A few weekends ago, I finally said, "enough is enough" and reorganize the space under my master bath sink.
For some context, we do not have any freestanding storage in our Master bathroom and there’s only space under our his and hers sinks for storage of more commonly-used toiletries.
Anyway, I thought I would share the general approach I tend to take when tackling these organizational tasks. It's Here’s the approach I took:
Assess the Space
I identified the key reasons as to why I could not keep the space better organized:
- ME (of course I am the key culprit – owning up to it!)
- The white wire baskets you see here on the right did not really do much for me. I could not access the second and third wire shelf easily and once I put bottles in front of it, it was worse.
- I had too many lotions and potions I felt bad about throwing away.
- There were toiletries that were there to have on-hand, but because I could not always keep track of how many were mixed into the mess, I’d end up buying more only to discover that they were under something else.
So based on the above, I knew that the wire baskets had to go, that I was going to have to make some brutal decisions on the keep vs toss pile, and that I needed a clear way to see what I had left of a type of product and that these different categories of products needed to stay separate.
Based on the above and the type of space I was working with (under the sink so use top-access storage options vs. front-access), I ended up switching out the hodge podge of baskets and small boxes with my current go-to containers. You may have seen them on here before – these containers are semi-clear and their long shape allows me to reach the products closer to the front, without having to wonder what I have left in the back. Perfect!
Clear and Clean the Space
So after all that “strategizing”, it was time to get down to the actual doing. I removed all of the items and gave the inside a good cleaning. Then I replaced the shelf liner with a fun marbling handmade paper.
One of my BFFs gave me a whole set of recycled cotton papers and although I was at first hesitant about using this beautiful paper as a liner, I figured that since I access this space daily, that it would serve the purpose of making me smile just seeing that something pretty each time I open the cabinet.
Purge, Purge, Purge
I recognized a little bit of Hoarder’s Tendency happening here so I adopted an extremist attitude to not keeping the sample lotions or half-used and never-will-use-again products. I mean really, I did not need 4 bottles of the same deep red nail polish!
By the time I was done, I had 2 plastic bags of packaging, expired products and duplicated but old items to throw away and a small brown bag of brand new products to gift to colleagues and friends.
*Insert moment of zen feeling here*
Sort into Categories
The leftover products went into the following categories,
Body and Facial Products
Put Everything Back Together
I first labelled the bins and then before putting all the products in, I did a mock-arrangement with the empty bins to see what arrangement would work. For instance, I knew that I wanted to place the hair tools closer to the front since I use it every morning.
And that most of the on-hand products could be placed futher back since I did not need to access them often.
Once that was established, I put the items into the designated bins and then sat back and enjoyed the view of an organized space.What do you think? Was it a vast improvement? :o)
Right after, I felt so motivated that I purged the items on top of our sinks as well and so the entire area looked SO MUCH BETTER. Now I look forward to walking into the area versus feeling stressed about it! I am going to definitely try to allocate a few hours every other weekend to doing this around the house.