Thursday, October 30, 2014

Vanity Organization Ideas

The last area where I focused my organization efforts is my vanity.  Our master bedroom has a small full bathroom inside - it has one sink (his), the laundry chute and a tub/shower.  My closet, however, is located just outside the bathroom and directly across from my vanity area.

That photo was taken shortly after we moved in... before we had blinds in the bathroom, lol.  You know what's interesting about MY vanity area?  It's not mine at all.  EVERYONE else uses it, puts their crap on it and has the nerve to complain when it's a mess.  Both the kid and man have their own sinks.  For some reason, however, the toothpaste, the Q-tips, the lotions... it all has to be kept at MY sink.  I have my own needs for the my vanity... I started wearing makeup last year, remember?  Can a girl have a girl area for makeup... Even if she doesn't know what she's doing with it?

In addition to makeup, perfume, lotions and more, I need a place to store my statement necklaces.  I was excited to find this [new with tags] jewelry stand at Goodwill:

I wanted to start wearing long necklaces more often... I also realized I had more necklaces than I cared to admit.  Having them hanging for me to see has really helped increase the likelihood that I'll wear them!  O and here's the stand as it looks at Target:

Yes, the price says $19.99.  No, I didn't pay that.  For the record, I only paid...

$2.99!! Isn't that awesome?  I was so excited but unsure if I had a place for it.  It sat in my trunk for a LONG time... like a month.  My challenge is that I want everything we have on our surfaces to be intentional. I love my jewelry chest.  It looks like a substantial piece of furniture and holds a lot of jewelry.  

The only downfall is that the tiny hooks for necklaces can't support the weight of the trendy chunky necklaces.  Hmmm... where could I put it?

I'm trying to create an oasis in our bedroom so I thought long and hard of where to place the necklace display and FINALLY decided on the vanity area.  I cleared the space and hung my chunky necklaces on my fabulous new organizer.  I love it.  I also needed to turn my attention to the other items in that area.

My problem is that I want things to be neatly put away at all times. I want to tuck all vanity supplies under a sink.  Then, I'm annoyed every night as I tuck my toothpaste, deodorant, and hair brush away.  Sure, the counter was pretty but, on the MOST days, when I'm not in the mood to clean the counter right before I climb into bed, the clutter became [another] mess.

I realized, in my attempt to keep it clean, I prevented my vanity from functioning.

No, I wasn't THAT bad but... well, this is a safe space, right?  I DID reach a point where I had to move things out of the sink to brush my teeth.  Did you just snicker?  Come on, Islanders.  Don't JUDGE me!!


I'm happy to report that I cleaned up my vanity and, while it isn't always perfect, I've found some organization tips that have worked for me.

1.  Use it?  See it.

As I already said, I have products I use everyday - brush, facial moisturizer, lotions, hair products, toothpaste and more.  I pulled the items I use on the regular and I knew I needed to find a storage solution that kept them in plain sight.  I also flipped this concept and pulled the items I wanted to use more often for the counter top.  I went through this basket under my sink and found several bottles of perfume I NEVER wore simply because I couldn't see them.  

Lastly, I have a few items that I always seem to buy because I can't find them when I need them (bobby pins, pony tail holders, Cortizone10, etc.).  I pulled that stuff out too.

Does it sound like a lot?  It was.

2.  Designate an area for back-ups.

Things you frequently need or use - like razors, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.  Create a single area for refills.  That way, you can take advantage of sales without the worry of forgetting where you put them.  I set aside an area in one of the linen closets with soaps and toothpastes BUT I also took a basket for my personal stash.

3.  Think outside the container for "box" for storage solutions.

I was so excited to re-use jars to organize under my sink.  Sauce jars make great comb/brush storage and will save you money!  I also use an old shoe box to hold items.  You can wrap them to make them pretty or simply place the box under the sink with a label on the front.  Using boxes in this manner makes stacking a breeze and helps save lots of space!

Also, think outside your typical stores for the supplies you want. I always see the cutest acrylic vanity storage containers for a discount at Ross, TJMaxx, etc.  They are always much cheaper than fancy-pants makeup stores.

 I was SO excited to find one at the thrift store for $1.90.  It now displays my makeup and it looks so cute:

My vanity is nothing serious but it works for me:)

I hope you've found some of this information useful and that you'll be motivated to work on one problem area in your home.

I'm off to finish prepping Munch's Halloween costume.  Here's a sneak peek:

It's going to be AWESOME!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thrifty Pantry Storage Ideas

It's Wednesday and I'd normally have a Wordless post but with the organization series wrapping up, I'm excited to share more information.

One of my favorite aisles in the thrift store is the glassware aisle.  I love old jars and, with a good cleaning, they helped make our pantry pretty.

All of the jars in the photo above (except the rice jar) were purchased from thrift stores.  The rice jar is a one-gallon jar I purchased from Walmart for only $5.47!

I redesigned our pantry in the old house like seven years ago... yes, before Pinterest. HAHA!  Although the pantry in our current home doesn't feel as large, I love the smart design of it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Shower Curtain Hooks Storage Ideas

Happy Tuesday, Islanders!

I'd like to close out the organization series with unique uses for everyday items.  These are items you don't have to pay a lot for.  As a matter of fact, most of them are ALWAYS found in thrift stores for cheap!  First up?  The shower curtain hooks.

Plastic rings, hooks, closed metal hooks... there really are many options to choose from.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Laundry Room Baskets

Yesterday's post started with baskets... Remember?  I wanted to purchase baskets for the stairs but decided against it because I got amazing prices on great baskets at my local thrift shops before?  Well, those fab basket finds came from The Village Thrift Store.

The batteries in our remote died and I went to our laundry room to find them... As I reached for the jar of batteries, I was annoyed by the messy state of our laundry room shelf:

It was a mess!

I don't know why there are so many lunch bags (shown in the photo above) but the pile wound up all over the floor constantly.  Talk about annoying!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thrifty Organtization

On multiple occasions I've mentioned my adoration for thrifty finds.  Sure, I splurge on items I'm certain will never be on sale... or be given to me... or be found in a thrift store.  Seriously, I do.

I don't, however, like to spend my money for items priced at the retail rate... especially when I don't have to.  So, you know I'm all in for this whole commitment to organize and stuff, right?


I saw this picture on pinterest and totally think my family can benefit from baskets along the steps for the little things I pick-up everyday.

I went looking for baskets with a similar structure and OMG!  Would you believe they're close to $20/each?! Did you hear me? For my little ol' family that means I would need no less than $60... on baskets alone?!  To think, I was considering a general basket for the 'everybody' stuff... well, that's not going to happen at that price.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Holiday Decor Organization

Good news! I've come to the conclusion my mind rebels against the "work" side of doing what I love.  I truly believe as soon as I said I'm going to blog everyday in October, my blogging stopped.  I had no desire to blog... and for no other reason than I said I would... UGH.  Well, at least I admit the problem (hence the good news), right?!

Just so you know, I have organized a little somethin' here-n-there but I just didn't WANT to blog about it; I'm certain my fingers subconsciously willed against blogging about it.  Sorry for the neglect and, not to worry, I'm kicking my own hind parts so you can cut me some slack.

If that's the good news, what's the bad news?  Well, we haven't been e-chatting nearly as often.  DUH!  O and I'm sorry.

WAIT. There's more good news?  Yes, yes there is.

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