Monday, 2 April 2012

Helping Hand - My Sister In Laws Ensuite

I decided to mix things up a bit and ask my family and friends if they wanted help organising a space in their home. I was surprised by how many wanted me to help them. I have decided that I willstart doing some posts on organising other peoples spaces.

My sister in law wanted her ensuite vanity to be organised. The problem with her vanity was lack of storage space due to the water pipes underneath and too much stuff. I took measurements of the vanity and looked at how we could use some other areas of the ensuite for storage. I thought it would be great to try and find a set of drawers that would fit between the shower and vanity. This proved to be quite a challenge as the width was only 300mm. But I did manage to find a set of drawers from a cheap shop they don't quite match in with the decor but they do the job. I found a cheap storage idea for storing her make up as well.

I bought baskets from the cheap shop so I could organise the rest of her things. You don't have to spend lots of money on baskets. The baskets that I used ranged from 80c to $1.50 all from a cheap shop.

Here is the before photo of the ensuite vanity

We went through everything in the vanity and organised it into 3 piles keep, purge and relocate. We managed to purge one garbage bag full of stuff. I must say I don't know anyone who owns 8+ pairs of tweezers until now we just kept finding them. My goal for the ensuite vanity was to store all her like items together and make them more accessible. I also wanted to create a space for all her regularly used items eg hair brushes, dedorant etc. I find that this makes such a difference you are not wasting time trying to find anything everything is at your fingertips.

Here is the after photo of the ensuite vanity

What's on the top shelf in vanity

I found this container from the cheap shop it's actually for food but I thought
it would be great to hold hair clips, hair ties, bobby pins and tweezers.

Left basket holds heel balms, feet creams
Right basket holds creams, oils, sunscreen, fake tan

What's on the bottom shelf in vanity

This baskets holds nail related items

Make up Storage

The make up storage is from Officeworks and it for stationery but I had another idea for it. There are 4 pull out drawers 3 small and one large.You can can see it here I think it's a great make up storage solution and very reasonably priced. Now when she does her make up she can put it on the top of the vanity and everything is at her fingertips no searching through different make up bags to find anything.

Top drawer - Eye make up
2nd drawer - Lips
3rd drawer - Foundations, mineral make up
4th drawer - Spare make up brushes

Here are the drawers that I found to fit between the shower and vanity

It does not match the decor but my sister in law is planning on painting it. I also bought some cheap baskets that I put inside the drawers so items can be separated.

This drawer holds all the regularly used items eg hairbrush

This drawers holds all hair products eg hair spray

This drawer holds all the spare items eg toothpaste, toothbrushes soaps.

I also came up with a storage solution for the feminine products. I should really do this at home as well. This basket sits on top of the toilet.

My sister in law and friends want more spaces organised in their home so stay tuned.


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  1. Jade this looks great, what a fantatsic idea helping family and friends. I find it easier helping other , not as much distraction or overwhelming

  2. Thanks Jill...I think so too. No way near as overwhelming as your own stuff.

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