The No Place Like Home blogger girls declared this week bathroom organization week!
I LOVE a clean bathroom but to be honest, I’m a messy person. And I’m not just a little messy, I’m a hurricane.
That means I’m always at war with myself because my desire for a perfectly put together space and my creative chaotic nature don’t coincide. I’ve learned over the years that if I’m going to have half a chance of keeping up with a space then the organization system needs to be simple.
Lazy girl simple!
Today I’m sharing my problem areas and the easy solutions that work for me.
Problem 1. Bathroom Counter Clutter
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My bathroom vanity is more sink than it is vanity. There’s not much space on the counter top.
Originally I used the two small drawers in the vanity to hold my make-up and everyday items. The vanity drawers were organized and it all fit together like a puzzle. But bending down each time to get out what I needed and then putting it away in the right order to get everything in just the right spot wasn’t very convenient.
I know, it sounds easy but keep in mind I’m not a put awayer, I’m a get it outer and leave it out kind of gal. So often what would happen would be, my make-up would live in my sink and my hairspray and hairbrush would live in the other sink.
It wasn’t pretty and to keep my husband from spitting toothpaste on my hairdryer I decided to get a real solution that worked with my personality flaws.
I’m never going to methodically tuck each and every item away every time I need to use something so I purchased a little cart to keep my everyday items on. This way I can throw it all back on the cart when I’m done. My counter stays clean, my things are all in one place and my hair dryer doesn’t have spit on it . Who could ask for more?
And if I really need to tidy the space I slip the cart into my master closet. Its a real solution for a gal like me.
Problem 2. Where’s the Toothpaste?
Please tell me I’m not the only one who loses the toothpaste. Tilt out trays were my solution for the disappearing toothpaste. These aren’t just for the kitchen. I found having a tilt out tray right below the sink very handy to keep my toothpaste and toothbrush.
Another handy space is the cupboard door. The self adhesive caddy is a great solution to make use of the vertical door space on the back of the door.
The inset panel on my vanity door is only about 1/4 of an inch thick so the only way to get a basket on the door was to use the adhesive products.
Problem 3. Runaway Hair ties and Bobby Pins
I keep a magnetic dish handy for my tweezers, nail clippers and any little metal items that like to make the suicide leap to the floor. I made the one on the left out of a metal lid and a magnetic sheet but the magnetic dish on the right came from the hardware store.
It’s meant for nuts and bolts but it moonlights for bobby pins just as well. Shhhhh don’t tell Bob Vila I stole his dish.
Oh and another bobby pin idea for my traveling girlfriends, glue a magnet to an empty make-up compact and keep your hairpins, safety pins and such handy when you are on the go.
Problem 4. Under the Sink Clutter
The space under the sink use to be cluttered with all sorts of random items. The under the sink cupboard is not convenient for everyday items so I cleaned it out to keep only my extra toiletries.
I attached self adhesive hooks to hold the mirror that I was always loosing and a the extra fancy bag of curlers.
The clear stackable containers holding the extra hair ties are perfect to sort hair clips. I found these containers in the kitchen section at Target and I love them!
Another Kitchen item in my bathroom is this little dish I set beside my tub to keep my bath items handy. For some reason I find containers cheaper in the kitchen section.
Problem 5. Bathroom Closet Needed
I have a master closet next to the bathroom but I needed a convenient place for feminine products, toilet tissue and cleaning supplies. Hanging this wall cabinet above the toilet solved all those problems. This cabinet came from Lowes and was a little over a $100. Its the most expensive solution in my bathroom but it was much needed.
I hope you found a few ideas to help with your own simple bathroom solutions.
And don’t forget to check out more decluttering tips and ideas from the No Place Like Home bloggers…
Happy Creating (and Cleaning),
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