Organizing Your Makeup

Something about the fall season always gets me thinking about ways to organize and declutter my life, including my makeup and skincare. Here are some of my favorite vanity organization tips to keep my cosmetics organized and within easy reach.

  1. Store brushes upright. If you don’t want to spring for a cosmetic organizer like this one, you can use mason jars, flower vases, or a glass from your kitchen. Just place some small stones, sand, rice, or even coffee beans in the base to help your brushes stand up straight. Why keep them up straight? You don’t want cross-contamination by the brushes touching each other, and storing your brushes vertically helps maintain their shape.
  2. Lipstick, pencils and mascara can be stored flat. Try drawer organizers or small boxes to keep them tidy. These interlocking organizers would work well. If you choose to store your lipstick and pencils upright, store them upside down so you can select from your color options even before you pull them out.
  3. But keep liquids and powders upright. You don’t want to open a makeup drawer to find they’ve spilled out and effectively ruined your newly organized vanity.
  4. Throw out old makeup. You know what I’m talking about – just getting rid of the grimy products or products you no longer use will immediately declutter your vanity.

These are just a few steps towards getting your vanity to look a little more like this…

Courtesy via Pinterest

Courtesy of via Pinterest

… and a little less like this!

Courtesy of The Home Girl Blog

Courtesy of The Home Girl Blog

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About Jo-Lynne

Written by Jo-Lynne Shane, a professional lifestyle blogger, brand advocate and community manager. Named one of Nielsen’s 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media, Jo-Lynne is best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, where she dishes up an assortment of food, fashion, fitness and family travel. She has been featured on, Southern Living Magazine, and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In the local sphere, Jo-Lynne facilitates the vibrant networking group Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for 200 area bloggers. Jo-Lynne lives and works from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 17 years, three lively children and one extremely spoiled shih tzu named Savannah.


  1. I have been meaning to go through my make u and clean my brushes.. thanks for the reminder