Lotions, potions, creams, bath salts, shampoos, conditioners, masks, makeup… Some of us could do with a whole room to store our beauty products in. However, most of us have to contend with a single cupboard or shelf. If you’re tired of overflowing cupboards, sick of precariously balancing your toiletries on the side of the bath and wondering how to organise beauty products better, this article is for you…
Time to be ruthless
First off, have a good declutter. Makeup and beauty products all come with a use by date. In most cases, that’s six to 18 months from the date you opened it. Look for a little icon showing an opened jar with the number of months next to it. Then rack your brain trying to remember when you first opened the bottle. If it’s out of date, bin the contents and recycle the packaging. It can be pretty gutting, we know, but not as gutting as a nasty skin reaction or eye infection, which is what you’re risking if you use out of date products.
Next up, be honest with yourself: are you going to use that cheap body lotion you won in a raffle? Do you really need five red lipsticks? If not, you know what to do.
Now that you’ve cleared the clutter, it’s time to start organising.
Sort your every day from your once in a blue moon
Do you bounce out of bed each morning, singing aloud as you skip into the bathroom? Nope, neither do we. When you’re bleary-eyed and rushing about because you’ve hit the snooze button too many times, the last thing you need is to be scrabbling about trying to find your shampoo.
Keep the products you use every day within easy reach of where you use them. That probably means you need your shampoo, conditioner, shower gel or soap in the shower; and your moisturiser, makeup and hairstyling products near your mirror.
To us, easy reach means you shouldn’t have to bend down or twist yourself into a yoga pose to reach something when you’re in the shower. A hanging organiser is ideal for everyday toiletries. Face masks, hair removal cream and other non-daily lotions and potions, can be stored away in your bathroom cupboard, which brings us onto...
Organising toiletries in your bathroom cupboard
Depending on how many people you live with, and how many products you own, you might get away with just a wall cupboard in your bathroom. Otherwise, look for a freestanding cupboard with several deep drawers. Allocate different drawers to different members of your household, with one drawer for shared items such as loo rolls.
If you have a whole cupboard to yourself, allocate areas for different collections. One drawer could be for toiletries, another for makeup and skincare, and a third for medicines (do keep medicines and anything toxic, such as bathroom cleaning products, well out of the reach of children).
To avoid the ‘drawer of doom’ effect, use boxes or drawer dividers to keep everything tidy. Keep like with like to make it easier to find everything. Tupperware can be handy for smaller items. You could use one to store all your nail varnish, files, cuticle cream and nail clippers.
Keeping your daily essentials tidy
Don’t want to have makeup and skincare on display? One option is to keep a removable box or tray in a drawer. Use it for organising makeup and other daily essentials – such as your moisturiser, deodorant and hair products. Lift it out to take to your mirror each morning, then put it back and shut the drawer once you’ve worked your magic.
Creative organisation solutions for small spaces
If you’re tight on space and wondering how to organise beauty products in your bedroom, the answer depends on whether you want those items on display or not. There are lots of multi-purpose storage solutions on the market, from organisers that hang on the back of a door, to slim-line mirrored cupboards and under bed drawers.
Or get creative. An old vintage cake stand is perfect for displaying pretty perfume bottles; an accordion-style wooden sewing box is ideal for makeup and a small jug or vase can keep your makeup brushes tidy. Retro lidded mason jars are also handy for washable cloths, bath bombs and other items that tend to get lost in bathroom cupboards.
Now that’s done, it’s time to organise your makeup and dressing table.