Thursday, April 12, 2012

Drawer Vanity

How do you write about organizing your drawers without it sounding vain? Not going to try. Here is a pic of our girls bathroom that joins in between their rooms that they share. We painted it gray and added cherry blossoms last year. My version of girliness!
Their drawers on the other hand, had become a free for all and were looking more like junk drawers. So I went to the good ol' dollar store and invested in organizers and when I say invest, everything including the drawer liners cost me less then $10 and that was for six drawers!!
                                         
BEFORE 
AFTER:
Nevaeh's Drawer
The stackable square organizers with white lids (came in pkg of 10) and made it easy to sort, label, and give everything it's own spot. The plastic decorative bowls which were in pkgs of 4 were perfect for her "jewelry". Sweet. The square organizers actually attach to one another or can be separated and came in pkgs of 3 and were used for her hair ties and play makeup.

AFTER:
Ruby's Drawer
I decided to give each girl their own drawer to make it easier to find and put away their own clips and hair ties.

Due to Ruby's super dry skin, all of the travel size lotion and band-aides were placed in a container for when needed or on the go.
Did I tell you how much I LOVE these bowls? Yes. Yes I did. One was used for flower clips and the other for sunglasses.
After the photo I even added a stash of her binkies so we have spares in one spot until she's ready to give them up. Let me rephrase that...Until WE are ready for her not to be a baby.

Then there were our drawers. Although I didn't get any before pictures, trust me when I say it was pretty overwhelming to go through everything and purge the drawers of clutter. Here is the end result.

AFTER:
My let's pretend I'm a grown-up drawer 
The coolest find was the plastic trays that I picked up that are really intended for serving food/snacks (I found it near the food section in the dollar store). I used the clear one for my cosmetics which will be so very practical and I love how it looks.
The other tray I spray painted silver for my jewelry. One compartment for earrings, one for short necklaces, and one for bangles. The longer necklaces were organized in a separate rectangle organizer.


Now all of my jewelry is in one spot!


AFTER:
My husband is a rockstar drawer
John took part in the organizing action and did his own two drawers. Quite an impressive job! If your'e wondering the clear rectangle organizers came in pkgs of  2 and the white baskets in pkgs of 3 and the mini square containers were the same I used in the girls bathroom just without the white lids.
He used the mini ones for his guitar pics, change and misc. screws and nails. Just what every boy needs.
Lastly, his pocket bandanas were rolled up and put in smaller containers in the bottom drawer- that's the only credit I can take for that suggestion. Sorry hun I didn't put stripes in your drawers. It's manlier to have them plain though....right?

MANLY                   Vs.                      GIRLY
As far as the liners, I got rolls of white adhesive liner that I then cut into four pieces (1 roll for 4 drawers). Painting the surface was not easy and the gray bled through the painting tape so I recommend free-handing it instead.
It was time consuming and I asked myself more then a few times why in the world I was taking the time to paint something others will rarely see (unlike our striped art wall )!?!
 BUT it made such a difference and I would do it all over again! 
Or you could go to a real store and buy a liner with a pattern. Smart. Very smart.

6 comments:

  1. You're so creative, I just love your blog and ideas! :D

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    1. Thanks Gina =) It's fun to bounce ideas off one another. I love getting inspiration from other blogs too!

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  2. Love the rock star drawer!!!

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  3. That is some rock star organizing! Love the stripes in the drawers, so pretty. And that you were able to mix and match storage to achieve something that is so functional.

    Great job! So happy you took a moment to share it with me!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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    1. Thanks for taking a peek and for the sweet comment Jen =)

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