My deepest secret is this: I love a good, old-fashioned daily routine. I like waking up at the same time everyday, eating the same breakfast, getting in a good workout, and then starting my work at the same time.
I think most people I know could be shocked by this (maybe it's just wishful thinking). But the truth is, when there are dishes in the sink, shoes scattered across the floor, and my husband's clothes in a pile on the side of the bed… I find it almost impossible to start my day, let alone be creative. It clouds the mind!
And don't get me wrong, I experience a lack of motivation like any normal person. I can ignore a mess for weeks, even months on end.
For example: it took me nine months to unpack every box when we moved into our apartment. We referred to the living room as the "Room of Requirement" for almost a year. But when I'm truly honest with myself, I know that I'm happiest and live my best days when I'm in a clean and organized environment. So if you're like me and need a little step in the right direction? Let me help! Starting with… the bathroom.
My husband and I live in an older apartment. It was originally a house that was converted into five units. With the changes came some odd layout choices. For us, it's a single bathroom that can only be accessed through the bedroom. So when guests come over, they have to go through the bedroom to get there. Talk about motivation to keep our bedroom clean (trust me, we don't). The reality is, the bathroom is a high traffic area, where me, my husband, and even our cat, get ready for the day. With showers, teeth maintenance, and making poops, there's a lot to do in there! And with only one sink and a small cabinet underneath to store stuff, I knew keeping it clean was going to be a challenge.
Lucky for us, while we were planning our move, a friend of ours was also moving across the country and selling a lot of her furniture. One item she was eager to pitch was a plain-jane Ikea cabinet with some shelves (most similar). I didn't have a use for it at the time but since we had NO furniture, I assumed I'd figure it out eventually. And boy, did I… With hardly any space in an already small bathroom, this cabinet provided exactly what we needed for storage.
I mod-podged a fun fabric to the front (it was so boring without it) and then went to work on the inside. We actually had to carve an outlet-size hole in the back since the outlet was inconveniently placed where we wanted the cabinet to go. It ended up being perfect because now, we plug everything in through the cabinet, which means no hairdryers or curling irons left on the counter or sneaking under the sink to make-out with the plunger (those naughty hair appliances)!
Then, while on a trip to the office supply store for business-related things, I came across these mini-organizer drawers that quite literally had me lightbulbing all the way to the cashier. With the idea forming quickly in my brain, I grabbed a bag of simple label tags and I was on my way home.
With everything stripped from inside the cabinet, I went to work reorganizing. First with my my makeup, putting them in drawers at eye level, since they'd be the ones I used most. Categorizing by Foundation, Brushes/Blush, Eyes, and Lips. Then, I moved onto drawers for Hair, Lotions, Bandaids, Nail Polish, Razors… The lists go on and on. It's shocking the number of things we use in the bathroom!
And if you're like me, there have been far too many occasions when you were sure you had something and searched every crevice of your stupid bathroom only to come up short, forcing you to walk down to the corner Walgreens, only to forget what you had gone there for in the first place! UGH! That was so me. But now? With handy drawers with perfect little labels hot glued to the front, I wonder how I ever functioned before!
I loved them so much, I went back to Office Max and got two more sets, as well as multiple short "baskets" that have magnets on the back, which I hot glued to the inside of the door, for even MORE storage (medicines, hairspray, "party hats," ALL THE THINGS)!
It really didn't take that long or require a lot of thought. And the end result is a way more manageable sense of living–at least for someone like me! Hopefully, some of you can relate. Please, don't let leave me alone in my need-for-clean-in-order-to-function way of life! I know you're out there!
And that, my friends, is the long-winded story of our super organized bathroom cabinet! Next mission? The bedroom closet… Oh, how she taunts me.