Sunday, February 28, 2010

# bathroom # challenge

28 Day Challenge - Small Space Before & After (Part II)

Wow, I didn't think I was going to get the chance to do it, but I got my second small space done today! My bathroom isn't totally finished yet, but I am thrilled to present you with the before and after photos of my bathroom drawers/cabinet.

Under Cabinet - Before
This is the cabinet before I did any cleaning/organizing in there. It looked like someone just opened the door and started throwing stuff in.

Unbelievably, this is everything that was under the cabinet. Seriously. It amazed even me and it's my cabinet.

Cabinet - After
This is the cabinet afterward. Yes, there's almost as much under there, but now it's all put in neatly and I know precisely where/what everything is. Like items (cleaners, extra bottles of bodywash/shampoo, etc) are with like items and now I can reach right in and find just what I'm looking for.

Lower Drawer - Before
This is the lower drawer before I tackled it. As you can see, again, things were just tossed in there and we could never find anything.

Lower Drawer - After
This is that same drawer after. There's a ton less stuff in there. Some of the items (like extra shampoo and nail polish remover) are now under the sink in the cabinet portion. Other stuff is just gone! Now, I have my face cleaner, extra razor blades, thermometers, bandaids and spare toothbrushes stored in there. This drawer doesn't have even half of what it had before in it.

Upper Drawer - Before
This is the top drawer before I touched it. It's also our kitten, Mittens and my toes. Hello toes! As you can see, it was shove full of all sorts of stuff.

Upper Drawer - After
Yes, this is that same drawer after. I got rid of all expired medicines and a ton of sample sized bottles of things. In the lower drawer, I have one ziplock bag with sample sized items for when I travel. I also had empty bottles in this top drawer. I have no idea why. They're gone now.

Now, for the questions!

1. What was the hardest part of the challenge for you and were you able to overcome it?

- The hardest part was honestly just taking the time to do it. I'm a master declutterer but I was using all sorts of excuses for not going in there and doing it. I think it only took 20 minutes once I went in. Looking at the photos, I think I succeeded!

2. Tell us what kind of changes/habits you have put into place in order for your area/room to maintain its new order?

- Like with like. I've known this rule forever and it's one that I've always practiced. I'm honestly not sure why, when I originally unpacked this room, I didn't put it into practice. I also got rid of a bunch of stuff that was either expired, empty or we just no longer needed. Less stuff means less clutter.

3. What did you do with the “stuff” you were able to purge out of your newly organized space?

- It went to one of three places: Freecycle (extra samples and usable items), the trash or the recycle bin.

4. What creative storage solutions were you able to introduce in order to create additional space as well as establish some limits and boundaries?

- Hmm..I really don't think I did anything really creative in this space. Then again, I don't think it needed it either. It really only needed to be gone through, sorted and either purged or put away. I didn't need additional space, I needed less stuff.

5. Why do you think you should win this challenge?

- Well, I don't know if I should but I sure would like to. I'm honestly just thrilled that my space is more functional and that I can now reach in and put my hands on whatever it is that we need. Really, that is a huge reward that and the feeling of peace I feel whenever I open one of those drawers. Now, if someone wanted to give me a prize for found peace, I certainly wouldn't complain!



Margaret aka: Fact Woman said...

It looks great! Nice organizational job!

Always Faith said...

great job...i'm the worlds worst for putting wayyy too much stuff in, so I know how that feels. You have it all cleaned up so nice though!

Amber said...

I'm laughing at your line "It looked like someone just opened the door and started throwing stuff in." LOL! That's how it works in OUR house. ;0)
And I'm always amazed how much stuff I pull out from under our sinks, too. Isn't it incredible? Great job purging. That's such an important part, isn't it? =)

Threebusybs said...

good for you getting two spaces done. I had intended to do the same. Sadly, my small space looks just the same as it did one month ago. Actually, I am sure that even more stuff has been stuffed and stacked....


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