So, for a quick breakdown of the project:
Client Bio: My mom! Living alone with her hubby and furry friends. A self proclaimed "pack rat" as many in our family are. What does that mean? That my family members are the sweetest around, and they like their stuff! Luckily I got a different gene!
Budget: We ran to the dollar store quick after lunch that day, and I grabbed 6 bins and baskets totaling $6.00! Since lunch was the beginning to our day, I hadn't really had an opportunity to analyze the current storage needs, so I picked up two types of containers that are very versatile. Three small plastic lidded bins and three white wire mesh baskets. That's all I had to work with, and whatever else I could find around the homestead.
Time: Start to finish the project took approximately 5 hours.
Lesson's Learned: To take better before and after pictures. I remembered after I had already removed everything from most cupboards and cabinets to take "Before" pictures. I also took Before and After pictures from different locations in the room, and I should have taken them from the exact same spots.
What I did:
I started by emptying out years and years worth of toiletries, first aid products and linens from the linen closet and all bathroom cupboards, drawers and counter tops. I placed them together in piles in a large area and I sat right in the middle of it all, with garbage bags in tow!
I then told my mom to have a seat while I did the dirty work. I picked through the piles and had my mom answer a series of questions regarding many of the items. The most important question to ask when sorting is, When was the last time you used this? If the answer is anything over 3-6 months ago, goodbye! Other questions such as, Will you REALLY ever use this again? What purpose does this have for you? Take me through your typical morning, what items do you use daily? Which do you use less frequently?
Once we had all the essential items remaining, I grabbed a tub of disinfecting wipes and wiped down EVERYTHING getting put back.
Next, the bathroom got a good scrub down as well, all ready for the items to be placed back inside!
I started with the linen closet. The biggest achievement? Giving her a whole large empty shelf to refill in the future! (We do have a plan for it, vs letting it build up with new clutter!) The top shelf was used for health and bath objects stored in boxes, that are used less frequently, only as needed. The next shelf was devoted to folded bedding and the following solely for bath towels. The lower shelf was used for ALL the extra bathroom products, that are not as part of their daily routine. A box was used to coral all extra shampoo and hair products, another was used for hold lotions and tanning products. There is a basket for travel size toiletries that can be used for guests or to grab from when packing up for a weekend away. There is also a basket for all the toiletry replacement items that were bought as extras or backup (tubes of toothpaste, cleanser, deodorant, etc...), that they can utilize as their own little store when they run out of something. Last, but not least, a basket to house the 20+ floss dispensers that were located throughout the process!
Next I went to the bathroom (haha, to the room to organize goof!). Under the sink was a breeze. I just put a little basket under there to hold cleaning rags, sponges and gloves, right next to their cleaning products.
Next I cleaned up the counter, putting all their cologne and perfume bottles on a single tray. I rolled up some washcloths in an accessible basket, placed all soaps in a dish and leaving out only the important daily use items. Make-up drawer caddy was removed and everything was given a proper home.
Everything in each drawer was given a basket or storage bin. Each drawer had a specific purpose:
- Drawer 1: Hair Brushes, Combs and Hair Ties
- Drawer 2: Hair "Scrunchies", Headbands and Clips
- Drawer 3: Curling Irons and Hair Dryer
- Drawer 4: Makeup
- Drawer 5: Facial Cleansing Materials
- Drawer 6: Located right next to the bathroom seat, a drawer full of TP. It is what it is folks!
A Before Example:
An After Example:
And finally the medicine cabinet was completely paired down to only the daily necessities, one for him and one for her:
And that's that! A nice little Saturday afternoon and $6.00 got them a completely reorganized space, which should be easy to maintain going forward!
What they said two days later....
"Thank you Thank you! I am so happy that I feel like the Grinch when his heart grew two sized too big!"
"Thank you so much! It feels like a new house, and I am falling in love with it all over again!"