It always seems that the the two biggest areas that wreak havoc in bathrooms are the medicine cabinet and under the sink. I addressed these issues a few years back in our former home, but a new house means a new layout, and sometimes, the old way just doesn’t cut it anymore. For one, I had a lot more shelving in my previous master bath. I organized everything in it’s own category in clear plastic shoe containers all lined up pretty on a few rows above the towels. In our new house, there are literally 2 rows of shelves in the master bath closet and they aren’t very deep. I found that having to fidget with the containers every time I needed something like a band-aid (which is an alarmingly high amount) felt like such a hassle. It doesn’t sound like a huge difference, but storing the containers the long way meant that I could slide it out about half way and pop the lid up and find what I needed. Having to store it horizontally means that I need to physically walk it over to a counter and then back each time. I realize this sounds incredibly lazy, but for me, it’s more about a working system that gives me the best chance for success at keeping things where they’re supposed to be.
I’m so excited to share with you what I came up with! [Read more…]
Let’s start with the materials….
Of course feel free to substitute and make use of what you have. I used what we already had in our house and didn’t need to go out to buy anything new to make this work.
I tried labeling the bins without any type of backdrop initially but found that it got lost in all of the noise of the contents showing through since the containers are a clear plastic. I made re-useable labels by cutting some decorative scrapbook paper into 2×4 rectangles. I also cut plain white card stock into 1.5×3.5 rectangles so that there was a half an inch of frame on each side.
The white provides a nice crisp backdrop for the letters to pop out against. I “laminated” the labels with clear packaging tape so that I could easily peel and change the categories around as I needed without too much trouble.
What are your best organizing tips? Please share!