How to Assemble Your Makeup Battle Station


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How to Assemble Your Makeup Battle Station

By Pamela Miller

The makeup table or vanity has long been associated with glamor and elegance. But with most of us using a hefty list of beauty products, our makeup tables, vanities or even bathroom counters can quickly enter a state of clutter and disarray. When you have to spend time rummaging through your arsenal of products to find the next step in your routine, it not only slows you down but can lead to some moments of utter frustration. Organizing your space will save time and make the whole process more enjoyable. As an added bonus, a well-planned makeup station looks tidy and attractive.

Invest in Containers

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on containers to help you organize your products. Small jars serve as a great place to store makeup brushes and liners. Store your makeup brushes with the brush bristles pointing up to help them maintain their shape and protect them from being damaged. Fill ¼ of the jar with small marbles or craft filler. This will give your brushes more stability and will keep them from rubbing against one another or the sides of the container.

Makeup organizing trays are readily available at many retailers, but you can also re-purpose a cutlery tray to store and organize your beauty items. The long slots in the trays work well to store mascaras, lipsticks, liners, and blushes. These fit well in bathroom drawers and may also fit in a vanity drawer or rolling cabinet. Mail or paper organizers offer an excellent way to store makeup palettes, keeping them easy to find and access.

Rotating organizers are essential for the makeup maven with a large collection of lipsticks, lip glosses, and mascaras. A rotating organizer allows you to neatly showcase all of your makeup and make the items easier to find. If you don’t have room for one, you can use long trays, placing each item with the label facing up.

Consider Your Space

It’s important to consider how you prefer applying your makeup. Do you prefer to stand up or sit down? If you have the space, a makeup vanity is a good option. It’s helpful to sit if you struggle with a steady hand, as you can lean your elbow on the table and gain some steadiness while applying liners and mascaras.

If you prefer to stand or only have your bathroom countertop to work with, a set of rolling drawers is an excellent option for storing makeup and beauty essentials. Rolling drawers allow you to easily move your makeup station around. This is also a great option if you’re short on space (but big on makeup). An expandable over-the-door hanging makeup organizer is another space-saving option.

Keep Things Organized

Check makeup expiration dates regularly and go through your stash to keep your collection free of clutter. It’s easy to forget about the makeup you have in your collection if you don’t take the time to regularly do a once-over. Take stock every few weeks to ensure you can continue to use your products safely. It will also keep you from purchasing duplicates of products or products that are similar to ones you already own.

Add a Little Flair

As a finishing touch to your neatly organized makeup station, add a little something extra to make the experience feel beautiful. A small bud vase with flowers or the soft glow of a candle on your makeup station will add ambiance and elegance. A pretty porcelain dish can serve as a place to store your most-worn jewelry or beauty essentials you like to keep within easy reach, such as a favorite lipstick or lip balm.

Pamela MillerPamela Miller is a dual licensed cosmetologist and esthetician. As a beauty blogger for Walgreens, she enjoys writing about beauty tips, including how to keep your makeup and skincare products organized for efficient application. Browse a wide assortment of skincare solutions like moisturizers at

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Kitchen Sink Organizing


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How to Organize Your Sink for a More Efficient Kitchen

Our kitchen sinks get a lot of action, so it’s essential to keep them organized. They are a place where dishes, utensils and even cleaning supplies can accumulate and, when disorganized, the kitchen becomes less efficient (and less attractive).

If you find your sink area is frequently cluttered, do an assessment and toss items you don’t use. *You might also like our kitchen toss post on our sister site, Clutter Control Freak. If you never use a particular cleaner, maybe it’s because you don’t like it. Toss it or give it away. Feel free to let go of those gnarly old dish scrubbers too.

While you’re assessing what you don’t need, are there items that would be better stored beneath your sink (this would make for a cleaner counter appearance)? If you’re in the kitchen a lot, or if you cook a lot at home, you may find it’s better to have some items accessible and others neatly stored beneath the sink or on over-cabinet-door organizers.

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Sink and Counter Organizers

Sink organizers come in countertop and in-sink models. This brush and sponge holder hangs over the kitchen faucet, providing draining storage for cleaning supplies. The OXO stainless steel organizer includes onboard drainage and keeps brushes and soap stationary while keeping soap corralled. Other sink caddies, including suction types are available on Organize-its sink organizing page.

Under-Sink Organizers

expandable sink organizerUnder-sink organizers are great for larger cleaning supplies, those less often used, and they keep things hidden from view for a tidy appearance. Sturdy steel pull-out models have double-tiered designs to hold lots of cleaners and supplies and an expandable plastic model is available for odd sink configurations and you can customize it to suit yours.

Over-Cabinet Door Organizers

cabinet door organizerOver-cabinet door organizers give you storage space in unused segments of your cabinetry. Provided your cabinet doors are a standard width, installation is easy—just hook it over the cabinet and instantly expand your kitchen storage. Great for small kitchens with inefficient built-in storage, over-cabinet door organizers come in a variety of designs to store, not only cleaning supplies, but food wraps, spices, pan lids and more.

Whether you have a large sink and expansive counter, or you live in a tiny house, you’re sure to find products to organize that area of your kitchen at Organize-It. Remember, a big part of getting organized is to frequently assess your belongings and ask yourself if you need them. The other two parts are having efficient storage implements and developing good, consistent cleaning and organizing habits.


10 Storage Essentials for your Dorm for Under 20 Dollars


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10 Storage Essentials for your Dorm for Under 20 Dollars

Whether you’re living in a dorm, an apartment, or a house, you most likely can benefit from some extra organization. Here are 10 products that won’t break your bank, but will surely add flare and function to your home.

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Denier Storage Bins

Simple yet attractive, our gray, fabric-covered bin goes with almost anything and can be stored on bookshelves, a closet shelf, or anywhere you need some extra storage. Socks, undies, shoes, or even paper or craft products may be discreetly stored while adding a neutral accent to your décor. Small and medium bins are available to accommodate your storage needs. Cost: $9.99-$12.99.

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Woven Shelf Bin

For a warmer, earthier look, this woven basket-style shelf basket boasts a contrasting, washable liner and a 12.25 x 10.13 x 7.75-inch interior for lots of storage. It retails for only $8.39 and a larger one is also available for a couple more dollars. Cost: $8.39.

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Stacking Crystal Clear Storage Bins

These crystal clear storage containers rock for small closets, under-bed storage, or for adding an extra bid of mobile storage anywhere you have an available surface. They’re stackable with removable lids, and the clear design makes for easy identification of your stuff. Cost: $18.99 each.

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Nail Polish Rack

You may need a different color nail polish for each day of the month (or week). Even if you don’t, you’ll love this shabby chic nail polish rack, with three shelves for plenty of storage and an easy, slotted, hanging system. Simply add screws (and mollies) to your wall and slide the rack over them. Cost: $9.99.

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Umbra Over-the-Door Coat Rack

Over-door hooks are lifesavers for living spaces with underequipped closets? If you have an empty door available, just pop this over the top—no tools required. Five hooks give you instant garment storage and Umbra included padded ends to protect your clothes. Cost: $19.99.

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Tie and Belt Hanger

Hang all of your belts and similar accessories right in your closet on this small-profile tie and belt hanger. At only five bucks, you can add another one for scarves, necklaces or other accessories (or see below). Cost: $4.99.

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Ring-Style Scarf Hanger

For dedicated scarf storage, this open-ended scarf hanger keeps your accessories organized for only a tiny investment. Cost: $2.99.

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Over-Door Shoe Organizer

Shoe addiction isn’t really a problem unless you have no place to put them, right? Well, that may not be true, but I liked the way it sounded. For small or inefficient closet situations, this over-door rack stores 18 pairs of girl shoes in an ordinarily-unused space behind a door. Cost: $19.99.

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Laundry Tote

Store it, lug it and wash it! This fabric laundry tote is lightweight yet rugged, and includes a heavy-duty carrying strap. The clean, black and white design enables you to pretend doing laundry is cool. When not in use, just fold it up and stash it in a drawer or on a hook. Cost: $16.99.

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Compact Acrylic Cosmetic Organizer

Small enough to set on a vanity, and portable enough to stash on your dresser in shared-bath environments, this four-compartment organizer keeps your blushes, lipsticks and sundry beautifying tools organized and accessible. Cost: $15.00—on sale for $9.59.