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Aug

13th

bathroom closet organization

 

I don’t have any earth-shattering, crazy-beautiful things to share with you in today’s At Home post. My goal is not – and never has been – to portray supposed “perfection.” I’m a working wife + mom with plenty of messes + mistakes. Just like everyone else, I have things that just aren’t smooth-sailing in my life and at the same time, I have things that just work well for us. And I’m happy to share some of those things that work well, in case they somehow inspire someone else.

That said, we’re stepping into my little bathroom closet today. Weird, right? Well, this is just a piece of our home that I decided to focus on lately and I figured I would share with you what I’ve done. This is a small makeover … not a big deal. Honestly took me an hour and that’s it. Here’s the deal: this little bathroom is by our garage door and is also close to our family room. It’s tiny, but also the most used bathroom in the house because of its convenient location. I don’t love that there’s a closet in there. Kind of strange design, if you ask me. But it is what it is and we have utilized the space in a way that makes the most sense for our needs and functionality.

PS – A note about the orange. I love orange. It makes me happy. A few years ago when we did a little re-decorating in our home and splashed in a LOT more color, we decided that this little space would be orange. Fun idea. But I have to say … it casts a very unflattering tone (you can tell with these photos) and makes skin tones look weird, like when you look in the mirror. So I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.   ; )

Okay – let’s talk about function. These are a few “before” pictures. You can see we had these little drawers (at least they were labeled!) with jewelry + play makeup that Claire reaches for once in a while. Sunglasses, nail clippers, bandaids, tea lights, toothbrushes, socks, hair accessories … you name it. Plenty of stuff that we put in there because it made sense for various reasons. On the other side of the closet — cleaning supplies.

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ABOVE: BEFORE PICTURES

BELOW: AFTER PICTURES

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See what I mean? Not a major overhaul. I just wanted to have a cleaner, more organized look in this closet that is seen all. the. time. The closet doors are left open all. the. time. Like I said, as much as I would prefer this little high-traffic bathroom to not have a closet, it does. So my approach was to have the SAME basket throughout the entire closet – left and right, top to bottom. I picked up the black plastic baskets at Target. Sturdy. Functional. Inexpensive.

Then I used some 4×6 Title Cards from the Jade Edition of Project Life – Core Kit. That’s how I labeled each basket of its contents. Just taped them right to the front with sturdy packing tape (rolled a piece on the back of each card). Simple and done. And kind of cute, actually.

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Yes, of course, there’s even a basket for toilet paper. Obviously.  ; )

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Let’s talk about the kids’ baskets. They each have one in the bathroom closet. Keep in mind what I mentioned earlier – that this bathroom is near the garage door where we go in & out several times a day. And we don’t have a mud room. So it makes sense that we keep their socks and bathing suits (we swim a lot in Arizona) right there and easily accessible.

Same with hair styling products, toothbrushes, and other things that help with their last-minute getting ready routine before they leave the house.

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All of the cleaning supplies stay on the other side of the closet, now labeled a little better, and everything just looks a little nicer with the uniform baskets.

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That’s it. Nothing complicated. Nothing fancy. Just a simple update in a little closet.  ; )


 

This post is part of a weekly blog series called At Home with Becky. Each Wednesday, I share a little something from home – routines, organization, traditions, decor, etc. If you are interested in seeing all of these posts in one place, just click on that turquoise button at the top of my blog that says At Home with Becky. Coming up next, I have a fun twist to our weekly series called At Home with Becky’s Friends. Can’t wait to share inspiration from others! Keep tuning in on Wednesdays to see. 

COMMENTS

13 Responses

  1. heidig says:

    Love it!

  2. Gina says:

    Thanks Becky – it looks great. You know why this is helpful? Because we all deal with this stuff and it’s so nice that you share that you deal with it too. I love organization but have such a hard time “finishing” the project. I struggle with picking the exact right item – i.e. in this case the black baskets. I am going to learn from this that instead of just trying to use what I have, sometimes I need to just go buy something uniform and I will be so much happier with the result!

    • Lisa says:

      I’m glad I’m not alone, Gina – I do the same thing! I try to get by with whatever hodgepodge I have on hand, and you’re right – I never love the result, and end up being less inspired to do another project because the last one was so unsatisfying. Uniformity (in a closet anyway) = happy!

  3. Monica says:

    Makes perfect sense to me! :)

  4. Betsy says:

    I love the idea of all the baskets being uniform, not just a bunch of containers. Gives me ideas for my pantry!!
    Unless of course you are going to show us YOUR pantry all organized.

  5. Laura L says:

    Thanks for sharing.
    I must admit, I do like the after better – even though the before was not bad.
    Where did you get the baskets?

  6. Love the after look of your closet. and I love that you labeled each basket using a card from the Jade Core kit. I use white wicker baskets in my bathroom closet. I love being organized and do the best I can thinking of ways to be organized and having it look as good as possible. Thank you for sharing your idea. :)

    Mary from NH

  7. Leslie S. says:

    That looks perfect. I need to do that in our hall closet.

  8. Laura L says:

    Oops, re-read and see it was mentioned were the baskets came from. But did want to add a PS that I loved the PL cards for labels!

  9. Susanne says:

    So nice! Like it!

  10. EllenO says:

    What a great and practical idea that looks good too! I love that this is something I can replicate at home and not spend a ton of money on. The chaos is contained in the uniform containers and pops of colorful PL cards. Thanks, Becky, for always keeping it realistic for “Real” Life! YOU ROCK!

  11. Susan Weber says:

    I’ve been organizing too and I find that the right container makes a huge difference – the way your using all the same containers – looks 100% better. And that must make you happy every time you open it.

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