How I Organize My Hair Product Stash + Tips!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Lately I've been on a kick to organize the small storage spaces around my apartment. One of my biggest small-space organizational challenges I've had to date was under my bathroom sink - the small area where I store my hair and body products. Before I completely overhauled this area, it was a disorganized mess! My products were just stacked randomly or thrown haphazardly into baskets with no rhyme or reason. As a result, the area under my sink was jam-packed with products I hadn't really touched in months; I found myself repurchasing items I already had because I couldn't see everything I had; and the products I needed to reach for on a daily basis kept getting lost in the product shuffle or ended up being temporarily staged out in the open on my bathroom counter. Even though most of the disorganization was hidden away under my sink, it was still an known eye-sore to me. So I decided to do a massive overhaul and spring clean of my product stash under my sink. The above pictures are of my now [re]organized under-sink area. And it has been working well for me.

With my own product overhaul and reorganization project now behind me, I've put together a list of spring cleaning steps below that is essentially the process I followed. Also included below are tips and lessons I've learned for organizing and maintaining a neat and usable product stash.

Hope this helps!

SPRING CLEANING STEPS

  1. Remove everything from the space. And I mean everything. This step is "technically" optional, but I strongly recommend it because doing it forces you to really do a thorough spring clean. Remove everything from your product storage space / shelves / containers. Literally empty it out and dump all your products out in the open on the floor or on an open counter. Usually after you do this, you get that omg-why-the-heck-did-I-just-do-that-I'm-at-the-point-of-no-return feeling. Good. That feeling usually means you will be compelled to finish the job - unless you're comfortable with leaving a huge product-y mess all over your floor or counter :)
  2. Check expiration dates on all the products and toss whatever is past its expiration date, or does not look/smell right. Products with all-natural ingredients in particular can mold or go rancid if kept too long, and most of these kind of products are meant to be kept no longer than 6 months to year.
  3. Evaluate how you use your products - and be brutally honest with yourself. Determine which products you reach for often and actually use on a regular basis. Then divide your products into three categories: 1. Products I reach for daily or weekly 2. Products I use but only occasionally (such as special treatments, backup products, etc.) 3. Products I haven't touched in 6 months to a year.
  4. For the products you haven't touched in 6 months to a year, evaluate why you haven't used it. If the product is still good/usable, consider giving it away to a friend or family member you think may need or gladly take it. Or consider making a commitment to using it up within the next three months before buying anything new. But also be honest with yourself - if you don't think you will use the product in the next 2 - 3 months, and you don't have anyone to give it to, toss it.
  5. Consolidate where possible. Sometimes we have multiples of the same thing, and it may be possible to consolidate products into less bottles and toss the empty or "almost" empty bottles.
  6. Rethink packaging. Sometimes products come in containers or packaging that is not ideal for neat storage. You may need to consider transferring the product into a container that is more conducive to being neatly stored away.  

ORGANIZATION TIPS

  • Stay away from extra large storage containers that are too deep. Super deep storage containers will make you want to fill them with products. And once you have too many layers of products stacked on top of the another, you begin to no longer see everything you have.
  • Get creative with your storage solutions and think outside the box. Sometimes storage solutions intended for other uses (like kitchen, office or closet) can be the perfect storage solution for your hair and body products in the bathroom. For example, I used this 2-tier rotating spice rack that I found in the kitchen section of Target (pictured above) as the perfect solution for products I reach for frequently. It rotates, and has two levels - so I can store quite a bit and everything is easy to get to. 
  • Every inch of the space has storage potential. For example, I decided to use an over-the-cabinet-door hanging basket to store backups of my favorite hand soap (pictured above). I go through these hand soaps frequently so storing them like this makes them very easy to access when its time to put out a new one.
  • Focus on easy access. Make sure the products you reach for on a daily (or frequent) basis are front and center and easy to access. I designated the rotating spice rack I mentioned in the above tip as the area where all my frequently-reached-for products would be.
  • Group similar products together in the same location. For example, I have all my oils together in one central place so that I know where to find it when I need it, and where to put it back when I'm done using it (see above picture).

MAINTENANCE TIPS

  • Use up the products you buy! Earlier in my natural journey, I was so guilty of not following this rule. I was so excited to try a zillion different products while on my mission to find my staple products that I had a hard time actually using up some of the products I purchased in the process - especially the products that didn't wow me immediately at first use. It's okay to experiment and try different products, but pace yourself and try not to buy too many different products at once.
  • Try to follow the one in/one out rule. If you add a new hair product to your stash, immediately get rid of one that either may be expired or one that you haven't really touched in 6 months to a year. I'm still struggling with this one :)
  • Schedule regular spring cleans. Designate 1 - 2 times per year when you carve out time to go into your stash and "spring clean" - even if it's not technically spring! :)

Picture Details.
2-Tier Rotating Spice Rack | Michael Graves for Target
Modular storage drawers, small | Target
Large Stacking Basket | interDesign, Target
Small Stacking Basket | interDesign, Target
over-the-cabinet-door hanging basket | TJ Maxx

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7 comments

  1. Oh how I've been looking for ideas to help organize/store my hair products. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
    -- Karen J

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    1. @Karen J - Awesome! I'm so glad you found this post helpful :) Happy organizing! :)

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  2. Wow, your products look so neat and organised! Mine are in such chaos I'd rather avoid digging in my basket for stuff :S Tidying up feels like a daunting task but you've made it look so cute I'm going to have to try it!

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