The Organizers Bathroom

This week I’m sharing my master bathroom. When my husband and I decided to renovate our home designing a new master bedroom and bathroom was a priority because we were moving from the upstairs to the main floor.

I have been sharing my renovation experience as an organizer and as a homeowner if you want to read about it from the beginning you can find it here and here.

One of the most common questions I’m asked is “what items do you use to organize your home?” This week we take a peek into my bathroom and I show you some of my favorite things to use when I organize.

I always start a project by making lists whether it’s for a client or my own home. Keeping a designated notebook for my renovation was a lifesaver. I took each area we were going to renovate and wrote down what was working and what was lacking in the existing space. I also kept notes that I could refer back to. Technology is great but sometimes you just have to keep it simple.

The most important part of planning the master bathroom was making sure there was adequate storage for myself and my husband. I wanted my own space for doing my hair and makeup and enough drawer space to fit my needs.

Although I knew what I wanted I enlisted the help of my designer Kelly Cook to make it a reality. When you are going through any major changes in your home it’s always a good idea to have an experienced person who can make decisions especially when it comes to the details.

Some of the decisions were more difficult than others which leads me to the honed marble counter tops. Everyone thought I was crazy for choosing marble in the bathroom because it stains but I loved the look so much that I just went with it.
Does it stain? YES! Did it bother me at first? YES! With that said I don’t regret using marble beccause it gave me the spa look I was trying to achieve.
Would I use it in the kitchen? NO!!! The bathroom is a personal space. The kitchen is a place you entertain and I would prefer not to flinch everytime someone pours a glass of red wine or squeezes a lemon.

Now to my favorite area in the bathroom the vanity. I didn’t have one before so it was important to make it happen when we were designing the bathroom.
I love having a seperate space for makeup, hair, talking on the phone and even using it as a desk at times.
I debated on what to put in the top drawer because of the depth and height but it turned out to be the perfect solution to organize my favorite jewelry pieces.

My vanity top had plenty of space so I decided to organize and display my makeup with a GLAMbox. Normally I like to see counter tops free of clutter but if you have the space and find something that is not only functional but looks good then you should go for it. It will free up drawer space for other important items you use in a bathroom.

One tip I preach when organizing makeup is to keep like things together and the drawers in the GLAMbox made that easy. They even have a drawer divider for smaller items. I use the top for my makeup brushes and items I use on a regular basis for easy acess. They are a bit pricey but this one piece has kept my makeup organized.

The next area I have to mention is the space under the sink. I wanted to utilize every bit of space, including the height, so I would have room for eveything I use. The cabinet sized elfa bath storage was perfect because they come in different widths and heights to accomodate almost any size cabinet. They also give you extra drawer space and easy access. 

My other favorite item to use when organizing under a sink is a lazy susanI use these everywhere when I organize a home. It allows you to see what you own so you don’t purchase what you don’t need. I like to keep all of my haircare products in mine but you can you can use it for any item that fits your needs.

I have said this before but its worth mentioning again with any renovation picking the right contractor and being organized are essential. It alleviates stress and will make your project run smoothly and timely! 

If your a hair diva like me stay tuned for a future post.

Photography by Jessie Preza

 

 

 

 

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In My Opinion…Boot Shapers


Spring is here and one way to get organized while you are transitioning your closet for warmer weather is to make sure you store your boots so they are in shape and ready to wear in the Fall.

There are many options available but the one I use for myself, and  my clients , is the Original Boot Shaper.

In my opinion they are good quality, easy to use and keep the shape of the boot. If you store your tall boots on a shelf these inserts are hidden in the boots so they look neat and organized. They also come with a integrated hook if you prefer to hang your boots.

Right now they are on sale at The Container Store so it is a good time to stock up!

Functional, good price and look great (because you can’t see them) is a winner in my book.

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The Organizers Closet

Today I’m sharing my new closet with you (this post may be a bit lengthy)!  The master closet was just one part of an overall renovation that consisted of a new master bedroom, bathroom, powder bath, office and outdoor living space.

The master closet was one of the most important areas of the renovation for me. Not only because I’m a women, but I share the closet with my husband. Most women gasp at the thought of that! In November we will have been married 30 years and some of our best conversations have occured in the closet and I didn’t want this closet to be any different.

I was very fortunate to work with a great team and one of the most important lessons I learned is sometimes a job is too big to tackle on your own and you can’t be afraid to ask for help (even if you’re an organizer)!

I knew I needed help putting my ideas on paper and having used California Closets previously thats where I began. A friend referred me to Betsy and after our first meeting I knew we were going to come up with the perfect design to fit my needs.

As an organizer I wanted to make sure every bit of space was utilized. For that reason I chose to use a mirrored pocket door to give more space in the room. I described all of my needs and showed her my exisiting closet. I gave her a list of what was working and what was lacking. I also wanted to make sure there was adequate drawer space for me and my husband.

After measuring the space for the new closet, which was nothing but a plywood floor, four walls and no lighting, she took all of the information back to her drawing board. We exchanged emails with minor changes and I went to the showroom to get a closer look at my options. I knew I wanted white cabinets because they always look neat and clean and never outdated. There were many options so I was glad I was able to go to the showroom and see them in person.

I wanted the hardware to blend with the bathroom cabinet hardware because when the door is open you can see them both. I decided to use the Grafton Pull in polished nickel from Restoration Hardware and it was perfect!

Working with a professional closet designer helped me figure out how to use odd spaces that can’t be changed. We had to deal with an electrical panel in the corner and it became the perfect spot for tall boots. I even turned useless wall spaces into a home for belts and jewlery. The important add ons were tie racks and valet bars and that made for a happy husband.

After the closet was installed the organizer in me took over and I decided to do what I do best, organize. I chose black hangers  but really its a matter of preference. The imporant thing is that you keep them are all the same color. I put like things together and color coded. I used boxes on the shelves for winter items and travel assecories, an acrylic collator for smaller handbags and acrylic shelf dividers to keep my t-shirts neat and organized. My out of season shoes are stored on an upper shelves and my everyday shoes fit perfectly side by side in the tall unit designed just for shoes.

I was already working with my designer Kelly at Orangerie Home on the plans for this project so now I was ready to have her work her magic on the final touches in the closet. Kelly suggested bringing in an antique chandelier that I already owned and mirroring the small back wall above my center drawers. I love how one mirror makes the room feel even larger. The area rug she chose brought in the warmth I was looking for.

We are still looking for the perfect bench and when we find one I will be sure to share!

Next up the organizers bathroom so make sure to subscribe to get all the latest posts.

Photography by Jessie Preza

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