How to Organize Makeup in a Small Space

A woman organizes makeup in a clear, acrylic bin with levels and drawers.

Makeup and cosmetics often run into an organizational problem—there’s a lot of them, and they easily clutter any vanity or countertop that tries to hold them. When this happens, it’s easy to lose track of which eyeliner went where or find the lipstick you only wear for special occasions. Misplacing your makeup not only brings stress but it can lead to purchasing replacements for your favorite items only to find the original a few weeks later, leaving you with more product than you need.

The good news is that finding a system that works doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re frustrated at how tricky it is to make your cosmetics look neat and orderly but you don’t want to sacrifice variety, you aren’t alone. Central Self Storage wants to provide a few helpful tips on how to organize makeup in a bathroom or bedroom, so you can reduce stress and minimize chances of accidentally shattering your favorite eyeshadow palette. 

Buy an Organizer

If you’ve been using makeup for a while, there’s a good chance you already have at least one organizer. Adding another is a great way to create depth in your space and find pockets to store things without taking up more room. Organizers come in many shapes and sizes, and sometimes the one you’re using either isn’t big enough, or you need more than one to operate more efficiently.

A few options to consider to better sort and manage your cosmetics include: wooden makeup organizers, makeup brushes organizer, acrylic makeup organizer, bathroom drawer organizer, and of course, a vanity.

A vanity is essentially a desk or station equipped with a mirror, designed specifically for putting yourself together. They are a great answer for how to organize makeup in a dorm, especially, since those often involve sharing bathroom space with others on a dorm floor. These spaces are easy to personalize and come outfitted with drawers, providing a lot of means for you to compartmentalize your products so you can find things more easily.

Shower Caddies

What’s another method of how to organize makeup in a bathroom? Adjustable shower caddies are a game-changing answer, since they don’t rely on counter space at all. Sometimes showers have built-in stone or acrylic corner shelves, but in the case that they don’t, an affordable alternative is to buy one that features suction cups or hangs around the neck of the showerhead (this latter example only works if the weight you expect to place on the neck isn’t too great, otherwise you risk damaging the showerhead).

Other Makeup Organization Tips

What if you’ve already done all of this? You already have a vanity, or you don’t have space for a vanity, and your shower caddy, while useful, isn’t going to help you when the time comes to store your favorite perfume. What else can you do?

Hanging Door Storage Rack

Use all the space available to you. If you need to organize makeup in a dorm, but you don’t have the floor space to add anything new, try hanging a rack on the backside of your door. This is a great way to capitalize on vertical space and organize several items without giving up any of your precious floor space.

Use a Lazy Susan

To make the most of a lazy Susan, you simply need a cabinet with a lazy Susan that matches its length. This way you don’t have to worry about items that might fall into the back of the cabinet ever getting lost. Now they’ll be right at the front, easily accessible at all times.

Unconventional Storage Space

If you don’t have any more space for a wooden makeup organizer or some other organizational tool, you can use things like picture ledges to hold nail polishes. This can serve as an aesthetic pleasure, as well as a neat trick for making the most of your space in a way you may not have considered before.

Label Your Drawers

So maybe you already have all the space you need—you have the vanity, you have the bathroom drawer organizer—but you still can’t find the exact eyeshadow palette you need, when you need it.

Go old school and label each drawer by what you keep inside them! Organize by product, or maybe organize them according to the image of your end goal, so that when you’re getting ready for a specific type of event, you know everything you need will be in one spot.

Embrace More Space

If you find that you need to upgrade your vanity, but you have sentimental attachment to your current one and don’t want to sell it, there’s an affordable and high-quality storage option available!

From California to New York and everywhere in between, Central Self Storage is dedicated to giving you the extra space you need, when you need it, with no obligation to a long-term contract.

Take the next step toward personal organization and stress-free living with a clean and secure self storage unit today!