Do you own a good number of essential oils and other supplies for making things like homemade lotions and soaps that are needing to be organized? Here are some simple tips on organizing essential oils that can be utilized in any size space.
Organizing Essential Oils and Other Make Your Own Ingredients
A few months ago, not long after we moved into our farmhouse, I noticed a few little yellow dots on the floor in the bathroom. Upon closer inspection, I realized they were some of my beeswax pastilles. I figured they must have just fallen out of the bags when I had gotten them out last, so I cleaned them up and moved on. The next day, there were more on the floor and this time I hadn’t had my ingredients for my homemade things out recently. A little further searching led me to what I thought was a rather surprising conclusion.
Apparently, mice like beeswax.
After the beeswax all over the floor incidents, I was determined to clean up my ingredients and make a special place for them in the house. My essential oils had been stored in a small tote and they kept falling over and leaking. It wasn’t a good solution. And, I obviously needed to get the rest of the ingredients up and away. Who knows what else a hungry mouse will chew on!
With the farmhouse being so small, it was hard for me to find a central location for all of my things, so I had a few different storage places instead. Essential Oils were stored in the kitchen where there is room for them to be upright, and carrier oils and other ingredients were stored in the bathroom linen closet so they can be in a cool, dark area. Here’s how everything was stored and neatly put away!
How to Organize Essential Oils
For my essential oils, I like to store them in a kitchen drawer. They are easy to access and they still stay in a cool, dark place. I purchased this Bamboo Drawer Organizer. I like it because all of the sections are adjustable so I can make them smaller or larger depending on what I need room for. In this essential oil drawer organizer, I store my essential oils (upright!) and small, loose containers that I use for homemade things. I also have a few extra oil bottles, droppers, and lids for homemade concentrates.
The other items for making my homemade goods, such as lotions and soaps, got their own shelf in the bathroom linen closet; way up off the ground. I have a few different tubs and storage containers that I use to store these items so they can also sit upright and of course, like I said….off the ground. 😉
I picked these little totes up at the dollar store. I like that they have tall sides and they are perfect for storing larger bottles that need to stay upright (such as carrier oils, soaps, etc.). I also use them to store bags of add-in items such as special sea salts, bentonite clay, and special waxes. I prefer these containers without lids so the items can sit upright.
These ideas are simple, but they keep all of my ingredients and oils organized, off the ground, and in cool places to maximize storage length. Plus, they are all easy to access (but still away from little one’s wondering hands) and when you are making homemade things all the time, this is a must!
If you are looking for a wonderful source for oils, I highly recommend Rocky Mountain Oils. After careful consideration of all the companies selling essential oils, I’m happy to share that Rocky Mountain Oils has become my main source of oils for many different reasons.
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This blog post on Organizing Essential Oils was originally published on Little House Living in September 2014. It has been updated as of September 2019.