Okay friends I’m at it again. Yes I’ve reorganized my ensuite bathroom again. For those that might not know about my love hate relationship with my ensuite let me fill you in. First let me just say that I absolutely love having an ensuite, I’m not complaining about that. I’m not even complaining about the storage space because there is in fact cupboards for storage (although a few more drawers would be nice). I’ve just been having trouble making this bathroom work as an area where I can get ready each day in a manner that allows for a smooth flowing process. I think it’s because I do the dreaded comparison game and it will get you in trouble every single time. In our old house I had a lovely little niche separate from the bathroom that housed a vanity complete with two drawers and a big cupboard. This area was completely dedicated to my hair and makeup stuff. It was all in one place and contained. Oh how I love things to be contained and I loved that space. However I don’t live there anymore and I really have to let it go.
So as I’m sitting in my current bathroom the other day doing my hair (and yes I have to sit down to do my hair because I’m there for way too long trying to tame the beast) I realized that the cupboard right in front of me and the one beside it underneath the sink house items that I use very infrequently. In fact I rarely go into them. Meanwhile all the products I do use regularly are behind me either in the shoe organizer on the back of the door or in the cupboard space behind the door. I sit to get ready in front of the door, so every time I needed something I had to stand up, move the chair and swing the door closed for access. I don’t get ready with the door closed as it gets too hot with no window in there. Here’s a couple pictures of the bathroom to give you an idea of configuration:
Not huge but it gets the job done :) Sorry about the lightening being wonky.
So I knew what I needed to do was utilize the cupboard area behind the door for the least used products in order to move my hair products up into the cupboard in front of where I sit for quick access and clean up. It was time to do some rearranging.
Here’s how the cupboard directly in front on me used to look.
I added a slide out divided organizer (it has three sections) and only kept what would fit inside. I purchased this pull out a couple of years ago from Bed Bath and Beyond but I see that Amazon has something similar.
I used to keep my hair products in multiple spots with the majority of them being stored in the shoe organizer behind the door so now it is very exciting to have them contained all in ONE spot so I can actually see what I have. Super yay! The blue bin on the side is extra shampoo and conditioners that I stock up on when they go on sale. I’ve also added a small container at the front for my daily used makeup removers.
Side note: If you are new here please don’t be alarmed by my hair product collection, I am a hair product junkie! I’ve tried to change my ways but those darn products just keep calling out to me promising to change my life forever. Giving myself limits and boundaries is the only way to keep it in check.
Next is the cupboard right underneath the sink. Here is the before:
Not bad at all but again the products on the right aren’t frequently used. I knew I could use this space more appropriately. The pull out on the right is the same one I am now using for my hair products. I just took the two pieces apart and am now using them separately rather than stacked one on top of the other.
And the after:
I’ve switched things around and added some more drawers to take care of the items that used to be in the now hair cupboard. I’ve got drawers for makeup, hair ties and elastics, a drawer for my husband’s contact lenses, tanning stuff and other odds and sodds.
I purchased the two drawer sets at Walmart.
I’ve also moved my frequently used basket (the brown one) of hair products/hair brushes down to underneath the sink as you can see. I’m just really sick of having it out in the open on the counter. I’ll take it out when I need it and then I’m going to force myself to put it away after each use and see if I can make that habit stick. Wish me luck!
The smaller three drawer unit houses my feminine products.
Finally I want to show you how the cupboard behind my bathroom door changed.
Top shelf still holds toilet paper and paper towels. The next shelf down holds a basket of my husband’s things like shaving cream, deodorant and cologne. I have a basket for my dog’s bathing supplies at the back and then in front is my nail polish caddy.
The bottom shelf holds the bottom half of the pull out bin I mentioned earlier. I use this for my curling irons and straighteners as well as some small travel cases. Next to that is my toiletry travel case that you can see more of HERE. Then I have a pretty basket for my curlers. You know, all the essentials of life :)
The back of the bathroom door went from having a shoe organizer to none! I no longer needed it as I moved my hair products plus purged a few things as well. I may still put back a shoe organizer there but only if I find a clear one. I hate not being able to see what’s inside. Very frustrating!
So that’s my bathroom reorganization. I now have frequently used items in more prominent spots which I think will be better for my
laziness efficiency and tidiness. For the sake of keeping it real, here is an honest before and after picture for you of my counter in the throes of a morning rush. How many of you can relate?
After:Side note: For those wondering, the green caddy on my counter top that I use for my everyday makeup is called the Stuff It from Clever Container. More information can be found on the post I did HERE.
Even Professional Organizers will struggle with clutter and chaos without efficient systems in place to manage it.
There is right or wrong way to organize. I had a system in place that was no longer meeting my needs so I changed it.
If you know an area of your home isn’t working for you, it might be time to try a new system. If you feel the clutter creeping in, it’s time to evaluate the systems you have in place for how you you deal with it. It’s not too late, there is always a way through it. You are not a failure. Following my PROCESS steps will guide you every step of the way. It’s the same process I use with my projects and it’s very beneficial to have steps to follow so as not to get ahead of yourself. Doing that will only stall the project you are trying to complete and we don’t want that. Give it a try!
If you have any questions, let me know!
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