Since Mr. DB and I are empty nesters, we each have our own bathroom, which is such a luxury. I am able to set up this room to suit only me.
After careful thought, I decided not to have a medicine cabinet in here. I know you don’t see them in beautiful bathrooms these days, but there are some acceptable ones out there. Ultimately I decided I wanted a beautiful mirror (I have a temporary one while I’m looking). All the more reason to maximize the space in the vanity. I found a few ideas on the internet.
I found a few good ideas on this website: One Crazy House. Using the vanity doors keeps you from having to stoop and peer into the dark recesses of the cabinet. This hanging pocket organizer enables you to grab what you need quickly.
I Heart Organizing is such a good resource for ideas on organizing. I’m thinking of adding contac paper to the drawers. It does add something.
I will definitely be using this idea from Martha Stewart of affixing cups to the door for toothbrushes and toothpaste and hairbrushes. These are the items that always litter my counter!
As I was browsing websites and blogs for ideas I noticed that the blogs had practical, DIY ideas that are easy to adapt to your space while the websites for magazines had pictures of beautiful bathrooms, which often involved a renovation or a carpenter or an extremely skilled DIY person. I love how blogs keep it real.
Anyway, with these ideas in mind I went off to The Container Store and voila! I found these acrylic cups (they had lids, which I set aside). They have a flat side which I attached to the door with Command strips.
I had purchased this organizer for a desk drawer and then never used it. I may change it later but it is doing the job now.
The hairdryer is easy to access on a Command hook on the door. You can’t see it but I used one of those large cord clips from The Container Store to secure the cord.
My make-up is in these acrylic holders that I used in the old bathroom. I’m not sure if I will stay with this arrangement but I’m glad to have it out of sight.
And that is my small start to getting things organized in here. I will live with it for awhile before I make any other adjustments.
While I was at The Container Store I bought a few things to organize under Mr. DB’s sink. He needed an upgrade. More on that later.
There has been no word about my shower door, which I am waiting for. Oh well, it’s not as if I don’t have a place to shower.
I will just say that the experience has not been all I had hoped for.
If I was staying in someone’s guest room and saw cobwebs and shredded lampshades, I might wonder what else had not been taken care of?#head bowed in shame
Living in this room gave me the time to really look at the decor and assess the feel of the space. Some of the furniture and the art has an old, hand me down, feel to it. While I had made a few feeble attempts at modernizing and updating I had not gone far enough. That chest below is outta here. Wouldn’t a nice upholstered bench look good at the foot of the bed?
This mini kitchen is located outside the guest bedroom. I do have some chocolates in the that jar, but how about a few other snacks, like cookies or pretzels?
I made a big push to polish this area a couple of years ago. I think I probably did my usual “get it almost to the finish line, then get excited about another project”. Sheesh. I don’t want to think about the fact that I have had some guests here in the meanwhile.
Lastly, spending time down here on a regular basis will not only bring life to this area, but will also help us notice and correct the deficiencies.
Do you have some neglected, rarely used areas of your house that need attention?
I spray painted an old round tray white and use that to organize other cleaning products and brushes. It is easy to grab from there when I need anything.
This little project only took a morning to complete. I had to run to The Container Store for the spice rack and that took the most time.
Creamy Potato Salad
In a separate bowl mix the yogurt, mayo and Grey Poupon. Then pour over the salad. Of course you can adjust the dressing mixture to your taste. Then add 1 t. salt and 1/2 t. of pepper. Again, adjust to your taste. Chill until serving.
I almost forgot my flags!
We will certainly play some games. Have you ever tried ladder ladder golf?
This game is truly fun for all ages. We have had our game for years and no party is complete without playing a couple of rounds.
It’s supposed to be almost 90 here on the Fourth! I’m not sure how long we will be outside.
I’m still working out my menu. I have changed my potato salad recipe a bit and I will share that tomorrow. I’m definitely having potato salad though. And Mr. DB’s cucumbers are coming in so we may have a cucumber salad too.
I will let you know our final menu. What do you cook on the Fourth? Do you always make the same thing or mix it up each year?
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