After assessing the space available in our bathroom linen closet and the amount of stuff on hand, I decided that shoe boxes would be a good solution. Not wanting to spend a lot of money, I headed off to the dollar store and picked some up. I even managed to NOT buy anything else while I was there (except a new wastebasket for the kids' bathroom)!
So, I came home and started sorting things out by type and putting them in the boxes. The only things that didn't go in the boxes were shampoo and conditioner - the bottles are too large. Those went under the sink in a different solution I'll show some other time. The Husband wanted to know how he was going to know what was in each box. DUH, he should know I am a label freak! I also wanted to make them a little pretty because The Husband has a bad habit of leaving the closet door hanging open and I didn't want to look at boring shoeboxes with plain labels on them.
Since I have what amounts to a craft store in my house, I just went "shopping" for things that would match the future beach-y theme of the bathroom. Here's how they turned out:
my "crafty" blog - I thought we'd concentrate on the organization here.
Depending on your amount/type of stuff, you may need more/fewer/different categories than I used, but I thought I would share the way I organized mine. I even used one box for manicure/pedicure supplies, because a) I don't really do my nails that often and b)it will keep my kids out of my expensive polish. I put everything on the top shelf of the linen closet because we wouldn't be pulling them down often - this is mostly the EXTRA stuff. Here are the categories I used:
- body wash/shower gel
- bar soap
- nails (mani/pedi that is, not hardware)
- lotion/lip balm
- facial cleanser & moisturizer
- toothpaste, etc.
- deodorant/body spray
- bandages/first aid (all of them - we have a band-aid bandit in our house)