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Friday, February 3, 2012

$20 Worth of Pure Magic

The guest bathroom is really small and really builder basic.  There is no storage in here at all and no room for any except what's under the sink, and it is just a big open mess.



Even I didn't know it was such a disaster until I took a peek, Boy is this called keeping it real or what.  I don't think I have even looked under here for months and months.  This all got stirred up really bad.


I guess I should use this bathroom once in a while and I would know what a mess it is.  Unreal.

After the shock of this, I remembered my son buying a couple of storage drawers for his travel trailer while he was here.  I measured and set off to Walmart to see if they still had any.  Now when he was here they had them in clear, blue and gray.  All they had today was blue.  For $9.97 each, even if blue isn't my color scheme, it is perfect storage and room for everything.  Pure Magic how it cleaned up such a mess.


Now I have the travel size toothpaste, mouthwash, soaps, new toothbrushes, combs and all the little things that a guest might need in the top drawer on the left.  The top drawer on the right holds Q-tips, cotton balls, razors, bandaids and that sort of thing.  The other drawers hold different shampoos, conditioners, bath wash, pocket kleenex, toilet paper and some extra wash clothes.  (I have a towel bar on the back of the door that holds extra towels)  The tall bottles of Alcohol and Hydrogen Peroxide fit right in the middle.   Anyway, so much better.  Wow I can't believe I let it become such a mess.  Poor guests, if they needed anything, it would have been impossible to find.  I hope no one ever opened the doors.

Yes, I would have loved to have them either clear or gray plastic, you know how we picky kind are, but I am thrilled with the storage and the organization.

So does your bathroom need a little bit of organizing?



52 comments:

  1. Ha, I've used similar containers to tame my hall closet, but it never occurred to me to use them under the sink. Simple and Brilliant! Janell

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  2. That's such a great idea, Marty to put them under the sink!! I have never thought of that! It looks so much better I am going to do that!! :) I usually try to organize with baskets.

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  3. It looks fantastic, Marty, and it is such a good feeling to know where everything is!

    XO,
    Jane

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  4. They fit perfectly, looks great! Being organized is such a great feeling.

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  5. Looks great. I just bought some baskets to organize my under the sink cabinet. I am wondering if mine are too small to hold everything! xo

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  6. I need to do this in the worst way! Looks great Marty!

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  7. They are perfect Marty! I know it feels so wonderful to get that space organized!

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  8. I use the same organizers under my master bathroom vanity. They are wonderful!! My powder room has a pedestal sink..talk about NO storage!! great job!

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  9. great solution for under that cab Marty.. I also need a couple of those.

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  10. Oh Mary, I love how you're tiding up yourself so beautifully. Great idea for under the cabinets, I need a couple that would do just that on MY OWN bathroom cabinets, lol. Happy weekend.
    FABBY

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  11. I am afraid that the cabinets under all my sinks are probably worse than yours. I really have to fix this situation. Your $20 fix looks so much better. I have started following you via the new Linky Followers and hope you have a chance to stop by and perhaps become a follower on mine as well. Have a nice day.

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  12. Looks great! I would have never thought of using those containers to organize everything....very clever! Have a great weekend :o)
    ~Des

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  13. What a huge difference Marty! Funny how things hit us all at once and it is like why did I never notice before? Great job and I am glad to see a bit of a mess in your home, because it always looks perfect!!!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  14. Marty....
    *Builder Basic*..I love that term, hadn't heard that one before, it kinda cracks me up. It just says it all! You did great with your organization, it is amazing how we let time go by without checking on not so secret places.
    The blue will do! Hey, I'm a poet. lol
    Have a fantastic weekend...
    xoso Sandy

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  15. Way to go, Marty!!! That really is an improvement. I need to get some of those,for sure!

    Have a great day. Hugs, Maki of Maki's Little Red House.blogspot.com

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  16. Well, you certainly straightened that up! Looks neat as a pin. Seems like a lot of us are organizing our cabinets and closets these days. I'm working on mine!

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  17. Love it, Marty. Yes, one of our bathrooms could sure use a bit of organizing and I love decluttering. With me, you have to glue things down or I'll throw it all away. ;)
    Stopped by to let you know about Linky follow but see you have it already. Following now, hope you follow too.
    Much love!!

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  18. Love the "after." Organizing gives me a thrill.

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  19. It always feels so good to have things tidied up doesn't it? If you don't like the color of you storage bins a fix is as close as a can of spray paint. Just choose one tht is for plastic and you can have about any color you choose.

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  20. I'm not that organized, but I need to be.
    I just followed you on the new Linky...Please follow back so we can stay connected. Thanks, Lori

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  21. What a GREAT idea. I am going to have to do the same -- my bathroom is the only one in this little, old house and the vanity is very small -- this idea will make things tidier for sure :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  22. Way to go, you just whipped that mess right into shape didn't you? Thanks for the reminder to look under that cabinet once in a while, yikes i just looked under mine!

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  23. Hi Marty! Oh, you did good! I use these these under my sink in the bathroom and just love all they hold! Yours looks so neat! Now don't you feel so proud? :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  24. Good timing for this post. Yes - I have one that needs organizing bad.It is on my to do list. :D Great idea about the drawers - thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  25. OH yes Marty our master bath cabinets and linen closet is in need of some organizing!! I worked on the others a few weeks ago and it put's a smile on my face every time I open the doors. Yours looks great, those are great storage containers! Such a pretty bathroom!

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  26. Doesn't it feel so good to organize? Looks great!

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  27. Yes my cabinet is the same. No drawers. I use dollar store baskets to try to keep some organization.
    Drop by I'm having a giveaway.

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  28. Great job Marty! Now that you are finished with that project, do you want to come organize my bathroom?

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  29. I love this! especially when it doesn't cost much for such dramatic change? love it!

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  30. I need to learn your organization skills! This looks amazing and what a wonderful idea to stack them! I'm so bad in keeping things organized! I'm following you now through linky follower, and would love to have you follow me back. Have a great weekend!Hugs~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  31. Very well done. Bathrooms are hard to set aright.

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  32. What a fantastic idea! You know I have some of those drawers in my closet, but never thought of putting them inside a cabinet like that. That's such a good idea. I know you must feel better to get that space organized.

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  33. I love how organised it is now, Marty. This gives me hope that my bathroom cabinets have a better future to look forward to too! God bless x

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  34. Oh Marty, how great is that! What a fabulous transformation under there, super idea!

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  35. Okay! That is fabulous! What a great idea... I think I'm going to do the same thing!
    ~Liz

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  36. Your guest bath...my laundry room under the sink. I sooo need to do this and was thinking that today I was going to get the storage bins while they were still on sale. I guess maybe you have spurred me to do it tomorrow! xo Diana

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  37. Looks great Marty!!! You sure tamed that cabinet!!

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  38. These are perfect! I have a mess under my sink too...you've given me a project for tomorrow!

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  39. HI MARTY!!!
    MY BATHS are ok and organized I think......need to check that out to be sure...but I have a JUNK CLOSET that could sure use some storage bins!!!!
    Looks GREAT and everything fits so perfectly now!!!
    See you soon,
    HUGS,
    jamie

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  40. Great storage solution Marty! I'll have to try and remember this one because our guest bathroom looks just like yours did. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend, Gail

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  41. I know you are so happy to have this space organized. Our house has no vanities and very little bathroom storage. It's tough to figure out how to hide the "stuff".

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  42. What a great idea! Never seen these storage drawers in blue..all I've ever seen is the clear or white..Do you plan to label each drawer so you or anybody else in your household will know what each drawer contains? See, I have been following some organizing blogs and picked up some useful tips. This is a good idea that you have..now where do you store the extra rolls of toilet paper? I might just have to steal this idea for my bathroom. Big Lots, Target or Walmart..watch out, here I come!

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  43. Hey Marty..aren't those containers wonderful. We have purchased them a while ago and placed them on shelves in the garage. The larger stacked drawers are great for my craft projects and silk florals...The storage area under the sink looks so wonderful after your great organizing technique!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  44. Happy Saturday Marty! So nice to be organized. It can be scary around here too. I just finished my closet, and four hefty bags later, it looks so much nicer. Enjoy the weekend.

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  45. Fantastic idea! I have always found that big space under the bathroom sinks very hard to keep organized with so much wasted space. Thanks for sharing this, it's a good one!

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  46. Much better Marty - best tucked away I think!

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  47. Wow that was a great idea and a perfect fit!
    I have a lable maker that I make labels to stick on things like this. I need to get something like this for my vanity.

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  48. I need to do what you've done with a bathroom of mine. So much better and storage places. I just joined Linky and following you would you follow me back. Pat

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