In this video I show you how to organize makeup and cosmetics in the bathroom using organizers and a slim rolling cart that maximizes space and makes things super accessible!


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Hi everyone, it’s Alejandra. And I am sitting here inside my bathroom and I want to show you my new makeup setup that I have inside my bathroom that’s super easy to use. It’s convenient, it’s accessible, it maximizes space, and I am just loving it.

How to Organize Makeup

So whenever I get ready in the morning, I’m always sitting here on top of the toilet and I have my mirror right here and I bring my makeup here to come and look in the mirror and just apply everything because this is like the best lighting. This is where – yeah, the best lighting is in the bathroom.

So instead of having to get up from here and like go get each like makeup item and bring it back, I wanted everything – I want to bring everything to me. So what I’ve done here is I have put all of my makeup in this little slim cart that just hangs out on the side of the wall right here. It’s only about six inches wide which means it’s not going to take up all of this like a walking space right here in the bathroom. So I love it. It’s on wheels and all I can do is just like when it’s time to get ready and do my makeup, I just bring it over here and then I just wheel it over, and it’s super convenient because everything just comes with you and you have everything right there.

Organizing Makeup Brushes, Liners, and Lipstick

All I did here was I got these little acrylic organizers. There are four sections inside of this one container and I just got two of them. They fit perfectly inside. And I’m putting all of my brushes, my liners, my lipsticks, my tweezers, my scissors, anything that’s like small and tall, I’m putting inside of here. And when I got these, I immediately thought of those little pebbles or those little rocks that you see at Sephora. Like when you go to Sephora, they have all the makeup brushes and they’re all inside these nice pebbles that keep it from falling over and stuff.

How to Organize Makeup

Makeup Organizing Tip: Keep brushes, liners, & lipsticks upright in containers filled with rice

And so, I went online to try and look for them and they’re kind of expensive and they’re hard to find. And so, I was trying to think like what else can I do without having to go out and buy something else? So I decided to try using rice just like rice from the pantry. I tried putting it inside and then I put everything inside of it and then I realized that I should probably rinse the rise because a lot of the grains were kind of – like it was kind of a powdery substance was coming out. So I rinsed the rice. I let it dry overnight and then I put it inside here and then I put everything like inside of each section and it’s working wonderfully. None of them was like the powder is not getting on any other cosmetics or anything. So I was quite pleased about that.

Concealers & Foundation Organization

Over here, I have all of my bronzers, concealers, foundations, lotion here, eye makeup remover here, Q-tips here, and then on the side right here, I mounted a magnetic strip just like this. This is from The Container Store. It comes in different colors. I just mounted it with double size-sided mounting tape and then I put all of my bobby pins on these little magnets because these things are magnetic so you can just go like that. And it’s an easy way to store your bobby pins and they’re super accessible and they now have a home.

Blush & Eye Shadow Organizing Ideas

And then down here, I found these little Sterilite organizers. You can just get this at Target, Wal-Mart, or maybe even Dollar Store. But they fit perfectly inside of here when you put them vertically just like that. So I use these organizers for my blush, my eye shadow. This is kind of just like an open section. I just have a little divider in place to kind of hold these bins over here so they don’t slide over here. And then I have more eye shadow down there.

Organizing Travel Toiletries

How to Organize Makeup: Keep Travel Toiletries Organized in Baskets

How to Organize Makeup: Keep Travel Toiletries Organized in Baskets

And then at the very bottom, it’s where I have all of my travel cosmetics and toiletries. So there is like packets of shampoo, conditioner, and then there is like little Shout removers, there is body wash and then there is hairspray, hair gel and stuff. And I’m still using these little containers down here just like that because they fit so nicely. And then I just took my label marker and I put a clear label on the very back of the bin so I know exactly what goes where.

Hair Accessory Organization Tips

And then wrapping around the cart, I wanted a place to put all of my claws for when I’m doing my hair that would be out of the way and it would be easy to access, easy to put away because these things – I feel like if you don’t store them correctly, they might break because they’re so delicate and fragile and stuff.

So all I did was wrap bungee cord. I just took colored bungee cord that I got from, I think it was G Street Fabrics. That’s the only place that sells colored bungee cord other than like black which you can only get at Home Depot. So I took bungee cord, wrapped it around really nice and tightly and then I put all the claws right there.

Makeup Organizing Tip: Use bungee cord & magnets to keep hair accessories organized

Makeup Organizing Tip: Use bungee cord & magnets to keep hair accessories organized

And then on the side of the cart, I think this is the coolest idea out of everything. I took leftover door pockets that I had to cut down in my last house just like cut them and I kind of just clipped them to the side of the cart. The cart had like a little cover right here to kind of – I don’t know had like a wall cover right here to kind of – I don’t know what the cover is for, just to over it. But I just took the cover off and I took a binder clip just like this from my office, and I clipped it, the door pockets just like that. So now, they’re not going to fall down.

And then I put bungee cord in the middle of it so it will just hold it in place. And I thought that was really creative because now I have a place for all of my pony tail holders and all of my elastic headbands. And then of course, I just put a little label on the very front so I know what goes in and what section.

And then I did the same thing on the other side. You can’t really see it here but I just did the same thing for some of my larger headbands like some of – like these ones that you wash your face. You hold your hair back to wash your face. And then down here is like your standard, typical, regular headbands just like that. But I just love this cart. I love how I can just bring everything to me instead of having to get up and go get everything and bring it back. It’s just – it’s all together and it’s easy to access.

And I kind of feel like when I was setting it up like you know when you go to a nail salon and you’re getting a pedicure and the nail technician just like rolls a cart over to your station and they have everything right there. Everything is convenient and easy to access and stuff. I kind of feel like it was the same setup. So I don’t know. Yeah, it’s like the same setup.

So anyways, I hope this video was helpful. When you’re organizing your cosmetics, what you want to do is group like with like. So you can go to one section to grab one category of items and yeah, just make everything easy to access.

So I hope this video was helpful. If you want more organizing tips or more organizing videos, you can visit my website at Alejandra.TV. I’ll see you soon. Bye!

About Alejandra

About Alejandra

Since 2008, organizing expert & certified life coach, Alejandra Costello has taught thousands of students in 132 countries how to get organized through her video-based training programs. Her YouTube videos have been viewed 100+ million times. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV and “The Decluttering Queen” by Good Morning America, Alejandra’s expertise has been featured in The New York Times,, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. 


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