If you have a dressing table, you know just how helpful they can be. But you likely also know that without a strategy your table can start to look like a total disaster too! Thankfully, there is hope—take charge of your makeup area with these simple, smart dressing table storage ideas.
What is a dressing table?
First of all, you might be asking, what is a dressing table?
Picture an old-school Hollywood star doing her makeup at a table with those big round ball lights—that’s essentially what we are talking about! However, these days dressing tables come in many different styles and looks from wood to sleek to mirrored.
The most important thing about this functional furniture is what it holds. A dressing table can hold a ton of things, from makeup and perfumes to daily toiletries and hair products.
Basically, the goal here is to make these items readily accessible, which can help you get ready quickly (and without stress!). A cluttered worktop and drawers can lead to stress and anxiety, which is the exact opposite of what we want here.
Why organize your dressing table space?
The dressing table is where you prepare for the day ahead and is often where your self-care routine comes into play. Arranging your dressing table is essential to ensure you don’t have to rush or start the day unorganized. Achieving this can create a sense of calm and leave you feeling stress-free.
The last thing you want is to feel rushed every morning trying to find your most needed necessities. Being unorganized at home can lead to feeling frustrated and stressed out. No one likes a cluttered and unsightly mess in their bedroom, so ensure you begin each morning feeling and looking great with a clutter-free vanity table.
How To Organize Your Dressing Table With These Great Dressing Table Ideas
How you start your day can make a real difference in how the rest of the day pans out.
Make your space look neater and clear your head with these steps to help you organize your dressing table:
Position Your Table in the Best Place
Is your table facing natural light, or do you have a lamp? Good lighting is essential for your dressing table area, enabling you to see the perfect top on your makeup.
I always favor natural light, so I recommend you move your table under a window. This way, the light shines towards you, giving you an illuminated glow.
Don’t have a window available, or need some extra light? Make sure you have the right kind of lightbulb! I recommend daylight bulbs for this purpose.
Clear Everything off the Top and Empty the Drawers
Start by removing everything from your dressing table. This will give you a clean slate and allow you to assess what you have. If you need more time, try decluttering one drawer at a time, as this will be less overwhelming.
Sort and Declutter
Go through all the items you’ve removed from your dressing table and sort them into categories such as makeup, toiletries, hair care, and jewelry.
When looking at makeup and toiletries, check how long they have been open, as most makeup products have a shelf life. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Are they out of date?
- Do they smell?
- Do you actually use them?
- Is this a product I actually like?
- How long has this been open?
Keep items you use regularly and love. Throw out old makeup and discard or donate items you no longer need. Be ruthless in decluttering to avoid unnecessary mess.
Decide on where you wish to keep your newly sorted items. Divide your dressing table drawers into different zones based on the types of articles you have.
Use deeper drawers for oversized items such as hair care products or large bottles. Hairdryers and heat styling tools such as a straightener will need a larger space.
Save the drawers towards the top for daily use items such as makeup, skincare, and even hair styling accessories. This helps create a sense of order and makes it easier to find what you need.
Use Smart Storage Solutions
Invest in storage solutions that suit your needs and help you organize more neatly. Here are some options for organizing your dressing table:
- Drawer Dividers: Use drawer dividers or organizers to separate and organize your makeup, skincare, and other small items. Draw dividers make a great way of organizing small items such as eye shadows, lip glosses, and other cosmetics.
- Clear Containers: Transparent containers or acrylic organizers are great for storing makeup remover pads and other small items. They also make it easy to see what’s inside. They often have small spaces and compartments for storing brushes and longer items upright.
- Trays and Plates: Use decorative trays or plates to corral frequently used items like perfume, jewelry, and hair accessories. Trays are great for easy access to eyeliners, lipsticks, and other essential items in your beauty routine.
- Shelves or Wall-Mounted Storage: If you have limited space on your dressing table, consider adding shelves or wall-mounted storage to keep things off the table but within easy reach. Pegboards are a great way of organizing storage as they have many options and ways to hang items. They also use space that is not usually utilized.
- Pots and Jars: Pots and jars make great makeup brush holders or are perfect for storing small items like bobby pins.
- Jewelry Box: Use a jewelry box or a hanging jewelry stand for objects such as necklaces and bracelets so they do not get tangled up.
- Baskets: Baskets are a great way to store items and can fit on shelves or in drawers. Stand perfumes or other beauty products up in baskets.
- Label or Categorize: Label containers or drawers if needed. This can be especially helpful for items with multiple components, like makeup palettes or skincare products. Try using a cutting machine such as a silhouette portrait or a Cricut machine to print and cut your labels to categorize.
Need more options? Check out this post with 15 genius storage ideas for small spaces!
Rotate Seasonal Items
If you have many seasonal or occasional items (e.g., holiday-themed makeup or jewerly), consider storing them in a separate box or drawer and rotating them as needed to keep your dressing table clutter-free. Keep these in a box or basket in an under-the-stairs cupboard or loft space to free up room.
Personalize Your Space
Add personal touches to your dressing table with decorative items such as a small vase with a fresh flower arrangement, a decorative mirror, or a framed photo. Just be sure to keep the space manageable.
Make it a habit to tidy up your dressing table daily or weekly, depending on your usage. Put items back in their designated spots after use to prevent clutter from building up.
Keep it clean and tidy by wiping down the sides regularly. Cleaning wipes or a microfiber cloth should be stored nearby to quickly wipe down the surface for a clean look. You can also use a scented spray as you do this to make the area smell and feel fresh.
Every few months, go through your items again and declutter as necessary. Our beauty and grooming routines change over time, so keeping your dressing table organized and tailored to your current needs is essential.
How Can I Make My Dressing Table Look Pretty?
- Add personal touches: Personalize your dressing table with items that reflect your personality. This could be framed photos, small potted plants, or sentimental objects with special meaning.
- Choose a color theme: Choose a pretty theme so everything ties in together. Use pots, artificial flowers, or perfume bottles in matching colors.
- Select pretty accessories: Choose accessories like perfume bottles or jewelry stands that are functional and aesthetically pleasing. Look for items to match your theme or color scheme.
- Add a pretty stool: Add a decorative stool or seat with a matching cushion to dress up the area.
- Use decorative elements: Incorporate decorative elements like candles, decorative trays, or small sculptures to add visual interest. Just be mindful not to overcrowd the space.
- Invest in a quality mirror: A good-quality mirror is essential for a dressing table. It serves its functional purpose and can be a beautiful focal point. Consider a stylish frame or an antique mirror for added charm.
What if I Don’t Have Time To Organize My Dressing Table?
Do one drawer at a time! Take your time and start small so as not to overwhelm yourself.
By following these steps and customizing them to your preferences, you can create an organized and functional dressing table that helps streamline your daily routine.
This article originally appeared on Wealth of Geeks.
Donna Vallance is a Craft, Travel, Hair and Lifestyle creator at Likelovedo as well as LikeloveLondon Travel website and Cruising For All. Donna also draws and designs her own craft files which readers can download for crafts such as scrapbooking. Donna also empowers and teaches people with curly hair how to get the most of their curls. She also shares her travels from around the world.