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Organizing your Makeup Table with JCPenney

When it comes to home design, I need all the extra help I can get. We’ve moved around every year of our marriage in rented houses in France. I wasn’t about to spend my money on decorating a home only to leave it 8 months later. This last year I put a little effort into it and it’s amazing how much of a difference it made. I love my little French home now!

While in California I have a small space to maintain and somehow it still manages to get messy and unorganized. I must have a special talent for that or something. My husband is always getting on me to clean up my makeup/working table. The problem is that when I get new stuff, whether it be new product or hair tools or whatever, I just throw it on the desk. It was disastrous. So I went out to JCPenney to grab a few things to organize my space and make it cute and happy and fun to work!

organize makeup table

Just so you know how bad it was, here’s the before. And yes, this is slightly (okay a lot) embarrassing!

makeup table before

See what I mean? It’s my desk/work area plus my makeup space plus my general dump area. So ya, it gets a little crowded. I headed to the JCPenney home section and got myself a cute tray, a vase, ombre mason jars, and a cute lamp. Here’s what I did.

makeup organization

Gosh, I’m so happy with how it turned out. This was just the thing I needed to get it all cleaned off and organized. Obviously you can see that there’s not the same amount on the desk as before. I started by removing everything from the table. If I didn’t use it nearly daily, it didn’t get a spot on my desk. Even my hair products got moved to the bottom shelf area. But the space for working and getting ready together feels just wonderful.

makeup desk

I bought these really cute ombre mason jars from JCPenney’s home section. They were a little bit smaller than regular mason jars, which I wanted. I filled them up 3/4 of the way with some coffee beans and stuck my makeup brushes, mascara and even some eye liner in there. The mini mason jar is for my tweezers and eye liners.

organize makeup table

I love this tray. Not only is it adorable, but it’s the perfect size. It’s a mini-version I think, but that works perfectly for what I wanted. I just wanted to maintain everything I had and have it be cute. So my makeup palettes are lined up toward the back which makes them easy to grab, my Furlesse patches that I use every night (and are only available in the Sephoras that are in JCPenney) are right there, ready to go, and then foundation, concealer, etc. Oh and bobby pins, because seriously, can’t live without them!

jcpenney tray

I knew it would be all organized when I was done, but I wanted it to be pretty too. I mean, this is my work space as well and I want it to be a happy work space! So when I saw this pretty, unique vase, I knew I wanted it. I’ve always been one to like things that are a bit different and this fit the bill for me! The flowers are from the garden – so pretty! I also couldn’t pass up the bird lamp, I must have something for owls.

jcpenney vase JCPenney lamp

I am sitting here right now at my nice, clean desk typing this post and I’m in love. It’s amazing how good it can feel to have things nice and organized! For those of you who are always organized, you might think I’m a little crazy. I mean, how could it be so hard? Somehow, for me, it is. But this is a start in a new direction for me, isn’t it?

makeup desk organization

Here are my tips for organizing your makeup/work station.

  • Have a place for everything. So it’s easy to put things away in their place.
  • Only have things out that you use almost every day.
  • Jars, trays, and even small plates can double as holders!
  • Minimize! It’s easy to keep adding to thing, but minimize what you need & use for a cleaner, more streamlined desk!

That’s the best advice I’ve got for creating an organized makeup/work place. You might be looking for a little more advice than that! Every Wednesday for the month of July, JCPenney has been welcoming a celebrity designer in-store and taking questions from fans via Facebook. The designer shares his/her advice and a few recommendations to help fans spruce up their place! Four weeks in 4 different cities with 4 different celebrity designers! I know I’m gonna add a few questions of my own for sure.

It is the end of July and we’ve only got one more Wednesday but no worries, all the videos can be viewed on JCPenney’s YouTube channel here. The last Designer Day is this Wednesday 7/30 with designer David Bromstad – submit your question on JCPenney’s Facebook page! You’ll probably end up liking a few different things, I don’t blame you, it’s cute stuff! Viewers get 20% off home items! So it’s time for you to play designer! Tell me in the comments —

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78 Responses to Organizing your Makeup Table with JCPenney

  1. Katie July 28, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    I am not a very crafty person, but I love tying ribbons to everything. I painted my bedroom walls grey, which can make it look very dark in my room. However, what I have been doing is tying little ribbons to the corners of my bedposts, etc, just to add a pop of color. It looks pretty nice.

  2. The Domestic Fringe July 28, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    That lamp is SO cute!!! I use a makeup bag, because there’s no room for anything else. We even have a bathroom sink that hangs on the wall, so no counter in the bathroom. If I had a makeup space, I’d hope it looked as pretty as yours though.

  3. Frugalistablog July 28, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    I got organized last year and it was so worth it! Although, my stuff takes up way more room than yours. I love the lamp. Coffee beans in your brush jars is genius!

  4. sara Theissen July 28, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    I keep organized by cleaning up messes while they are still small

  5. carrie July 28, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    Baskets baskets baskets….and those cubbies/cube organizers!
    Its also amazing how some fresh cut flowers add a little pop of color and freshness to a room

  6. Kristen July 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    I’m sooo uncreative…my tip is to find something cute on Pinterest and copy! 😛

  7. Jen @ Lita's World July 28, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    WOW – your makeup station looks awesome now!! I’m in LOVE with that lamp too!!! I’m sad to admit my makeup is all in my nightstand drawer!!! – no other space for it, but I now may be motivated to figure something else out!! Thanks!

  8. Jen @ Lita's World July 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    Oh, forgot to mention I tweeted about this post and the contest!!

  9. Beth Sharpe July 28, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    I love things so simple and organized! This looks awesome. I just have everything in a tote under my sink, but I would love to have a make up table like this! And the lamp is adorable.

  10. Dandi D July 29, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    My tip is to make sure to use white and other bright colors in small places.

  11. Dandi D July 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    I shared on Twitter:

  12. DanielleD July 31, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    I love how you organized this space& the coffee bea nidea! ( I also love JCP 🙂 What made a big diiference in my bathroom with all the products is drawer organizers I bought at Target. The way I can find stuff easily when getting ready, with separate spaces for makeup, combs, hair accessries etc.

  13. DanielleD July 31, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    I also tweeted :

  14. mysweetiepiepie July 31, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    My tip is to make sure to use harmonious colors throughout the house.

  15. D Schmidt August 2, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    My best tip is to consider how the colors you pick flow with the rest of your home and decor.

  16. D Schmidt August 2, 2014 at 6:14 pm #


  17. Cheryl August 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    I like to use what I have on hand and switch up what room the item is displayed in.

  18. Cheryl August 4, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    tweeted this post:

  19. Ashley H August 7, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    I try to keep things organized in cute bins.

  20. Shannon August 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    Go thru each room and get rid of whatever you don’t need at least twice a year. Minimize the clutter!

  21. Susan Smith August 9, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    My tip is to change decorations every so often to get an inexpensive new look.

  22. Susan Smith August 9, 2014 at 11:38 am #

  23. Amy Parker August 10, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    Learn to re-use things that you already have in your home in a different way. You won’t have to spend much money and will have “re-purposed” something.

  24. Tina M August 10, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    i paint all my Furniture White. it made the house so bright.

  25. Shannon August 11, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    I like lots of lamps and light!

  26. latanya August 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    I like using knobs and handles to make plain cabinetry stand out

  27. Mia August 11, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    Have some nice rugs that match your furniture!

  28. Mia August 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    I tweeted

  29. Nicole Dz August 14, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    My tip for decorating my home is always to reuse pieces and corporate them into another room. Sometimes other pieces work better somewhere else in the home. So my suggestion is to move pieces around and see what works best.

  30. Nicole Dz August 14, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    I shared on my twitter –

  31. maria cantu August 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Add flowers.

  32. LAMusing August 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Paint is a quick and inexpensive way to change the look of your space.

  33. Norma August 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    Great transformation! Cleaning up clutter and organizing can make a big difference!

  34. anna pry August 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    my tip for decorating is to only buy pieces you really love, then you’ll always love the result

  35. Debbie B August 16, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    its easy to decorate your bathroom with items from JC Penney – they normally have collections where everything matches

  36. Debbie B August 16, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    i posted a tweet:

  37. Krysten H August 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    Best tip I ever got was a place for everything and everything in its place.

  38. Stephanie August 17, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    I use baskets to organize clutter and make things look more organized in the house

  39. fenella August 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    Super cute lamp!!

  40. Vic Adams August 18, 2014 at 5:45 am #

    Purge, Purge, Purge, and when you think you have purged enough, do it one more time. Start fresh with only things you really love and use.

  41. Tara August 18, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    I buy pieces that I can use in multiple places when I’m ready to change things up!

  42. Tara August 18, 2014 at 10:18 am #


  43. Kelly D August 18, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    My tip would be to personalize your space with pictures and souvenirs from traveling.

  44. Kelly D August 18, 2014 at 5:14 pm #


  45. Natalie Yarbrough August 19, 2014 at 6:35 am #

    I tweeted on twitter and my twitter id is @yarbr012 :

  46. Natalie Yarbrough August 19, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    My best tip is to use your own artwork to hang up on your walls for decoration to save money.

  47. Kerry August 21, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    My only tip is – if you find something you love, buy it! You can find something cute to do with it in your house!

  48. Kerry August 21, 2014 at 5:31 pm #


  49. Rebecca August 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    I like to stick with neutrals as much as possible so that I can add colors here and there that can be changed seasonally.

  50. Madeline August 24, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    I use these white metal bins that hang on the walls to organize makeup and other hygiene products in the bathroom.

  51. Madeline August 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Tweet link:

  52. Amanda Sakovitz August 25, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    One tip I have is to go with a theme for each room

  53. Amanda Sakovitz August 25, 2014 at 8:30 am #

  54. Betty C August 25, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    My tip is to get a sample of paint and try it out before buying enough to paint an entire room. What looks good on a sample card may not work for the space you are painting and repainting can get expensive.

  55. Betty C August 25, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Tweet –

  56. katie August 25, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    i use marbles in my makeup jars, but the coffee beans idea is so cute, and i bet it smells amazing in the morning!!

  57. Thomas Murphy August 25, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    Use lots of fun bright colors.

  58. Thomas Murphy August 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

  59. Sarah L August 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    My biggest tip is to keep it uncluttered. I have a one-in one-out rule to keep stuff to a minimum.
    Thanks for the contest.

  60. Sarah L August 25, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

  61. Tabathia B August 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    Invest in removable hooks for the walls and hang up pictures to liven up the place and shelves

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  62. Tabathia B August 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm #


    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  63. Stacey b August 25, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    My tip is to stick with a theme! I dislike when I go into a room and it’s too busy/too much going on!

  64. Stacey b August 25, 2014 at 5:28 pm #


  65. Kimmy Ripley August 28, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

    My best advice is to choose a color palette and stick with it. We love black & white in our house so we have a lot of that and it looks coordinated.

  66. Jenny Beardsley August 29, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    C’mon baby…mama needs a new set of dishes…

  67. Silvia August 29, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Thank you for all your great tips!!!

  68. Courtney August 30, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    Love that owl lamp!! Would love to win!

  69. sandra September 5, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    I like neutral colors

  70. Nancy October 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    I am with you on this, I need all the help I can get. My best tip is to take pictures with you to the store and if they have a design consultant on the floor, they will work with you. I get much better results doing this than trying on my own.

  71. Nancy October 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm #



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