How to Organize Your Beauty Products

To prepare for this mission, I hit the internet hard, watching organizational shows and trolling Instagram for all the inspiration I could find. Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin recently shared an in-depth IGTV house tour detailing her ultra-organized space, including a lengthy section dedicated to her solutions for keeping all her beauty products in check. Right away, I noticed that she used tons of acrylic drawers and organizers, and if I know one thing, it’s that The Container Store is the place to locate every variation of those clear bins and, really, any other organizational solution I could dream up. So I dove headfirst into its website to start planning.

To get some tailored advice specific to my situation, I asked Kelly Welch, a professional organizer and owner of Organized by KW, for some practical tips to ensure this project went off without a hitch. Here’s what she had to say:

Tip #1: “With any area you are organizing—closet, kitchen, or, in this case, beauty products—the first step is to put everything, and I mean everything, out in the open! Take it all out.”

Tip #2: “Now that you have everything out, it’s time to go through it all! First, check expiration dates and toss out anything that’s expired. Now the hard part: If you haven’t used that product in at least six months, toss it. Trust me. I know it’s difficult, but what you’re left with are the products you actually use, without the clutter.”

Tip #3: “Now that you have a good sense of your inventory, the fun begins with categories and labels. Find a system that best organizes your products into categories that make sense for you. Everyone is different, but one general tip is not to go too broad to where you just end up with clutter again. Instead of face products as a category, try something more specific like lotions and serums.”

Tip #4: “Now that everything is categorized, time to put it all back. Prioritize the products you use the most and put them in your prime real estate areas. Those can be places that are easy to reach, display areas for your nicer products, etc.”