Look at these two photos. There is a "technical" organizing error in the one on the left, can you spot it?
When you organize a space, you select solutions that work now. Some time in the future, it is likely that the solutions you selected will no longer work. The spaces in our homes are not static. They are always changing as items are added, moved, or removed. You will need to go back after a period of time to tweak/edit what you had previously organized. With good maintenance and upkeep habits, your work will be minimal (and may even be fun!).
Looking for an easy solution for storing your hair dryer and flat iron? I found this handy over-the-cabinet door basket that can hold those items, and their cords, within arms reach. Check it out! It is currently being sold here for a good price and free shipping. Be sure to check the dimensions of your cabinet door prior to ordering. One website indicated that the product measures 13.5" tall x 11" wide.
Fall is quickly approaching and if you have a garden, it's almost time to pull out those mason jars!
Here are a few ideas for using mason jars for organizing small unruly items:
-In the bathroom for cotton balls, q-tips, make up sponges, and make up brushes
-For art supplies such as crayons, pom poms, and buttons
-In the kitchen for cooking utensils on the counter
-In the pantry for pasta, rice, oatmeal, and quinoa
-In the office as a pencil holder
-For cupcake wrappers
-In the bathroom as a toothbrush holder
-In the kitchen for spices
-In the workshop for screws, nails, and nuts/bolts
-For sewing supplies like spools of thread, needles, and ribbons
-As a match holder with a piece of sand paper secured above the lid for striking
-As a keepsake holder
-In the basement for leftover paint
Ok, bathrooms may tend to be places where regular cleaning is sometimes neglected and it really shouldn't be but I really enjoy working in them. They are my favorite space to organize! The reason is that most people have the same types of things in the bathroom and things that don't fall into those regular categories are often destined for the "put elsewhere" bin or the "recycle/trash" bin. Everything that stays in the bathroom is grouped together according to type (e.g., hair care, skin care, eye care, nail care, medication, etc.). Next we determine where each category should be placed/stored (typically determined by how often used). And for the grand finale....we measure drawers and cabinets and find or buy containers that keep likes with likes and make each item as accessible as necessary.
One noteworthy tip, if you don't travel frequently I recommend putting makeup in a drawer with a drawer divider (something like the photo below). It is much more accessible than digging through a makeup bag every morning.
Happy bathroom organizing!
Elizabeth Bremer, CPO®