Being a beauty writer means I’m sent many of beauty products. Because I work from home and I no longer have access to a walk-in closet at the office, I had to manage to tidy my hiding place in my room. This is a very low stakes issue, but tackling my storage has become a huge priority as I have found myself losing track of what I’ve owned and never know where anything is. .
This, says Kate Pawlowski, expert organizer and founding partner of Done & Done Home, is something she hears frequently from beauty lovers like me. “If you’re someone who likes a lot of cosmetics and a lot of variety in their cosmetics, I think it’s really important to be able to see things,” she says. “You forget what you have and then you don’t use it and over time the longer you don’t use it the less likely you are to use it.”
Organizing beauty products can be tricky. Fortunately, Pawlowski and Ann Lightfoot, the other half of the Done & Done duo, are here to share their wisdom. Using their insight I was able to create a system that worked for me, and you will be able to purchase everything I used below.
First step: get out of the old
When organizing your beauty products, start by dumping what you are not using. “A lot of times when we declutter a bathroom or vanity area, there is so much that people aren’t actually using that it’s harder for them to organize and use what they have.” , explains Lightfoot. “So once you’ve got rid of the things that are expired and the things that haven’t worked, you’ll focus on your basics, which will make assembly much easier.”
Pawlowski says you should review your products every six months to avoid accumulating too much. Once you open a product, it says write the date you opened it at the bottom. If you collect something and realize that it’s been a while since you last used it or it’s expired, you’ll know you can part with it. And if you’ve bought something and decided it just isn’t for you, give it to a friend or donate it somewhere that accepts open (but not fully used) cosmetics.
Step two: choose designated storage areas
If your beauty collection is overflowing, you’ve probably started stocking products in any available space, which means they’re probably strewn all over your home (oven serums, anyway?). According to Pawlowski, it’s best to put the details together and put them a place that makes the most sense.
“Even if you can put a very little vanity where you put on makeup [separate from your bathroom], especially if you live with someone else, it gives you more time and space to prepare while they are getting ready, ”she says.
Also, adds Lightfoot, this system can be useful in separating your everyday products from those you only use occasionally. “You might have your special stuff in a clear bin on one of the bathroom shelves or under the sink or something, but your daily stuff might be close at hand. [on the vanity]”says Lightfoot.
Personally, my desk (which is in my bedroom) doubles as a vanity unit, and I use the bottom half of an Ikea Billy bookcase ($ 50) for storage. I outfitted the lower shelves with a set of Oxberg doors ($ 30 each) to hide my products, and the upper shelves (which are uncovered) are for decoration.
Step Three: Plan Your Storage and Get Transparent Bins to Stay Organized
“In our drawers and vanities we use clear plastic so you can see what you’re doing and then divide things ‘like with like’,” says Lightfoot. “So the lipsticks are together and the lotions are together, and that keeps you honest about how much you have.”
For my beauty organization, I used The Container Store’s Luxe Acrylic Modular Makeup System ($ 10- $ 35) and InPlace Shelf Image Ledge ($ 18) to store my products of all. days.
InPlace Shelf Image Rim – $ 18.00
I store my makeup brushes, eyelash products, eyebrows, and concealers in mugs, and love using this photo rim to keep them out of my desk but always close at hand. I also use it to store some facial products, my Philips Sonicare ($ 190) toothbrush and my Foreo Luna 3 Face Tool ($ 199). Sharing a bathroom with three other girls means that the storage space in the bathroom is limited, so I like to keep these items in my bedroom.
In my Billy bookcase, I used eight of The Home Edit stackable storage bins ($ 22) and the small acrylic storage shelf ($ 19) from The Container Store. I have also used a makeup organizer that I have owned for years that is similar in size to this medium size Cq Acrylic Clear Makeup Organizer ($ 30) with eight drawers.
The Container Store Home Edit Stackable Pantry Bins – $ 22.00
These bins measure 10 inches long x 10 inches wide x 6 inches high. So in the Billy bookcase, I was able to configure my shelves to be four, stacked two and two, on the top shelf and four (two side by side and two stacked on the middle shelf). The door hinges don’t allow you to fill the top and bottom shelves with the bins, but theoretically I could have put six bins on the second shelf.
Fourth step: add labels
Pawlowski says using labels to group products by type can help you stay organized. I used the Cricut Joy Starter Kit ($ 150) to create the perfect, minimal labels for my face products.
Cricut Joy Starter Kit – $ 150.00
Using the Cricut Joy was so much fun. After watching a few tutorials on YouTube, I felt comfortable using the machine and creating my labels. I loved being able to output a font and make the text the perfect size.
Fifth step: take advantage!
Organizing all of my products makes me so happy: I love having what looks like a mini beauty store in my bedroom. Following the advice of Pawlowski and Lightfoot made the preparation for the day easier and more enjoyable. Plus, it’s easier to keep my space tidy when every item has a home.
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