All beauty lovers inevitably face the same problem – their vanity becomes flooded with makeup, haircare and skincare products. It always starts out innocently, but then it slowly transforms into a dumping ground of all the new products that we’ve bought, don’t know what to do with, or don’t know whether to get rid of or keep. Does that sound something like you? A messy and overcrowded vanity doesn’t inspire and it becomes a waste of time looking for that one lipstick in an abyss of mess. Read on to learn 8 foolproof ways to declutter your vanity.
1. Declutter by category
A foolproof way to motivate you to purge is by getting an eagle’s eye view on just how much of one category of item you have. For example, lay out all your lip products in one spot (lipsticks, lip balms, lip glosses, lip scrubs etc) and you’ll be shocked by just how many you have, then declutter from there.
2. Throw out expired items
The most no brainer way to declutter is simply by getting rid of any expired products. Your skin absorbs everything you put on it, so it’s not worth slapping on expired face cream and foundation.
3. When was the last time you used it? Is it dusty?
If there is a layer of dust on your products, then it’s a telltale sign that you haven’t used it in a long time. Constantly ask yourself: “Have I used this item in the past week/month/year?” If you haven’t and it’s not expired, it can make a nice gift for friends or family.
4. Throw out empties or near empties
Chances are that you have empty bottles of toner or that last bit of sunscreen lying in your vanity drawers. Either use it up or get rid of it.
5. Throw out broken items
That broken bronzer that you accidentally dropped, which you promised yourself you’d ‘fix’ months ago? Time to say bye bye.
6. Do you have dupes?
If you have 10 eyeshadow colours that look exactly the same or almost identical, you’re just wasting precious space in your vanity. You only need 1. Nobody can tell the difference anyway!
7. Sort the remaining items by colour or by type
Once you’ve completed purging, sort everything that remains in a way that works for you. You could try sorting your lipsticks by colour or by consistency, such as grouping all liquid lipsticks together and so on. Also try to keep the same category of items together such as lotions, foundations and palettes so that you can always get a bird’s eye view on just how much of each category you have.
8. Invest in organisational tools
It could be as simple as repurposing an old ice tray to organise your loose eyeshadows or even investing in a makeup desk that has compartments. We like using acrylic makeup organisers to keep things grouped and aesthetically pleasing.