September 14, 2010

In My Bathroom

First of all, the last round of SYTYC is now up and you can head on over to vote.  It's not anonymous this round, but vote for the project you like the best.  I'm really excited about what I made and Emilie's project is super cool, too.  Head on over.  Go ahead.  I'll be waiting here for you when you get back.

You know how life finally settles down for a while after it's been super busy?  Then you look around and think...it's time to clean this place up.  It's in those moments that I actually feel really motivated to get all my things in order.  I want to sort through things and organize.  Well, that's the kind of kick I've been on for the last few days. 

I thought it might be fun to share some organizational tips with each other, so today we're headed into my bathroom.  I'm going to show you a few nifty things and then I'd love it if you have any tips or ideas you use to keep your bathroom in tip-top shape.

1) Sorry.  I can't spare a square.  (Remember that Seinfeld episode?  Loved it.)  I have one bathroom that has NO storage.  The sink is a pedestal sink and there is no place to store extra toilet paper.  The solution?  My sister told be about this nifty device found in the bathroom section of Target.  It hangs on the toilet and holds two extra rolls.  Genius!  Now no one who visits has to get caught in an awkward situation.


2) Ewwwww!  There's a hair in my toothbrush!  My next tip will help you avoid this.  I used to have my random bathroom utensils laying on a washcloth in the drawer.  Then my boys decided they wanted to share my drawer and things got messy.  I decided a silverware tray might do the trick.  They're like 99 cents at Ikea.  This way everyone has their own slot and nothing is mixing that shouldn't be.


3) Mr. Clean.  I realize I'm probably the last to know here, but this Magic Eraser thing is gold.  There were some marks on the tub when we moved in that I thought would never go away and go 'ole Mr. Clean took care of almost all of them.  I was pleased.  He's a pretty nice guy.


4) Kaboodle - a blast from the past.  Do any of you ladies remember the Kaboodle?  It was big when I was in middle school of high school.  They were plastic and held everything.  Well, I've grown up and so have they.  I found this a couple of years ago at Target.  When I do my makeup I like to have everything I might need right there, but I don't want to devote a top drawer to makeup.  Enter Kaboodle.  I can whip this puppy out of anywhere...... 


....bust it open and BAM!  There's everything I need.  Kind of fun.  I don't really wear tons of makeup, but if I want to spice things up one day I'm set.


Okay, now it's your turn.  Do you have any great bathroom organizational secrets?  Please tell!

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29 comments:

  1. very good tips! :)

    ... I keep a kaboodle too! I love those things... THEY have so much room and store soo much! :)

    love it..

    good post!

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  2. Great tips! I wanted to let you know that I linked to you today.

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  3. Aww! I love kaboodles! Back in the day when life was more simple, that was my high school graduation present!!!

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  4. Maybe we are a bit backward here in good old Europe but... where did you find those handy toothpaste-tube squeezers? No, not for my kids, for myself, I always squeeze the tube in the middle! Yep!

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  5. That is sweet! I love tips for organizing. I'm going to think about the Kaboodle. I bought one each for the girlies and they love 'um.

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  6. I have a Kaboodle too, actually identical to yours but black - love it!

    My FAVORITE bathroom tip is simple - roll up your blow dryer/curling iron/straightener cords into a toilet paper roll to keep them from tangling and making a mess! I did a blog post a while back - take a look!

    http://itzmitz.blogspot.com/2010/06/tip.html

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  7. They toothpaste squeezers are just next to the toothpaste at Wal-mart or Target. I don't know where you'd find them in Europe, but I'm a middle-squeezer, too. It drives me husband crazy!

    Cheri

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  8. I totally have a kaboodle for my makeup! It's an original, the orange swirly plastic with the little removable tray at the top. Not nearly so grown up or high tech as yours, but it fulfills its purpose and spends most of its time under the sink so no one sees it anyway!

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  9. I have four ladies in my house. We go through ALOT of toilet paper. I had one of those hanging towel holders from Home Interiors that I use to hold toilet paper instead. It hangs right behind the toilet and holds over 12 rolls! Now we never have to worry about running out. We have no storage either...not a single drawer in the bathroom....so out toothbrushes are in a small plastic basket in the closet.

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  10. Go you on organizing! I am off to vote :)

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  11. This isn't really organizing but ever since High School I hated waiting until my straightener cooled to put it away, so I sewed a pot holder in half (hot dog style) now I can put it away right after I use it without fear of it melting anything. I've noticed lately that blog land has made them way cuter than the ugly red rooster hot pad I had for years. :D

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  12. LOVE your car you made! That is SO exciting that you are in the top 2!!!

    These are great tips, Cheri!

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  13. My bathroom doesn't have any drawers so I found those rubbermaid drawers that are sold as one drawer (not is sets...am I making sense??), the front of the drawer is about 4x6 and I fit as many in as possible even around the pipes from the sink. So I do have drawers....just hidden in the cavernous space under the sink!

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  14. Ha ha...kaboodles! I think I still have mine under the bathroom sink at my parents house!

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  15. My favourite tip for the bathroom is how to keep the counters clear of products. I just got a plastic basket for my husband and I that fits on the shelf under the basin - in it is our daily routine stuff. We can just pop it out when we are getting ready, everything goes back in and we pop it back under once we are finished. It is my favourite organisational thing in our bathroom (not sure what I could manage with a pedestal sink and no storage though....lol).

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  16. Our bathroom has very little space as well. We purchased an over the toilet organizer at Target and it has given us a lot of extra storage space. It's like a bookshelf without the bottom few shelves so it can sit over the toilet.

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  17. Is that a decal or sticker on your toilet lid? It really classes up the place, where did you find it?
    -Amy
    http://www.fancyfunkyfresh.blogspot.com

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  18. Voted! That is so cute! I do remember Kaboodles! Mine was black, white, and hot pink! I don't have enough makeup to fill one now! lol. I don't really have any organizational tips as my bathroom is a mess! But one thing I have done is put all of my hair ties, bobby pins, etc. into little Glad containers with lids. Now I don't have to take everything out of the drawer to find those things!

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  19. We have 4 young kids who share one bathroom and things can get rather messy in no time (as in 5 mins flat). The things that have worked for us was to color code bath towels and they each have a coordinating hand towel to wipe their hands with and smear tootpaste on from their mouths. Also had to switch to a plastic shower curtain as they were using my white fabric one to wipe hands/mouths on.

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  20. The off-brand - maybe it's the Target brand - of the magic erasers work just as well and they're a bit less expensive!

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  21. Remember those shoe storage things that go on the back of the door? I use that on the back of my bathroom door (i hate clutter on the counter).. It really helps to keep everything organized, and right at your finger tips.

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  22. i have the exact same Kaboodle. rock it.

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  23. For bathrooms: We have a little plastic basket (plastic because it washes very easily, for when the kids get tooth paste on it, or other things...) and in that basket we throw all the things we would normally have on top of the counter (except toothbrushes) and it keeps the clutter off the counter. Plus, it's easy to store under the sink if we need it to disappear. Another space saver is to get the toothbrush holder that suction cups to the mirror.

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  24. That Kaboodle would make a GREAT sewing basket!

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  25. I remember the Christmas when I got my kaboodle!! I thought I was just sooooo cool!! LOL!! I wasn't allowed to wear make up at that age...so I really have no idea what I actually put in it! LOL! But it did not matter! I owned a kaboodle!

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  26. Just ordered those awesome toothpaste thingies. :) I have never seen (or looked) for them before, found some on Amazon, $5+ free ship.

    I still have my original kaboodle from HS. It has a bunch of jewellry in it (from HS), thinking it's time to clean it out & use it!

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  27. Love this post! Thanks for the ideas! How about some kitchen organizing ideas next? I still haven't figured out how to keep all the pots & pans from falling out when I open the cabinet. ;-)

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