This day has been awesome so far! I am off work today so I dropped Faith off at school and met a friend for coffee. We talked for THREE HOURS and it was great to catch up! I came home and worked to get this post done, and this afternoon I have a live video chat set up to get some faith-based business coaching from a friend of the friend I had coffee with. I can’t wait and I’m excited to see what she has to say! Nevermind that I had a cup of coffee at home early this morning, a grande Starbucks Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiatto with my friend…and am working on a Venti that we grabbed on the way out! Productivity here I come! 😉
Oh my gosh it seems like forever since I’ve done an organizing post but this project was fast and easy and done back over Christmas break, so it’s long overdue to share (as many things have been lately)! And side note: It feels awesome to be sharing organizing again.
As I shared in this post here, one of the things I managed to get done over Christmas break was to come up with new dividers for our bathroom vanity drawers. I had made DIY drawer dividers out of boxes covered in shelf liner, and while they served their purpose, they were getting gunky (as things in a bathroom drawer tend to do) and were showing wear…because, let’s fact it…they were boxes covered in shelf liner. And while this nearly free option was a very viable one, and they can be wiped down, I was ready for something sturdier and totally washable.
I wound up going with clear acrylic organizers from The Container Store. They are sturdy and washable (check, check), fit the height and length of the drawer well (check), and I like that I can see the shelf liner underneath (which I left from before so I saved a step…check!). They’re also stackable and should I decide to go another route in the bathroom down the road, they can be reused somewhere else!
The top drawer is where we keep toothpaste, my contacts, and basically the shorter stuff. Currently we’re using three kinds of toothpaste among three family members, so even with dividers it’s kind of ridiculous. But I haven’t gotten the hubby to go natural yet, and my daughter is picky about toothpaste so I do the best I can. She uses Tom’s fluoride-free toothpaste, and I use Young Living’s Thieves Aromabright. I hope to eventually get us all on one!
Brad’s toothpaste fits in the leftover space that the dividers don’t fill. Same with Faith’s earplugs. The other two dividers are where I keep my Primal Pit Paste (natural deodorant) and a small bottle of contact solution (I use daily disposable contacts so I rarely need solution), and then my contacts.
The bottom drawer is deeper so to maximize the storage space I wanted to go vertical and had to find another option besides the acrylic drawer dividers. I thought outside the box a little (literally) and ordered these clear acrylic Amac boxes (they actually have lids) in various sizes. I removed the lids and have them saved for later (pretty sure they’ll come in handy for another organizing project!). Combs and brushes lay to one side, and the boxes keep the other contents corralled. One box holds my glasses, my DIY dry shampoo and other small hair product bottles. There are two other boxes of the same size, one for q-tips and one for cotton rounds.
We now have two small, personal trimmers (nose and such) in a smaller box. To keep it from tipping over and moving around the drawer, I attached it to the side of one of the larger boxes with those raised adhesive dots that are meant for scrapbooking and paper crafts. (I’m disappointed to say that they’re not quite strong enough so I need a plan B, but maybe the idea will get your creative juices flowing if you need a similar situation.) There is one more remaining space where I stand up deodorant sticks (my husband’s and my Young Living one).
I had to get a bit creative with space planning since the acrylic organizers don’t perfectly fill out the drawer, but every space is utilized and the dividers do their job!