Bathroom organization - How to declutter and organize your drawers

It’s early morning and the sun has not even bothered to show yet and you are not even sure that you are awake! Leaning over to get the toilet paper and you realise there is none, nor is there any in hand reach …..so there you are finally realising that you have to sort out your bathroom organisation coz this can’t happen again. You have also gotten sick of hunting through all the junk in the drawers to find toothpaste that’s not empty….and what about your make up…..is it a complete riot? It’s time to get your bathroom drawers and cabinets into ship shape, so if that is you then this post is perfect. I’ll take you , step by step, through how to go from chaos to calm and have functional and beautifully organised drawers and cabinets. So lets get into it.

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What you will need

  • Empty containers -old storage boxes, bowls/ice cream containers whatever that you have lying around.

  • General cleaner and cleaning cloths

  • Measuring tape

  • Note paper and pencil

Clear and sort

Just to give you a sense of what we are tackling, here are the before pics of both my bathroom drawers.

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First rule of organising is to start with a clear space. Empty out everything from all your drawers. Please don’t miss this step as you will end up in a mess again, take it from me , I’ve learnt from experience.

But before you just simply throw everything onto the floor and bench top STOP , go and get your self some containers , these will be used for sorting you things into categories.

The plan for the containers is to place like items together, i.e you are categorising as you go, this makes life a lot easier when it comes to working out how you want things organised when you place things back into the drawers.

I just used these storage boxes that I had in the linen cupboard unused. They are actually great to have on hand as they easily fold up and store away.

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You will see in my clear out, I have organised the items into these main groupings;

  • Face and make up - for me

  • Oral care/Manicure and Pedicure kit

  • Eye care

  • Supplies (soaps/scrubbers/gloves/headtowels/toilet paper)

  • Medications

  • Hair products/Hair Equipment

At this point I also make a point of getting rid of any items that are passed their used by date. This applies particularly to make up, just get rid of half used or old products that haven’t been used for a while. To help with knowing what to keep and for how long here are a couple of handy guides that I found;

Cleaning

Now that you have everything out, give the inside of the drawers a good clean out. I just used my trusty general cleaner and the paste for hard to shift dirt. If you want to get the recipes for my cleaners just complete the form below to receive it straight into your inbox. Also you can check out my post on my DIY cleaning products.

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planning & organising

Now that you have everything all cleaned and shinny it’s time to have fun planning out how you want to sort and organise everything. To illustrate the best approach to this I’ll just take you through how I worked through this for my drawers.

For me there were a couple of main things I wanted to improve in how things were organised in my drawers, being the toilet paper, my makeup, Pete’s stuff and my hair stuff. So the toilet paper needed to be sorted at end of the drawer closest to the loo. This meant that if I ever ran out while on the loo , I could just reach into the drawer and grab some more. My makeup needed to be in a more portable container as I take it out of the drawer everyday. In relation to Pete’s stuff, he needed his own section of the drawer so he knows which was his, and lastly my hair stuff just needed to be better contained and sorted out.

I decided to keep the items in the same drawers they came from, so the top drawer to have all daily items and bottom one everything else, including supplies on hand.

At this point I get my pencil, notebook and tape measure out to start working out how to fit everything in. To start I roughly map out on a page how the drawers will be divided up with the containers that I want to use.

Then measuring the length and width of the drawers helps to work out what containers will fit in. At this point I also look at containers that I can reuse from around the house rather than buy new ones. If you are going to buy containers make sure that you know their measurements so they will fit into the drawers. Also make sure that all bathroom containers will need to be water proof and easy to clean.

Apart from the practical aspects to the storage containers, you can really personalise a space with the type of colours and styles of the containers……so why not make it pretty. As an example get a nice pattern or colour drawer liner to place under clear containers. In my drawers I have just used a white non slip liner so the containers will not move around. Tip: secure the liners with Museum putty.

It may take a few goes at getting the containers best placed, have a play around to see what works best. I often find that what I have planned out does not always work well so have to change it up a bit to get it right.

Also think about other ways to contain your items. As an example, I am using make up bags to store my hand and nail products and hair accessories, as I often take these items out of the bathroom.

THE Reveal

So here we have it , the big reveal of both the drawers, all organized and sorted.

Having measured and mapped out the organizing plan, I placed the various containers in empty first. I did end up moving things around a bit to get things sorted how I wanted them and more importantly functionally

The top drawer is now divided into two sides, one is for Pete and the other for me. So no more mixing up toothbrushes !!! eeewww.

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I have kept the spaces as clear as possible as this makes is more useful when getting things in and out everyday. In terms of a great find, my new makeup container has worked out perfectly. The problem that I had was that the old container was actually big and had no handle. Now I have a much smaller and lighter container, with a handle and it still fits everything in it.

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My bottom drawer, below now is a pleasure to open and I can reach the loo paper from the toilet seat!!! boom!!. I have to say I love the cosmetic cases that I used here, one has all my Manicure and Pedicure things and the other all my hair accessories and products. Having these in cases actually means that I can easliy take them in and out of the drawer and have everything I need in one container!! perfect for when you are sitting styling your hair in front of the bedroom mirror.

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Thats a wrap folks!!! My bathroom drawers are sparkling clean, tidied, organized and decluttered…yip they bring me joy!

So lets summarise what I have done and what would be the key take outs for you, to help get your drawers sorted and ready for spring or autum …..I’m not hemispherist!


wrap up

My most important comment here would be that these organising sessions do not have to take long and so don’t let the “overwhelm” get in your way- break each step down and do each of them then before you know it you too have finished the job.

Three key things to remember when doing these sessions are;

  • Clear and Clean

  • Declutter and categorise

  • Plan and organize

And handy hint , the more you do the better and faster you get!

Well I hope that you found this little post useful and maybe even given you some inspiration.

Ohhh I can’t say goodbye without my top tips;

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Tania’s top tips;

Tip 1 - like for like - as you go through the decluttering process , categorise like for like.

Tip 2 - Clean - always take the time to clean any space once you have it empty

Tip 3 - Reuse - don’t always buy new containers, shop you home first and try and use what you have at home. Saves money and the environment.

Be Tidy out there ……until next time my dears

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Our Renovation Plans

Well I finally get to turn my old tired spaces...kitchen, bathroom and ensuite into great places!!!! I am in planning and organising heaven! It`s been a five year wait, but worth it and at least now we know exactly what we want and what will work in each of the spaces.

Our Journey began, 5 years ago when  we purchased our home, a 1960 cedar and block two story home. It certainly needed a lot of work, some more immediate than others. In reality everything needed to be updated and or totally renovated, including the garden. Surprisingly we have managed to achieve a lot already, which I`ll share in a later posts. But for today I want to take you through our plans and the planning process for this renovation project.

The Waiting game

Unlike a lot of house make over shows on TV, we did not do all renovations when we first moved in. It was tempting however there were a couple of key reasons, a lot of work was needed and that needed a lot of money. Additionally we didn't want to rush into any changes until we had lived in the house for at least a year or so. It was important for us to focus on the most urgent work first. The kitchen, bathroom and ensuite, although very old and outdated, were still functional and totally liveable. Therefore we set a timeframe of 5 years after which we would renovate. The five years allowed us time to do the priority work and to save and design the big renovations!

I have lost count of the number times I just stood in the kitchen staring at it deciding what would be the perfect kitchen. To be honest the kitchen is a really lovely space as it is now, to work and socialise in. It's open and sunny and spacious so we didn't want to lose that feeling. What is interesting is that my initial ideas for the kitchen when we first moved and those now, are somewhat different, and that applies to the ensuite and bathroom as well. I truly believe that you really need to spend time in a space and even experience all the seasons to really know how that space will work best. 

The design journey

So after 5 years of day dreaming and picturing different layouts, colours, etc in the three rooms, Pete and I had a good idea of what we wanted and what we believed would work well.  The goal was to have the renovations started at the end of the year so and we wanted to have our initial design concepts ready to go through with the builder by mid year. Many a chat was had standing in the kitchen while drying the dishes....luckily Pete and I are normally on the same wave length when it comes to renovation so there has really been no battle on that front!!! but hey we know who would win anyway!

Once we were pretty confident with the overall designs for each of the rooms we got the builder around to start to go over these. This is a fairly critical time as you learn what is possible and practical and also gauge a sense of the cost. 

We have been very fortunate to have had the same excellent builder work with us on the house and he has completed all the other work to date so we are working with him and his team on this project. He has also done a lot of bathroom renovations and recently renovated his own kitchen, so has a lot of experience and tips to give us. There were a number of things that he suggested to change that made the design and practical use of a space so much better. All in all the end designs were very close to what we proposed. The cost however was not what I had budgeted for, in fact building costs have gone up a lot since I struck the renovation budget 5 years ago. Coming to terms with the need of a higher budget has been the biggest challenge so far!.

Last note on the design journey is the Vision, you really do need a vision of how you want the overall space to look at the end, It is so important the builder gets that.  Be prepared to make some compromises along the way. One example was in the ensuite and bathrooms, I had in my head the perfect cabinet that I wanted. This was totally different from what the builder suggested. It look me a while to understand that my cabinet style and design was simply not going to fit into the spaces, so I have to compromise for something that worked well in the space but also gave me the look that I wanted. To help give you a sense of our vision just check out my vision board in my Pinterest page

So we are finally at the planning stage, having walked through the designs and plans for each space with the builder here is the Grand Design

The Plans

The best way to do this is to take you through each room, starting with the Kitchen. 

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The Kitchen

Looking into the kitchen from the dinning room

Looking into to corner behind the wall

Kitchen plans

  • Existing kitchen and area fully cleared- A good demo job
  • All new kitchen built and installed.
  • Shaker style cabinets - colour Spirits Bay double  
  • Stone bench top - Babylon collection Phoenician honed
  • Kitchen Island bench built and L-shaped return removed
  • All flooring in the kitchen and dinning room replaced with tile flooring, Foresta Arizona
  • Painting all walls,ceiling and trim 
  • False wall removed
  • Kitchen window replaced
  • White Subway tile for splash back and under window
  • Coffee station with second sink
  • Bench top pantry 
  • All new stainless steel appliances - including French door fridge freezer
  • Internal drawer organisers - spice holders, oils and sauces with drip tray, utensil and cutlery trays
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The Bathroom

Looking into the bathroom from the hallway

The bathroom and toilet are currently two separate rooms

 

Bathroom plans

  • Existing bathroom and toilet cleared - full demo job
  • Remove wall between the bath and toilet
  • Remove bath
  • Tiling on floor and wall, Bibulca Grey Matt
  • Wall to wall tiled shower with glass shower screen
  • Wall hung cabinet, Modena 2 draw in white
  • New toilet
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The Ensuite

Looking in from the bedroom to the wardrobe

Looking from the wardrobe to the window and shower

 

Ensuite plans

  • Existing ensuite cleared - full demo job 
  • Remove wardrobe
  • Tiling on floor and wall, Bibulca Grey Matt
  • Wall to wall tiled shower with glass shower screen
  • Wall hung cabinet, Modena 2 draw in white
  • New toilet

Other work

Wow I feel exhausted just going through this list. The builder and his crew are going to start with the bathroom and ensuite first which is expected to take about 6 weeks. Once that is done they will move onto the Kitchen. He warned us that the house will be a bit of a demolition zone for a while

During the renovation Pete and I will move in down stairs, using the laundry as a Kitchen, bathroom and laundry! I can see an organising blog coming on here! There is already a large lounge/entertainment room downstairs so it will be fine for a chilling space. Plus our home offices are downstairs and there is also a lower deck so really it will not be much of a hardship for us.

I would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, ideas, tips and renovation experiences. Have a great week everyone.

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