Spring Cleaning – Kid’s Bathroom

It’s my favourite time of year. Snow is melted, grass is starting to grow and be green again. It reminds us that Winter doesn’t last forever. The light at the end of the tunnel.

But I also love Spring because it starts to feel like a new beginning. And there is no better feeling then starting again inside the house. Most people buckle down and do the annual “Spring Clean”, and the dream home is no exception.

When it comes to cleaning, the Dream Home lives by a pretty basic “rule”. It follows us from room to room, and so far it has proven time and time again to be a good rule to have. We abide by “Purge & Organize”. Yup, that’s it. I know, right? Seems like there should be more to the story. But those tend to be the biggest “problems” with a household. Holding on to too much junk. And not having places to put the stuff that you want to keep.

So every year, we do an annual “purge”. I try to tackle room by room because it makes it easier to contain the mess to the rooms that have yet to be done. I decided to tackle the Kid’s bathroom closet because I was getting annoyed with the shampoo bottles that seemed to be everywhere. I took every single thing out of the closet and wiped it all down. Got rid of dust and dirt and dried on toothpaste, and baby hand prints.

Next I went through every single item that came from the closet. It needs to be wiped down, inspected and then sorted. When I say “inspected” I’m referring to empty toothpaste tubes that my kids try to sneak back into the closet because they like the picture on the front. Or lotions that my son has shown an irritation to that we have never used. Basically using this process to make a decision on each item that came from the space. I make a pile for “keep”, “donate”, and “toss”. Donate would be the things like the lotions that are perfectly good, and full. Toss would be the empty toothpaste tube.

Once that takes place you are pretty much done with the “purge” part. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be feeling better and lighter already.

My kids’ bathroom closet previously had Dollarstore baskets in them for organizing. And I still love that system but I did need a couple extra baskets and I dug the label maker back out so that I could re organize each basket accordingly.

Here’s two newly organized baskets. I used one strictly for the kids medications, Tylenol, band-aid’s, even medicine cups and syringes. The other has been labelled “bath time” and will contain bubble baths, shampoos, and oatmeal treatments for bath water. Previously, I had a basket in each child’s name instead of a combined basket. But now that Foster is older, it just didn’t seem to make sense.

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Next I created baskets for “teeth” and “hair”. Our teeth basket always holds extra toothbrushes (or multi packs), toothpaste, kids flossing characters and travel stuff, like toothbrush holders and small toothpastes. The hair bucket, which used to be strictly named “Kennedy” has expanded to include detangler, combs and brushes, elastics, clips, headbands and a small bag of lice tools for routine checks to both kids. Once all my baskets were divided and organized, I added the new labels to any that had changed.

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The baskets were labelled: Medication, bath time, skin care, teeth, hair styling, face cloths and guests. Next step was to organize them back into the closet.

I put the things I use the least, at the very top. You’ll notice from the photo above that means “medication” and “guest”. The medication bin needs to be up high to ensure kids can’t get to it. Even on their teeth brushing stool.

Bath and Skin care take the next shelf down. Kids do not handle that department either quite yet. So It’s just out of reach but still easily accessible for us. The next shelf down contains hair styling and teeth .This shelf is low enough to be reached by Kennedy regularly, or Foster on a stool. Perfect for starting out. Foster can put his toothpaste back in the bucket, Kennedy gets her hair stuff in the mornings so I can put her hair up before school.

The very bottom shelf has the face cloths and towels. I leave that on the bottom because it does the least amount of damage in the midst of a temper tantrum or curious toddler. Also because its the tallest shelf and those fluffy towels stack up pretty quickly. So have extra room to store them is definitely beneficial.

The closet door is a pocket door so when company comes over, it can easily be concealed. Well, that’s the end of the closet clean out.

Next up, kitchen pantry!

… Closet! 

It’s finished and I LOVE how it turned out. I know you guys are anxious to see it so let’s not beat around the bush! 

I’ll take you on a photo tour of the new space. Here we go! 

  
Behind the door is my decorative corner shelves and my free standing shoe rack. I also hung my mirror there as its out of the way. Originally I had added storage behind the door with some wire shelves. But ultimately it was more of a hassle to try to maneuver around the door to get to. 

  
In the back corner, I have a storage tower with drawers. This is my main tower. Jeans, work pants, pjs, leggings, underwear, bras, socks, and scarves. Attached to that you’ll see two closet bars for tops. Still tons of space to add more clothing as well. 

 
Next you’ll see my corner cabinets (that I put together myself). They are huge! Tons of storage space. I decided to add some wicker baskets for my things. I have a lot of small things that I wanted to tuck away and these help avoid clutter. Behind the baskets are spare purses, etc.

 
I stored my work out mat and weights below the wicker basket that contains all my work out gear (loose tanks, sports bras and shorts). Easily accessible without being in your face or in the way. 

  
Attached to the other side of the corner cabinets are two additional bars and my second tower. This tower holds my seasonal things. Shorts, skirts, tank tops, tshirts, etc. These two bars I use for my hoodies and work sweaters. 

   

Dave installed a chandelier in there for great lighting and a little added bling.  A daylight bulb floods the space with natural looking light! Check it out! 

 
This photo was taken after dark, and with no lights on except the closet light. The walls don’t have that orange tint a normal lightbulb seems to always display.  The whole place is lit up beautifully and makes it extremely easy to find what I need, get dressed, and all within the closet. 

So, what do you think?! I have tripled my storage while making the room feel bigger, not bad for a few days work! 

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I feel so bad for my blog followers, I’ve been slacking! (On my entries, not on my projects).

I’ve got a ton of new stuff that I’m working on but everything is at a halfway point, instead of me getting to post completed work/before and after’s. I promise there are lots of exciting things to come! I’ve got a few new kids projects underway, some new basement stuff, and have even started on my outdoor projects as the snow is FINALLY melted.

I’m going to keep this entry short and sweet, as it was a quick fix project/solution. And, because it falls more under organization then an actual DIY or Reno.

  

I’m talking about my front hall closet. Which drove me up the wall because of the lack of storage on the bottom. It has tons of floor space down there but no matter what I did it always seemed cluttered and messy. I purchased a few cheap $5 shoe racks but it seemed to make the space even worse. So they got demoted to the garage.

I have a hanging organizer in the very centre of the closet for the kids little shoes, so it’s just hubby’s and mine that were the problem. I searched far and wide for DIY solutions, but I wasn’t super in love with any of the ideas. And some cost way too much to just be used as a shoe rack. So ultimately I had an idea to just use the exact same shelf style that was at the top of the closet, and place a foot off the ground for shoes. It is a wire rack shelf, so water or dirt would ultimately fall right through. On one hand that could be great, that your boots aren’t soaking wet, on the other I would end up with a large puddle inside my closet.

This is where Dave came in and mentioned putting a mat down in there, or even a collection tray. Great idea, but frustrating because of the long skinny dimensions. All carpet/mat runners were either too short, or too wide. But what we ended up finding was a storm mat. (Purchased at Home Depot for $9 – dark brown). And the dimensions allowed us to cut it down the middle, length wise and it fit perfectly! Those mats have a very thick rubber backing, designed for the winter months of extra snow.

Check out the finished product!

  
    

We use the green kids shoe rack as a divide for our coats and boots. Hubby is on the left, and my stuff is on the right. We try to keep the middle area empty with the extra hangers for guests. The shoe rack now also works great for storing our bags when not in use. (Diaper bag, purse, daycare bag, etc)