Organizing my Bathroom Toiletry Drawer for Spring Cleaning! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Organizing my Bathroom Toiletry Drawer for Spring Cleaning!

About a month ago, I did a quick reorganization of my toiletry drawer when I something silly happened for someone so organized...I ran out of deodorant!  I resorted to using my travel deodorant, but I knew that I had to do some major organizing of all of my toiletries to make sure I didn't run out of anything else.  Here is how I did that!


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First of all, you should know that I had a huge stash of bottles and lotions because I ended up accumulating them from three different places: my parents' house from before I moved out to Nashville, my stash from Nashville (which was in storage temporarily), and the new stuff I bought when I moved back to California.  So basically, I had three times the stuff that any one person should have.

Add to that lotions and creams that I received as presents, the fact that I am switching to more natural beauty products, and I had a drawer filled to the brim with a bunch of items that I hadn't looked at in forever.  Maybe it doesn't look entirely terrible, but I had empty packages in there, tons of free samples, really old pore strips from high school, a tower of hair brushes balancing on a hair dryer that I barely use, and so much more.  It was time to get to work!


Organizing my Bathroom Drawer for Spring Cleaning! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


First, I cleared out the entire drawer and made sure to clean up all of the dust, hair, and dirt with my DIY orange cleaner.


Organizing my Bathroom Drawer for Spring Cleaning! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Next, I reused the same IKEA cutlery trays from my jewelry organization post and stacked them end to end.  They fit perfectly!  Unfortunately, the lip on the bottom tray was a bit thick, so the top tray did not rest comfortably inside.  However, there was an easy fix for that...



Organizing my Bathroom Drawer for Spring Cleaning! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Snip off a but of the bottom tray!  The plastic was easy to cut through, and since the trays are inexpensive, I didn't mind if I accidentally messed up.  Part of me wanted to add some pretty paper or vinyl to the bottom of the trays, but I wanted to leave it clean for now.  I can always add it later!


Organizing my Bathroom Drawer for Spring Cleaning! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Next, it was time to do a bunch of organizing!  I purged, recycled, and organized the remaining products into categories.

As with any of my organizing projects, I made sure to have the most useful items up front and the duplicate items or ones that I don't need to be as accessible in the back.  Here is what I ended up with!


Organizing my Bathroom Drawer for Spring Cleaning! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


On the left side are the items I use every day in the front (lotions, deodorant, lip balm, cotton pads, etc.), with a a few lotions and sunscreen pads in the back.


Organizing my Bathroom Drawer for Spring Cleaning! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


The middle section has three rows, with my hair dryer in front.  The back row has duplicates of items, and the front two rows are items that I use either once a week, or as needed.


Organizing my Bathroom Drawer for Spring Cleaning! on Diane's Vintage Zest!
There's that Peppermint Moxxie lotion I was searching for!


The section on the right has lots of duplicates of mostly hair products.  I have no idea why I have so many, but it's probably because I bought a couple whenever I thought I ran out.  Also, now I have my brushes standing up, so I can get to each one easily.  The items behind are just duplicates of other items, so I don't mind covering them up with the brushes.


Organizing my Bathroom Drawer for Spring Cleaning! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


And that's it!  Maybe not a HUGE transformation to everyone else, but now I can access items much  easier and I know exactly what I have.  No more buying hair products for a while, that's for sure!  :)


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Ahhhhh, much better!


Are you doing any spring cleaning projects around the house?




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  2. I'm super jealous of your huge drawer! :) I love how you organized this and I can relate to having 5 zillion duplicate items because you thought you had ran out. If you are looking to get rid of the items you can sell them on eBay so you can use the money to buy more natural products. That's what I did because I felt bad throwing away un-open, unused items. Thank you for sharing your awesome bathroom organization!


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  3. Your drawer is huge! So jealous! I have so many little things that I ended up getting some totes for our bathroom cabinets. It helps, but having drawers is awesome.
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  4. Very nice! I have used cutlery trays in my bathroom too, so functional.

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  5. Great job! It's amazing what a difference a few organizers makes ... I've got some cheap Ikea organizers in my chest of drawers and they are life changing :-)

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  6. Wish I had a big drawer like that! Thanks for the tips...I can still use them in my lil bitty drawer! Have a great day!

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  7. Ah, great idea! Thanks for stopping by with the tip. :)

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  8. Yep, I don't have the luxury of any bathroom cabinets, so I'm looking forward to moving soon!

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  9. Agreed! Great minds think alike. :)

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  10. Such simple tools that change everything, right? :)

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  11. Definitely! Hopefully I can empty this out slowly over time so I have more room for other stuff since it really is big! :)

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  12. This drawer looks great! I so need to do this! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Haha, would you like to do mine?? :)

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  14. Uh oh... What did I get myself into... ;)

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  15. I wish I had a bathroom drawer at all! LOL We simply have the under the sink cabinet where it all gets tossed. Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Hop!

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  16. Makes you feel good to open up a drawer with all that neatness doesn't it? Thanks so much for sharing your creativity on Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Please join us again this Saturday morning at 8:00 am EST! ;)

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  17. You know I love a good organization project. Opening a beautifully organized drawer in the morning makes me so happy. Congrats, you are featured this week on Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

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  18. YES! It so does, and I'm glad I'm not the only one. :)

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