My vanity dresser has been in the family since forever. It belonged to my aunt then it was used by my cousins and I when we were growing up together in our common room and now it’s with me. The wood is real hard wood, not the low quality kind one gets in the department stores these days. It had its share of being battered through the years and has achieved a certain shabby chic quality, which I find charming. However, the mess of my vanity dresser is not charming at all. Before organizing my vanity, I am ashamed to admit that this was how it looked:
And this was my makeup drawer (more shame!):
I bought all dividers for my makeup drawer over at Saizen. This 4-part divider holds primers and foundations, eyeliners and eyebrow stuff, Body Shop shimmer waves and bronzers, and some pots of eyeshadow.
Then another divider holds all my lip colors, which I sorted according to reds, nudes, pinks and glosses. The next time I buy lipstick, I have to throw away an old one or else it won’t fit. That’s one more perk of organizing, you buy new stuff only when there’s space for them. Or else, you make one 🙂
The other dividers in my drawer contain my mineral makeup, blushes, and other bronzers, and the other divider is for all my other eye colors. The rest of the drawer contains loose powder, sponges, makeup palettes and travel-size makeup.
Then on top of my vanity, I placed my frequently used makeup, or those which I more or less use daily. I found this accessory stand in Japan Home Center (P88), which was exactly what I was looking for.
This clear stand was a Saizen find (P85), which is perfect for holding all my makeup brushes and tools.
And this holder was also from Saizen (P85), to hold my hair brushes and combs:
Now, on to accessories. I looove these clear boxes (P85 each) from Saizen, which holds my large earrings, rings, watches, and bracelets. They look so much like expensive acrylic containers but at a fraction of the price! 🙂
And another great find were these lovely large clear boxes from Robinson’s Department Store, which now holds my bangles and necklaces used in heavy rotation. Originally priced at P299.75 each, I got each of them at half off for P149.88 only! 🙂 Now I hope I’ll be able to beat the tendency to forget the stuff that I have since I can see most of them already 🙂
I also bought these mirrors at Robinson’s Department Store. I took one apart from its original frame and used it as the base for the vanity, while the other one remained in its original frame but was also used as a base, making the dresser easier to clean 🙂
I also made use of my existing stuff. This accessories organizer was a Christmas gift from my friend Aissa and now holds my bangles (wrapped in resealable bags to prevent corrosion) and some of my sunglasses.
This pink plastic container holds my earrings, which I have yet to sort though. 🙂
Then I had a coffee, sugar, tea container set made of glass lying around the house but didn’t use them for that since the containers weren’t airtight. I repurposed them for my dresser and now they hold my ponytail bands, small perfumes and rocks and shells collected from travels. Since the containers are not airtight, they’re so easy to open 🙂 Another clear plastic box holds clips and hair pins.
I also had this plate (I can no longer remember if got in SM or in Landmark but it was super cheap) and it was only now that I was organizing that I discovered that it’s from the Chris Madden for JCPenney home decor collection. I repurposed it to hold my perfume and cologne.
And finally, this sauce plate which I bought months ago in SM Homeworld now holds my watch, jewelry, and red nail polish (although the red polish are there more for decorative effect. hehe)
The joy I feel every morning sitting by my vanity dresser to get ready for work or before going out at night will surely be multiplied by seeing all my stuff so organized. I hope I inspired you to do some home organization of your own, even just starting out with something so superfluous as yes, one’s vanity dresser. But I figured, if a girl can organize her vanity dresser and what more, keep it organized, then that’s a real accomplishment. Here’s hoping mine will still look as organized as this weeks and weeks after. Cheers! 🙂