Make Up Organization

September 26, 2014


We love to shop for things that make us look beautiful, so we tend to spend a lot of money on cosmetics & toiletries.  Taking pride in how we look is definitely not a bad thing.  The problem is that these products can clutter up the bathroom counter & drawers, making things look messy. I’ve found a solution to my bathroom “counter clutter” & I’m going to share it with you today.  Here’s how I organize my make-up!  
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After searching high and low, I finally found a make-up organization system that works fabulously for me – Acrylic drawers!


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I picked up 4 sets of acrylic drawers from TJ Maxx, for $16.99 each.  That was a little more than I wanted to spend, but I knew they would do the trick so I went ahead and splurged.  I’m so glad I did. I love them! If you don’t have a TJ Maxx or can’t find them at yours, you can purchase them here for $14.99!


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I organized my make-up into categories.

  • Lip Gloss
  • Lip Stick
  • Blush
  • Eye Shadow
  • Concealers & bronzers
  • Brushes
  • Eye Pencils & Mascara
  • Foundation
  • and more Eye Shadows


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The drawers are shallow & fit my make-up perfectly!
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You can achieve the same organization by using any type of drawer system (plastic, acrylic, etc).  If you’re feeling crafty, you can even label the drawers. Since mine were “see through”, I decided not to. (I was tempted though)
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If you’re unsure of when to purge old make-up, you can download this FREE PRINTABLE!  Just click on the picture below.


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When you purchase new make-up, write the date on a sticker and place it on the back or bottom of the item.


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Hang the sheet on the inside of your bathroom cabinet and fill in the date as you purchase new make-up.


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This system has worked great for me and I hope it will work for you too!


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 Happy Organizing!


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20 comments on “Make Up Organization

  1. I love the idea of placing a sticker on the makeup with the date of purchase. I have the same acrylic drawers for my makeup and I love them too!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I use acrylic drawers, too! Although my lipstick collection is getting too big for my current drawer so I’m going to have to upgrade! I’ll have to check these drawers out; maybe I can organize by color! 😀

  3. Love those organizers. I haven’t been over to TJMaxx in months (gasp!) so I think I’ll have to stop by this weekend and check out what they have. Have a fantastic weekend!!

  4. maggie says:

    love this! do you have any tips on how to organize the rest of the “stuff” we need in the bathroom? lotion, vitamins, hair products, toothpaste, etc.? I have it all sitting on my counter right now and it just looks so messy!

  5. Chrissy says:

    I love using clear acrylic containers as well for my makeup. Looks so nice and clean but it is hard to find them at a decent price. Good job finding those! I am a beauty junkie so I would love for you to do a collection review of your products. 🙂

  6. Morgan says:

    LOVE the look of the clear drawers, I’ve been looking for a way to bring my make up out of my drawers and this would be a perfect solution. Thanks!

  7. Nichcole says:

    Great organization!!! May I ask where you purchased the happiness sign.

  8. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on makeup organization. Regards

  9. Christy says:

    Thanks for the chart. I can never remember how long to keep something let alone how long I’ve had it.

  10. Nikki says:

    I absolutely love this!! This is a PERFECT solution for my makeup organization. 🙂 Thanks!

  11. Rachel Wright says:

    I love the idea of the small drawers to categorize my makeup! And I think that they are adorable!
    Unfortunately, I have to say that I do not think that my lip gloss collection would fit in a small drawer like that, so instead I use 3 small stackable baskets. I put my lip gloss in one basket and jewelry in the other two, so far this system has worked out great for me.

  12. Paula says:

    This system makes so much sense, I’m sure some of my makeup is SO much older than the recommended “keep” times. I didn’t see it listed (may have overlooked) but I even love the stickers – where did you find those?

  13. Kathy says:

    Where did you get the clear folder on the inside of your cabinet?

    • LeAnn says:

      Kathy–that looks like a sheet protector–I use them for tons of things and I THINK that’s what that is. You can buy a box of 100 at any office supply store (I go to Staples or Office Depot) and I think I paid less than $5 for the last box I bought… you can get them absolutely clear or with a slight textured look in my local stores–perhaps more variety online or at your local places. I’m totally not speaking for Toni, that’s just what it looks like to me.

  14. Morgan says:

    Where did you purchase those colorful stickers?

  15. Sharlene says:

    I have spied something on Amazon called the z pallet. You can remove all of your eye shadows etc from their original boxes (if you are a benefit junkie like me you will know how much space these consume) and organise in one place. Haven’t ordered it yet but seems like an awesome idea to save space

  16. Debi says:

    Toni! I’ve followed your blog for ages and I feel like we’re friends! Is that strange? :). So, wanted to see if you’ve ever considered doing an occasional VLOG? I think they’d be hugely successful! Also, can you tell me what you use to clean your granite in your bathroom? We have granite in the master bath, my daughters bath, and guest bath, and marble in the pool bath, and quartz in the kitchen. I’m always at a loss of how to make them shine and yours caught my eye!!! Right now the housekeeper is using Mrs Meyers spray and it smells heavenly, but haven’t noticed a shine.
    Thanks for any info!! Debi from Gainesville, FL

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