Monday, January 18, 2010

Bathroom Clean Out

Okay, fine. It was time. Beyond time. My master bathroom cabinet is my dirty little secret--literally. Don't believe me? Take a look.
I could probably write a book on all the things wrong here. Chapter 1 would be titled "Spare Box of Floor Tile: Why Wouldn't You Store Them in Your Bathroom Cabinet?"
Chapter 2, of course, would be titled "Bottles! Bottles! Must Keep the Bottles!"
Allow me to redeem myself. A little organization goes a long way. The fundamentals were there; I just had to implement them.
In case you're wondering, my husband does in fact have 5 sets of tweezers. They are his. He's made that very clear to me. Carry on.

From what I understand, doing laundry is the best way to keep clean towels in your cabinet. And yes, I love the lazy Suzans for storage. They condense and simplify all that chaos.
The rectangular basket is intended for soap, but someone needs to go to the grocery store. Soon. The hot rollers? Never use them. But...what if I need them some day?

It's a glimpse into what could have been an embarassing moment. But, now I'll sit on my organized high horse and look down upon those of you who don't have organized bathroom cabinets. Or 5 sets of tweezers.

55 comments:

rainylakechick said...

Keeping spare bathroom tiles in your bathroom cabinet sounds like a good plan to me! :)

But we also have three sets of everything in our cabinet too.

Looks good!!!

Lynette said...

This post just made my day! Thanks for sharing!

happygal said...

Nice work! My bathroom cupboards and closet are next on my list of areas to tackle. Thanks for the inspiration and great ideas!

Danielle said...

I literally just did this too and have since found myself breathing easier and skipping more often! Hmmmm...organization does indeed have health benefits!

saraiwithani said...

Totally on my to-do list for today. The bad news, my closet is about 3 times a big and therefore contains at least 3 times the crap, I mean stuff. Thanks for the inspiration!

Stephanie said...

Ok, where did you find the jars w/lids for the q-tips and cotton balls? I have been on the hunt for cute containers like that & haven't had any luck.

pk @ Room Remix said...

It looks great! Love the idea of using the lazy susans.

Paige said...

That is one cabinet I have not worked on yet. All my stuff is thrown in a basket. Thanks for the inspiration to get mine done! Have a great week!

Jenglamgirl said...

Looks nice, I love bins, and jars, and baskets... It helps tons! Way to go!

Kris said...

So, did you get a new camera? This couldn't have been a more timely post for me! JUST yesterday I stood in my bathroom wondering where on earth to begin to organize and simplify my space. Separating my thing and my husband's things. But seeing your post makes me want to get ON IT!!!

Home's Where My Heart Is said...

Thanks for sharing great storage tips. I have tons of bottles too and can't part with any of them. I will try out the lazy susan idea. Clean towels...I had no idea how many we had until our daughter emptied her hamper. We almost need another shelf.

Enjoy the organizational high!!

Richella said...

Don't you think your organizational high horse would like some exercise? I mean, wouldn't he love to trot right down here to North Carolina? I could sure use some help!

Lisa said...

IT ALL LOOKS GREAT AND THE LAZY SUSAN IDEA ROCKS GIRL !

HUGS FROM MAINE

lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE said...

my husband, too, stakes a firm claim on the tweezers. I have some specifically for crafting and I have warned him if he tries to take either my jewelry making tweezers or my serger-threading tweezers to his nipple hair/ two random hairs on his shoulder / heaven only knows what else hairs, I will STAB HIM IN THE FACE WITH THEM. Goodness only knows why he needs to have a face like a grizzly bear and cleanly-plucked nipples. What the pluck, christopher?

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

Thanks for sharing!!!

Check out my tips including how to get pen off and couch!

http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com/2010/01/different-way-to-clean.html

Crystal said...

Are you serious? This is your dirty secret? It's not bad at ALL! I was expecting some monstrosity. You should see my spare bedroom (that I'm currently working on organizing) ;)

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Well done! And thank you for the inspiration. The lazy susans are an awesome idea!!! I have to do this in our new house right now the closet is a wreck! WRECK! I have to remember to do before pics and afters you will die when you see mine!

Well done! ox

rebekah said...

omg great job on the cabinet.. i just clean out my closet and it was sooooo bad that i didn't even take before pictures!! only posted the after oneS!

Jamie said...

Thanks for reminding me that I need to clean mine out. Doesn't it feel so good after you organize a cupboard?

Cottage on the Hill said...

The tweezer thing is too funny! My husband has some crazy things too...like multiple razors...and blades...???? Anywho love the lazy susan idea. I'm so gonna use that!

Kristin said...

Looks great! I cleaned the bathroom out about 3 months ago and it's time again..uggg. Lucky the husband has his own tweezers, mine steals my only pair :)

Aura said...

You should have seen my linen closet! Your bathroom is like the understudy to my old closet of skeletons! It feels so good once it's done, though.

HouseMama said...

I love the idea of using Lazy Susans for bathroom items. Thanks for keeping it real and letting us see all your "stuff."

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

So pretty and perfectly organized! Love a good organized cabinet! :) And I might add that I'm just a bit jealous over your new "toys" in the last post too. Oh, the fun I'd have with a nail gun!!!
Blessings,
Stacey

French lover said...

This post totally made me smile, bathroom cabinets organization is the worst !!
Btw, love the colors of your towels ;-)

Andrea said...

I love your passion for organization. We are one in the same. I never thought about lazy susans before. What a great idea.

I must borrow that one.

the thrifty ba said...

a clean closet is a work of art...

Edie S. said...

I always want to take photos of my before and after closet cleaning projects, but then I wonder who in the world would want to see that? Well, I do and apparently I'm not alone! Looks great! I bet you've gone in there 10 times since you finished just to gaze at the beautifulness of organization!

Wendy said...

For once I was ahead of the game on this clean out. I went to get something out of our bathroom closet over the weekend and got frustrated with the mess. I ended up with a trash bag full of 'not necessary goodies' for the trash man today. Now I just smile we I need to go in the closet for something.

Colleen said...

I need to do this SO BAD!!

All Things Southern said...

Love it. This post motivates me to organize my home office and do a before and after post about it.

Thanks,

Debbie

Hyla said...

Mine is much much worse! :)

And I am pretty sure I cleaned it last year ;)

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I always love a good organizing post!

Pink Stitches said...

Love a fellow organiser!! People think I'm mad cause I need a tray for this and a box for that!!
Loving the lazy suzies though!!
I've also just given you a Sunshine award at my blog because your blog is so inspirational!!
Pop on by to collect!! :o)

Deb said...

Great post! Made me laugh out loud!

Melanie said...

I love the lazy susans too. I have them in our half bath because that was the only place to store the medicine. They just make sense. You did a good job. I love to organize. It makes me happy.

RomIn said...

Great post! Way to be real! I desperately need to tackle my master bathroom. I, too, have rollers I have never used yet refuse to get rid of. :)

Kristen said...

You don't use the hot rollers?! I break mine out every Sunday when I am practicing my pageant queen hair - the bigger the better you know. I love the lazy Susan idea in the bathroom. Aren't you glad that isn't your name? "I'll just put a few Lazy Chris's in my bathroom cabinet." How embarrassing. Glad your back. I was getting a little ancy.

Amy said...

ok I am impressed! What about us women and bathroom drawers and cabinets!! Uuughhh!!

Veronnica Watson said...

That looks awesome and almost makes me want to clean out and organize my cabinets....I said almost...

Good job! ;)

MonicaW said...

Love the lazy susan idea. Never thought of them for any room other than the kitchen. Hmmmm...tiny landry closet-- that could work!

Barb said...

Be careful sweetheart, organizing can become addicting! Great before and after. A daughter after my own heart!!!!
Looks wonderful and such pretty towels.
Mom

Carol said...

Great job! It's funny how a seemingly time consuming, difficult project takes mere minutes and results in fabulousness. I can't stand when I put something like that off.

Leslie said...

If my bathroom cabinet looked that good, I'd take pictures of it too!!!!

Leslie said...

I've been stalking your blog for awhile, but I had to finally post a comment to say that I feel so much better knowing that someone else in the world has a box of leftover tile in their bathroom cabinet. Mine has been there for about a year now. :) I love your blog! Keep up the great work!

christy said...

That is hilarious! I don't even have 5 pairs of tweezers & I am brow obsessed. I think I need to re-visit my bathroom cabinets now too.

Go East Memphis Mama said...

OK note to self...get lazy susans. Other note to self...you are not the only one who keeps hot roller and does NOT use them haha!

Tausha said...

I am impressed! You have inspired me to do some organizing in my house. I can't decide if I should love you or hate yoU! :)

Adriennealine said...

Lazy susans! Awesome idea!!

Kristen @ Miss Prissy Paige said...

What a transformation. And 5 sets of tweezers, I was cracking up at your post!

2sisters said...

It made me sigh to see it all organized. I hope someday soon mine will be that organized. The lazy susans were a great idea!

kiakai/Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

Hi Chris,
Great post! Boy do I need to do that to my bathroom.
Thank you so very much for taking the time to comment on my post. I know the decor world isn't the place to talk about this. I just thought, with 250 followers (thanks to you), that's maybe 50 views, and maybe 10 people will tell 10 people about the issue.
So, probably 5 of those will take some kind of action of their own.
Going Veg 2 days a week is the best start.
Kelly

Melissa said...

I have those clear plastic bins in my bathroom to organize medicine and bottles. Love 'em. Oh, and my husband is that way about his tweezers too!

Sarah said...

i never thought about buying a lazy susan for my bathroom cabinet!!! SO CLEVER!!! I am totally going to go buy a couple today!!
It's one of those "why didn't I think of that?" moments....
Thanks for sharing. My bathroom in general is my dirty (dirty being the key word) little secret! Ha!
Sarah

MX Shower Trays said...

Good job! thanks for sharing!

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