I like for things to be organized. It makes me feel good, and it calms some vaguely panicky nerve in the back of my mind that whispers, "something is unsettled." Clearly abnormal, I know. However, for the last few months, every closet in our house has been is a state of unsettled disarray. I finally got around to tackling the bathroom/linen closet. (Pantry, you are next!)
I can't believe that I am showing the messy contents of my closet, but, you have to see the "before" to get the big picture. Since I have organizational inclinations, I own things like fabric bins. I also have some genetic impulse to save things that I don't necessarily need, like old shoe boxes and college-era shower caddies. So, a fairly cobbled-together organizational system that isn't really working. I especially like that the shoe box holding our meds is sitting askew on top of toothpaste and contact lenses. Nice.
First, I pulled everything out. Here, you really get the full effect. Lots of stuff. In random collections. Although I love having the closet where it is, it can be a bit annoying because it is both deep and narrow. I got the idea for using a pocket shoe organizer from a YouTube channel called HomeOrganizing. The woman in the video uses hers on the back of a bifold door, but, of course, it works just as well on a regular door. The only problem I had with mine is that it was wider than the door, so I had to fold one column of pockets back. It is still functional, it just doesn't look as nice as it would on a wider door.
I sorted everything into various categories by row and then by pocket. So now, I have a pocket that just holds headache meds; one pocket just for sunscreen; etc. I would like to find a way to label the pockets, but I haven't quite figured that out yet. The two fabric bins went back on the shelf: the larger one has oversized items, like the packages of cotton balls and cotton swabs. The smaller bin contains beauty products that I consider "seasonal"--I'm not wearing bright pink nail polish in winter, so there is no point in keeping it with my regular makeup. Overall, I really like the outcome. Now, our sheets are on a shelf all by themselves (by the way, placing your folded set of sheets into one of the pillowcases keeps everything neat and together). I can access everything and know exactly where it is.
Here is a little bonus shot of my vanity drawer. It is really shallow, but it works for this type of stuff. The white bins came from Wal-Mart and the clear ones came from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
So, it seems a bit strange to be showing off my closets and drawers, but I thought the shoe organizer was a really useful tip, so I wanted to pass it along. Anyone have any special tricks for organizing bathroom items?