Hey everyone! It’s been a bit quiet here on our end of the blogging sphere for the past couple weeks. Sorry about that. The past couple weeks have been a little crazy with our house full of wonderful family and friends celebrating my parents 80th Birthdays, preparing to send two off to college, welcoming home our daughter and husband after spending a year in Honduras and just two days ago we said our sad good-byes to them as they were off on their next big adventure in China teaching English at a University. There was also an extremely sad event where our other daughter experienced one of her colleagues, and a very special person who affected many lives in Central Florida, losing his battle with Leukemia. You can read about his story in his words here. We are feeling quite blessed through all the emotions that have presented themselves for each celebration, each sorrow and every heartfelt hug and genuine belly laughter we have had.
How do I transition from that to clearing out bathroom clutter? Well, not too difficult because what do we (us women, in particular) do when we go through a ton of emotions when life is spinning so fast then comes to a sudden halt leaving us with a certain emptiness or melancholy feeling as we try to figure out what the heck just happened in that whirlwind? Some of us resort to 1) eating 2) not eating 3) napping 4) shopping or 5) keeping busy to distract us enough so we don’t have a mini breakdown. For me, I have been doing #1 a little too much but at least I am fitting yoga and my daily walks in. I knew there were tons of projects that I needed to finish when I woke up this morning and if I got busy enough, #5 , it would help distract me enough from missing my daughter and her husband in China. However, it won’t be long until I get that nap in on this stormy Sunday afternoon, I hope.
I have broken our master bathroom down into 5 different areas of organizing that needs to be done. The master closet, the bathroom cabinet, the linen closet, the cabinets under the sinks and the makeup drawer which was finished and you can read about that here. Today’s post is on how I re-organized the bathroom cabinet. This cabinet was purchased at IKEA and we have had it about 3 years. Honestly, I don’t know where I put all my bathroom accessories prior to that. Anyone else feel they could open a small beauty supply store with all the hair products, body lotions and face moisturizers taking up real estate in your bathroom? Holy cow, the money I could have saved!
With the glare of our glass block window you don’ get a full picture of what a mess this cabinet was, but you get the idea! There was no order to this chaos and poor Dean just had one little corner to put his stuff, but he doesn’t complain. Oh, to be a guy and have less than 7 items you need for grooming!
Believe it or not, I never realized that when Dean originally put this together, he put the back of the cabinet on wrong. You can see this side is the back side of the particle board. The other side is white. I never noticed, but now it seems so obvious.
First thing first, I removed the back of the cabinet.
Target has some new removable wallpaper rolls that I wanted to try out so I bought this gray textured design. They had several colors and designs that I was drawn to but really wanted to stay with the gray and white color scheme because I knew one of the next projects is painting the bathroom and gray would coordinate the best. It was super easy to attach to the board. The adhesive back allows you to adjust it just right. It’s not hard to take off if you need to re position.
I laid out the wallpaper roll on the board and cut 1-2 inches longer and wider than the board so it allowed me to wrap the extra around the edges. I did one half at a time since the wallpaper roll wasn’t as wide as the board itself. It was simple to do since there was a partition fold in the middle of the board.
After the adhesive wallpaper was on, I simply nailed the back on to the cabinet. I gave all the shelves and the drawer a good wipe down. Next, was all the organizing! We had collected so many travel size shampoos and conditioners but had placed them in a one gallon size zip lock bag where you had to dig to find what you wanted. Once I emptied every thing out, I found lotions, toothbrushes and sunscreens so I took sandwich zip lock bags and labeled each one appropriately. This literally took 5 minutes but felt so good knowing we can grab and go for our next trip.
I still use mason jars for organization and the small ones work perfectly for bobby pins and hair ties. I used a white chalkboard marker to write on all of my chalkboard labels (actually, credit goes to my daughter for creating the writing on these labels) or things I paint with chalkboard such as these lids. I used chalkboard spray paint for the lids.
These organization boxes are bamboo and I thought they would work well with separating products into hair, body and face. I didn’t want something that was too tall and I couldn’t actually see the products. I had 3 boxes to Dean’s 1 box! Is that bad? Again, a little jealous that he can get by with such few products. I guess I could too…
Two master bathroom areas down and three to go. Come back to see the master closet, cabinets under the sink and the linen closet organization.