It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this project has been on my mind for almost 4 years now. It seems like such a simple thing to go through and clean out cabinets but it’s not exactly what I want to do in my spare time. A week before I consolidated mine and my husbands toiletries into one lovely basket in the middle of our double sink. It contains only the things that we use every day and need easy access to. We have the standard matching toothbrush holder, q-tip holder, and mirror (all from Walmart and very reasonably priced). I also bought an extra q-tip holder and use it to hold my jewelry and hair-ties to keep the counter clear. This made such a dramatic difference in our bathrooms appearance that I decided it was time to stop putting this off and start getting down to business.
To make things a little more entertaining I brought one of my trusty assistants along for some good company.
So a good plan begins where all plans should begin…with cleaning. After I sorted through the trash I was left with two big bags to throw out and a lot less junk. As I was deciding what was and wasn’t trash I was also sorting my bathroom necessities into bins. I purchased my bins from Walmart for $3 a piece. I went with the large stacking bins based on my cabinet size. I divided everything up into these categories:
- face products
- body products
- hair accessories
- hair care
I thought I was going to have bins galore but ended up using plastic freezer bags for the smaller items that I don’t use on a regular basis and put them all together in the bottom bin. I reserved the top bins for things I use daily.
Before I put everything back in I wiped the cabinets down to prep for shelf paper. I got this shelf paper from Lowes for $8 but you can find it just about anywhere. I chose a pale sage green with leaves to compliment our bathroom color scheme. I didn’t get too technical when measuring the paper for the shelf. I laid it out to fit and then creased the point that needed to be cut from the roll.
Don’t remove the backing all at once!!! The paper is very sticky and you will have a huge mess. I removed the first inch and laid my corners exactly how I wanted them and worked left to right smoothing and pulling the backing as I went. This helped to keep everything straight and free of bubbles.
All that was left was to place my bins in the cabinet and to stand back and admire my work.
It’s amazing to me how such a small thing can make such a big difference…I feel so accomplished!!!