The Bathroom Closet Makeover (for only $7!)

Bathroom Closet MakeoverWhen you move into a new house for the first time, it can be overwhelming. Mainly, because EVERYTHING needs to be organized at once.

To keep from becoming overwhelmed, I narrowed things down to one project at a time. I divided my home into twelve parts, and assigned a part of my home to each month of the year. The idea is to get everything {kinda} organized by the end of the year. More on that method HERE.

I am working with a limited budget (and working around and over and under three, under-age-5 hooligans) so progress is slow, but as long as there’s progress, I’m happy. When the disorganization in by bedroom closet starts to annoy me, I can comfort myself by reminding myself that that’s NOVEMBER’s job. I’ll get there. Slowly, but surely.

For the month of September, I’ve assigned myself the bathrooms. Why? Because that’s where my disorganization has recently been driving me crazy. Have you ever tried to fish around in an extremely disorganized medicine cabinet at two in the morning, while holding a crying, feverish toddler? It’s not fun.

That’s why my bathroom closet, but my medicine shelf in particular, was a top priority. I love how deep and spacious this closet is, but it’s very easy to lose things in the back.

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The towels on the top shelf were always spilling over. Because I’m short, it’s difficult to pile them nicely once they get higher. We also have about two favorite towels that we use over and over, so most of them were just hogging space.

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First things, first. I emptied everything. And, um… Don’t let your baby help organize medicines. It’s not safe and they stink at categorizing. Pretty much, not a great idea. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.

IMG_8395Then, with $7 worth of Dollar Tree baskets, I sorted everything by category. In my family, we do a mix of pharmaceuticals and more natural methods, so I found it more to-the-point to sort by problem than by brand/type. Next time my kid has a fever, I’ll know exactly which basket to pull out and have all my options right in front of me.

IMG_8402For some categories, I added these little nesting baskets (also found at Dollar Tree), to help me separate things better. I separated my Infant treatments from my Child ones, our prescription meds from regular OTC ones, and used them to sort our little measuring cups, spoons, and thermometers, like so…

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Of course, what use is it to sort stuff into categories if OTHER people (ehem, husband…) can’t read your mind later? Great excuse for making labels, I say!

To make some classy labels on the cheap, I printed off my categories in a fun font and taped them to some pretty paper.

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Then I covered them with contact paper (the cheap way to laminate) to make them water proof. IMG_8409

Then I attached them to the baskets with some velcro tabs so they’re fully removable (or swappable) later on.

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Seven dollars and about an hour later, my shelf looked like this.

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And the towels like this…IMG_8419I downsized to only a few towels (about what we use each week in this bathroom anyway), and stashed the rarely used ones on that difficult-to-reach, super-high shelf. That way, they’re not clogging up our frequently-used space, but we can still get them down if we have guests or (god-forbid) the stomach flu strikes and we need a gazillion more.

Someday (maybe on next year’s circuit), I’ll slap a bright paint color on my closet walls, so it’ll be truly pinterest-worthy. It’d be an extra $12, I priced it! Not terrible, but we’re counting pennies this year and I want to use those $12 elsewhere. For now, I’m content with my $7 baskets.

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One last thing I did was attach a dosing-reference sheet on the back of the door. Children’s Tylenol is my family’s go-to thing for teething, fevers, pain, etc. (Don’t yell at me, natural-treatment peoples! It works for us!)

Anyhow, my kids are always changing their weights (probably because I keep feeding them), so dosing instructions aren’t something I feel confident memorizing.

IMG_8424I put it in a page protector and attached it with another one of those fancy-velcro-tabs. The thing I love most about page protectors is that you can use dry erase markers to write WHATEVER YOU WANT to on them (like dosing times) and wipe it off later. Love.

IMG_8426Now that I can find things when I need them, I consider this organization project a success. Here’s me taking control of my home, one closet at a time!

17 thoughts on “The Bathroom Closet Makeover (for only $7!)

  1. Tricia says:

    You’re definitely an organized person. Occasionally I think I’m organized, but you? Nope, you’re the real thing.

  2. Kaylee says:

    You’ve got some great ideas here! I recently went through and purged some of our bathroom stuff, but didn’t organize as fully as I would like. Good motivation to keep going and get it better sorted. Love the idea of posting dosages on the door. I think I forget sometimes to utilize the space I have (like the inside of a door) to keep information I need to remember but don’t want to be on display. 🙂

  3. Patty Caswell says:

    That was awesome. Love the different way to separate the items instead of brands.

  4. kanika1225 says:

    That is awesome!!! May I also suggest one thing. I bought a small plastic container with handle and I would store all the medicine s that we would normally use in it,. so, whenever we travel out of town, I just grab that one contain and it has everything that I need.

  5. Jeanine says:

    I love organizational ideas too; I have done the baskets, but hadn’t thought about the labels! Thanks 🙂

  6. Amy M says:

    Looks great! Closets can be an extra cheap paint job if you keep an eye out for clearance paints, returned custom colors, or people getting rid of a half gallon they didn’t need 🙂 it’s easier to be less picky about color for a small closer than, say, a kitchen. You have inspired me to get my monthly “zone” lists dusted off. For some reason, those are so hard for me to stay on top of!

  7. Ariel says:

    I love the dosage printable idea! I’ll definitely have to do that to my medicine cabinet. Thanks! And love smaller basket inside the bigger basket idea too!! 🙂

  8. Hey, I just did my closet thanks to your inspiration!!! It’s so much easier to find things than in the one giant box I had from our last move. And it looks pretty! Side note: I didn’t even use contact paper for the labels. Just whipped out the good ol’ packing tape and taped both sides. Trimmed off the excess to make things neater. It looks awesome. Thanks again!

  9. Katharine says:

    Hi, Kelsey! I love your blog. In fact, I have listed you as one of my favorite healthy family blogs to follow in my recent post, http://www.fitnesstranslator.com/top-healthy-family-blogs-to-follow/

  10. Ell says:

    Oh, this is excellent! I was inspired and cleaned out my bathroom this past Saturday! It’s looking great!
    PS- great idea about the towels on the top shelf! As a shortie myself (5’3) I can never reach the various things on my top shelf when I need them, but this is a great solution. When guests come in from out of town, I can climb up on my counter, but I can now avoid it on the daily! Thanks so much!

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