A little bit later with this post than I had intended, but I’m happy to be back blogging again! If you follow me on insta, you may have noticed a few pics while I was babysitting my adorable baby niece and nephew this week. I don’t know how you mummy bloggers do it, especially with little ones! After working with my preschoolers in the mornings and babysitting for the rest of the day this week, I was exhausted.
Anyway, the whole reason I took Monday off was because I went shopping in the States and visited… The Container Store! I realize it’s a bit crazy to be so excited about a store that sells special boxes and bins, but I can’t help it. One thing I was especially excited for was their plethora of stackable drawers. I ended up with this:
But of course, I have to show you the before shots.
The problem with so many basic rental units, especially apartment buildings designed for tenants, is that they provide the most basic solution. Yes, my bathroom offers cabinet storage space, but without even a single built-in drawer, it was hardly what I would consider usable.
I did add some removable command hooks for my hair dryer and straightener, but my cords were a hot mess. (What can I say; I’m geek with my love of puns!)
I had tried to get some sense of organization with the things I already had, but it needed help. I had thankfully already purged a great deal of extras when we moved in, but I needed a better system to keep them in.
I had tried the stackable drawers from Ikea, but they were way too wide to fit in beside the pipe. Before I left, I made sure to measure the space and find drawers to fit. I kept in mind that I needed space for pipes, the piece of wood in the middle, and space to pull out the drawers and keep my hair dryer hanging on the door.
In the middle I keep a few things I rarely use but would like to keep, like our holiday scented soap. On the right side, I keep my personal products in the drawer and all our hair and skin products together in a wooden basket.
I’m not a huge product person, so these were pretty easy to keep at a minimum. The white and green one is Bali’s shampoo!
I kept the hooks the same, but to corral the cords, I just used a hair elastic. I thought about buying something fancy from the container store, but really, this works just as well. Once together, they hang up on the same hook.
On the other side my box holds our extras: bar soap, razors and deodorant. I have a drawer for Shaun’s extra contact kits,
And another for my extra make up and hair tools. Again, not big into hair and make up over here, so it’s easy to keep clean!
And there you go! I thought it would be a big job to tackle, but it honestly only took me about 20 minutes to complete.
Total cost: $18 for the three drawers (which were on sale, woohoo!)
To all of you who have a Container Store nearby, what are your favourite systems? If not, where are your favourite stops for little space savers like these?
PS: As a side note, I’m joining in on Apartment Therapy’s “The Cure” this month! I’ll be tackling a currently neglected room in our house… For more info, check it out here.