The organization of a disorganized beauty blogger

I am the most disorganized person around. It’s not something I happily admit but when The Beauty Spotlight Team decided to spotlight each of the blogger’s way of organizing, I had to own up to it. I’m a pack rat though, not a hoarder or at least I hope not a hoarder. Even though I knew this post was coming up for months I still procrastinated putting it together – the truth can hurt after all. But there are some ways I organize that I’m proud of and that’s what’s being shared.

The newest addition to my organization needs is the Acrylic Palette Organizer from byAlegory. I like this so much that I recently bought a second one to hold the overflow ($29.95).

byAlegory Acrylic Palette Organizer
byAlegory Acrylic Palette Organizer

This acylic organizer is the perfect size for palettes from Urban Decay (the Naked series), Lorac, Too Faced, and more. I have 4 large drawers in my bathroom but these were getting forgotten and taking up a lot of space. Now that they are out in the open I’m using them more and I’ve gained back some drawer space. The second one I have is filled with shorter palettes and often I can put two on a shelf. On that one I have my NYC Lovatics palette, some Tom Ford, Olivia Palermo Ciate, CoverGirl, the new smaller Viseart, Hourglass, Buxom, and BareMinerals. I can’t believe how much I like these Acrylic Palette Organizers and how they’ve transformed some of my space.

byAlegory Acrylic Palette Organizer
byAlegory Acrylic Palette Organizer

Acrylic organizers are my favorite. My large drawer of lip products is held together by other organizers from byAlegory including their Acrylic Lip Gloss storage that holds 24 lip products and their Acrylic Lipstick organizer that also holds 24 lipsticks. Over the years I’ve collected about 8 different ones to hold the majority of my lip products.

my lipstick drawer
my lipstick drawer
byAlegory Acrylic Lipstick organizer
byAlegory Acrylic Lipstick organizer

When you are looking to organize check out office supply stores. You can find so many things that translate well to cosmetic storage. I bought this set of drawers years and years ago at a store called Organized Living. It’s sort of back storage now but it was my main storage for a long time.

eyeshadow storage from Organized Living
eyeshadow storage from Organized Living

From Staples and Target I’ve bought pencil cups that hold my brushes as well as lip and eye pencils. It’s easier to flip through those than when they are lying in a drawer. For about $5 or less they are great to have. I used to be enamored with Stila’s cans too and have collected at least a dozen different designs.

Mesh cups and Stila cups for brush and pencil storage
Mesh cups and Stila cans for brush and pencil storage

Sadly the Stila cans and the great Zen Cosmetics organizer are not to be found because these are fabulous. I did find one affordable Quirky Zen one on ebay though. I have several of these and they are great for holding easy to lose items as well as items I use all the time like my liquid eyeliners, tweezers, and eyebrow pencils.

Zen Cosmetics makeup organizer
Zen Cosmetics makeup organizer
Quirky holder by Zen
Quirky holder by Zen

organization quirky and acrylic

Oh my nail polish! I’m spilling over with nail polish. I would love to have one of the Ikea holders but I can’t persuade (aka force) anyone to go there and get me one, let alone put it together. I do have two professional wall holders that are hiding in a closet though. I need to rearrange these to make sure all the polishes I love best are easy to find. These hold about 60 bottles each but the ones made byAlegory hold up to 100 bottles and are reasonably priced. If I had more wall space, I’d have more of these.

Nail polish wall holder
Nail polish wall holder

I’ve saved the best for last. But please don’t hate me since I’ve searched the internet and haven’t found these for sale.

thin drawer file
thin drawer file

I bought this at an office supply store that was an amazing place with out of the ordinary products. It came in a lot of colors but the red was on sale making it semi-affordable for me. While it was still about $250 on sale, it’s a treasure to me. It will go with me wherever I move. I labeled the 10 drawers. The bottom three drawers need to be reorganized since those are things I don’t use often. I probably could fill 5 of the 10 with eyeshadows if I didn’t have other organizers. It sits under my vanity with a Sterlite 4 drawer organizer to its right. After all these years (I’ve had it about 15 years) I still look for something like it when shopping.

This is my abbreviated organization for my disorganized self. I haven’t share either the great MelodySusie or the amazing Sherrieblossom ICEbox but you can see those and more about my file cabinet and storage cups in THIS post. Thanks for reading about my organization. I am still in need of help with all the skincare and haircare products in my life. Maybe the Beauty Spotlight Team will force me into that too.

What’s your organization like? Can you help me????? — Marcia

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  1. Lola Seicento | 11th Jun 16

    :What a great post, Marcia! I actually think that you are very organized! I love that red file drawer. If you are still looking for something like that, then you need to check out the Bisley file drawers that they sell at The Container Store! They come in a variety of colors, and look a great deal like this one. They, too, are on the price side, but they are very durable and well made!

  2. Lola Seicento | 11th Jun 16

    What a great post, Marcia! I actually think that you are very organized! I love that red file drawer. If you are still looking for something like that, then you need to check out the Bisley file drawers that they sell at The Container Store! They come in a variety of colors, and look a great deal like this one. They, too, are on the price side, but they are very durable and well made!

  3. Brooke @ Blushing Noir | 11th Jun 16

    I need a nail polish rack! Why don’t I have this?! Also… palette organizer YES. LOVE!

  4. Never Say Die Beauty | 11th Jun 16

    Marcia, I am blown away by your organizational solutions! I wish I had some flat surfaces to have more small storage pieces like you do. I’ve gotta do some thinking. Great post!

  5. beautyin | 11th Jun 16

    @Lola, they just built The Container Store near me and I can’t wait to get over there. I’m dying for the files you have that move to the side.

  6. beautyin | 11th Jun 16

    @Never Say Die Beauty – in my last house I barely had room for a toothbrush holder on my sink. When we saw the large bathroom in this house, that’s what sold me. We’ve since redone it (what you see here) and I have the perfect work station.

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    I use this at work:

    It works great to organize and the price is reasonable!

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  10. Kiss & Make-up | 12th Jun 16

    I think it’s brilliant!

  11. gloria patterson | 12th Jun 16

    Its hard to wrap my mind around someone having so much stuff! What you showed us is great organization love the cabinet on wheels and that you have it labeled.


  12. beautyin | 13th Jun 16

    @Gloria, I’ve been collecting makeup for years and years. I only worry about the age of liquid products and lip products. I smell everything before using and if it seems off then I toss it. Mascara is tossed after 3 months no matter what.

  13. Anastasia | 13th Jun 16

    Thank you for sharing your organization tips! I am terribly disorganized when it comes to storing my makeup and skincare products 🙂

  14. Renu | 13th Jun 16

    You are so well-organised! I have a similar lipstick drawer, but just stuff my palettes into a shelf in my cupboard. One day I’ll get it all sorted….

  15. Cindy (Prime Beauty) | 13th Jun 16

    Great job Marcia! I love that last organizer so much!

  16. Babi | 13th Jun 16

    I can’t even begin to tell you how much I need to spring cleaning and reorganize! Thank you for sharing such great options!

  17. Destany | 13th Jun 16

    I love that orange file storage! haha I just love orange 🙂

  18. Mai | 13th Jun 16

    I’ve never seen that Zen Cosmetics makeup organizer before, it honestly looks so cool! It reminds me of those pencil holders that look like grass

  19. Phyrra | 14th Jun 16

    I love your palette organizer!

  20. Honeygirlk | 14th Jun 16

    Thank you for sharing. I want that palette organizer 🙂 I am fairly organized, but just need more space I think.

  21. Kath Thefabzilla | 14th Jun 16

    With this post, I actually see that you’re organized! It’s a challenge to stay organized given all the products we review every single day.

  22. Justina | 14th Jun 16

    I love your big orange organizer!

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  24. Nidia - Lit From Within | 14th Jun 16

    I’m a hoarder, uh, packrat! I need to purge and organize! I love that cute Zen organizer. Useful, too!

  25. Bailey | 14th Jun 16

    I love these kinds of posts! The palette organizer is just about the best thing ever.

  26. Lisa Heath | 15th Jun 16

    My organization skills would make someone pass out lol.

  27. MyNewestAddiction | 16th Jun 16

    I really love your organization. Right now mine is a mess.

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