MAKEUP STORAGE: Organizing the Alex Drawers

Ok, I know that any makeup addict worth their salt knows about the almighty Alex Drawers by Ikea.  These drawers can be found in just about every other vanity setup on Pinterest.  So what could I possibly have to tell you about these famous drawers that you don't already know?  Nothing!  But what I can tell you is how to organize them so that they can hold all your makeup and your next haul too.  Let's get those Alex Drawers organized.

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The Ultimate Alex Drawer Organizers

Even a new makeup addict knows (and probably covets) the Ikea Alex Drawers.  They provide a lot of makeup storage in a compact space.  Probably why so many makeup vanity pins feature these infamous drawers.

Everyone knows that right?

Yeah ok, but what you may not know is how best to organize these terrific drawers.  Well, check out some of these drawer organizers that will have you running back to Sephora and Ulta to fill all the space you have.

Alex Drawers Isn't she beautiful!

What's in your stash?

Hang on!  First we need to know what you need to store.  No point in getting set up for ten palettes when all you have are two.  So let's take inventory.  The best way to do this take out EVERYTHING!  Pull it all out and see how many you have in each of these categories:

  • Foundations
  • Powder
  • Blushes & Bronzers
  • Eyelashes
  • Lipsticks & Lipglosses
  • Mascara
  • Liners
  • Eye shadow

Ok, now that we know what we need to store, let's find some great organizers for those drawers.

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Perfect for mascara, liners and lipglosses!  Organize This Alex Drawers

Liners, Mascara & a Gloss or Two

We are off to a great start with this first organizer which is perfect for liners, mascara and a few lip glosses.  It is perfect for one of the shallow top drawers of the unit.  I think this drawer would be perfect for holding your everyday makeup.


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Holds 39 compacts! Yes please!

A Bounty of Blushes

Need an organizer for a huge stash of blushes, bronzers and compacts?  This one will hold a hefty 39!  Ok, that's freaking awesome!  This organizer may not fit in the shallowest drawer but would fit quite nicely in a middle Alex drawer unit.

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Holds up to 56 compacts!

And More Blushes! Alex Drawers

What!  You need even more storage?  Ok, well how about this organizer that will hold up to 56 blushes, bronzers and powders.  If you need more room than this you are standing in a Sephora.


Alex DrawersThe Brush Off

Keep your pricey makeup brushes dust free.  How about a nice organizer for all those brushes?  Ok, this 4 compartment organizer will probably hold most of your brush collection.  Maybe this would inspire me to keep those brushes clean.


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Holds 130 lipsticks!

Lots of Lips

Ok, we know the bulk of your makeup collection probably centers around your lipstick collection.  Well this organizer will take on even the worse lipstick hoarder.  TIP: If you have more than 130 lipsticks you need therapy!


Alex Drawers Can you fill this 72 single pod eyeshadow case?

Color me Good!

Most of us have far more individual eye shadows than palettes.  No problem this organizer holds all you have with room for many more.  This drawer insert holds 72 single pod eyeshadows.


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Now you can hide your palettes from sticky finger girlfriends. LOL!


Plenty of Palettes

And we have saved the best one for last!  Here is the one you have been waiting for.  This unit holds all those eyeshadow palettes that you have worked so hard to score.  This eight compartment drawer insert will let you stash those palettes safely out of sight of prying girlfriends yet keeps them right at your fingertips.

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Label it and Find it

By the way, what's the point of organizing all that makeup?  Well to find it when you need it right?  Well check out our Vanity Decal Set that will finish off your Alex Drawer makeover quite nicely.


Whew!  That was a lot of organizing going on in that little Alex Drawer unit!  Did you know there were storage units specifically made for the Alex Drawer unit?  Well, now you do!  Not that we are trying to give you any reason to go shopping.  Just saying!

Hey!  Do you own the Alex Drawer Unit?  Do you love it?  How to you organize your makeup drawers?  Leave us a comment below and tell us how you do it.

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