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BATHROOM UNDER SINK CABINET, DRAWER, AND LINEN CLOSET ORGANIZATION


Maybe even more than New Year's, I think the start of a new school year is a great opportunity to get things back in shape and organized around the house.  I've been working space by space to do just that!  For friends local to Oklahoma, did you know that our very first The Container Store in our great state just opened last week?  Woo hoo!  They were kind enough to partner with me on a project to celebrate the opening of our new store, and we decided that the kids' bathroom cabinets were long overdue some organization help (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.).


In the past I've tried to make do with storage using random containers that I already had around the house, but it made such a difference to approach this project with an organized plan!  I started by measuring the space and considering my needs (add height, work around pipes and valves etc.) before thinking about containers to use.  Then, the big purge began.  Are you ready to see the sad state of things?  This is a vulnerable post for me today, guys... you're literally seeing our mess!  This is the exact scene when I started (you don't know how hard it was for me not to move anything before I took these "before" photos!)-


I started by taking everything out of the cabinets and drawers.  I had the kids be involved in this part so they could tell me what they still used and what could go.  We ended up with two bags of trash (amazing how many bottles with just a few drops of product in them accumulate!), some things to donate, and a few things that needed to be relocated.


After we were left with only what needed to go back in, I put our new containers in place and started assigning homes for everything.

Note:  Even if you don't have a store in your area, The Container Store website is VERY good with listing full descriptions, measurements, and even videos of their products.  I actually ordered all of my products online before our store was open, so I was able to sit in my space with my computer, look through all of the products, have my measurements right there, and decide what would be best for my cabinets.  It's a totally user friendly system even when shopping completely online!

So, here's my daughter's under sink cabinet before we started.  We had pipes to work around, and the water shut off valve to the entire house is back behind that trash can, so we needed to keep that easy to access too.  


And.... after!


I used a tall, narrow Elfa sliding basket drawer on one side to hold all of her tall cans and bottles.  Love the sliding drawer so everything is easy to access and nothing gets lost in the back of the cabinet.


On the other side we used a two drawer organizer will pull out drawers. My goal was to utilize the height of the cabinet and not just have everything sitting on the bottom with lots of wasted space above.  You can see that water shut off valve at the back, which we still have easy access to and nothing is blocking it.


Moving over to my son's side, we mirrored the same storage pieces.  Before-


And after!


This clear acrylic storage caddy fit perfectly in the middle, and I love how handy it is to pull out basic cleaning supplies when needed.


Next up, the drawers!  Their top drawers are the most used, so I wanted to make sure everything had a place and was easy to put back where it goes.  Before-


And after!  I love the clear acrylic stackable drawer organizers, they come in multiple sizes and you can create the best custom configuration for your drawer size and storage needs.  And, they're simple to pull out and clean when needed.


For the lower drawers that are a bit deeper, I used the Linus Deep Pantry Bins.  They were perfect for setting apart hair tools, and the bin in the bottom drawer holds all of their travel size products, ready to grab when packing.


Did you notice the best thing in some of the photos?  EXTRA SPACE!  We still have room to add things in if needed, it's so nice not to have every inch crammed full of stuff.

I moved on to the linen cabinet in their bathroom which needed some major help as well.   Again, I started by completely emptying it out.  I promise I clean this cabinet out periodically and straighten, but with no real organization system in place it always ends up looking like this again-


After a major purge of torn, unused sheets I used large bins to separate what I was left with into categories (twin sheets, full sheets, beach towels, bath towels, etc.).

*Tip:  I was going to throw my torn, unusable linens away until a IG follower suggested donating to an animal shelter.  Great idea!  They generally need a stock of linens that can be thrown out after use or washed and re-used.  My animal-loving sister was happy to take a bag full and find a shelter that could use them.

Now everything has a home and is neatly contained!



I used some binder clips and tags I made to add labels to the bins.


We absolutely LOVE how everything turned out, and it makes me motivated to keep going with other cabinets in the rest of the house!


I was so excited about having a physical store come to town.  It's one thing to shop online, but to be able to walk through aisles and aisles of dedicated storage and organization supplies just can't be beat!  I was able to have a quick conversation with our store's New Store Trainer, Charlie Lyon, at the Pre-Opening party I attended a few days before the Grand Opening.  Here are a few things I asked him:

"Tell me a little background on the company." 
We were founded 40 years ago in Dallas, Texas.  TCS is the original storage and organization store and the OKC location is our 105th store.  We have a strong employee first culture, with low turnover which speaks volumes for the company!

"What is your top selling item?"
The Elfa System has been sold since the company began.  It's completely adjustable and the pieces are flexible according to your space needs.  As your needs change the system can change to accomodate them.  I installed Elfa systems in my daughter' closets when they were toddlers, and now they're grown adults- their Elfas have grown and changed with them!  (Elfa Systems are on rare sale through the end of the month, and in-home consultations are available for a very small fee.  Let the pros figure out the best system for you!)

"What would someone be surprised to find you sell?"
Our wonderful selection of trash cans!  We sell a wide range of trash and recycling cans that are not only functional but beautiful as well.

"What would be your favorite thing to buy as a gift for someone from TCS?"
I love our travel section.  My family always expects new travel accessories as holiday gifts.  I love to give pieces from our Eagle Creek line.

Thank you Charlie for being so gracious!  He took a good 10 minutes out of a busy store opening to stand aside and visit with me, so I appreciate his time and attention.  And actually, that was one of my top impressions after leaving the store.  Every single one of the employees was so kind, eager to help (without being annoying), and knowledgeable about the store.  What a nice shopping environment!


One of my sweet Instagram followers was also at the event and she introduced herself to me.  Come to find out she's working with our new TCS locally as one of their professional home organizers!  Since I was a novice at this organizing project and felt like I was flying a little blindly choosing what I needed to organize my space, I asked her to tell me her favorite products for using in bathroom under sink organization.  Here are the suggestions Becky made and her comments about them- (I had already ordered my products before I met Becky and am happy with what I used, but I'm looking forward to using some of these suggestions in my own bathroom one of these days!)

Like It Bricks- very sturdy and stackable, locking together so they won't move.  They come in a variety of sizes, particularly handy for working around pipes.

Magazine Holders- handy for tucking hair dryers or styling tools inside

Madesmart Turn-It Organizer- one of Becky's favorites for tall hair sprays, lotions, or even hair styling tools.

Her #1 Tip- always use plastic bins under the sink in case of a leak, they will catch the water and prevent wood from getting moldy.




Products I used in my project:














Shortly after moving in 11 1/2 years ago, we stripped the wallpaper, painted, tiled the floor (it was fully carpeted!) and changed the fixtures.  This room really has zero personality, though, and I've got a design plan ready to go!  I'm excited to get it started in the near future, and it helps tremendously to know that the cabinets are already all cleaned out, organized, and ready to go.  Now to work on making the outside as pretty as the insides!




*This post is sponsored by The Container Store.  All project ideas and words are my own.

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DIY ABSTRACT ARTWORK- COLOR SPLASH DECOR BLOG HOP


I have some super fun colorful eye candy for you today!  Jewel from Jeweled Interiors put together this "Color Splash Decor Blog Hop" that 11 color-loving bloggers are participating in.  We've all come up with a colorful home project to share with you.  I tackled a project for my Powder Bath.  I've really not changed one thing in there since finishing it 2 1/2 years ago, which is probably a record for me!


However, even when I finished the room, I knew there was one thing that was semi-temporary... the artwork.  I absolutely love the acrylic frames that I made, but the photos of my kids inside them were kind of just place holders.  It felt kinda weird to have giant pictures of my kids hanging in the Powder Bath.  So, I've always had a plan to change that but haven't known what I wanted to replace it with.  Here's a reminder of how it looked-

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I had the thought that some colorful abstract artwork would look good in that spot, but it was out of sight out of mind and that project never took priority.  This blog hop was the perfect opportunity to make a change!  Here's the artwork now-


Note:  This is the tiniest room with no natural light (meaning the hardest ever to photograph) and the acrylic frames are awful to photograph, so forgive some glare and bit of distortion from the wide angle lens required for some of the shots.  I promise the gingham pattern isn't as wacky as it looks in a few of the photos, it's all perfectly straight and even!  ;)

Metal Standoffs for Acrylic Frame  ||  Gold Spray Paint  ||  Acrylic Frame Tutorial


This project cost me nothing... it's white poster board cut to size and I used cheap acrylic paints that we already had.  


I'm by no means a painter, this doesn't take much skill.  I just kept adding colors randomly until I liked how they looked, leaving a little bit of white space here and there in between.  


With adding a second coat where needed and tweaking spots here and there, it probably took me an hour or two of painting.  After it was completely dry I popped open the frames and replaced the old photos (some photo splits help the poster board stay in place).



*Edited:  A reader asked the specific colors I used, so here you go! 
I purchased these at Walmart or Hobby Lobby.
Anita's Brand- Banana Yellow, Taffeta Pink, Shamrock, Purple, Fuchsia
Apple Barrel Brand- Purple Velvet, Bimini Blue, Admiral Blue, Spiced Carrot (I also used this one mixed with white to make a light peachy color)
Folk Art Brand- Lime Green, Light Blue


 
For an amateur effort, I'm really happy with how they turned out, and love the new pop of bold color on the gingham wall.

Blue and White Garden Stool  ||  Painted Gingham Wall Tutorial  ||  Similar Wallpaper  ||  Brass and Lucite TP Holder  ||  Similar Digital Download Abstract Art


Brass & Lucite Towel Bar  ||  Green Hand Towel  ||  Monogrammed Towel  ||  Giraffe Print  ||  Blue and White Vase Set  ||  Brass Sconces  ||  Mirror- Craigslist find painted in Krylon "Mambo Pink" 





More details for this room are in this post, including links to all of the DIY projects.










Now, click on the links below to head over and visit these other lovely ladies participating in today's tour.  I'm looking forward to seeing all of their colorful, creative projects!





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NATIONAL MAKE YOUR BED DAY


Did you know it's National Make Your Bed Day?  In looking into the background, here's a little description I found... 

"This unofficial holiday with unknown origins encourages people to make and tidy up their beds in the mornings. Studies show that inculcating the habit of making beds every morning can increase productivity during the day and can make people happier. The idea is that the organization that goes into making beds can spill over to the tasks a person does during the rest of the day. The act also gives people some time before they start their day to meditate over about what they want to achieve during the day.  A clean and made up bed also helps people sleep faster and better." (source)

Hmm... It's a pretty convincing argument to be sure to make your bed every day, right?



Camila from Effortless Style invited me to participate in a blog hop today for National Make Your Bed Day.  If you're not familiar with Camila, you simply must check out her blog.  She loves color and mixing and matching patterns just as much- maybe more!- than I do.  I've been inspired by so many of her projects, I know you'll enjoy getting to know her.

 (*This post may contain affiliate links, which means I might make a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Read my full disclosure policy here.)


Currently I'm thinking about Fall decorating and ways that I can cozy my room up for the season. The color palette easily lends itself to Spring, Summer, and even Christmas with the right pillows added in. However, Fall decor can be a little challenging in this room. Here's a reminder of how it often looks-

One way that I changed things up for Fall was by switching my regular lighter colored Euro shams to solid navy blue ones.  Crane & Canopy kindly sent their "Cloud" navy quilted shams for me to use on my bed.  They're so soft and I love the subtle pattern stitched in to add some dimension and texture.  I already had a blue quilt that the shams ended up matching perfectly, but they do carry the matching quilt as well. 


My daughter has some Crane and Canopy linens that we've used in her room for years and they really are such soft sheets and versatile duvet covers.   I've washed her duvet cover so many times (rotten cats with muddy feet that jumped on her bed!) and it comes out of the wash beautifully every time.  I'm happy to have some C&C pieces for my room now too!  I've got my eye on this linen throw and this darling pillow perfectly matches the new drapes I made in my dining room this Spring.


Adding leopard pillows immediately adds warmth, along with the dark navy Euro pillows and navy quilt folded across the foot of the bed to break up the solid white quilt.


I also draped a throw over the headboard to warm up the green a bit.  So many textiles would work to try something similar.  Mine is just a lightweight cotton throw in colors that coordinate, but there are so many colors and patterns and textures in throws now available to choose from, and vintage textiles are also a good option or even an interesting tapestry that complements your colors.

 Upholstered Headboard- DIY tutorial here, fabric here  ||  Green headboards here, here, or here  ||  Palm Fabric  ||  Cane Bench- vintage  ||  Green Glass Vase  


So, that's the little bit of updating I've done for the season.  Now, let's get on to a fun interview that Camila has prepared for today's participants...


1. Do you make your bed in the morning?


Not all the time, and that depends what you mean by "make".  Most of the time we (and it's usually my husband) straighten the sheets and pull the top quilt or blanket tight, but I don't always put all of the decorative pillows on.  But, this question is convicting me and I want to be better at fully making the bed every day... I feel so much better when I walk through my room and the bed looks pretty!




2. Love or hate a flat sheet?
I actually love a flat sheet!  I've recently heard that so many people don't use one, but I like the cool, crisp feel of one underneath my top covers/blankets.

Similar Patterned Sheets  ||  Similar White Quilt herehere, or here  ||  Drapery Fabric- Duralee "Kalah"  ||  Feather Juju Hat (mine is 30")  ||  Wall Color- Sherwin Williams "Amazing Gray"


3. What is the perfect amount of pillows for an arrangement on your bed?

We have a king size bed, so 3 Euros across the back are a must.  After that, I vary depending on what pillows I'm using at the time. It's usually 2 or 3 20-22" pillows in front of the Euros, then a lumbar pillow or two in front of those.

Decorating Tip- Euro Shams are 26" square, but buy 28" inserts for them, especially if you're using down.  They will fill them and fluff them out so much better! (28" down inserts here, down alternative here)


4. Are you a nut like me and iron your bedding or do you have another trick I need to know about? 

Most of my sheet sets are good enough for me straight out of the dryer.  However, often the hem across the top of the flat sheet gets wrinkled up in the wash and I do like to iron just that section so it lays nice and flat.


5. What's on your nightstand? Book? Beauty products? Phone? Snack?

I always have a lamp on each side of the bed.  Fresh flowers if I have some or a green potted plant if not. Always a book and my phone (it's my alarm but I put it on silent when I go to bed).  Usually a family photo.  I love the drawers in our nightstands (makeover here) and keep hand cream, face cream, tissues, and headphones in the top drawer.

Decorating Tip-  I have my lamp plugged in to a dimmer cord like this since it's on the other side of my nightstand (not easy to reach up and turn off).  When I'm ready to turn out the light I just have to slide the switch right on the edge of the nightstand where I've placed it closer to me than the lamp switch. (I know that might seem insignificant but without it I basically have to get out from under the covers and get up to turn my lamp off- not fun when I'm all warm and toasty and sleepy!)


Similar Ginger Jar  ||  Metallic Jar Candle  ||  Similar Lamp  ||  Brass Hardware  ||  Bamboo Mirrors- Vintage










Want more great bed making styling ideas? Stop by and visit the other participants on today's Make Your Bed Blog Hop!





Now, go make your bed, and be sure to give your loved ones an extra hug and kiss today!



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