Your vanity is command center for all your morning activities (and at night when you're winding down after a long day). It's the spot where you stash your favorite jewelry, and it might also be the area where you organize your makeup, perfume, and other tiny essentials that you use to prep for your day. Whether it's a decked out table complete with a fancy chair and mirror or just a small section of your dresser top, you can make the area both pretty and functional. Because as we all know, the last thing you want when you're late getting out the door is to have to search for that one missing earring or your favorite (now MIA) eyeliner.
Because most of the things on your vanity are on the smaller side, it's helpful to have an assortment of boxes, trays, and other small containers to make things easy to find and to keep clutter at bay. Some decorative items like perfume bottles or favorite jewelry pieces can be kept out on display, while other less attractive items (hair ties, loose bobby pins, tweezers), you'll want to put away. There are so many organizing options out there, but sometimes it's nice to think outside the box and swap in some products that might have originally been meant for a different use (think pencil organizers, small serving trays, burnt out candles, and bath accessories). Because the concept of the vanity tends to skew more on the glam and feminine side, this can also be a good time to mix in vintage pieces like bud vases, decorative boxes, and small china plates and serving pieces.
Here are 14 vanity organizers and decorative items that will make getting ready in the morning feel like a breeze.
Hawkins Copper and Brass Louise Trays
You're definitely going to want some trays to corral items like loose jewelry and perfume bottles. The multifunctional enamel beauties come in a range of sizes and 14 luscious colors.
SHOP NOW: Food 52, $50- $120
Gold Cutout and Glass Storage Box
Look outside the bedroom for organizing inspiration (in this case, the kitchen). This delicate glass box is meant for storing tea, but the six triangular compartments inside are perfect for storing earrings and rings.
SHOP NOW: World Market, $26.99
Waterworks Luna Marble Tray
This modern marble tray is part of a bath collection, but the flat surface and subtle edge make it the ideal spot to place rows of perfume bottles.
SHOP NOW: Zola, was 74.99, now $59.99
Crystal Jewelry Organizer
Sometimes vertical is the way to go, especially if you have a lot of necklaces and bracelets. This stand features clear quartz knobs to hang delicate chains so they stay tangle-free, and a small dish at the bottom to collect smaller items.
SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, $39
Gold Arch Wall Mirror
If your vanity is set up on a small table or a low dresser, a large mirror (whether it's hung on the wall or just leaning against it) can make the vanity area feel more like a glam dressing table.
SHOP NOW: Joss and Main, $323
Simplehuman Sensor Mirror
While a large mirror is great for the overall look of the space, a more petite standing mirror is helpful for smaller tasks. This high-tech, cordless tabletop mirror simulates natural sunlight for flawless makeup application.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $199.99
Kate Spade Ring Dish
Rings can easily get lost in a larger jewelry box. Stack them up in this small dish and you'll never misplace them!
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $50
Reed and Barton Modern Lines Jewelry Box
Keep everything together (and protected) in this gorgeous lacquer box. The velvet-lined interior trays have dedicated compartments for everything from delicate rings to large earrings.
SHOP NOW: Lenox, $200
It's good to have a base tray if you're going with lots of smaller dishes and boxes (it helps keep the surface from looking too cluttered). This glazed terra cotta one is meant for the dining room, but the soft colors and useful oblong shape makes it perfect for the vanity.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $58
Lacquer Compartment Jewelry Tray
If you're lucky enough to have a vanity with drawers, these felt-lined lacquer dividers are great for keeping clutter off the surfaces (although these trays are pretty enough to keep on display if you like!).
SHOP NOW: The White Company, $44
Marble Stash Box
Keep utilitarian items (we're talking all those bobby pins and hair ties) out of view with a modern lidded box.
SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, $18
A short, wide-mouthed vase is perfect for displaying makeup brushes and eye pencils.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $24
Mini White Lacquer Frances Desk Organizer
The office and desk supply section is another good spot to find cool accessories for your vanity. This little organizer will keep your brushes, pencils and other small items separated and easy to find.
SHOP NOW: World Market, $14.99
Quartz Perfume Bottle
Decant rosewater or a scented oil into this pretty, crystal-topped container.
SHOP NOW: Z Gallerie, $49.95