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Hi there! My name is Julia and I’m the new Blog Coordinator for The Organization Organization. I am currently a senior in college so I like to look at organization through a budget-oriented, dorm-friendly perspective. One of the things I love most in this world, shamelessly, is makeup. You could call me a makeup junkie, I suppose. However, with lots of makeup comes lots of chaos and disorganization. There are so many little bits and bobs that I consider essential, yet it always seems that everything gets in a state of disarray if I don’t have some kind of intuitive, organized system for my makeup. And given that I’m living in a college dorm, I don’t have room for a great vanity or elaborate storage system. Therefore, here are my top 5 tips for organizing your makeup in your dorm room:

  1. Get a small drawer unit. I actually found mine at a garage sale (bargains–yes!) and it has been a LIFE SAVER for storing makeup. It has three drawers so I’ve assigned each drawer a kind of makeup.
    • The top drawer is anything that goes on my overall face- i.e. foundation, concealer, bronzer, and blush. Julia2
    • The middle drawer is my eye drawer–eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow palettes, eye shadow singles, etc. I tend to stack my eye shadow palettes, putting the one I use most frequently (my Urban Decay Naked Palette) on top so that it’s more intuitive (see tip #5 for more on intuitive organization). Julia3
    • Finally, the bottom drawer is for face primers, lipsticks, and any tools such as my eyelash curler and my pencil sharpener. It’s extremely helpful to categorize everything and put them into separate drawers so that everything is easy to find when you’re in a rush.Julia4
  2. Keep your brushes in a jar. If you’re like me, you have a billion makeup brushes that are essential (I’ve gotten good at defending my love of brushes) to doing your makeup. However, they’re not always that easy to store because there are so many sizes and they all just sort of roll all around the place. That’s why putting them in a container or a jar makes all the difference. I am using what is, I think, an old flower pot or vase or something. Again, I got it at a garage sale because I’m *thrifty*. It has a wide enough mouth that I can store a number of big and small brushes, and this has been really helpful to be able to sort through them. Using a container like this makes it so easy to find exactly which brush I need. I usually place the jar right next to my drawer unit so that everything is nice and close together.Julia6
  3. Don’t store your makeup at your desk. I’m a firm believer in how the way you use a space determines the outcome of your productivity there. Essentially, I follow the rule: Don’t do your homework in your bed. Studies have shown that when you do your homework in bed, it makes it harder for you to fall asleep at night because your bed is no longer just a place for sleeping—instead, it’s also a place for studying, homework, and general stress. It becomes associated with the wrong activities and this affects how it functions as a bed. I believe the same goes for your desk. Your desk should serve one or two related functions and that’s it. If your desk is a place for studying, then make it solely for studying, and keep your makeup elsewhere.
  4. When you’re doing your makeup, after using each item, immediately put it back where it belongs. If you’ve just used a blush brush, put it right back in your brush jar. Too many times I use something, set it on the table without putting it back in its correct spot, and then move on to the next item. By the end, this means that I’ve accumulated a nice little—or giant—pile of makeup on the table. If I’m in a rush, I can guarantee you I won’t be taking the time to put everything back where they belong. So then we just have a cluttered mess that makes me really uncomfortable when I come home. So, instead, why not put everything back as soon as you’re done using it? I’ve started doing this lately, and although it sounds trivial, it makes a huge difference. Developing a simple habit can prevent a lot of clutter from appearing in the first place.
  5. Categorize everything in a way that is intuitive for you. My final tip is more of a habit in organization that I find makes a big difference. It took a lot of trial and error for me to find the organization system that worked for me, but once I did, it felt like it fit like a glove. Organize things in a way that feels like it fits you. For example, if you’re right handed, try putting the drawer on the right side of your table so that it’s easier and more intuitive for you to reach for. Try putting a small mirror right next to your makeup storage so that you can do it right there rather than walking across the room to the bathroom mirror. It’s all about efficiency and finding ways to make things flow smoothly and work in the most intuitive, seamless way.


I hope you enjoyed these 5 tips that have really helped me organize my makeup as a college student and someone on a budget! They’re little ways that have helped me create more organization and a peaceful sense of order in my busy life. If you can make some things intuitive and easy, it really helps create more tranquility in the rest of your life!

October 13, 2015

Julia Houghton

I have always loved organizing my space and creating an atmosphere that both supports and relaxes me. When I went to college, I realized how important that passion for tidy spaces, intuitive organizational systems, and maintaining a clear mental space is. Through coordinating and regular contributing to the blog, I look forward to sharing ways to create the same harmony in all our lives.