Now that our bathroom drawers are all spruced up after the first 30 Minutes or Less challenge, I thought it would be helpful to talk about organizing under the bathroom sink. This is a tough space to deal with because it typically consists of a tall empty cabinet with a clunky pipe running through it. And since it is also usually the largest storage area in a bathroom, you really want to maximize its full potential. A while back, I came across this picture from Alejandra.tv of a perfectly organized under-the-bathroom-sink cabinet and it got all my type-A organizing juices flowing!
If you aren't familiar with Alejandra, she is a mega-organizer who makes videos of her organizing tips and shares them with the world. I went slightly gaga when I saw this photo because I knew it was the key to my under-the-sink disaster zone.
I did this project before I started the blog so unfortunately I don't have any before photos; you'll just have to trust me that it was a total mess. And I know you might not want to believe me because I write an organizing blog, but the truth is, there are a lot of spaces in my house that are in complete chaos and I just do my best to hide them behind closed doors. Anyway, this was one of those spaces.
The thing I loved the most about Alejandra's cubby system was the way she was able to take advantage of the vertical space and work around the intrusive J-pipe. I had a vision for the potential of my own under-the-sink cabinet and began my search for the perfect storage system.
(Sorry for the poor lighting. It's hard to get a nice natural light in a bathroom cabinet!)
I knew I wanted drawers instead of cubbies for a couple reasons. First, my cabinet isn't as tall as the one in the inspiration photo and I figured drawers would stack together more compactly. Second, I wanted the ability to pull the drawer out and put it on the counter if I wanted to sort through it. I searched high and low for a good stacking drawer unit and ended up finding some Sterilite drawers at Fred Meyer. They were a bit pricey for me, but since then I have noticed that sometimes they go on sale for buy one, get one free or buy two, get one free. (Sadly, I discovered this after buying them so I paid full price -- wa-wah!)
I had to measure and re-measure the cabinet several times before making my purchase to figure out the right combination of small and large drawers. I then grouped everything into categories that would fit into the drawers. My categories are: shaving & waxing (oh the things you disclose when you choose to start a blog...), dental, lotions, soap, q-tips/cotton balls/Kleenex (travel sized), and travel.
And, of course, I also made some snazzy labels so that it is easy to find what we are looking for.
I took another cue from Alejandra and ordered a wall-mounted rack to hang on the inside of the cabinet door to hold lotions.
With the storage drawers and the wall-rack in place, I was able to organize everything that had been strewn across the cabinet floor plus I was able to move a bunch of stuff from our miniscule linen closet to this area as well. Bonus!
Thank you Alejandra for the wonderful inspiration! What has inspired you lately?