After I cleaned and organized my bathroom, I had good intentions to do the same in my kids' bathroom. Well, you know what they say about good intentions.
Two things happened that finally lit a fire under me to get my kids' bathroom organized. The first thing was that since my daughter started 8th grade this year, she has been getting up early so that she has time to blow dry and flat iron her hair. I have to say that I'm very proud of her for setting her alarm and getting up without any nagging from me! The thing is though, she has been borrowing my blow dryer and flat iron which hasn't been working well for either of us.
The second thing that happened was that my son scratched himself in the back yard. He asked me to help him because he couldn't find the band aids or anything to clean his scratch out with. I went into the bathroom to help him find what he was looking for. All of the first aid stuff was supposed to be in this cabinet.
I decided enough was enough, and it was time to tackle this mess and give my kids an organized, pretty and functional bathroom.
Here's a before shot of under their sink vanity.
It was holding Olivia's make up bag, Bocce's dog grooming caddy (that I didn't like because it was too wide), hair stuff, flossers in their original bag stuck in the back, and other random bathroom stuff.
Here's a before shot of one of the drawers.
You know the saying, "a picture speaks a thousand words". Yeah. This one is speaking like ten million words, and not a one of them is good.
To organize the vanity and the cabinet. I followed these organizing rules:
1. Take everything out.
2. Throw away any medications that are expired.
3. Donate anything that's in good shape that you no longer use.
4. Toss anything that's damaged.
5. Just keep in the space things you use every day or frequently.
6. Group like with like.
7. Put as much as you can into containers.
8. Label your containers so that things get put back into the right spot.
I bought Olivia her own blow dryer and flat iron. No more sharing with Mom in the morning. I knew I needed something to store them in and started my on-line search. I almost order this, but found these silverware caddies on clearance at Target to use instead.
It's metal, compact, and holds her blow dryer, flat iron, brushes and combs. She's got room to add curling irons, which I'm sure will be coming soon. I put a removable label on it that I had gotten on clearance at Staples a few months ago.
I also got a silverware caddy for Bocce's dog grooming stuff. He is my fur baby, after all.
It holds his shampoo, fur detangler spray, brush, nail clippers, and wash cloths that I like to use to wash his face off. I also put in a plastic take out cup to hold his toothpaste and toothbrushes. Wow. He is one high maintenance dog! Olivia said he had more hair care products than she does. :)
I lined the inside of the vanity cabinet and drawers with some non-adhesive shelf liner that I got at Target. I liked the preppy stripes.
I put Bocce's caddy in the back of the vanity. (I know, I need to clean his brush. Please don't judge!).
To corral my kids' hair stuff like Jacob's hair gel, dry shampoo, blue hair dye (for Halloween), and extra shampoo and conditioner, I used an ice cube container that I labeled.
I wanted to utilize every last bit of space that I could. So, I put a Command hook on the back of the cabinet door so that Olivia can hang her make up bag here (mascara and lip glosses - lots and lots of lip gloss). She does keep other stuff in it, as well, like deodorant. This is her overnight bag that she can just grab-and-go when she goes to her Dad's house or for sleepovers with her friends.
Now for the afters of the drawers.
Now, on to the afters of the cabinet.
Here are the after pictures of the inside of the cabinet.
I used a larger glass vase that I already had (also from Target) for my daughter's rescue breathers and Epi-Pens (there are no Epi-Pens in the vase in this picture because I still needed to go pick it up the refill from the pharmacy when I photographed this). Olivia is allergic to nuts and has asthma. I feel so much better now that these are more visible and easily accessible to all of us in case of an emergency.
I used a blue glass container, that I already had, for extra toothbrushes that we usually have on hand in case one of my kids' friends sleeps over and forgets a toothbrush. Or, you know, in case someone accidentally drops his or her toothbrush in the toilet.
This acrylic container hold first aid supplies like antiseptic spray, band aids, cotton balls, thermometers, antibiotic ointment and hydrocortisone cream.
The bottom shelf holds stuff that my kids use frequently or should be using every day.
Like the flossers. Hello! Kids! You really should be flossing every day.
I used more of the little glass vases from Target to hold all the flossing stuff.
This shelf holds nail care supplies and Olivia's nail polish. Jacob's nails grow really fast and we're clipping them all the time. So, now he can easily find the nail clippers.
My kids had a few extra samples of toothpaste from their last visit to the dentist. I like to save these for when we travel.
I decided to store the sample sized toothpaste and their toothbrush covers in a vintage blue Mason jar that I already had. I put it on top of the cabinet with the lonely little plant. It adds some color and balances things out a little better up there.
I'll leave you with one last before and after shot of the cabinet area.
I love how clean and organized their bathroom is now! Everything has a place, everything is visible and easily accessible, everything is labeled so it stands a better chance of being put back where it's supposed to go. They're great kids so they really do deserve to have the room that they start and end their day in be organized and pretty.
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