organizing beauty & travel samples

Mar 1

most women i know enjoy trying new products. whether you receive them at the beauty counter, thrown in with your mail order from sephora, or free samples you can sign up for online (i’ve shared these in here before).here is an example of some of the samples i have on hand…face products…

perfume samples…

shampoos, lotions and dental items…

most samples we receive come in very small packaging. and they are perfect for traveling because they conveniently fit inside your overnight or toiletry bag. however, these small items can easily get lost in the shuffle of your bathroom drawers and cabinets.

 

if you can’t find them or don’t remember you have them in your bathroom at all –
why bother receiving them?!

i decided i was finally going to tackle this small bathroom issue and was on the hunt for a drawer organizer that might help me out. while browsing the aisles of target, i found these small plastic cuties…and for a great price too!…

($3.49)
($8.99)
what makes these even better is they were created to stack within one another! that will save more space in the drawer i choose to stash it in.
i broke the samples down into categories and placed them inside each of the organizers…
now i can really see what i have available for travel! things like mini-mouthwash, mini-toothpaste, small lotion bottles…

any those travel bags i purchased for FREE using coupons…

once everything was inside the organizers, i could have stopped there. looks pretty good as is, right?

usually i’m all about keeping it *simple* and easy. but then Jen, over at iHeart Organizing, put out a call to fellow bloggers for a fun project pretty challenge. and i thought, why not! why not take this small organization piece and make it a littler prettier? especially because it’s going in my bathroom!

so, i went through my stash of scrapbook paper and chose a pretty pattern…

i used the paper to line the inside of each compartment…

not only will this paper make it a little prettier, but in case of spills i can easily just replace the paper…

to keep the paper in place, i used zots. if you aren’t familiar with this awesome little product, it’s generally used in scrapbooking to keep your photos and embellishments in place. but i have found them to be useful in all sorts of other home and school projects…

the roll has lots of small adhesive stickies…and you can buy this product in a variety of sizes…

it only took ONE piece of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper to line the inside of both organizers. when i was done cutting my paper, i was left with one business card sized piece of paper. this is a very inexpensive upgrade to what was already a pretty simple and easy organizer…

and now here they are…

the paper added just a little extra touch, but didn’t cost me a fortune – i had the paper and adhesive on hand and the organizers from target were inexpensive.

now i can see all of my samples easily and can be assured they will be used!…and it looks pretty!

comments +

  1. Brittany says:

    I love this! The scrapbook paper is an easy way to prettify the containers! And I've been looking for a way to store those samples.

  2. Nadia says:

    This is a totally great idea since as you said they are easier to take along for trips! Thank you for the idea!

  3. Ooooh, acrylic drawer organizers are my favorite! Love how this turned out, thank you so much for taking time to link up and share!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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