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First things first: Get rid of the junk. Don’t keep an old mascara or beauty samples you haven’t touched in months. Your vanity is a workspace for your beauty routine, so the more room you have the better. Be sure to give your stash a good purge every season.
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Rule of thumb: If there isn?t already a place for it, make one. Corral everything into containers or trays. We love the idea of buying a handful of simple plastic bins (find them at the Container Store) and spray-painting them gold. It takes five minutes, but makes a world of difference.
The Container Store ($1.49 each)
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You hate clutter, it?s true. But there?s no use stashing away the beauty products you use daily. Enter POND?S® + Jonathan Adler. The duo has teamed up to create a colorful container that holds POND?S® Wet Cleansing Towelettes. It's decidedly eye-catching (and handy, to boot).
POND´S® + Jonathan Adler Vanity Case (Suggested retail price: $7.49)
Store makeup brushes and other tools in empty votive holders. These jars are the perfect size and are often very pretty. Watch this quick video for an easy way to clean ’em out.
Your vanity is one thing, but for those nights when your head immediately hits the pillow, a cleanup stash on your bedside table is key. The new limited-edition POND’SŪ + Jonathan Adler Vanity Case for Wet Cleansing Towelettes is stylish enough to keep in plain sight and just might remind you to “take the day off,” so to speak.
PONDīSŪ + Jonathan Adler Vanity Case (Suggested retail price: $7.49)
Because sometimes the front view just isn’t enough.
PB Teen ($99)
If there’s room, stack a few magazines or books atop your vanity to add vertical space. Here you can place jars of cotton swabs or cotton balls for easy access if the flat surface gets too crowded.
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Notorious for always losing your bobby pins? Mounting a magnetic strip on the wall or inside a cabinet will keep you from digging through the bottom of your purse every time you need to pin your bangs. It’s also a convenient way to keep track of all those little tools that get lost in the bottom of a drawer.
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Your vanity (or, let’s be honest, your bathroom sink counter) is a breeding ground for clutter.
Chances are, at this very moment, you have at least three bottles of lotion, probably six stray bobby pins, a face mask and five tubes of lipstick (one of which you’ve never even worn) splayed across the surface.
But with so many products in your daily rotation, it’s hard to find a way to make it all look presentable. One easy trick? Magnetic strips. Another? Containers for basically everything. Want more? Visit the slideshow to see all of our tidying-up tips.
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