There are always those projects that you postpone and procrastinate over, using every excuse in the book not to do them. Well, our master bathroom was one of them. I have been shoving things in drawers for years and years, and last week I think I hit bottom. I had accidentally dropped my enamel watch and a few links broke. I thought piece of cake, I’ll just pull out my extra links and take it to the repair shop. No problemo.
Well, it ended up being the final straw that broke my master bathroom’s back. As I was searching and searching for the links, I ended up just deciding I might as well organize the drawers. I pulled everything out of every drawer, starting with my side first. I thought I could do this in an hour or two. Yeah, no. Then I realized I just needed to do the whole bathroom, so Aaron’s side got included.
That above picture, that’s the after. Prepare yourself for what it looked like after I emptied all the drawers. See, I’m keeping it real! Here’s the countertop.
And here’s the floor.
And to give you an idea of what the drawers themselves looked like before I emptied them.
I honestly have no idea where all of this stuff came from. I don’t have much makeup, so I didn’t have many old products to throw away. I did have a ton of samples and skin care products that have been sent to me over the years. Lots of nail polishes. Greta had a friend over and she scored the nail polish jackpot that day. Lots of costume jewelry all jumbled together. And lots of headbands, clips, bobby pins, bandaids, first aid. Phew. So. Much. Stuff.
I had my trash bags ready and threw out all the expired meds, meds that didn’t have an expiration date on them but I couldn’t remember purchasing, broken hair clips and old unused blow dryers. That was one large trash bag. One trash bag went to old toiletry bags and overnight containers that I no longer used. And a third was full of empty med boxes, bottles of stuff we no longer trusted, etc.
Then I started sorting what was left into categories. I put everything nail related in one pile. Everything first aid related in another. Adult meds. Children’s meds. Hair stuff. All the shoe polish went together. All the cufflinks were in a pile. And then all the jewelry in another.
The next step was organizing where everything would go. I decided to put all the hair stuff in my deep, lower drawer. This meant brushes, blow dryer, hair spray, pony tails, flat irons, bobby pins, hair clips.
The top two drawers are the most shallow and the most used. In one side went all our first aid stuff like band aids, wraps, balms, etc. In the other went my most worn jewelry, our watches, washcloths. Aaron’s shirt stays and cuff links went into his closet near his dress shirts, brilliant I tell you. Here’s the top two drawers after cleaning them out.
My middle drawer is probably my least used drawer. In here went a container filled with everything nail related. Polishes, polish remover, file, etc. Also went my lesser used jewelry in a container of it’s own, spare deodorants, containers for floss and q-tips, and my sunglasses.
I thought I had taken a photo of Aaron’s middle drawer, but didn’t, oops. In that drawer went kids meds and adult meds along with a container with the shoe polish accessories, and a zippered pouch with his hair clippers. Aaron’s bottom drawer and under his sink is used for work clothes. He went through and trashed old and big uniforms, but those drawers stayed pretty much the same. He keeps his work clothes in the bathroom so that when he gets dressed early for work he doesn’t wake me. Best husband ever.
Where’d my makeup go? Well, I told you I don’t have much. I keep a few glosses in my purse and then everything else I put in this basket on the counter. The medicine cabinet is where I keep my moisturizers, cleansers, eye creams, sunscreens, hair products, makeup brush cleanser, deodorant and tooth brushes. Under my sink looks like a large space, but because of the pipes there isn’t much room. I use that space for spare shampoo/conditioner, my overnight toiletry bag, and a supply of Sawyer’s bar soap that we always have on hand because of his skin sensitivities, and all my, what’s the world, unmentionables? Maybe that’s not the term ha! You know tampons and pads, there I mentioned it. I also have my little ring dish next to my makeup that you can see in the bottom picture, with a little card that I recently got from Aaron that just makes me smile.
A whole lot better right? I exhaled the biggest sigh when I was done. It was like this weight was lifted and I kind of wanted to hang out in my bathroom all night. I even asked Aaron once if he wanted to chat before bed. In the bathroom. The space looks so much bigger. We got rid of random stuff we had piled in corners like a novel? A finger splint? Empty lotion bottles? I think after awhile you stop seeing that stuff and the piles. And only when they’re gone do you realize just how cluttered it must’ve been.
Happy organizing! There’s really nothing like having a place for everything. And although my house certainly is not all organized, there’s now one room we can check off. For now. Just one. But hey, that’s one more than we had a week ago.