Bathroom Closet Re-Organization
Mark and I have always been drawn to slightly smaller living spaces when it comes to our home. We currently live in a 100+ year old two bedroom, one level character home; and although it doesn't have enough space to hold a massive combined-family gathering, or something else of the sorts, it's such a good and comfortable size for us and our lifestyle. We lead a relatively "minimalistic" life (although I don't always like using that term), and have never filled our homes with too much excess of anything; with the exception of plants haha. With the addition of our third little family member well on it's way, we wanted to take a few final organization steps in order to better utilize the space that we have to better accommodate our growth. Our baby's crib is sharing space in our own bedroom (and will be for the first 6 months of life at least), which has caused us to get creative when it comes to additional baby clothes storage, as well as innovative with a change table solution and all of the supplies that come along with that.
The closet in our bathroom is huge, which has always been a bit of an organization issue since it's one of those areas that actually has so much space that you're not able to organize or utilize it in a functional way. After a little bit of thought and some brainstorming, we came up with a way where we could not only properly organize all of our bathroom belongings once and for all, but also find a way to incorporate a change table station for the first few months of our babe's life. As of right now, the doors to the closet are still in tact, however, we're planning on removing those and storing them away once baby is born so that we have simple access to the change pad and whatever else we'll be needing, as well as just make the whole process easier.
These before pictures are so horrendous haha. These shelves were originally flipped around, with the larger one being above and the smaller one below, so we flipped those around a couple of months ago, as well as repainted the interior of the closet white to freshen things up a bit. Bathroom closest and all that they encompass have always been the bane of my existence, and are what I've found one of the biggest and most challenging areas to properly organize.
We started by taking every single thing out of the closet and dumping it on our dining room table. We sorted things by each have our own "daily bin" of items that we use regularly (makeup, beard oil, belly lotions, face wash, etc). From there we filled one additional bin with extras of anything (additional hand creams, toothpaste, etc). We bought on big bin to sit behind the change pad, which will be filled with diapers and wipes. We installed this little bar along the side with detachable/slideable cups for our toothbrushes + toothpaste, as well as baby lotions, shampoo, and whatever else.
The two big bins up top have been divided with one filled with sewing and knitting items (since that seemed to be where they all got stored), and the other filled with more "seasonal" bathroom items such as sunscreen, our neti pot, bubble bath, and just other things that aren't used nearly as frequently. Behind the change pad, I've also utilized this magazine holder as a hot tool storage for my straighter and curling irons.
Seeing as the doors of the closet are going to be removed by February/March, we wanted to ensure that everything had it's proper place within the closet, and that nothing was too cluttered or messy. We also plan on putting up a little mini curtain or something of the sort to hide away our luggage and safe storage in the below compartment.
All in all, I'm super pleased with how this all turned out, considering as I really wasn't sure how we were going to make this space work. Now, the next order of business is figuring out our own bedroom closet and integrating baby's things into that space effectively.