A friend once asked how many essential oils I had, and I stammered with my answer, because truly I didn’t know. We use them all day, errrrr day, so I knew we had a lot. While I mostly follow my organization rule about keeping like things together, essential oils are the one exception because they also tend to be something you want right at your fingertips when needed… and they’re always needed! Since I get asked all the time how I organize essential oils it’s time I came clean and fessed up– I try to organize them beautifully, and thoroughly, but please don’t judge when you see the sheer number of them. Many of these were free because of Young Living’s generous promos and freebies!
No seriously, no judging. It’s about to get real oily up in here.
First things first: the mothership of oil organization. Here’s my central essential oil ‘command center’ where I place all my bottles when they arrive. I lurve these acrylic wall mounted racks because they blend into the wall and let the oils shine. The one on the left contains my opened bottles, and the rack on the right contains unopened bottles (note: this photo is from a few months ago, I’ve since rearranged the racks which is why they’ll look different depending on the photo. Let’s just say this post has been in the works for 6 months!)
My rule is as soon as I crack the seal on a bottle, I check make sure I have another one ‘in stock’. If not, I add it to my Essential Rewards order so I never run out of any particular oil.
When it comes to how I arrange them ON the shelves, I do so by color. Some people prefer to arrange in ABC order, but since I’m visual I like to color code them. Plus, the colors have meaning believe it or not, so when you arrange them this way it makes sense biologically too! And they look so purdy, all colorful and friendly-like.
Because of Young Living’s strict standards when it comes to the plants they use, sometimes oils are in danger of going out of stock for years at a time because YL will not compromise on the quality. Those oils are so precious, they’re often restricted in terms of how many you can order each month– Peace & Calming, I’m looking at you. 😉 When that happens, I add it to my order every single month until I have enough that if there were a zombie apocalypse I’d be okay.
Since oils don’t expire if properly stored (out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources), I feel confident stocking up on them.
I also keep some accessories on the rack, including these DIY diffuser tassels I made around the holidays and those lovely earrings from my friend Darlene.
I keep the KidsScents oils together on a lower shelf, and my kids are old enough to use them by themselves when needed.
The top shelf of the rack is open so that’s where I put the tall bottles, such as unopened roller bottles and my carrier and massage oils. The exception is some of the massage oils I use after showering, so those are next to my tub in the bathroom. The OrthoSport is my post-run must-have so I keep it right here where I can grab it as soon as I get home.
Also in my office is a spot for empty bottles. They can be reused to make custom blends, roller bottles, or give away samples. I keep them in this ceramic clam shell to hide them in plain sight.
Another common area for my oils is the kitchen. That’s where I store my vitality oils that I use in cooking and in my Aria diffuser that sits on my kitchen island. I keep those in a drawer and use the spice drawer liners (just like in this spice organization post) so they’re always right there for emergencies like when I need to add lime oil to my homemade guac or a drop of grapefruit oil to my water.
For my roller bottles, this gorgeous lipstick holder was gifted to me by our amazing upline mentor, Myra, and I’m so in love with it. It looks beautiful on my kitchen island and holds my roller bottles that support muscles, breathing, and calming (which means I use them all the time, yo.)
Again, with the ‘keep them where you use them’ philosophy in mind I also keep these diffuser favorites by the diffuser in my living room. I suppose I could stash them in my console table but I dunno, they make me happy right where they are. Essential Tip: If you want your home to smell like a spa, use lemon and lavender in the diffuser– it’s hands-down my favorite!
For the kids, there’s so many cute shelves out there. My son has this one from World Market (they have soooo many great ones for this purpose!) and I stash his oils in there. These wooden houses I snagged at the craft store hold my daughter’s favorites. They are old enough to use the oils by themselves; I’d use caution with younger kiddos, but at ages 7 and 9 and having used them for 4 years, my kids know the rules. To be on the safe side, I do keep them out of the reach of younger kids which is why these wall-mounted shelves are great.
My daughter’s favorites are lavender and a Peace & Calming roller we made with teeny tiny crystals in the roller bottle. She also loves the respiration supporting oils and one of the houses contains her own little oil bag for traveling!
Oils and oil infused products are all over my bathroom as well. Since I use several to promote healthy skin and hair, I keep them in my vanity drawer.
This organizer is from HomeGoods a very long time ago, but they usually have similar ones at any given time. I finally got smart and arranged them in each little cubby by use. Both types of Frankincense, Manuka and Rose for healthy skin, Peppermint and Raven for respiratory support, Lavender and Valor for calming, etc.
As if they wanted to make my dreams come true, Young Living recently launched a mineral makeup line called Savvy Minerals. I keep the lip gloss, brushes and misting spray in this beautiful copper & glass organizer on my vanity, and the rest in my makeup drawer. I order a few new pieces of it every month, so this is just the start of my toxin-free makeup collection!
I’m also addicted to the skincare line– ART toner goes on first to correct the PH of my skin, then the serum to reach the lower levels, then the skin brightening lotion Sheerlume on top. I keep it on a DIY two-tiered tray made from two plates and a candlestick; the tutorial just so happens to be in my book Organization Hacks. 😉
And I can’t forget the shower. Nothing clever here, just a whole ‘lotta toxin-free goodness– these are all oil infused products that I earn 25% back on when I order them on Essential Rewards.
I’ve mentioned this before, but I keep my DIY shower steamer disks in a jar by the shower. They’re pretty enough to hang out on my tub deck!
As for my bedside, I use Rutavala every single night to help support healthy sleep. Deep Relief is another oil I reach for almost every day to support my neck and back. Those are kept right by my bed in a wood heart-shaped bowl.
I use Thieves cleaner to clean everything in my house. EVERYTHING! The concentrated bottle of toxin-free cleaner lasts at least a year (if not longer), so I put two capfuls into a spray bottle and fill the rest with water when I need a new batch. I keep one spraybottle under the sink in the kitchen in this clear turntable organizer and one in every single bathroom. It’s super handy to have it right there for the kids to clean their own sinks and to have in close proximity near every room.
While this may seem like more oils than you could ever humanly use, TRUST, it’s super important to have what you need on hand when you need it. While there is zero requirement to do so, I order my oils monthly using the Essential Rewards program because I’m now earning 25% back in points and you can also get additional free stuff when you hit certain order levels. It really adds up– and it REALLY all truly comes in handy.
In order for essential oils to work their hardest, you need to use them frequently and consistently. Those tips above are my favorite organizations tricks I use to put the oils right where I need them, when I need them, so I never ever run out!
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