I was feeling a little extra OCD the other day as I browsed the aisles of my local dollar store. I stumbled upon a great selection of organizing stuff – tubs, little bins, etc. Lots of the containers were in teal, and since I have been wanting to incorporate teal as an accent color in the upstairs bathroom… I bought about $20 worth of organizing supplies and went to town!
Ok, ok. I cheated a little bit. I bought one item from Michaels – a large basket on sale for $10. But everything else came from the dollar store. I swear.
I filled the basket with extra towels (while simultaneously freeing up a TON of space in our bathroom closet). Win! I also threw my bubble bath supplies in a little dollar store tote to keep the bottles from getting lost in the sea of towels I had created.
Prepare for a gratuitous cute dog picture in 3… 2… 1…
Please, someone, explain to me why he was indifferent to all of the organizing. But as soon as the camera came out, he was right under foot.
OK, on with the organizing…
Next, I tackled the bathroom closet with various bins and baskets.
Items like sheets and hand towels went in these cute teal baskets. Of course, everything was given a label and the labels attached with a ribbon.
Bigger items like bath and beach towels were neatly folded and stacked on the shelf, with the label attached directly to the shelf with more ribbon.
I found labels here, from Worldlabel.com. They have a pretty great selection of free downloadable labels.
Cleaning supplies, ironing, and dog bath supplies went in separate tubs, all labeled, of course.
Next, I emptied my chaotic make-up drawer, with the hope of restoring order.
The dollar store had these great teal and white drawer organizers – Perfect! Everything now has a place: lip gloss, hair clips and ties, eye shadow, little tubes of moisturizer and lotions.
I used a bit of tape on the bottom of each container to keep my drawer organizers from sliding all over when I open and close the drawer.
Last step: under my bathroom sink.
I started with a little caddy for all of the items I use at least daily: toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss, hair product & brush, Claritin, face wash, cotton balls.
Next, I tackled all of the other “crap” that I use, just not as often.
Three little stacking containers went on the right side of the cabinet. Here’s a break-down of what each contains. Top: tall bottles of lotion, nail polish remover, mouth wash, perfume. Middle: nail polish, files, clippers. Bottom: “extras” – razors, cotton balls, etc. I hid my travel toiletry and makeup bags behind these three containers.
On the left side of the cabinet, I put another stacking container filled with headbands and lesser-used little bottles of hair product. I also placed a basket filled with all of my travel-sized products behind this stacking container. I know, I accumulate a ridiculous amount of little bottles. Thank-you Birchbox! Then I placed my “everyday” caddy on top of this stacking container.
That’s what everything looks like, all put together under my sink.
“What about J?” you may ask. “Doesn’t he get any bathroom space?” The answer is yes. He has a drawer. I didn’t even bother to tackle it. I wasn’t feeling quite that ambitious. Also, we use the space under his sink for storing extra tp, paper towels, and tissues.
That’s it! Thanks for taking this dollar store bathroom organizing tour with me. I am so glad I stumbled upon these great, and inexpensive, organizers. To sum it all up…
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UPDATE: I got really tired of moving around tons of bottles whenever it was time to clean the tub. Plus, when I got really huge (preggers with twins and all), it was impossible for me to scrub the tub. J had to do the honors, and I got tired of him putting all the bottles back in the wrong spot. So… I made a trip back to the dollar store for two hanging shower caddies. I bought two 3M hooks at Target – don’t buy hooks at the dollar store, you will be greatly disappointed.
I was a bit concerned about the hooks sticking to the shower wall, with the moisture and all. But, after several weeks of use, the hooks hadn’t budged a bit.
On the far right of the picture, you will notice a dish scrubber brush filled with blue liquid. If you spend any time on Pinterest, you will recognize this at the miracle bath/shower cleaner mixture of dawn dish soap and vinegar. Just use the dish scrubber to wipe down the shower walls and tub while you’re in the shower.
What a great idea, right? Well, sort of. When I first poured the vinegar into the scrubber handle, it all poured right out through the sponge. Major disappointment. So just make sure to store the scrubber with the handle down and you should be fine.
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