I finally found some towels that go with my shower curtain, so I decided to go all out and clean, organize and decorate my bathroom. It’s still not quite done, but it makes me happy every time I walk past it. Now you know what makeover means, right? Before and afters! Warning: the before pictures are a little bit scary. Also, I feel like I should get some ovaries of steel badge or something for showing off my dirty bathroom to the internet.
Messy people? Who? Us? This is, well, bad. It also happens to be the way our bathroom has looked since we moved in. I should have made this clear awhile ago, I’m a slob and a procrastinator. I’m working on both issues. Hell, part of the reason I started a blog was to force me to work on both issues. But here it is. This is me. A work in progress.
The drawers aren’t in terrible shape, but I was on a roll, so I straightened these up to.
Poorly stitched together under sink picture. Mess, mess, mess, mess, mess!
Not the worst I’ve ever seen, but there’s room for improvement.
And here’s a not quite panorama of the rest of the bathroom. Okay, done with the gross befores, lets move on to the afters.
This is my view every time I walk down the hall, not too shabby.
My sink and counter area are clean and organized. I’m still planning on hanging that basket that contains the electric razor on the wall right under the medicine cabinet, and I’d like to switch out my current containers for prettier ones, but for now I’m just happy that it’s clean and de-cluttered. Now what’s under that sink.
Like I said before, they weren’t really in terrible shape before, but I still thought I could improve them. Drawer 1: I reorganized my make up and moved my brushes to the front of the drawer so that they would be easier to access, which just reminds me of how badly I need to clean them. Oh and do you like my nail clipper collection, we’re up to 4 so far, but I haven’t organized the whole house yet. I expect to find one or two more. Drawer 2: Those plastic drawers hold hair ties, bobby pins, clips, curlers and emery boards. They were already super organized, so I didn’t touch them. I removed the washcloths from the basket they were in, because it was unnecessary and I wanted to use it for something else. That first square container hold my face stuff. Lotion, sunscreen, etc. The second one holds allergy related things: Breathe right strips, menthol inhaler, saline spray, etc. That dove bar is for washing my makeup brushes whenever I finally get around to it, and the stuff towards the back of the drawer are things that wouldn’t fit in the two square containers, more face and allergy stuff. Drawer 3: Didn’t change much. I moved the brush that I never use down with the hair heating tools that I never use. I also threw my husbands straight razor down there, because he never uses that either. So it’s pretty much just the stuff we don’t use drawer.
The under sink after is one of my favorites, because I organized the crap out of it. Pic 1: I’ve had this under sink shelf thing for awhile, and it was sitting in the utility room unused so I busted it out. Lotions and hair products up front, and if you’ll look to pic 4 (lower right) I have a basket of extras in the back. Things like extra blades for razors, face wash refill, extra contact solution, etc. The drawer pulls out and has a divider (pic 3). I’ve got icy hot patches and large band aids on one side and and assortment of things on the other. That apple cider vinegar is for my hair, it does wonders for getting hard water residue out. Pic 2 aka, the right side of the under sink area: From front to back – extra TP, feminine products, dog shampoo, lotion and ear cleaner, bathroom cleaning products, peroxide and Epsom salt.
Medicine cabinet after. Pretty self explanatory – but I’ll explain it anyway. OTC painkillers, thermometer and neosporin up top, ear cleaners, allergy and cold medicine, deodorants and a container full of eye drops in the middle. floss picks, dry mouth mouth wash, contact solution, shaving cream and his mouth wash on the bottom shelf.
I finally bit the bullet and hung up some art. It makes the room look a million times better. The only reason I hesitated in the first place is because I don’t want moisture to ruin anything, but it’s super dry here, and we always run the fan while showering, and I open the window on sunny days, so I decided to take my chances. The whale vs. squid over the toilet was a birthday present from my super talented BFF, Stacy Nguyen, and the two water colors are greeting cards that I bought at the Monterey Bay Aquarium by artist Cheryl Kampe. And don’t worry, my pictures aren’t crooked, this picture was just taken at an odd angle. Oh, and look at those towels! Aren’t they the perfect colors? Not caring too much for the seashell on the toilet, it looks kind of sad and lonely, but I’ll find it a friend or two eventually.
Here’s how the darker teal /navy/green towels look up next to the shower curtain. I’m liking it. And when you put those towels through the dryer they make the prettiest lint … seriously, I almost felt bad throwing it away. And just ignore my microfiber hair towel hanging there, unless you have frizzy and/or curly hair, in which case, go out and buy one RIGHT NOW!
Maybe I’ll do this thorough clean, organize and decorate all in one day thing with another room tomorrow, because just about every room in my house could use this kind of treatment. Bedroom next? Or maybe just the closet …
P.S. I have 1 more card to receive to complete series A of Joe Sorren’s trading cards sets, and when I receive it I have a fun (for me at least) framing project planned.