Whether you’re a beauty fundi or a bare-minimum kinda gal, chances are the drawers in your dressing table and the cupboard in your bathroom could do with some serious TLC…

We know how it goes: one day you have pretty much no beauty products, and the next thing you look, and there are products that you keep telling yourself you’re going to try out, one day. If you’re like us, you’re inspired by Marie Kondo, so here are a few tips for organising your beauty products like her…

Related: Lessons on decluttering from New York Times bestseller Marie Kondo

Step 1: Purge

Following advice from the organisation guru Marie Kondo, the first step – and probably the most difficult one – is sorting through all your stuff. Get out all your beauty and make-up products – and we mean everything (products, tools, containers, bags, etc.) – and put it all together.

Now’s the time to get real: which products do you actually use? As Marie Kondo would say: “Does that([insert name of seventh hand cream you found here) bring you joy?”

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You need to be realistic here; if there’s a purple lipstick you’ve been keeping for that one day you’re finally brave enough to give it a try, now’s the time to admit that, after five years, you’re probably never going to wear it. Also have a look at the expiry date on your beauty products (eeek!) and chuck those ones you’ve kept way beyond their best before date.

Once you’ve thrown away all the expired, dried out or simply gross products, decide what to do with the ones you know won’t use. You could give them to a friend who might like them, donate to charity or let your child add it to their dress-up box.

Step 2: Sort

Now’s the easy part – simply sort your products into categories. Exactly how many categories and what they are will depend on how many products you have, but you’ll want to keep body products together, face products together, beauty tools together and make-up together.

You can then take it further and sub-divide your products; for example, sort your make-up into eye shadows, lipsticks, face powders, and so on. If you’ve got loads of products, you could take it even further and categorise them by colour or brand.

Step 3: Organise!

Now that you’ve separated everything, you need to figure out a system that works best in your space to keep everything neat, organised, visible and accessible.

You’ll probably have realised that you simply forgot about quite a few of the products you have, and that’s simply because you couldn’t see them. Get yourself a range of suitable storage options – jars (these could be anything from pretty candle holders to old jam jars), boxes (think gift boxes or any plastic containers you’ve got lying around) or baskets.

Put items like make-up brushes and tools, eyeliners and serums in your jars, and then divide up your other products among your boxes and baskets.

We’ve found some fab storage solutions to help with organising your beauty products…

This pretty candle holder comes in a few colours, and is perfect for your make-up brushes, eyeliners, lip liners and tools.

A jar like this is ideal for things like cotton wool, ear buds and other small items like lipsticks.

If you’re short on cupboard or drawer space, this will be perfect for products you use regularly. Think face wash, moisturiser and foundation.

Some items are too perfect to be hidden away, like perfume bottles, so a pretty tray on your dressing table is a perfect place to display them – and ensure you use them!

A set like this will come in handy to keep your products in their categories, neat, visible and accessible.

A little set of drawers helps keep your make-up organised without much effort at all.