Storage for small makeup items and lipsticks: Muji Acrylic 5 drawer box

by xin on February 4, 2013

Ever since I got a Micke last week, I have been thinking to further improve the space utilization of my dresser. Since my dresser is not big in depth, so it is a limitation to what drawers I can buy.

Dresser before

My current dresser setup, there are quite a couple of bottles with 20% of the content left, which is a bad habit that I am still trying to battle. I have binned them since I thought if I had left them unfinished in the first place, chances are, I will never finish them.

Muji acrylic drawer

After some measuring and consideration, I decided to get a acrylic box from Muji.

I was on the fence about getting a clear box because I can’t stand the sight of the mess when they are all cluttered, and well, transparent.

I ate my own words and decided to get one, simply because, it’s the almost perfect fit for my dresser, and it’s not the cheap plastic drawers.  And most importantly, I can still buy another to stack when the need comes.

how to modify acrylic drawer

And since transparency is not my kind of thing, so I decided to add a layer of felt to alter the look. I bought a huge piece of felt from Daiso at RM5, and it came in handy when I needed something as base.

muji acrylic drawer afrer

It was a quick work of cutting the felt, but being lazy, I cut the felt free hand, hence it’s not the perfect fit.

But it doesn’t matter, since the main purpose is to reduce the transparency, and also to serve a purpose as non-slip mat.

muji acrylic drawer modified

The ‘finished’ product.

Some may argue that by doing this, it totally defeats the purpose of getting a clear box, but that’s just me. I feel better looking at it.

However, the downside about this drawer is, it’s quite shallow. The thickest item I could fit in it is the Benefit box powder. It’s really good for lipstick/glosses/mascaras and such. But, it can’t find a Guerlain Rouge G, which is a little heart-breaking.

It doesn’t fit most of the bottle foundations, nor loose powder, which I have to keep those in another drawer.  This clear box only stores items that I use frequently or new items that I want to remind myself to use it, so it’s easy to reach.  Another thing I like about this box is – it’s less bulky and it kind of serves the purpose.

Measurement: 26cm x 17.5cm x 16cm.

Availability: Muji (Pavilion, MidValley Megamall)

Price: RM99.90

So, what’s your favorite storage system for small makeup items like this?

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rinnah February 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

Everybody’s on an organizing kick! Makes me want to run out to Muji and buy stuff for my room… :P
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beetrice February 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm

LOL why you think I started on mine? :P Besides, it’s a good time to make use of that nice 10% discount at Muji going on now… *wink*
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beetrice February 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I just had a random thought – since they’re acrylic, do you think you can paste things like those stick-on decals on them? Might be a nice way to dress it up (and reduce the transparency?)
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xin February 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm

it might work. but, when you decide to remove the stickers one day, they might stain?
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plue February 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm

just a thought, get those acid free stickers? or washi tapes!
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gio February 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Your posts make me want to reorganize my collection! It seriously needs it!
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xin February 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm

you should! we all should reorganize once in a while :D
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Vivi February 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I bought a drawer too and have the same comment. It’s too shallow so I can’t fit in some of my taller make-up pots.

But I like it better clear because lighting in my room is very bad. I need more light to peep through the drawers. I tried cutting some cloth but I’ve always been bad with scissors so I gave up half way, haha. Now, I keep the badly cut cloth under the table to wipe the shelves whenever there’s a lot of oil residue (since I use lots of oil in my skincare routine).
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xin February 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

there’s another 2-tier which has deeper drawers so I might take a look at that. i have to keep a table mat on my dresser because of the oil residue issue too! it doesn’t get absorbed into the mat, and it’s much easier to wipe and wash the mat
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kerker February 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I was just watching a youtube video on how awesome the Muji drawers are! Wish they were available in Australia. The ones we have here are really expensive!
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Beauty Box February 6, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I store my makeup in Muji acrylic drawers too! I also got an elongated “stationary holder” (for pens etc) for my makeup brushes, mascaras, eyeliners and I love it!
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