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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: July 22, 2013

The great (beauty) closet clean out

There’s nothing like “keeping it real” here on the blog. And it doesn’t get more “real” than the linen closet in my bathroom. It’s where I stash towels, sheets, duvets, makeup, my blowdryer and a slew of other lady products. It’s become so bad that I do the ole shove-and-run when I put anything else in it. I stick an item in, slam the cabinet door closed and hope that nothing falls on my head the next time I need something. If this isn’t bad enough, I decided to empty the contents and reveal what I had inside.

Listen. I AM NOT PROUD OF THIS. I’m about as low maintenance as it gets so why all the junk? As you know, I’ve been trying to green my beauty routine for some time now, so I knew I had to do a major purge. I decided to limit myself to just one tiny basket of nail polish and makeup. I sorted items into a keep, toss or donate pile. I had plenty of barely used hair products that I could drop off to a shelter and some of the nail polish I was keeping was way past its prime.

And the end result? …drumroll please…

This is it! I was able to pare everything down to just this one small basket. I’ve kept some of my better makeup for when I actually need to try and look good and limited my nail polish to just the good bottles that I actually use. The rest is in the garbage or in a box waiting to be donated. And the best part? My closet isn’t a hazard anymore! Hurray!

It feels good to clean house. What about you? Do you have a bathroom that needs to be controlled? Do you clean out your makeup collection every few months or so? I’d love to hear!

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