My love language is organizing and decluttering. That’s what I figured out last weekend.
The house was a total wreck, mostly because with the master bathroom refresh happening, all of the other rooms sort of spun out of control (funny how that always seems to happen during intensive room makeovering).
Robert could tell I was feeling stressed Saturday morning and said to me, “You just enjoy some alone time”, and took the girls to Grandma’s house across town. (Sigh… that knight in shining armor.)
And do you know what I did in those 7 glorious hours while they were gone?
I organized. And it was LIFE GIVING!
Which got me to the storage/organization situation in the master bathroom… because we have none. Zilch.
This was the storage situation in our master bathroom a few weeks ago:
That sad little hamper was barely helping. And I knew we could get so much more function out of that spot with vertical storage.
So we sprung for this Home Decorators Collection linen cabinet from The Home Depot to help with storing our towels and toiletries that usually ended up cluttering our countertop in the past. They have so much great storage furniture along with linens and pretty baskets and organizing solutions.
We conveniently picked up this cabinet during a big sale, so we couldn’t have even built it for the time and building materials and paint it would have taken for the sturdy quality of it. It shipped to our house for free in two days (all orders over $45 ship free), and it was already assembled. Woo to the hoo on that one!
But the thing that drove me crazy was we needed a hamper too, and we had no more space for one in our tiny bathroom. I was determined to get this linen cabinet though because I loved the color so much that it inspired the paint job on our vanity cabinet.
I figured I could rig a hamper instead. And it worked!
If you have a cabinet that would work better moonlighting as a hamper, here’s how to do it. This is seriously the most simple tutorial ever and barely needs an explanation. I’m dubbing it the “instant hamper trick”. 😉
- Linen cabinet of your choice (well… yeah)
- 3 small coat hooks with screws
- Mesh laundry bag
That’s it. I know, this hardly constitutes as a DIY.
1. Drill pilot holes into both sides and back of your cabinet, near the top.
2. Screw your 3 small coat hooks into the pilot holes.
3. Hang your laundry bag open from the 3 hooks by poking them through the open mesh netting underneath the drawstring.
Boom. You have a hamper.
It’s hilarious to me how absolutely ecstatic I got over this, but hey… this mama needed functional storage to help with the daily cleaning up and she got it!
For the rest of the linen cabinet, I just rolled up our towels to store on one of the shelves, and I rolled up our washcloths to store in the drawer.
I picked up a couple of canisters from The Home Depot to hold our bath sponges and cotton balls, and I stuck a basket on top for holding toiletries.
And I put this philodendron plant on top to add some life to the room. Can you believe it’s artificial? It looks so real!
To help with the toilet paper storage situation, I picked up this big basket too. I love how it added a bit of extra texture… even if it’s filled with very unexciting TP.
- Linen cabinet
- Glass canister
- White ceramic canister
- Artificial philodendron plant
- Large basket
- Hamper bag
I’m so thrilled to see this bathroom nearing the end and to finally get some function in here! Makes me think we should have worked on this room ages ago.
If you’re needing some pretty bathroom storage solutions, you can check out all of them at The Home Depot here.
What do you think of that instant hamper trick?! Is this something everyone already figured out except me? Sometimes the best solutions are the most simple ones.