We moved into our house almost nine months ago, which is just enough time to figure out what’s working and what isn’t.
Our bathroom linen closet is the pinnacle of what isn’t working for us. I didn’t give it a lot of thought when we moved in and haven’t since then. Until last week when I reached the point where it bothered me.
We have another small closet outside of the bathroom in the hallway where we keep medicines, extra towels and extra linens, which means I don’t have to fit any of those things in our bathroom closet. It is a narrow closet with fixed shelving (which means that the shelves can’t be moved) and has an area tucked behind the wall that doesn’t work great for getting things in and out.
I use my curlers a couple times a week, so having to get them off the top shelf and store them away up there wasn’t ideal. We reuse our towels, so to keep them straight, I use the white and my husband uses the brown. For that reason, I kept them in separate piles for easy accessibility, but that took up the entire shelf and didn’t maximize vertical space. I put my blower dryer, curling iron and hair straightener in a small bin that we had lying around, but doesn’t fit them very well. The plastic drawers hold my jewelry (which I’m considering moving to my room at some point. Thoughts?) and my daughter’s headbands sit haphazardly on top because they don’t fit in the vanity drawer with her other hair accessories. On the floor of the closet is our ‘Extra Supplies’ bin and a cleaning caddy.
Mostly, I wanted to make the items that I use often (towels, curlers, blower dryer) more easily accessible and do a better job of containing random items that were taking up more space than they needed by not having a home. I also decided that I didn’t need the cleaning supplies caddy in the bathroom because the only cleaners that I use upstairs (where this bathroom is located) is toilet bowl cleaner, a spray bottle and Norwex window cloth, and my dust mitt; and I no longer wanted to keep these items on the floor.
I sorted through everything, threw out items that I no longer use (my own headbands, broken hair ties, old shampoo and conditioner and shaving cream that hasn’t come out of the spout for years). Then I grouped like items together and went with my favorite containers to keep the items together in the closet. I also moved the extraneous cleaning supplies to my other cleaning caddy (why have 2?!) in our downstairs bathroom.
Someday, I would love it if my husband could install another shelf between the floor and the current bottom shelf, but until then, I think that this will work well. And, it only took me 25 minutes. Not bad for an afternoon’s work.