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messy make-up drawer.This will go alongside the 15-min. organizing tip. I brought in my make-up drawer with some random products. Please shoot on white. Will be cut-out and not run more than a column and a half wide. 
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messy make-up drawer.This will go alongside the 15-min. organizing tip. I brought in my make-up drawer with some random products. Please shoot on white. Will be cut-out and not run more than a column and a half wide. Joe Harpring|The Republic


The fabulous lipstick you just bought suddenly is irretrievably lost. You need it now but can’t find it. So you buy another one.

When you open your makeup drawer to deposit the latest addition, lo and behold, there it is. The lipstick you just replaced is nestled between the corner and a bottle of liquid makeup you haven’t used in months.

Professional organizer Lori Rowan can help you tame your unruly makeup drawer in just 15 minutes, saving you time and money.

First step: Have a plan. Take measurements of the drawer. Rowan recommends using graph paper to sketch out how you want the drawer to look.

Next, look for or purchase small (juice-sized) Mason jars, old cigar boxes, or cutlery trays that will fit in your space.

Pull everything out of the drawer. If it isn’t makeup or a tool used to apply your makeup, find it a new home. Throw away all expired items and any products you haven’t used in the past year.

Wipe down the inside of the drawer with a dampened cloth or towel and insert a non-slip grip liner, cut to fit the bottom of the drawer, to keep bins and containers from shifting and to contain spills.

Sort what’s left by size, purpose and frequency of use. For instance, place all lipsticks and lip pencils in one container, mascaras and liquid liners in another.

Q-tips, makeup sponges and brushes should go in their own bin, and so on.

After all items are at home in their containers, position them on the non-stick liner.

The last step? Be vigilant.

“I know it’s easy to just throw something in a drawer, on the counter, or in your purse,” Rowan said.

“But, in order for you to keep your system up, you need to put things back where you have decided that they belong.”

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