Tackling my master bathroom cabinet organization, was one of those projects that I let go for way too long. Truth to be told, I put a child safety lock on those doors during my son’s toddler years (4 years ago!). I won’t say I didn’t open it in 4 years because I did, but I certainly didn’t store many essentials in there. So it was more of a dump room for extra toothpaste, deodorant and hand soap.
But not anymore. Today I am delighted to have done this simple organization project in my bathroom, because it brings me one step closer to being finished with this area of my home.
If you are new to NHSH™ , you may need to know that I started this blog and the 52 Weeks to a Neat House™ challenge to hold me accountable for making progress in decluttering and organizing many areas of my home. My master bathroom being one of them. Last year in May, I organized my bathroom closet and on Week 4 of 52 of this challenge, I organized my makeup drawer. So, yes! I am getting so close to be done. It was definitely time to tackle the cabinet under the sink. Because it was bad…
The first thing that stands out is the small 3 drawer cabinet (affiliate link) on the left. I purchased it a few weeks ago, planning to use it in this bathroom cabinet organization project. And I did.
In the past, I thought that setting up a couple of deep baskets under the sink would work, and maybe they did at some point. But, I also think that when the baskets are too wide and too deep, they just hold too much stuff at once and you just start hoarding and accumulating unnecessary things. That definitely happened to me in this bathroom, and under the kitchen sink cabinet, too.
After 10 weeks, you know the drill:
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- Empty out the cabinet
- Toss or donate anything that you have not used within the past 3 to 6 months. Chances are you don’t need it at all.
- Sort your items in groups: hair care, nail care, personal care, first aid, etc.
- Organize the cabinet with what fits best. I hope my own cabinet organization can spark some ideas!
Here is what I did. I think you are going to laugh when you see how bare my cabinet looks now. But truthfully, I don’t need more than that. I did some serious decluttering; an entire garbage bag was filled with old facial creams, anti-cellulite cream (pfft), leave-in conditioner that is supposed to leave blonde highlights (yeah, right!) and this one made me crack up: ‘perfect curls’ styling cream. Old, old, old. Garbage, garbage, garbage.
The two cabinets on the left, I had previously purchased for this purpose. I went shopping in my own house for everything else.
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- The small blue stacking baskets I had leftover from my dollar store under the kitchen sink organization
- Two tin buckets that I had removed from my office
- A penny candy jar (affiliate link), from my kitchen cabinet.
I have always loved this idea found in Pinterest of storing nail polish in a candy penny jar. Although I do not have nearly as many to fill it up, I think it’s not only pleasant to look at, but also practical.
After that massive cleanup, I honestly didn’t have much more stuff left to store. I placed a few toiletries such as deodorant, hand soap, dry shampoo, hairspray, body lotion, toothpaste, bar soap and nail polish remover, in the blue stacking bins.
The tin buckets were truly just thrown in there for an easy ‘grab and go’ of travel size hand lotion (another hotel room find!), and for my three types of hair serum, which I don’t think I will use in a lifetime.
The plastic mini-cabinets are just perfect to contain and define zones. I kept one drawer on each cabinet without a label, until a new category comes up. I realized how lucky I am to have so much storage in my bathroom. I have a closet, 2 medicine cabinets, 2 under the sink cabinets (I still have to clean out my husband’s cabinet!) and 2 pieces of decorative furniture that store other items such as TP and bar soaps. I will share those soon in another post.
I relocated all my mani-pedi tools (from this closet) inside one of the drawers. I used a small skinny basket inside the drawer to contain all nail clippers, files, toes separators, etc. I found two at-home acrylic nails kit, that I am not so sure I will ever use, but I saved them since they’re still in their original packaging.
Every time a family member comes from Colombia (my hometown), I ask them to bring me cotton. Yes, Colombian cotton is so soft and pure, I adore it! So, those long packages that were thrown over the baskets, looking miserable, now fit perfect inside the bottom drawer of the bigger cabinet.
Me and my husband are kind of obsessed with hotel goodies 🙂 – I used a drawer to save some of those sewing kits, shower caps, shoe polish, etc. Those kind of things that ‘you’ll never know when you are going to need’… and to be honest, I had room to spare! Even the top drawer says ‘First Aid’ because I found two band-aids. Two! I definitely need to stock up on first-aid essentials.
On each trip to Walt Disney World Resorts, we load up on these little soaps that smell sooo good!, but they do nothing inside the wrapper, inside a basket, inside the cabinet. I have also saved for years a couple of soaps shaped like a seashell from a trip to Cat Island, Bahamas. So, I whipped up a quick bathroom decoration with a mason jar, a beautiful silver tray that my mom gave me on Christmas, and some coral rocks we picked up when we went snorkeling in Cat Island, too.
I also found this tiny little rock and paper, that came inside the pocket of a pair of Lucky Brand jeans, and I have kept it for years. I love to have it in plain sight, very cute!
How easy and inexpensive was this bathroom cabinet organization? Really, it doesn’t take much time or effort. I think the ‘hard’ part is to start. But once you start cleaning and sorting, you gain momentum and I assure you, you won’t want to stop. Here is a last before and after comparison.
Hope you can find some time this week to clean out your bathroom’s under the sink cabinet, or any other cabinet where you store your bathroom essentials! If you enjoyed this transformation, hover over any image to pin, tweet or share on Facebook!
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Have a great week!