7/9/12

Taming the Master Bath Demon!

Hey, everyone!  Happy Monday to all of you!  Since I haven't shared an "organizing" post in awhile, I thought I would let you in on a chaotic little secret -- our master bath linen cupboard.  Actually, I don't think I've shared the master bath with you except in the "prior to move-in tour," so I guess this is as good a time as any.  Please keep in mind that although we've made a few changes in here, they were very small changes, & we have more on the "To Do" list for this room.  So, are you ready?  Alrighty then, let's get started.
I know, Plain-Jane & Builder-Basic, but nothing looks too chaotic, right?  Well, do you see that
cabinet reflected in the mirror?  Yes, this one.......



right here!  Still doesn't look "demonic."  I mean the doors close and everything, but wait till you see what lurks behind closed doors.

I did nothing to protect the innocent (or most aptly, the very quilty), & I'm trying not to hang my head in shame -- I can't believe I'm actually showing you this!  Just keeping it REAL as they say.

This project has been on my "TO DO" list for awhile now, so I've been gathering some baskets & containers that I had (didn't want to buy anything new) that I thought might work.

I started by emptying out the cupboard.  Would you believe this was all on one shelf?  Seriously, how many totebags do 2 people need?

Once it was all empty, I scrubbed all of the inside.  The Man painted the inside of this one & it's twin, which is located close to the guest bedroom and bath, before we actually moved in.  Then shortly after we got settled, he added hardware to every cabinet in the entire house.  We don't like the "no-hardware" look, do you?

This space is kind of difficult to organize, because the space is very deep -- 24"x24" & 16" between shelves.  They are kind of like great big boxes.  Now don't get me wrong, I'm so thankful to have this linen cabinet, because I've never  had this much storage in a bathroom before.  I just had to put my "thinkin cap" on to come up with a workable solution to get it organized.

Well, this is what I came up with.
I may have to re-think the location of the towels -- they are a little difficult for "short-stuff" here to reach.  What I decided to do on most of the other shelves, was to utilize the perimeter of each shelf & place as many things as possible into some kind of container -- with a label of course!  The 2nd shelf is for 1st aid, medications, ice bag, heating pad, & anything related to aches & pains.  I had the little mini-drawer unit & decided to use it for bandaids, neosporin, etc.

The small black crates are from Walmart's Back-to-School sale last year.  The colors were very limited, so I went with black, but 2/$1 couldn't be beat!  I really weeded out the totebag collection & made this bottom shelf for our travel needs.

The first shelf of the lower section of this cabinet is the perfect height for our "use every day" things -- deodorant, body creams, powders, etc.  I put my necessities on one side & The Man's on the other.  The space in the center seemed like the perfect spot for this little mirrored tray (have had for years) holding perfumes, cologne & a small crystal dish that holds my rings & watches that I wear most frequently.  I also found a good use for an old zippered cosmetic bag that I no longer use for traveling.

It holds all my mani-pedi paraphernalia, & is very easy to grab & take wherever.

This shelf is for all those extras that I either buy at Costco or when there is a good sale.  In the center area, I grabbed a little silver tray that I had,  & filled a pretty bottle with mouthwash & added a small glass -- just because it's a storage area behind closed doors, doesn't mean it can't be prettied up a bit!

Well, as long as I've made myself this vulnerable by sharing our personal hygiene with ya'll, I might as well give you a little look around the rest of this room. 

This is the largest bathroom we've ever had, & our first time to have double sinks!  I know, so deprived aren't we....lol!

Besides adding the hardware, The Man also changed out the light fixture.

Yes, we had these horrible builder-basic, no one looks good in this light, kind of fixture.

I don't know about ya'll, but I love lamp light.  

I've had this little stained glass lamp for years, & it has been re-located countless times.

Right now it's happily at home here on the vanity.

This is another first for us -- the separate tub and shower.  I love the tub & try to put it to good use as often as possible!

Well, I hope no one has gone blind looking at such a private space, but at least I didn't take you into the....ahem...... toilet room.  Well, not yet anyway.....lol!  So anyway, thanks so much for stopping by, & hope you will come again soon.

I'm happily linking to these parties this week:
Toni at A Bowl Full of Lemons for Home-Organization-101-Week-7-Linen Closet
Cheri at  It's So Very Cheri for Party Time
Toni at A Bowl Full of Lemons for One Project at a Time
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays 
Heather & Vanessa  At The Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday





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