaining drawers. Haha.

  12. Great idea getting those from the dollar store! I’m in the process of organizing some things too, so now I’ll head there! Thanks!

  13. I definitely need to go through my makeup and get it organized (and dump the stuff I don’t use anymore)….this is very inspiring!

  14. Mine was bad. Before I had a drawer, I was using a makeup bag and it was always a disaster. I told myself that when I got my drawer I would keep it neat and organized. oops!

  15. I did this just a few weeks ago! I went to the dollar store and bought a bunch of the little bins/baskets and it felt so good to clean everything out! I now can find everything so much easier, too!

  16. My makeup drawer is a disaster! Thanks for sharing your ideas. I definitely need to organize.

  17. I bought great clear draws from amazon and I use those to store my makeup! I really need to go through and throw / donate things to friends since I have way too much for any normal person. But I guess that comes with being a beauty / fashion blogger!

  18. I just bought these big drawers and did a huge purge and organization of all my makeup. It felt great to clean it all up!

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