A Simple + Organized Makeup Drawer

A simple and organized makeup drawer sounds easier than it is. By grouping different makeup items together in a logical way it makes it easy to locate and even easier to put items away. Keeping makeup to the essentials is also helpful to keep things simple and easy.

This post is part of a new series – Take a Peek.  Every month or so, I’m going to open a door, a drawer, a cupboard, or space and giving you a peek at what’s behind it.  I love looking at details and organizing strategies online and in magazines and I thought you might looking at these spaces in my home as well.  I’m going to share sources, strategies, and what works for us in the hopes of inspiring you to tackle organizing a space in your home.  Each post will have numbers to point to details in the picture with tips and tricks to inspire you to organize a space in your home.  You’ll find all the sources linked at the very bottom of the post.  I hope you enjoy it!

 

This drawer was a catch-all for miscellaneous makeup and I didn’t really think that there were any options for organization because the drawer isn’t deep but then I found these cosmetic drawer organizers – they’re only 2 inches deep and fit perfectly.

Measure twice and make sure that everything will fit – I bought a couple different configurations and played with the arrangement until I found what worked best.  You can see that there’s a little extra room on either side of the drawer and I’m okay with that.

I ended up putting everything in these drawer organizers in my bathroom drawers so I pulled everything out of the drawers, cleaned them out, got rid of anything that I don’t use anymore, was past its prime or expired.  Then I grouped and categorized everything and lived with it for a couple weeks and moved things around some more.  This organized space is that you see below is how the drawer looks about a month after I organized it.  I love having this space organized, it makes getting ready so much easier!

In case you’re curious, here’s what’s in each of the organizers.  I’ve been switching over to safe beauty products and love the results!

 

 

  1. LIP STUFF – lip gloss, lipstick, lip balm, lip scrub
  2. EYES – mascara, concealer
  3. EYES + FOUNDATION – I like buying eye makeup sets to keep eye makeup application easy
  4. POWDER – every day powder
  5. FACE WASH, SERUMS, + MASKS – I keep items that I use often but not every day here
  6. MORE POWDER – loose and bronzer
  7. DRAWER ORGANIZERS – love these, they have changed how I organize the bathroom

There you have it – one simple and organized makeup drawer!

A Simple + Organized Linen Closet

I love opening up a closet or cupboard door and seeing an organized space.  It’s nice to look at but it is equally helpful in the efficiency of your home.  A little organization goes a long way and an organized linen closet (small, large, or somewhere in between) is a welcome door to open.  Our ‘linen closet’ is in the upstairs hallway right as you walk up the steps.  We use this space primarily for bed sheets, guest items and paper goods.  I keep other bath towels in each bathroom to simplify things.

This post is part of a brand new series – Take a Peek.  Every month or so, I’m going to open a door, a drawer, a cupboard, or space and giving you a peek at what’s behind it.  I love looking at details and organizing strategies online and in magazines and I thought you might looking at these spaces in my home as well.  I’m going to share sources, strategies, and what works for us in the hopes of inspiring you to tackle organizing a space in your home.  Each post will have numbers to point to details in the picture with tips and tricks to inspire you to organize a space in your home.  You’ll find all the sources linked at the very bottom of the post.  I hope you enjoy it!

Previously I haven’t always put everything in a basket in our linen closet but after doing so, I love the organization and function this adds to our linen closet.  I started by emptying out the space and cleaning it and then I decided on 5 categories to separate everything into.  I made these chalkboard labels and tied them on to the baskets.

Then I put everything back in their ‘correct’ baskets and on the shelves.  And there you have it, a simple + organized linen closet.  Here are the details…..

  1. GUESTS: I keep two sets of bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, and a bath mat in this basket.  Our guest rooms are in the rooms to the left (in our daughter’s room) and the room to the right (our kids’ lounge room has a pull-out sofa).  When guests arrive I pull out this stack of towels and put it out for them to use.  This ensures that I always have two sets of towels clean, folded, and ready for their use.
  2. QUEEN:  Two sets of queen sheets are kept in this basket.  We only use fitted sheets so I fold those neatly and place one pillow case in the fitted sheet and then put that inside the other pillow case.  This keeps the sheet set neat and in a nice little package.  Extra pillowcases go on the right hand side of the sheets.
  3. KING: One set of king sheets are kept in this basket.  The fitted sheet goes in the pillowcase and extra pillow cases go on the right hand side of the sheets.  I prefer to use white sheets (and towels) for their crisp, clean look.  (Pictured is a gray/blue sheet set that I bought to contrast our white duvet cover.  I always purchase 100% cotton and 300-400 thread count – the lower thread count gives you that crisp looking and cool feeling sheet.
  4. PAPER:  Toilet paper and tissue boxes go in this basket.  Keeping this basket stocked keeps us from running to the garage for more toilet paper (I have a stockpile in there).
  5. PILLOWS:  Four extra pillows fit neatly in this basket for guests.  I like having them handy and at the ready for company.
  6. TAGS: I used chalkboard tags and a wet-erase chalkboard marker for the letters.  I used all capital letters for the consonants and lower case letters for the vowels. I spaced them out by putting the middle letter in the middle of the tag and then putting the other letters equally spaced on each side.

There you have it – one simple and organized linen closet!  Looking for the sources?   You can find them below.

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