Transformation Tuesday: Under the Bathroom Vanity
The bathroom is private, yet depending on its location in your home, your guests may visit it. Although it is likely the smallest room in the house, I often see bathrooms packed to the gills with products. It is hard to resist the fun shapes, colors, sizes, and amazing fragrances of hotel samples and promotional products. An excessive amount of personal care products is one reason people find their bathroom vanity, drawers, and cabinets full of clutter.
On today's Transformation Tuesday, we organize the bathroom vanity. In this client's home, there were several different categories of products stored under the sink. The goal was to create a practical, functional space where the clients could find everything they needed.
Step 1: Declutter
The first step was to sort and categorize all of the items. Before my arrival, the clients went thru all of the products in their drawers and cabinets. Whatever they didn't want, they either donated (if appropriate) or discarded. I encourage my clients to check the expiration dates of every item in the bathroom. The websites CheckFresh and Cosmetic Calculator allow people to enter the batch code or lot number of their cosmetics and find the expiry date. After the decluttering step, the fun begins – creating the organizational system!
Step 2: Organize
To take advantage of all of the space under the bathroom vanity, I installed a 2-tier sliding organizer. After ensuring we took accurate measurements under the sink, we found it was the perfect size for this space. It works well under most kitchen sink areas too. Not to mention, it is light-weight, free-standing, and super easy to assemble. The pull-out drawers make it easy to access the items. There is no more crawling on hands and knees to reach the back of the cabinet.
Next, I used one of my favorite clear, these stackable bins. They come in a variety of sizes. The smaller ones are the perfect size for cosmetics and smaller toiletry items. The medium-sized bins are great for lotions. If you have larger jugs of shampoos, the large bins work well to keep them contained. Because the client can slide the bin right out of the cabinet, it is easy to find smaller bottles and packages. Nothing will get lost in those dark corners in the back of the bathroom vanity.
Bathrooms are functional spaces, but because they are typically small, it is that much more important to be intentional with your décor and keep clutter to a minimum. Adding a few simple organizing solutions can take a bathroom from cluttered to calm.
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