Today for The Beauty Spotlight Team, it’s my turn to share how I organize my beauty stuff! I’ve previously shown my (not always perfect) organization in my bathroom, as well as on my bathroom vanity. Note that I was keeping it real, and yes, I don’t alphabetize things and they’re in bins and not always sterilized perfection. I’m a normal (and very busy) person. I’m not an organizing expert.
New beauty cabinet from Restoration Hardware! OMG I loooove it!A photo posted by Christine (@15minbeauty) on Apr 9, 2015 at 9:20am PDT
In an effort to get the mess in my office under more control, last year I bought a big cabinet (it’s the Restoration Hardware French Casement Tall Bath Cabinet). When I shared it on Instagram last year, it was empty as I was awaiting bins and such. And even 13 months later people still ask me about that cabinet.
So, inside of that Restoration Hardware Cabinet, I have a bunch of big plastic bins from The Container Store. These are their Sweater Boxes and Shoe Boxes. They’re the perfect size to fit onto the shelves of the cabinet and be able to move them around easily. I had massive debate about whether to use any sort of bins at all, and then what type. Ultimately, I decided that since I seem to do better when I can see everything, and move bins around to look at stuff (not to mention the added protection from spills of beauty products), that big bins would be the best storage option.
Each of the bins are themed. The large bins contain items that I need to review in the near future, back ups of favorites (things like lotion and body wash that I go through frequently), etc. I have 2 large bins with skin care/body care items. 1 has hair care and styling items, and the last is makeup items. The smaller shoe box bins are smaller collections of items that go together. I’ve written a series of posts with Burt’s Bees, and I have a bin with their lippies and BB Cream. I have another bin of some of my favorite ELF products, there’s a bin with different color correctors that I want to review in a big series, etc.
I don’t hold on to products for long after they’ve been photographed or reviewed. Gently used items are given away to friends (there aren’t any charities near me that will accept them and I don’t have the time/money to mail that much to others that are further away), and some unopened items do get donated. I don’t have the space to hold on to items for years to enable me to compare them with future products unfortunately.
How do you store your backup items? Are you a bin person also?