Organize Your Beauty Products

by Jamie Lieberman

I face an ironic dilemma. I struggle to find time to put on makeup in the morning, yet I obsessively buy new beauty products. This predicament leads to a bathroom full of 3/4 filled products and a giant mess. Because I would like to actually use some of my purchases, I spent the other day organizing my bathroom. Now, my bathroom looks gorgeous and so do I. Here are some of my tips to get your beauty products organized and in tip top shape.

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  1. Clean out your products. Before you can even start organizing, you need to throw everything away that has expired, you haven’t used in six months or is empty. Be brutal. If you can’t part with that eye cream from 2008, enlist a friend to give you some tough love.
  2. Use a labeling system. When you buy a new product, put a small label on it noting the date. There won’t be any question when the product expires and needs to be thrown away.
  3. Downsize. Choose up to five products that you cannot live without and keep them in the corner of your sink or on a shelf in your medicine cabinet. Get rid of or store everything else. You can buy a cute tray for your sink to display your products so it is both decorative and practical.
  4. Have two make-up bags. Sounds counterintuitive, right? Hear me out. If you fill one bag with your daily make-up essentials and one with your more fun make-up, you won’t be rooting through a giant bag filled with glitter eyeliner when all you need is your mascara. I keep my tinted moisturizer, concealer, bronzer, an eyelash curler and mascara in my essentials bag.
  5. Store like things together. Group all of your products like hair care, skin care and styling tools together and then store each in separate bin under your sink. This way, when you go to buy that 100th bottle of moisturizer, you can look under the sink and realize you don’t need it. This system also helps wrangle cords from hair dryers, curling irons and flat irons so you don’t have a tangled mess under your sink.

And that’s it! With a little discipline, you can have your beauty products organized in no time!

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Your Turn:

How do you organize your beauty products?

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Jamie is an intern for 5 Minutes for Mom. She is also a co-founder and writer for twohappymamas. When she is not playing with her son or teaching, you can also find her on Twitter or on Facebook.

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 HappyMomC July 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I love these tips!


2 Jamie July 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Thank you! So glad you liked them!


3 Bonnie Way July 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Great tips! I like being organized too so I’m always trying to find a better way to stash things in my bathroom. Thanks for sharing! :)


4 Susan July 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I especially love the tip of having 2 makeup bags… Janice does that and I have in the past. At the moment mine have merged into one big mess. Must organize!


5 Jessica Woodland July 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Simplify your items… don’t use so much store bought items and save your budget too!


6 Susan P. July 20, 2013 at 1:43 am

These are some good ideas! Thanks for the tips and suggestions.


7 Wehaf July 20, 2013 at 3:30 am

The tip I follow most is #3. Less stuff, less fuss!


8 vickie couturier July 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

I needed to read these tips ,ive got to go thru an dispose of a lot that I dont use anymore


9 Jamie July 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I know the feeling! Just writing them helped me get more organized!


10 Mer July 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Thanks for the tips…makeup is taking over my vanity. I really like the two bag one, and will give that a try.


11 Jamie July 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm

That one shaved off at least five minutes from my morning routine. It really works!


12 Marti Parks July 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I really don’t know how I accumulate so much stuff, I am always down sizing.


13 Sue July 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Great tips. In the summer I usually don’t wear anything but water-proof mascara. I sweat to much for anything else.


14 Amy July 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Wonderful tips!!! Book marking this to remember


15 Rachel S July 22, 2013 at 1:02 am

I should really do this…I’ve got an incredibly messy make-up collection


16 Samantha Bassett July 22, 2013 at 12:01 pm

With 2 kids both under the age of 5 I can use all the organizing help I can get! Thank you!


17 Stacy Uncorked July 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Those are all great ideas! I’m a terrible pack-rat – as I’m purging and packing for our big move next month, I discovered I have way too many beauty products ‘stashed’ that need to go. If I had them organized, I wouldn’t have that problem! :)


18 Kari July 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Good tips! I’m bad about hoarding beauty products myself. I just haven’t been able to come up with a storage/organization system that works for me so they usually end up being shoved in my vanity drawers.


19 Tammy S July 23, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Super tips. I don’t use a bunch so it makes it simple to keep them organized. I do need to work on throwing out expired products.


20 Linda Meyers-Gabbard July 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm

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I keep it all in a shoe box.


21 Betsy July 25, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Great tips they will come in handy when I go back to work next month


22 john hutchens July 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Nice tips and ideas , I showed this to my significant other


23 ronalee July 28, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Great tips! I recently went through my beauty products and now I am going to double check to see if I missed any of these ideas.


24 mrsshukra July 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Have been trying to do this and this was a great reminder, thanks!


25 Trish F July 29, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Some great tips, I particulary like the two makeup bag one. Makes sense. Thanks for sharing


26 Margot C July 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Sound advice; I like the two make-up bag thing especially. I have (humm) more Like 3 but I need to throw some stuff away.


27 heather July 30, 2013 at 8:07 pm

thanks for the great tips i totally need to downsize before i attempt to organize my stuff


28 MaryAnn July 31, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Downsizing is my favorite tip. I think if people saw our bathroom they would be amazed how little we use.


29 Georgia Beckman August 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

Thank you! This was very helpful to me. I am one of those that digs through 12 glitter shadows (which I’ve yet to use!) to find an eye liner that I need. I thought I had organized it nicely with my hanging mesh organizer. Well, not nicely, but it was at least contained. I am definitely doing the two makeup bag thing, that will come in so handy!


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