How To Organise Your Dressing Table

Your dressing table might be the first thing you look at in the morning. It might be cloistered in an anteroom or even at the end of a hallway. No matter the location, if you want to dress to impress, your dressing table can’t be a mess.


In this article, we’ll give you a full overview for organising your dressing table. By the time we’re done, you’ll be ready to give your dressing table the makeover that it deserves. 

First, you’ll need to address the state of the place where you put the final touches on your dress. 

Survey the Space

What does your dressing table need? A mirror, a surface, and some storage space. Does your dressing table have these things? If not, you’ll need to procure them. 

If you’re reading this article, your dressing table is probably a bit messier than you’d prefer. Take note of the mess. Are cosmetics and smaller mirrors strewn about? Are half-drunk cups of coffee or tea taking up valuable table space?

Next, think about what’s missing from your dressing table. If you have cosmetics laying around out of order, you’ll need a place to store them. You want to store related items with other items with each other, preferably in an aesthetically friendly package. 

Now is the time to go out and buy a few small chests to put your makeup in. 


If your dressing table is dark, you’ll need to introduce some proper light. You can’t be expected to don your makeup with precision if you can’t see. Do your current lights fit your purpose? Your lighting should be symmetrical, and preferably a warm hue which offers a becoming look. If your lighting isn’t right, it’ll be hard to make a beautiful dressing table.

The best lighting will combine natural lighting with a series of small lights which surround your biggest mirror. Make sure that the switch for your lights is easy to reach and that the cable is nestled behind the table itself, so you don’t trip over it. 

dressing table lighting


If you’re serious about your dressing table, you’ll have at least one large mirror and a smaller zoom mirror for makeup detail work. If you want to get fancy, you can put another mirror on a mount so that you can swing it out. These mounts are a bit expensive but can help your organisational scheme by keeping one more thing out of the way when it’s not in use. 

As far as your largest mirror goes, it’s the centrepiece of your dressing table set. Make sure that there isn’t anything that blocks your frontal view of the mirror. Stuff like tissues or mementos near the bottom rim are the most frequent culprits. 

dressing table mirror

Imagine Your Typical Use

When are you going to use your dressing table? Is it an every-morning and every-evening ritual, or is it a station reserved for special preparations for special occasions? 

The more frequently you use your dressing table, the more aggressively you should plan to isolate elements like different types of cosmetics from each other. 

You don’t want to be fumbling and looking for a particular makeup brush in the morning before work, so plan to have special containers which house those things that get used a lot.

Imagine reaching for your one cosmetic staple. Try to think about where it should be resting, and try to return it to the same place every time. Once you’re in the habit of returning your cosmetics to the same spot every time, you’re ready for organisation 101.  

Organising 101

Now that you have your work cut out for you, it’s time to get into the down and dirty of organising. Here’s an easy plan to follow:
  1. Remove all the items currently on the dressing table and in all its drawers
  2. Give everything a once-over with a wet cloth
  3. Scrub out any errant stains that may remain
  4. Place the new containers where they will be the most convenient for you to reach
  5. Place all of your objects into the correct containers
  6. Prepare for your first rehearsal

Rehearsal, you may ask? Your dressing table needs are going to be specific to your life, which means that you need to have a mock preparation session to see if your new organisational changes make your life easier or if they just muck things up. The more realistically you can make your mock run through, the better off you’ll be.

dressing table organising 101

Spring into Action

Pull up your chair, and pretend to go about one of your dressing and preparation routines. Think about where you could streamline your dressing table’s contribution to your process. Is something in a drawer when it should be on the top of the table?

Are you getting distracted by a piece of kitschy decoration that you thought would be a good idea last minute? Now’s the time to figure these things out, before you’re relying on your dressing table to get you out the door in the morning or help you get ready for bed in the evening. 

Wrapping Up

Now that your dressing table is well-organised, your morning and evening routines will be more efficient. You may even have a few extra minutes in the morning to eat breakfast if you’ve done a fantastic organisational job.

Remember that organisational schemes work with you, not independently of you. For your dressing table to remain organised, you’ll need to keep putting stuff back in the places you designated for them to go. 

Don’t be surprised if you need to reorganise your dressing table once in awhile. Particularly hectic mornings and evenings have a habit of throwing off even the most coherent organisational schemes. Take errant items in stride, and you won’t have any problem staying organised every time you get ready.