Monday, June 24, 2013

Making the Most of Under Your Bathroom Sink

I hope y'all had a wonderful weekend!  Ours ended up pretty busy with a pool party, a date-night, a BBQ with friends and a week-late Father's Day celebration that included brunch in Seattle and a trip up the Space Needle.  Hard to believe I have lived in this town for 30+ years and had never been up in the Space Needle before.   About time!

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!

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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? 

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8 comments:

  1. This is aweseome! This is on my project list for this summer so thanks so much for sharing this inspiration. I appreciate you letting me know where you bought the drawers which is half the battle. I am not great at measuring, but I am going to give it a go without enlisting my hubbie so I can suprise him with an organized area under his sink since his is the one really out of control. It is partly my stuff so I am going to help make it better. Of course, I love your cute labels but I am worried that is too "techie" or crafty for me so will probably just use sharpie.

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    1. Can't wait to hear about your completed project, Jenelle! If you decide to do a wall-mounted rack on your cabinet door, make sure to measure the depth of your cabinet so that you can still close the door with the rack and drawers in place. And if you don't want to screw anything into the cabinet door, you can also find one that hangs over the door instead. (http://www.amazon.com/InterDesign-Axis-Over-Cabinet-Basket/dp/B0014RG4RG/ref=sr_1_30?ie=UTF8&qid=1372133269&sr=8-30&keywords=over+the+door+bathroom+organizer)

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  2. Great ideas for a signed box. I have to use this idea in my bathroom, as always there is no place in it for various trinkets

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  3. This is Awesome!!! Thanks so much for these wonderful ideas. I will be making use of this.

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  4. Hi,

    This is such a nice blog and It is really helpful for me, But i am looking for the kitchen cabinets
    related post,So please suggest and share if you have.

    Thanks

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    1. Hi there! Here is a link to my kitchen cabinet post that shows how we use pretend pull-out drawers: http://www.everyday-organizing.com/2013/06/an-organized-kitchen-pretend-pull-outs.html. And here is another link to how we organize our kitchen drawers: http://www.everyday-organizing.com/2013/06/an-organized-kitchen-designer-drawers.html. Hope this helps!

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  5. Absolutely love your under-the-sink storage! I have been looking for products to more effectively use the space and I will use yours as the model. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for the kind note! I am glad you are inspired by this idea -- I hope it works for you in your space!

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