This update has been a long time coming, as our Master Bathroom is used multiple times per day, yet has really suffered some neglect. My youngest started getting in a habit of using our bathroom and many of his belongings were taking over...
OK, not a cool mom move. Majority of the mess was mine, his bathroom belongings were a minimal part of the problem.
You can read about the planning process here. I started by removing everything not affixed to the floor, and even gave the room a fresh coat of paint to tone things down a bit.
The update to the paint color made SUCH a fabulous difference. The entire room felt twice as big and so much more spa like. The next step was to address the dirty grout, a little Grout Renew made another big difference.
Although I really wanted to freshen up this space and prolong a down-the-road bathroom renovation, I didn't want to spend a fortune. I purchased two new shelf brackets, two storage boxes and two glass canisters. The rest of the changes came as a result of shopping our home and doing a major decluttering and organizing session.
Hello beautiful new-old bathroom! Such a difference a day makes!
A reader asked what I do with old decor as I switch things around, I will cover all of those details in a future post, but look at the benefit of getting creative with things you already have. The mirror was in our Master Bedroom, but I feel like it was always meant to be here. I couldn't be more smitten about the natural wood paired with the new wall color. Sure, it will drive a game of musical mirrors, but a little change is a good thing.
The previous wall shelf was so shallow, it couldn't hold most of our main bathroom items. After I purged everything down, I realized I didn't really need it at all any longer. But I did want to fill the space above the toilet with a place for greens, a candle and cotton swabs. I purchased two new gorgeous shelf brackets and for the shelf we cut down a piece of wood we already had.
I dug out a spare frame and printed one of my own photos to use as inexpensive art. The photo is of a peony in our backyard, the greens are from the same peony bush.
I did purchase two canisters from Target to use for cotton products. I had my eyes on these, but didn't want to shell out the extra cash just to have gold lids. So the ones from Target received a coat of spray paint paired with some gold Rub-n-Buff for a similar effect.
After I was able to relocate many of the bathroom items back to their proper homes, I found that I had plenty of room to put everything else back (children's items were put back in their bathroom, travel toiletries were moved to our closet pile and other random items were also put away). This time, I made sure to really assess how we use the bathroom and put things away according to our daily habits. Here is a quick tour of each cabinet and drawer.
I have been using a nail caddy for years now, and still love it. It just received a quick cleaning and a little re-arranging and it went right back where it was living. I lost the hardware for the handle somewhere along the way.
Quick tip: When displaying daily toiletries in glass faced cabinets or inside of acrylic organizers, simply remove any package labeling that may be distracting. The nail polish removal bottle now looks more decorative than it did when the giant label was showing through.
As I mentioned, I ended up purchasing two decorative storage boxes. One holds cotton pads for face washing and nail polish removal.
While the other is now the home to my hair accessories.
Previously, my hair ties (a.k.a. Loom Bands) and hair pins were spread out all over our home and a hot mess in the bottom of my makeup bag....
The small box paired with some folded cardstock for dividers, now keeps each type of hair accessory nicely divided, yet easy to take out and put away.
Our original "His" and "Hers" baskets were working out nicely, but they were short and added to the visual clutter inside of the cabinet. They both were pared down to daily necessities, and Bryan's items now live in a taller basket inside of the cabinet (so when he tosses items back inside, the mess won't be visible).
My daily supplies now live in a bin hanging on the back of our door.
I had multiple miscellaneous canisters of bath salts, which I condensed down to a single jar. I used one of the empty containers to now hold our dental floss.
Before, the drawers had organizers and held a variety of our supplies, but with little distinction between them, they all just become dumping grounds....
The drawers received a good scrub and were still showing signs of wear, so I got out some drawer liner and cut a few sheets down to size.
This time around, I assigned each drawer a specific duty. Top drawer holds all of my facial care supplies.
While the next drawer now holds extra dental care items.
And the bottom drawer still rocks as hair tool storage (placed inside of empty quart sized paint cans).
Now the only items in each vanity drawer are a single toothbrush and tube of toothpaste.
Under the sink is similar to prior days, one pull out drawer holds all of our bathroom cleaning products.
I can't get enough of these Multi-Purpose bins, they are inexpensive, easy to clean, light weight, narrow and can function for endless organizing tasks. In the past I tried to do stacking bins for cleaning supplies, but these just work so much better for daily use. One bin for cleaning products and one for dirty rags.
The other drawer holds the toiletry items that I don't use each day, but didn't want to purge because they still get used on a weekly or as-needed basis.
On the opposite side of the room, we removed the hand towel rack from the wall. It was just a clutter catcher and we are ultimately going to install a door to our closet, so we have to get use to the lack of wall storage anyway.
As you can see above, the shower was also purged down and empty bottles were recycled.
The small stool received a new coat of paint and works great for holding a towel and robe while showering. We only keep two towels per family member, so while two are being used, two clean ones are waiting in the basket on the hamper.
And that completes the Master Bathroom tour! So fresh, clean and organized and such a dramatic difference from what we have been living with. Even after taking my first shower in the space, I felt so much more relaxed than I had been previously. There is something to be said about the impact that visual clutter can have on your feelings.
Between painting the walls, updating the grout, small DIY's, completely purging and reorganizing the space, I easily invested 12 hours into this project. However, I don't regret a single second of the time spent.
To really celebrate this week's hard work, let's check out a few side-by-sides of the before and after pictures.
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