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I had something completely different planned for today, but the mood struck me and I got to work on something else. I wandered in to clean the bathroom when suddenly I “practically” had a vision to redo my bathroom closet. I call it a closet because it has a door, but it’s more like a niche being only 6 inches deep and about 18 inches wide. I have this habit of trying to store as much stuff as I possibly can, but in an effort to delineate my space, I am starting to come around to the idea that it’s OK to store just a few things on a shelf instead of jamming as much as will physically fit. Just because it fits doesn’t mean it works.
Organizing a Tiny Bathroom Closet
I started like any organizing project and removed everything including the shelves. I wanted to hang this gorgeous wrapping paper that I picked up at World Market sort of like wallpaper, but I wanted it to be temporary because I have this thing for changing my mind…it’s a curse. The idea was to cover a past project that I am not particularly proud of, the sad, sad quatrefoils. The stencil I handmade a while back was gorgeous, but my lack of stenciling knowledge lead to poor results. For the wrapping paper I tried four different adhesives: double sided tape, a ZIG pen, Museum Putty and washi tape. None of the tape or glues liked the wrapping paper with the exception of the washi tape, it adhered and it won’t leave a residue which is a bonus. Once I got the paper up the way I wanted, I wiped down all the shelving and put them back up.
UPDATE!!! Eventually the washi tape failed, so I simply used a couple of domed thumbtacks to hold the gift wrap up – they don’t protrude much and because this is inside of a closet, you don’t even notice them!
My favorite part was getting rid of stuff and making faces at myself as I wondered why I still had some of the things that I did. I got rid of some odds and ends, some found new homes around the house and some made their way back into the “niche” but were placed with more thought. I brought in some pretty storage baskets and clear containers to shake it up a notch. I brought in a tray from the kitchen that I never use for my perfumes and makeup brushes:
For my blow dryer and flat iron I used a basket that has been on my nightstand and they now fit so much more nicely and it looks pretty too. For everything else I used some small clear trays to keep everything tidy and corralled. The closet was so girly at this point that I had to do one more thing; I brought in one of my favorite candles: domed thumbtacks.
There are a couple of other things I want to do in the closet, but for an afternoon project I’m pretty well pleased and now I have a lovely niche closet that I am proud of.
Organizing a tiny bathroom closet was a fun and worthwhile project that took just an hour and half and luckily I still had time to clean the bathroom, but I didn’t have time to make these lovelies. Do those not look absolutely amazing?!