Guest Post: Organize Your Makeup and Hair Supplies

Last month’s Organizing Round Up prize was a book written by Jennifer Ford Berry called Organize Now! The winner of that book is Esther of My Passion!

Today I have a special guest post for you.  The author herself, Jennifer Ford Berry, is in the house!  Jennifer’s dropping in with some more tips for getting your hair and makeup supplies organized.  So if you didn’t have a chance to tackle this area of your home last month, then maybe these tips here today will be the inspiration you need to get it done.  Thanks Jennifer!


Step 1: Sort and Toss!
Start by pulling all of your supplies out and sorting them into piles of “Keep” and “Toss”. You know that blue eye shadow you haven’t worn since high school? Well, it is time to let it go so that would definitely go in the “Toss” pile. (It’s OK! I am sure you have some pictures of you wearing it with big hair if you start to miss it).

Some Things to Toss:
-Dull tweezers
-Dried up mascara
-Worn out applicators and old makeup sponges
-Dried up nail polish
-Hair dryers, curling irons, straightening tools that you never use or that are broken
-Foundation that does not match your skin tone. Sweep a little across your cheek and if you can see it, it does not match.
-Cracked blush or powder. These are too hard to use and they really make a mess!
-Outdated or worn out hair accessories.
-Styling products over 2 years old.
-Makeup you haven’t worn in over 1 year.

Step 2: Organize:
Whether you store your supplies in bags or drawers make sure you choose storage that will work with your lifestyle. Do you need to grab makeup on the go for traveling? Do you keep a few items in your purse? Personally, I am a huge fan of clear, plastic drawers under the bathroom sink for hair supplies and makeup. You can stack them to make the most of your space and they are inexpensive. I use the smaller drawers for my daughter’s rubber bands, barrettes and hair clips.

* Consolidate whenever possible: night/day cream, hand/foot lotion, face/body self-tanner, base/topcoat nail polish. Save room (and money) by buying one product for both areas when possible.

* Don’t buy more until you use up what you have. I admit buying make up and hair supplies can be fun (and addicting). But don’t fall prey to the mass marketing that wants us to believe that all of these products will change our looks and our life! Stick with what you know works for you and don’t over buy.

* If you stop using a shampoo, conditioner or body wash because you don’t like it, throw it away or give it to a friend. Don’t let half-full bottles take up valuable space in the shower!

* Silverware organizers work great in a drawer to keep your makeup organized.

* Store pony tail holders on a shower curtain ring to keep them all together.

Note: For more great organizing tips check out Jennifer’s book, Organize Now: a week-by-week guide to simplify your space and your life.

Filed under: Bathroom, Guest Bloggers, Monthly Round-up


10 Responses to Guest Post: Organize Your Makeup and Hair Supplies

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    kate says

    When I have shampoo, body wash, bubble bath etc. that I am tired of or don’t like I put it in my toilet brush container. That way I can quick swish and swipe my toilet without having to add a special cleaner like Toilet Duck etc. The shampoo does the same job, smells better and is super quick.

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    Shellie says

    I always have a hard time with the shower rings for our piggy tails. I use the binder rings, they open super easy and you can get really big ones!

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    [email protected] says

    I love the idea of the shower rings for storing pony tail holders! In our bathroom, I have all the bottles organized in shallow plastic bins from the dollar store. My facial care stuff has one. The first aid stuff has one. The hair products have one…. Keeps everything easy to find.

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    Megan Buhler says

    Great ideas! I just recently organized my bathroom cupboards, but my biggest challenge is my jewelry. Anyone have tips for organizing it? At the moment it is just in a clear drawer, all jumbled together… yuck!

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    Kim says

    Thanks for the great tips! This is something I so need to do. My makeup,lotions, all that stuff are everywhere!

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    Christie says

    I’ve loved these ideas for getting organized. For my earrings, I keep them in a bead organizer. This keeps the pairs together and my little kids can’t open it. 🙂

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    Kristin says

    Great Ideas! For my necklaces, I string them individually through straws. It may sound crazy, but it works very well since I keep them in a drawer!

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    Andrea says

    I used a clear tackle box organizer. Very cheap- you can change the size of the openings and has a snap lid.