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Organizing My Stash

I’ve received a lot of emails recently about how I organize all my makeup, so I figured I’d do an updated post on how I organize my makeup. I will preface this with I’m always kind of on the look out for a better vanity, but it’s been difficult to find any I like. The one I currently have I like and it matches my bed and nightstands, but I wish it had drawers that could supplement or replace the 10 drawer organizers. Oh and uhm, it’d be great if it came in black or a deep blue-based teal.


On each side of the vanity is a 10 drawer storage unit that I purchased from Office Depot. I wish i’d been able to buy 2 in the same color but because I bought them at different times, they’re different colors. The grey matches my room, the pink stands out. That’s what I keep the majority of my makeup in (eye shadows, blushes, lipsticks, glosses, etc). My bedroom is done in black, grey and purple,though the walls and ceiling are white.


This is a glass vase that I put purple sand in to make into a brush holder. It works pretty well, but uhm, I have a lot of brushes. By the way, I did make this brush holder for under $10. If you like this style of holder, definitely go to Michael’s, pick up a vase and some decorator’s sand.


These are two jars that I use to hold brushes. You can see how some of my fiber optic brushes are stained from blushes. The little tray thing in the right of the picture is where I normally keep my eyeliner sealant, eye shadow primers and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.


The ikea Helmer is the newest addition to my makeup storage. It holds all my nail polish. Right now, it’s got LOTS of room for nail polish. It would also probably work for makeup, but I like shallower drawers for my makeup.


These are my 3 ring binders that hold sample baggies of eye shadows. I normally have these set up with dividers to separate brands.

This is how I organize all of my makeup right now. I’m trying to keep my ‘stash’ under control and not let it overtake my bedroom. I do give away makeup that I don’t use, and I do throw out things, as well.

How do you organize your stash? Any suggestions you want to share? I’d love to hear them! :)

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    • http://PaintedMoogle.blogspot.com Aubrey

      It looks like you have a good organizing scheme working there, even though I’m sure you have TONS of makeup! (That’s what makes you one of my heroes.)

      Right now, I just have my makeup taking up one deep drawer and overflowing out of one train case. It’s not pretty and I need a better solution. Thanks for sharing yours!

      • Phyrra

        I do try! Not all of the drawers in my 10 drawer storage are filled or organized enough for my taste. The Helmer is more than half empty too, which is just fine! I like having the space!!!

        I hope this gives you some ideas for what will help :)

    • http://kimandbe.blogspot.com anklebytr

      Holy crap!! Your organization is freakingly similar to mine! (This is mine from May 2009… I’ve since moved to a new place and expanded a bit, but it’s essentially the same: http://kimandbe.blogspot.com/2009/05/storage.html)
      Even the vanities are similar! I love the storage drawers… they’re great! I love your pink/purple one! They didn’t have those when I bought mine. Thanks for sharing!

      • Phyrra

        Nice! I looked at that vanity even! I want to find a nice one with drawers but it’s been so darn difficult :(

    • http://aijuswhanakno.blogspot.com Mika chan

      We’re not gonna talk about my LACK of organizational skills when it comes to my makeup. Lol I do have it somewhat organized, but my collection has overgrown all it’s housing >_<

      • Phyrra

        It can be a good thing to prune :) I’ve given away tons of stuff that I just don’t use. I also threw away a bunch of stuff that I couldn’t use or give away.

        I prefer organization, otherwise I go nuts!

    • Catalina23

      You are so organized. My collection is all over the place (in various containers). I feel overwhelmed because I feel like I have so much. I have pared down previously but I just end up buying more.

      • Phyrra

        It can be really hard to not buy more!

    • http://fashionedinfinland.blogspot.com Nea/ Fashioned in Finlandf

      I love reading post like this :) It’s always nice to know how others organize their make up!

      • Phyrra

        Yay I’m glad you like it :) I love learning about how others organize too, because it gives me ideas.

    • http://makeupzombie1.blogspot.com/ Makeup Zombie (Wendi)

      Wowza’s very cool! You have a nice stash..and so organized.

      • Phyrra

        Thank you ;) I really need to prune it again though.

        • http://makeupzombie1.blogspot.com/ Makeup Zombie (Wendi)

          Well, you can prune this way..haha! <3

          • Phyrra

            LOL!

    • http://beautyaddict.net/ Beauty addict

      I like the way you organize your baggies :) Never thought of that, but yet, I don’t have many of those.

      For now, I have 2 train cases and 3 smaller boxes for my makeup but I’m in desperate need for my 3rd train case :D

      • Phyrra

        I hope you can find a good 3rd train case :)

    • Tina

      I have a vanity with drawers — but it wouldn’t be your style because it has scrollies and curved legs and is made of wood. I have a little chest on the floor, but much of my makeup is on the floor on a towel in another room. I have been sorting through. I bought a plastic craft box, and I have been organizing eyeshadow in there by color. But, that isn’t effective. Maybe I’ll pick up an organizer. Thanks for showing us your organization techniques.

      • Phyrra

        I mostly want to find a vanity with drawers down each side, to replace the 10 drawer unit I have. They have to exist, preferrably in black :)