My first challenge of the year was organizationally minded. While I want to primarily focus on diet and eating, a natural and whole-foods lifestyle admittedly takes a lot more time and preparation than one that can rely on pre-packaged or pre-made items. As any mom knows, time is something that we’re always short on. From my own personal experience, we feel way more confident and capable when things feel ordered, and for things to feel ordered, they have to be…well, organized.
So, we are organizing. And we started with the master bathroom and bedroom. As is typical of me, it’s going to take a while to get used to all the steps necessary to document these things well online. I did a live video on Instagram and walked through my bedroom and bathroom, pre-tidying. I didn’t download it. I forgot to take before pictures. I’m three days late in posting this summary.
Live and learn, yeah?
If you were (un)lucky enough to see my video, you saw that my room was pretty messy. There were random picture frames on a small bookshelf. There was a ton of art stuff piled on a night-stand-turned-paint-drawers. There was an ironing board in my bathroom that was doing what all empty surfaces do in this house…collecting an assortment of items that I didn’t have a place for or the time to put away. In general, things were haphazardly stuck in cupboards and on shelves, and it wasn’t a very pleasant place to be.
After a week(ish) of hard work, lots of reminiscing (both my husband and I went through boxes of stuff we’ve had for 10+ years!), and so.much.dust, our master bed and bath is actually at a point where every single thing has a place, is where it needs to be, and is in such a way that I can easily get to it.
I started in the bathroom. One of the issues I discussed in my video is that I don’t have any working drawers…in any bathroom in the house. I’m not sure why someone designed it this way, because drawers are amazing and helpful, but there you have it. It was particularly difficult to store makeup items and all the tiny little tubes, brushes, and compacts in a way that was convenient and accessible. Not long after posting my video, I got a message from a friend of mine, Kasey Van Egmond, who suggested I use my tall, standing jewelry box for my makeup.
It was such a perfect solution, especially since I had a ton of extra space after going through and cleaning out my jewelry. I was considering getting rid of the box because it took up so much room, but now it serves several purposes and prevented me from having to spend money on an organization system for makeup.
I’m a little bummed because the drawers are different sizes, and so they can’t be switched around, which means the earring drawers have to come between two makeup drawers, and that just irks me a bit. Ah, well. C’est la vie.
I actually have quite a bit of space under the cabinets, which is nice to know for future storage needs that may arise. Since I wanted to easily be able to grab my makeup by the mirror, I put the jewelry box next to my sink. It blocks one of the cupboard doors, so I just placed a couple things back there that I rarely use at the moment, like breastfeeding stuff. Next comes hair dryer/curling iron, some lotions and hair product, and plastic drawer storage that holds bobby pins, ponytail holders, and ribbons. The little case on top has a few bottles of lotion or perfume that I super rarely use, but can easily access if I want them.
Here we have cleaning supplies…the pink bin holds rags and microfiber cloths for wiping. Having this all right here will (hopefully) encourage me to give the counters and sinks a quick clean every night, which will go a long way in keeping things neat. There are also some bath toys, feminine products, and toilet paper.
I didn’t do much in the closet. The big giant mirror is still leaning against the door on one side, but it really doesn’t impact my day-to-day. The hanging black shoe rack houses brushes, Q-tips, nail supplies, cotton balls, and other small things like that. The bins hold extra toiletries.
I haven’t received it yet, but I plan on ordering a hanging shower caddy on Amazon (about $15) to hold shampoos and things. Like I mentioned in my video, Teddy frequently uses our shower, so I’m constantly removing the bottles so he doesn’t try to “wash” his cars in our expensive natural soaps. It will be nice to have them permanently out of reach in a place of their own. My husband figured out how to fold up the ironing board, too, so I didn’t have to get a new one!
The sticky notes are verses and lyrics I wrote out and put there because I do that kinda thing a lot even though it looks the opposite of classy. Also, you can see bottles of makeup and toothpaste over in the corner, under the medicine cabinet. Not for long! My sweet Aunt Lori offered to get me more shelves for the cabinet through her work! With it fully functional again, I will be able to store all that stuff in there in a tidy way and I am so excited about that! My husband’s black box of toiletries is still that…a black box of jumbled toiletries. I want to figure something out for that soon, but for now, it really doesn’t affect me too much, and so I didn’t stress about tackling it.
Moving on to the bedroom! It was basically just a bunch of cleaning up and reorganizing. I dusted under the bed and arranged things in such a way that I could fit more under it. I wanted to get something nice to use as a dirty-sheets basket, but I went to Goodwill and couldn’t find anything, so instead, I just washed the sheets for the picture. I’m planning to keep my eye out for something I can use in the future.
I cleaned off the small bookshelf and utilized some of the frames for art that I hung around our room. The rest I put under our bed with some more items I hope to fill with photographs/artwork soon.
This was a fun find! I wanted some little kind of trash can or bucket by my bed, and I found this tin bucket at Goodwill for $1.99. It’s actually an IKEA bucket and is $7.99 on their website. It’s missing a handle, but I don’t need one anyway. I added a burlap ribbon I found in my wrapping paper stuff and it looks cute and rustic and perfect!
I cleaned off my art drawers and gathered some things to move downstairs. The big tub of papers I tidied and put in the closet. You’ll note that the cord for the antenna is still draped across the room. Once again, doesn’t really affect my productivity, so I decided not to worry about it right now, and look for a solution in the future.
One thing I really, really wanted to beautify this space and make it a welcoming place was a way to easily pull back the curtains. I love the blackout curtains for nighttime, but having a good view of the outdoors during the day is something that makes a huge difference to my mood, and these curtains are so heavy and thick. I looked online for tiebacks and they were kind of expensive. I bought a roll of thick white ribbon ($9.99) and some hook screws ($4.97) and made them myself! I just sewed a loop in each end of the ribbon so it can be held by the hook. I love this system because when they aren’t in use, they can just hang discreetly behind the curtain. It was actually super easy. They don’t look that great up close, but since they are mostly obscured by the drapes, I don’t mind.
The closet was quite a project. I did some better stacking on the high shelf so it could accommodate more stuff. Having the floor mostly cleared is something I really appreciate. There are some things I’m storing randomly against the wall, but not too much. And with it all cleaned out, I can roll my laundry hamper in the closet, which is so cool. I went through my big box of craft stuff and rearranged it in such a way that I can easily access different items. I had a ton of loose ribbon and used old toilet paper and paper towel rolls to keep it neat.
For gift wrap supplies, I cut a hole out of an old wipe box to store my paper in. It doesn’t look very nice but it works. I used these darling cloth bags my mother-in-law brought birthday presents in for items like ribbon and bows, and party supplies.
There we have it! My organized room! Honestly, it feels so good to walk in here now. It’s tidy and neat, and everything has a place. I’m determined to keep it this way. With the open floors and cleared surfaces, things won’t get as “lost” in the chaos and will help encourage me to take care of them immediately.
How did your tidying go? What was the most relieving thing you tackled?