Remember when I said I wanted something dark and dramatic for the bathroom wall? I eventually decided on a dark olive green but I’m not happy with how it came out. It looks a lot better in the pic than in person…
– installed 4 of the 5 shelves on back wall (cost: existing shelves $0, brackets $5, installation $30)
– put in new bath mats (cost: $20)
– installed towel, robe and misc hooks (cost: $12)
– styled/decorated (cost: $0 existing)
A fun side effect of being neat and organized is being called a neat freak and obsessive compulsive. It used to annoy me (just a little) but the truth is I just prefer having my things work for me, not the other way around.
Going through my photos this morning, I found this great shot of a medicine cabinet. The use of acrylic risers give the equivalent of another shelf, while stackable acrylic trays in the 3″ x 3″ (middle shelf holding lip balms) and 6″ x 3″ (top shelf with little tubes and medicines), help keep little products all together.
In all my years of organizing as a ‘professional’ or before, there isn’t any other organizing tool that I have used more than the Ziploc® bag (or any reclosable bag, I happen to like Ziploc® the best). Why do I love them so:
- just about everyone already has them in their homes
- they are inexpensive
- they are easy to use
- they are reusable
- they are see-through
- they come in so many sizes
- they are flexible allowing them to fit anywhere
- they go with every aesthetic
Since I already know the basic floor plan for my new place, I’ve spent the past few weeks trying to find the perfect spot for all the little things. What’s been bugging me the most is where to put the litter box.
Follow these quick easy tips to make your bathroom super fab and functional:
- keep everyday items in the medicine cabinet grouped by category; face wash, face lotions, tooth care…
- take advantage of adjustable shelving.
- use glasses/cups (or empty candle holders) to store small items neatly.
- use acrylic risers to make extra room in your medicine cabinet.
- if your medicine cabinet is magnetic, use magnetic containers to hold small things like pills, bobby pins, hair ties…
- keep less often used and extra items under the sink in stackable containers, most of my clients love these since they are cheap and see-through.
- avoid buying things in bulk that take a long time to use, they take up too much valuable space and you’ll feel like you live at Costco.
last pic: the shelves in my previous apt
The back wall was begging for shelves and lucky enough the indent is 8″, the exact depth of the white shelves I already have and have used in all three apts. I have one 24″ long, and two 48″ that I cut in half. I didn’t get enough of Ikea’s Ekby Stidis brackets (no longer online)so I’m waiting to install the last one for a total of five shelves.
The Container Store’s Shoe Box. Clear plastic and stackable these can be used for so much more than than shoes; under the bathroom sink to hold toiletries, under kitchen sink to hold cleaning supplies and household item, for crafts, kid’s toys…