If you're someone who loves beauty products, then you've experienced the torture of looking through your seemingly endless supply of eye shadow in search of that perfect shimmering bronze you know you purchased at some point. Even when you try to keep things neat and tidy, it doesn't last for long, and your system usually devolves into some kind of organized chaos. You know, one of those things where you have an inventory in your head, but if someone else had to find something, they'd be doomed.
But luckily, there are a lot of quick and painless ways to organize some of your products that won't make you feel like you're re-doing it every other day. Because shoving everything in a makeup bag or two works in a pinch, but you'll just end up having to dump it all when you realize your favourite mascara is most likely at the very bottom.
15 A shoe rack to organize your nail polish
Nail polish is one of those things that can build up to epic proportions before you even realize how overboard you've gone. You probably don't need eight different shades of purple, but it always seems to happen anyway. With a plastic shoe rack that you can hang on the back of your door, you can organize your nail polishes by color, so you can see that while you probably have enough red, it wouldn't hurt to get another green one. And if one leaks, it won't be a big deal, because the rack is plastic and pretty easy to clean.
14 A kitchen utensil tray for your makeup brushes
Every makeup junkie knows that choosing the right makeup brush is essential to perfecting a certain technique. You can't just use an eye shadow brush to apply blush, unless you want to look completely ridiculous. But if you're in a hurry, you don't want to be be digging through a giant bag of brushes in search of the one you need. A plastic kitchen utensil tray is the perfect way to organize your brushes and make picking out the one you need quick and painless. Not to mention, it's super easy to clean.
13 Jewellery organizer for small makeup products
Things like lipstick and eye shadow pots are small and can end up making your designated makeup surface look cluttered and unorganized. But if you use an acrylic, see-through jewellery organizer like the one above, you'll be able to see what you're looking for without dumping it all out and making an even bigger mess. They come in lots of different sizes, so you should be able to get one to accommodate your vast collection of every eye shadow shade known to man.
12 A magnetic strip for your tweezers and bobby pins
There isn't a girl in the world who doesn't wonder every once in awhile where all her bobby pins disappeared to. If you're being honest, they're probably at the bottom of your purse or makeup bag, tangled up in your sheets, and in the pockets of every pair of pants you own. The point is, you never have one readily available when you actually need one. Try attaching a magnetic strip to the inside of your medicine cabinet and putting all our bobby pins there. Then there's no way they can mysteriously vanish, and you won't have to search your entire bathroom for one while holding your perfect up-do in place with one hand.
11 Magazine holders for your hair appliances
These days, most women have a hair dryer, a hair straightener, and a curling iron. All that stuff can get pretty bulky, and no one likes tripping over cords all the time. When you aren't using them, put each appliance into its own designated wire magazine holder. That way their cords and respective accessories are contained in one place. You'll be a lot less likely to lose something, and everything will be right where you expect it to be when you want to use it.
10 Shower caddies for under the sink organization
Be honest, if you looked under your bathroom sink right now, it would be a giant mess of soap you got while it was on sale, hair accessories, and cleaning supplies. Luckily, shower caddies are great not only for in the shower, but for quick, no-fuss shelving under the sink. You can use one caddie for cleaning supplies and another for things like extra shampoo, razors, and tampons. The shelves will help you maximize the space, while also keeping everything clean and organized.
9 A carabineer for your hair ties
Hair ties are kind of like bobby pins with their tendency to vanish without a trace and be no where to be found when you actually need one. Instead of letting them float around in your makeup bag, keep them all together with a carabineer like the one pictured above. You can get them in any color you want and they don't need to be the sturdy ones used for rock climbing. A simple, lightweight one from the dollar store will do just fine. Unless you have really heavy duty hair ties.
8 Store makeup brushes up-right
Another option for all those makeup brushes is sticking them up right in a glass or plastic container full of coffee beans. You'll be able to easily pick out the one you're looking for, and putting it away will take no extra effort, meaning it will be a lot easier to keep your bathroom or vanity clutter free. It also looks pretty cool, and the smell of coffee beans is never be a bad thing. you could also use sand or glass stones that match your color scheme so your organization skills becomes not only functional, but also decorative.
7 Magnetic makeup holder
This one might take a little more work, but the result will change your life. All you need are a couple thin sheets of metal (one Pinterest user suggests using lightweight cookie sheets), and some small magnets. Just cover the metal sheets with the paper or fabric of your choosing, then glue small magnets onto the backs of all your makeup products. This works best for things like eye shadows, blush, and powders, so you'll still have to find another solution for your tube shaped products. But now you'll be able to find the exact product you're looking for without digging through a bag or even opening a drawer.
6 A wall mounted hair tool organizer
If hair styling tools are your vice, consider picking up one of these wall mounted hair tool organizers. There's a slot for your blow dryer, straightener, and curling iron, and you can easily wrap each cord around its own individual hook to keep them out of the way. The one pictured above, which you can purchase on Amazon, also includes a power bar and a door you can easily close to hide all the clutter. With this much organization, styling your hair in your own bathroom will feel like a trip to the salon.
5 Mason jars for storage
There isn't much a mason jar hasn't been used for these days, so why not use them to store basic bathroom essentials like cotton balls, Q-tips, and makeup remover pads? They'll be right out in the open for guests to use as well, and you'll be able to ditch the ugly, bulky original packaging they all come in. You could also use them for makeup brushes, toothbrushes, bobby pins and hair ties as well. Either mount them on the wall like the picture above, keep them under the sink with lids, or leave a couple right on the counter.
4 Acrylic makeup organizers
If you aren't the DIY type, simply buying a ready-made acrylic makeup organizer could make all the difference in the world. Somewhere like Bed Bath & Beyond carries a variety of different sizes and styles so you can choose one that will work for the space you have and the products you need to organize. Most of them include a few drawers, and some upright storage for things like brushes and eye liner pencils. This is probably the easiest, most no-nonsense way to organize your makeup, so you really have no excuse.
3 A straw dispenser for makeup brushes
If you want to keep your makeup brushes somewhere they won't be exposed to dirt, germs, and dust, a straw dispenser is a great option. All your brushes will fit inside upright, and when you want one you just have to pull the lid up and grab the one you're after. Not only will your brushes have a lot less chance of collecting dirt and germs, but the dispensers will fit right into any bathroom decor.
2 A travel makeup case
Space is limited while you're traveling, which is exactly why you need to pack extra light and be extra organized. You can't bring every single eye shadow, lipstick, and makeup brush you own, so if you have a small makeup bag, you'll know you have to bring only things that are absolutely necessary. Choose one with a couple different departments that you can organize how you choose, and you'll be surprised by how little you can actually get by on.
1 A basket for extra hair products
Bottles of hair spray, dry shampoo, mousse, gels, and heat protecting spray take up a lot of space. But we all have a few that we keep in heavy rotation, while other ones we just use for special occasions. So why keep them all out in the open? Instead, keep the two or three products you use the most out on your vanity within reach, and put the rest in a basket to stash under the sink or in the closet until you need them. Usually, with hair products, less is more, so learning to use only a few products will probably become a habit after awhile anyway.