Guest Bathroom Vanity Organization

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The other day I finally tackled our guest bathroom vanity.  It had become a hot mess and needed some organization.

Organized bathroom vanity!

Here’s the hot mess before picture.  Since it’s the guest bathroom, I rarely go in there.  The only times I find myself in there is to clean or, these days, turn on the faucet to drip so our pipes don’t freeze and burst (yay, negative degree temperatures).  So needless to say, I never really cared much about the vanity organization.  Out of sight, out of mind.

guest bath vanity

But it was a small and quick organization project.  I was done in less than 15 minutes.

I dragged everything out of the cabinet, made a pile of things to keep, things to donate, and things to throw away.

I strongly believe in having a stocked guest bathroom for your guests.  A couple years ago, I wrote a post about how I stock our guest bathroom with necessities (antacids, extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, contact solution, feminine products, etc.) HERE.  I highly recommend reading it– especially if you don’t have a stocked guest bathroom.  Also, it’s a good read.

I put the things our guests will use most often in the front.  Those things would be extra toilet paper and random toiletries.  The toilet paper rolls are in a pretty fabric bin, and the random toiletries (hair spray, facial cleanser, lotion, body spray) are in a cute herringbone storage box.

under bathroom sink organization

I stored some other random items in some medium boxes.  Extra lotions and a loofah (in case a guest asks) in the top box and antibacterial hand soaps (I buy in bulk when they’re on sale for $1 at Kroger) in the bottom box.

organizing under bathroom sink

Like I said, I like having a fully stocked guest bathroom to make my guests feel more comfortable, so I also keep an extra hair dryer under the sink.  Just in case.  It’s now stored in the fabric bin that sits on top of the two storage boxes.

storing hair dryer

Only three items under the sink aren’t in some sort of container or bin– toilet bowl cleaner, blood pressure monitor, and a vanity mirror.

bathroom vanity organiztion

Looking at these photos, I should probably paint the small section of wall in the back.  But then part of me thinks no one ever opens up the door and looks long enough to see the poorly painted wall.

So, what do you think about the now organized guest bathroom vanity?  Think this is something you could tackle in your home?

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This post was brought to you by Office Depot.  As always, opinions are 100% my own.

Pantry Organization

On Wednesday, I shared my pantry makeover with you guys.  Today I’m back to show you where everything is located in our pantry.  Get excited!

organized pantry

I tried to keep like items together.  They may not be on the same shelf, but they’re near each other (see “snacks”).  I tried to put the items I use most higher on the shelves and the items I use the least on the lower shelves/floor.  I’m tall, so reaching the top shelf isn’t an issue for me.

Pantry Organization

Yes, I have an entire bin dedicated to nut butters (peanut butter and almond butter).  Trader Joe’s was out of my favorite almond butter for two months so when I recently went in, and to my surprise there were some available, I grabbed every single jar on the shelf (4 total).  Don’t hate.  A girl’s gotta have her almond butter.

The shelves are deep enough that I could line our bottles of booze along the wall and lay the wines in front.  I keep a basket of koozies for when we have friends over and they need to keep their beers frosty.  I put the basket on our kitchen island and everyone grabs a koozie.  I’m basically the beer whisperer.

I keep a crate with tailgating supplies because it makes it so much easier when we go tailgating to just grab the crate instead of trying to find everything.

Pantry Organization

I store my vases upside down (to keep the dust out of them) on the top shelf of the pantry.

The small appliances I use most often (handheld mixer, food processor, large crockpot, small crockpot) are on the second shelf from the bottom.

I kept all of the paper plates, napkins, straws, and plastic cutlery together.

Serve ware I use for special occasions is stored on the floor.

pantry organization

Remember, this is how I chose to organize our pantry because it’s how it will work best for us.  When organizing your pantry, do what will work best for you.  If something isn’t working you can always change it.

Has my snowed-in-induced pantry organization spurred anyone else to tackle theirs?

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Pantry Makeover

Thank you, Office Depot, for sponsoring today’s post!

Hey, friends!  Today I’m sharing a fun before and after makeover with you– our pantry.

Since I’ve been trapped in our house since Saturday morning (thanks to Snowpocalypse/Polar Vortex/etc.), I figured what better way to spend my time than overhauling our pantry.  Trust me, it needed it.

Let’s begin by ripping the Band Aid right off– the before picture.  I’m obviously not proud of the before picture because it’s very hoarderish.  As you’ll see, this overhaul was majorly needed.  I hated going into our pantry get something because it made me anxious, but it was a monster I created.  It’s just so easy to shut the door, well when something wasn’t in the way, and forget about the hot mess that was our walk-in pantry.

photo 6

Did that image make you feeling anxious, like how I feel after watching Hoarders?  Did you say “Oh. My. Gosh.” out loud?

I don’t blame you.

Now, let me redeem myself with the after image.

organized pantry

Isn’t she pretty?

I used Office Depot See Jane Work medium woven bins for the majority of the storage.  The bins are the perfect size for our shelves and they hold the right amount of items.  Oh, and I’m in love with the blue color.

pantry organization

I organized the pantry into sections so like items are near each other.  I’ll do a more detailed post on Friday with how I have everything organized and what is in each bin.

pantry

I also added a fun magnetic dry erase board so I can write down items we need.

pantry message board

Since we have wire shelving, I always had to lay my cookbooks down on the shelves so they wouldn’t slip through.  Then I had an aha moment– magazine files.  Genius, if I do say so myself.

cookbook organization

Now I’m determined to keep the pantry organized and clutter free.

You wouldn’t believe the giant box of items I need to donate after going through this room.  But I’m happy about that.  I feel so much better after getting rid of stuff I haven’t used in forever.

pantry organized with bins

And for fun, here’s a side-by-side before and after shot.

pantry before and after

Come back on Friday to see how I decided to organize the pantry and exactly where everything is!

Organized pantry makeover!

So, what do you think about the pantry makeover?

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This post was brought to you by Office Depot.  As always, opinions are 100% my own.

12 Organization Ideas

I don’t know about you, but the New Year always gets me hyped up to tackle organization projects.  It probably has something to do with the whole new year, new start thing.  Or maybe it’s because I have a new stockpile of gift cards from Christmas burning holes in my pockets so I’m feeling the urge to work on some house projects.

If you’re like me and feeling the organization itch, you’re in luck because I’ve rounded up 12 of my own organization ideas for you to try out in your home.

Refrigerator Organization Tips
GREAT refrigerator organization tips!

Hidden Kitchen Organizer
hidden kitchen organizer

Baking Sheet Organization
baking sheet organization

Junk Drawer Organization
junk drawer organization

Utensil Drawer Organization
kitchen utensil drawer
Spice Organization
organized spices

Spice Packet Organization
GREAT way to organize spice packets!

Organized Mani-Pedi Caddy
mani-pedi caddy

Greeting Card Organizer
greeting card organizer

Stocked and Organized Guest Bathroom Drawers
oranized guest bathroom drawers
Laundry Binder
laundry+organizer

Packing Tips & Tricks
packing tips and tricks

Happy organizing!

Quick and inexpensive organization projects!

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Spice Packet Organization

This post brought to you by Cabot.  As always, all opinions are 100% mine.

You may remember at the beginning of the year when I organized our kitchen spice cabinet.  Well, I’ve been on another kitchen organizing kick– mainly due to our kitchen cabinet makeover.  One thing I wanted to edit was my spice packet organization system.  And I’m proud to say that it only took a few bucks to make it happen.

GREAT way to organize spice packets!

First, let’s review how I initially organized the packets.  While this system was fine, it took up too much space, width-wise, in our cabinet– precious real estate.  I wanted to go with something narrower and longer so I could take advantage of the depth of the cabinet.

organized spice packets

I came across this box at Michaels one day– it even came with the bookplate.  The box was the perfect size, and I had a 40% off coupon so it was less than $5.

unfinished box

The box was pretty boring, as you could see.  So I grabbed this great Cabot colored stain (I used the color Scuba) to give it a little character.

cabot wood stain

I loved using this stain because I was able to add color to the box without having to deal with painting it– which would have taken longer.  Stain is also great because, if done correctly, you don’t see brush strokes.  Stain is very forgiving.  In case you’ve never worked with stain, you brush it on with a regular brush, and wipe off any excess stain with a rag.  As always, be sure to read the instructions on the side of the stain before starting your project.

I only did one coat, which took about 10-15 minutes to apply.  I let it dry overnight, and it was ready to go the next day.

staining wood

I love how you can still see the wood grain, but the box has a pop of color.

spice packet organization box

The box is the perfect width for spice packets.  It’s easy to flip through the packets and find the one I need.

how to organize spice packets

I like how the box is cleaner looking than my old method.  Now all of the colorful, and somewhat busy, packaging is hidden inside the box.

spice packet storage

What do you think of this organization system versus my old system?
How do you organize your spice packets?
Have you ever worked with colored stain before?

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This post brought to you by Cabot.  As always, all opinions are 100% mine.

Baking Sheet Organization

There are endless things to organize in a kitchen, right?  Well, recently I decided to tackle an area of my kitchen that was plaguing me– my baking sheet cabinet.

baking sheet organization

Now that you saw the spoiler, let’s see what I was working with before I got my organization on.

Does this look familiar?  Kind of sad, huh?  When I needed a certain sized baking sheet I’d have to wrestle with the other sheets and my silicone baking mats.  It may not sound bad but it frustrated me.  Something had to be done.

unorganized baking sheets

So I started to think of ways I could clean up this space.  And then I had my baking sheet aha moment.  An office paper sorter.  Thankfully, the one I grabbed fit perfectly.

cookie sheet organization

Tadah!  Doesn’t it look 10 times better?  I’m able to easily see and grab the baking sheet or baking rack I need.  I rolled up my baking mats and secured them with rubber bands.  I was going to add contact paper before organizing but our kitchen cabinets are currently undergoing a makeover (woot!) so I’ll wait until the makeover  is over.

how to organize baking sheets

What do you think about this organization system?  How do you organize your baking sheets?

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