Buy those little dollar store bins that all go together and come in different sizes.
Make a drawer or drawers designated just for your stuff. Put everything on the counter. All of it. I know it will look crazy. After I wiped out the draw I was going to use, I realized I had about 10 combs. I use 2. 7 are leaving. I kept 3. Realize that all those ponytail holders loose their elasticity over time. Stretch each one out-if it stretches too far-chuck it out. Also if you don’t wear your hair in a certain style any more-let those items go as well. I have berets with my name on them. I won’t be wearing them ever again. 🙂
Clean the combs and brushes. Put them in either warm soapy water (shampoo is fine!) or in white vinegar. Soak for 1 half hour,thoroughly rinse and let air dry.
Makeup does not last forever. I do manage to buy a new mascara every 3 months, but everything else can hang around for years and that is not healthy for your skin. Keep in mind, when you buy something, use a sharpie and put the date on it. I know crazy, right? So simple! Eye pencils are generally safe to keep for up to two years. Eye shadows up to a year. Lipstick up to 1 year. Liquid blush up to a year, Powder blushes up to 2 years. Foundations and concealers up to a year. Keep in mind-if you keep your brushes and sponges clean that will make the makeup more sanitary.
It is a GREAT feeling to have this space organized!