Pottery Barn Vanity: Makeup & Jewelry Storage

I received this beautiful piece of furniture for Christmas a few years back. It is the Hampton Vanity Tower & Super Set from Pottery Barn Teen.

It is a beautiful piece of furniture and organizational tool as is, but I had to make a couple of modifications to it. I didn’t like the look of the cork boards on the inside of the doors. I covered them in foam board wrapped in fabric. I use this section to hang my necklaces and it works beautifully.

I also didn’t want the expense of buying storage pieces to use within the drawers to organize my makeup and jewelry. So I opted to make simple DIY drawer organizers out of foam board and covered them in fabric. It is visually pleasing and very inexpensive and makes this look like a custom piece.

This is the before picture without the drawer organizers. As you can see, there is a lot of storage and possibilities for organization. Below, you will see the DIY drawer organizers that I made for a more customized organization.

I have had this piece organized several different ways over the past few years. I am getting ready to reorganize and declutter my makeup and jewelry. I will post photos here of the before and after.

Do you have some helpful tips to share on how you organize your makeup and jewelry?

Thirty-One Fall Bundles

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Erin Condren Planners

image imageAm I the last person on the planet that hasn’t streamlined a life by using Erin Condren Planners? I feel that I am way behind the times. I have been reluctant to purchase one because to me I thought these received more hype then needed. To me it was a glorified sticker book with a calendar added. And to tell you the truth…a little old school.

I must admit I was wrong. I have day planners currently for my day job and then my hobby job…plus a personal calendar. Too many things to organize and carry around. I do 99% of my scheduling on my cellphone calendar which has been convenient…but it is hard to glance ahead to plan other events. Here I thought I was being high tech and I just wasn’t cutting it. So…I am back to using technology and good old pen and paper.  So I will give this a try and see if I find this to be beneficial or if it is just a way to make my organization a little more fancy and colorful.

I love the idea of customizing the covers, the layout, etc… I love that they offer a teacher planner as well…a perfect gift for my daughter who just graduated college and will begin her first teaching job soon. A great gift for anyone really.


Target: Organization Caddy

There is something classic and timeless about black and white design. I stumbled across this beauty at Super Target. I just love the versatility of this caddy. It was in the office supply section of the store. I couldn’t resist purchasing a couple of these to use in my vanity tower to store makeup brushes and one for the office to store writing utensils. I even like the possibility of using this for a silverware entertaining. Priced at only $7.99 each…I just couldn’t pass that up. Room Essentials Desktop Storage

I love the amount of room for storing my makeup brushes. Oops…looks like I forgot to clean them before snapping this picture. I have another set of Sigma Brushes coming in the mail which will fill this up perfectly. I can sort my brushes by type to make it easier to get my makeup application done faster. So many options and the size of this caddy fits perfectly on the shelves in my vanity towers.

Another use of this caddy is for writing utensils in the office/classroom. This is what the caddy was intended for, but I can’t help but think of the many ways I can use these.

Another awesome use would be a silverware caddy. Perfect for a party like today…my birthday! Happy 4th of July everyone. Be safe and have a great Independence Day!







Organized Bag Lady May Giveaway

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May monthly giveaway is finally here! This month I am giving away three wonderful Thirty-One items: Retro Metro Weekender, True Beauty Bag, and a zipper Pouch all in the Spotty Dot Pattern. A value of $120!

How do you register to win?

1) You need to be an Organized Bag Lady Facebook follower. To increase your chances to win…follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and my website www.organizedbaglady.com

2) You must leave a comment to this month’s question in the comment sections of any of my social media sites. The question is: If you had $100 to spend this summer, what would you spend it on? (Shoes, handbags, jewelry, makeup, etc…)

It is just that easy! You must be over 18 years of age or have parental permission to register.

Good luck!


New Shoes…New Storage (The Container Store)

container store stackable shoe rackI love The Container Store…and I wish we had one closer.

If you have followed me, you know that I have been buying shoes like they are going out of style. Well…Target and Tj Maxx are really just rocking a great shoe line this spring so I had to snatch them up while I still could.

Obviously, I do own other shoes but with this influx of the new shoes I feel the pressure to find a better solution than my existing one.

My closet is new and has built in storage for shoes, handbags, etc…but, it just isn’t feasible for me to keep my seasonal shoes out and then store other seasonal shoes in boxes hidden in the back of my closet until next season.

I don’t know where you live, but here in the Midwest, spring has been quite off. One day it is in the 70 degree range and the next day it is snowing 3+ inches. I feel that I have may jinxed the weather this year. I prematurely packed away my heavy winter sweaters, boots, scarves, etc…trying to embrace the changing of the seasons. Well…wouldn’t you know it…that is when it began to snow again. Then it was warm for a whole week and I purchased summer clothes, capris, etc…and then it began to turn cold. Seriously…do you think I have the power to jinx the weather? Hmm…

Boy…I really went off track there. Back to the shoe issue, I found these awesome two-tier mesh stackable shoe shelves online at The Container Store that I am going to use. I just ordered three of these…which is way more than I need but it would be nice to have all of my shoes organized within easy reach.

I will post a before and after picture when they arrive. Well…since I am all kinds of crazy…part of me wants to turn the spare bedroom into a walk in closet so maybe the after picture will be a drastic one. Do you think I am crazy for considering to do this? I just checked out Pinterest last night for some ideas and what a relief it was to know that I am not the only one out there who has considered this. I am excited about the possibility of having more organization. I am excited about the prospect of my clothing not being wrinkled because they are crammed into a small space (disclaimer…I don’t like to iron so some of the clothes go in wrinkled).




Winner of Thirty-One February Giveaway Announced!

Congratulations to Jane W. for winning the February Monthly Giveaway!

It is a two piece set to help you get organized! It is the Perfect Fit Organizer and the Room for Two Utility Tote a set worth $70 in the Taupe Gingham pattern from Thirty-One! Since February is a short month…I am going to throw in a couple of other totes in the same pattern to the lucky winner!

Register to Win the February Giveaway from Thirty-One!

The February Monthly Giveaway is a two piece set to help you get organized! It is the Perfect Fit Organizer and the Room for Two Utility Tote a set worth $70 in the Taupe Gingham pattern from Thirty-One! Don’t forget to register to win this set for FREE!

How do you register to win?

1) You need to be an Organized Bag Lady Facebook follower. www.facebook.com/Organizedbags

2) You must leave a comment to this month’s question. below. The question for this month’s drawing is: If you could have any Thirty-One product, what would it be? That’s it! It is just that easy! You have until the last day of February to register to win. Tell your family and friends…anyone can be the winner! You must be over 18 years of age to register to win or have parental permission to register. Good luck!!




Pottery Barn Hampton Vanity Tower Super Set

before 1before 2before 4after 2after 3after 6after 7It is a new year and with the new year comes new year’s resolutions. This year I am bound and determined to get myself more organized. I have outgrown my current jewelry organization, hand bag organization, and makeup organization. So…I thought I would try this awesome vanity set from Pottery Barn to organize my life…one bag at a time!

The first step is to get an organization system in place for the drawer organization.

See the photos of the awesome system we came up with…thanks to Pinksofoxy on Youtube for this DIY project. I did cover the corkboard with foam board and fabric to match.

I have already downsized my cosmetics, handbags, and jewelry collections. I will keep you posted on the progress on this project. The future is looking great and organized!


DIY Drawer Organizers

I stumbled across this video on Youtube looking for ideas for organization for my new vanity from Pottery Barn called the Hampton Vanity Tower and Super Set. Some of the drawers are shallow and it is very hard to find organizational pieces that will fit my needs.

I absolutely love the versatility of this DIY project. It really maximizes the use of space and I love the one of a kind feel of this organization system. Check out this video on how to make your own drawer organizers by pinksofoxy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90clEk6hS-Y