ikea alex 9 draw unit
ikea alex 9 draw unit
ikea alex 9 draw unit
ikea alex 9 draw unit
ikea alex 9 draw unit

So – I did the unoriginal blogger thing and went all the way to Ikea to pickup the Alex 9 Drawer Unit. I know, these are so 2014 but you can’t deny their ease when it comes to beauty storage. You see, over the years I’ve slowly but surly been dispersing my collection around my room. I have skincare in one chest of draws, makeup in another, it all was becoming a bit OTT as I was finding it impossible to locate that one single eyeshadow I simply had to wear that day. With a move imminent (keep your eyes peeled for the first #AGAABBOnTheMove video!) I wanted to get organised. Yes it may seem a tad backwards to buy furniture before you move, but knowing I was able to get rid of a number of boxes & baskets I had tucked away in different wardrobes, it was an investment I needed to make.

After about an hour of DYI followed by potentially 2 hours of furniture musical chairs, my Alex draws were situated in their new home and it was time to get organising. With 5 smaller draws and 4 deeper draws at the bottom, you have lots of options when it comes to arranging your stash. Before heading to Muji to buy up every desk organiser storage box in sight, I planned the space out. Initially by separating out the goods into the individual draws so I could see exactly how much there was. Did some categories need to be split out further? Could I keep lipsticks alongside blushers? By leaving the draws clear I was able to divide up the products whilst using post-it notes to keep track.

Once settled on the order it’s time to buy the draw dividers. This helps you to utilise the space otherwise you’ll soon find products begin to overflow and thoughts turn towards purchasing a second Alex Unit. Do not fear, it’s all about making the most of the space and by using desk organisers you can stack up products whilst keeping everything in view. The final step is turning the post-it notes into a serious label. Oh yes people I’m talking label maker time! Time to unleash your inner excitable child and label up the draws, dividers aka everything in sight. I’ve always put off buying one of these as I know I’ll quickly become label obsessed, but it’s okay. My excuse is that it’s a necessary purchase to keep my belongings organised during the move ;) Totally justified! At the end of the process you should have one organised stash ready for your to delve through come your next makeup experimental session – we all have those right?!

Do you own the infamous Ikea unit? How do you store all of your beauty products?