Ever since the start of the new year, I’ve been on a cleaning and organizing streak. Between hosting over the holidays and the general busyness, our house felt like a hot mess. Cleaning helped, but also drew my attention to areas that really need some extra attention. As I focus on specific areas of the house, it’s helpful to have a plan to map out specific tasks. Today, I’ll share with you how I recently tackled our master bath.
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my sneak peek of one of our newly reorganized bathroom drawers. Our master bathroom has a good amount of storage, but was so cluttered that the drawers were practically overflowing. The cabinets were just as bad. After gathering some inspiration for organizing the bathroom, I figured out my action plan. I spray painted a bunch of plastic containers I had on hand and got down to business .
Step one: empty all drawers & cabinets
The best way to refresh a space is to start with a clean slate. By taking everything out of the drawers, cabinets, and off the counter, I was able to thoroughly clean the vanity. I could also see everything that was taking up space in the bathroom and remove all the things that were out of place. I pulled a handful of things aside for donation and threw out anything that was broken, expired or unneeded.
step two: deep clean
After emptying the bathroom, I wiped down the mirrors, countertop and inside the drawers and cabinets. I had previously covered the insides with contact paper because the vanity was looking pretty grungy when we first moved in. At some point, we’ll replace the vanity and countertop, but for now the contact paper makes it feel cleaner and brighter.
step three: organize the drawers and cabinets
Once everything was clean, I started by arranging the plastic containers in the drawers for the best configuration. As I put like items together, I moved the containers around to accommodate the storage I needed. It took a lot of trial and error, but eventually I found the right arrangement. Now our drawers are so much neater and more purposefully organized. How about some fun before and after photos to really show the difference?!
I’ve been so happy opening my bathroom drawers and seeing everything in its place. My husband was literally speechless when he saw the results. I still need to install drawer pulls and find something to put on the wall between the two mirrors, but I’m so excited about this updated space already.
For fun, I’ll show you what this bathroom looked like before we bought the house…
You can see where I originally posted about this space here. It will be really fun to give this bathroom a full update someday, but for now I’m much happier with it feeling clean and organized!