The Home Edit’s Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer Share Their Best Vanity Organization Tips

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“The storage solutions we love, like tiered shelving and clear modular bins, will keep your items visible and easy to access, as well as showcase them. When we created Rume, we definitely used that philosophy as our inspiration. Nothing is better than well-formulated products in display-worthy packaging.” Here, the duo responsible for tidying up the closets and pantries of Reese Witherspoon, Khloé Kardashian and Jordana Brewster share their best tips for not letting our skincare and beauty obsession totally take over our spaces.

Proper Purge

“You should always start with a proper edit. This means removing everything from the space, grouping items by category, and purging anything you no longer want or need. Very rarely do we see clients unable to part with their dried-up mascara—there’s less emotional attachment to products. Paring your items down is essential; it’s the only way to create a streamlined routine that works best for you and your space.”

Functional Storage

“For small spaces or bathrooms without storage, take advantage of vertical space by using customizable over-the-door systems. A divided turntable is perfect for beauty products, too, because it contains, separates and spins for easy access to everything. Rolling carts can also be helpful in a bathroom if you are short on storage space.”

Daily Drawer

“Create a daily drawer or bin that holds all of your everyday items to save time in the morning because everything will be at your fingertips. Even if the contents are random, it will make a difference if everything is categorized. We like to use a combination of inserts and test multiple configurations to come up with the smartest solution for the given space, as well as the items that will live there.”

Shower Power

“We suggest keeping only your staples in the shower and utilizing vertical space. For your back-stock shampoo, conditioners, shower gels, etc., store them in a separate bin and place it in a cabinet or closet, and then switch things out when necessary.”

Out of Sight

“If you aren’t using a product on a daily basis, then it shouldn’t take up valuable real estate. The same thing goes for hair tools and back-stock items. We suggest storing and labeling them as general categories in modular, stackable bins.”

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