13 Cute Ways to Whip Your Vanity Drawers Into Shape

Never rummage for a bobby pin again with these easy and inexpensive vanity organization ideas.
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I’m coming clean: I have a dirty little secret. My counters and tabletops might look pretty tidy, but what lurks beneath is my secret shame. That’s right, folks — I’m talking junk drawers. It’s a sickness, and this year I’m tackling my drawers of shame one by one. Up first, my vanity. I love fun makeup and jewelry as much as the next girl, but I can’t even see to the bottom of these drawers (you’ll see…). Luckily, we’ve come up with some super simple and inexpensive ideas to trick out even the most disastrous drawers.

If you can’t find a clean cotton swab among the makeup compacts and piles of nail polish bottles, look no further. If you hoard hair accessories, we’ve got you covered there, too. Watch the video for easy DIY solutions to keep everyday items organized and within reach.

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Stop digging through messy drawers with these easy organizational hacks.

See?! In just minutes, drawers of chaos can become tidy and efficient. Isn’t it so great when everything has a home?

Psst: Want to make your own felt bowl like the one above? Watch this tutorial: 

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Marianne and her friend Jess make cute and easy almost-no-sew felt bowls.

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For the Closet: Not Just for Photos

Photo boxes are an extremely inexpensive option for versatile storage. Look for them on sale at craft stores, and then stock up. Here, they’re used in a bathroom closet for extra supplies, like razors, toothbrushes and travel-size toiletries. Get more closet organizing + storage tips.

For the Closet: Add Bonus Storage Drawers

Plastic storage drawers can add tons of organization to any space. In a linen closet, use them to corral wash clothes and hand towels. The sturdy drawers also help piles of bath towels stay neat and upright on each side. Get more closet organizing + storage tips.

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For the Bathroom: Put Cabinet Doors to Work

Inexpensive BYGEL containers from IKEA are more versatile than you may think. They can add convenient storage to the back of any cabinet door! Hanging them with Command strips makes them temporary with no damage to your cabinet. Get more bathroom organizing + storage tips.

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For the Bathroom: Spice Up Your Storage

Spice shelves aren’t just for the kitchen! Grab a tiered spice rack and load it with beauty supplies under your bathroom sink. You’ll never have to hunt for hairspray again. Get more bathroom organizing + storage tips.

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For the Kitchen: Clever Clothespin Hack

This is the least expensive storage solution ever! Attach clothespins to the inside of a cabinet with super glue gel. The clothespins are the perfect place to store dish gloves. Get more under-the-sink organizing + storage tips.

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For the Kitchen: Cabinet Message Board

Use chalkboard vinyl or paint to create a message board on the back of a cabinet door. It’s a great place to leave notes for pet or house sitters! Get more pet supply organizing + storage tips.

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For the Pantry: Consistency Is Key

Buying dry goods in bulk saves money, and storing dry goods in matching containers saves space. Adding labels lets everyone in the family know what’s inside. Get more pantry organizing + storage tips.

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For the Pantry: Glam Up Basic Bins

Spray paint made for plastic can give dollar store bins a more expensive metal look. Once the bins are dry, add labels for a perfectly organized pantry. Get more pantry organizing + storage tips.

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For the Pantry: Corral Coffee Supplies

Trays are a great tool to unify separate items into one organized and pretty grouping. Create a coffee station to make mornings easy for house guests and to spoil yourself every day. Get more pantry organizing + storage tips.

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For the Home Gym: Display Your Gear

Pegboards are great tools for organizing because they take a mishmash of items and turn them into one unified display. Think outside the garage and use pegboards inside the house in unique spaces – like a mini-home gym in front of your exercise equipment. Get more home gym organizing + storage tips.

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For the Home Office: Contain Paper Clutter

Keep your office organized by creating a magazine file for catalogs you want to keep for later reference, and another for incoming new magazines. It keeps the magazine clutter out of the rest of the house, and if it’s in the file, you know you haven’t read it yet. Get more home office organizing + storage tips.

For the Home Office: Take Advantage of Walls

In the home office, IKEA wall files keep your high-use folders nearby. They’re also perfect if you don’t have the space (or budget) for a file cabinet. Get more home office organizing + storage tips.

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For the Laundry Room: Make a Lint Bin

Is your laundry room or closet too small for a traditional trash can? Repurpose an outdoor literature holder into a wall-mounted trash can for lint, clothing tags and receipts that get left in pockets. Get tips for making your own laundry room lint bin.

For the Garage: Choose Versatile Cubes

In the garage, IKEA KALLAX cubes create tons of inexpensive storage. Mount them to wall and add labeled storage bins so you can always find what you need. Get more garage organizing + storage tips.

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