You may remember Cole from Cole's Bedroom Tidy. He was definitely a minimalist in the end, but you couldn't tell from all the clutter!
We went through all of Cole's items and ended up throwing out almost everything in the medicine cabinet and under the sink. He actually had six toothbrushes! One particular challenge for Cole was removing all of his toiletries from their excess packaging. This allowed him to store them using much less space and he was more likely to use them regularly. This was especially important because a few of his toiletries were on automatic order every month, so if he didn't use them up he got backlogged!
What remained easily fit in his open storage, so it was easy to access and streamlined!
We had Cole "shop his kitchen" for the Coke glass that holds his toothpicks and we found the mason jar for his Q-tips in the garage. The Aveeno bath salts were in a large box, so we threw that away. In general extra packaging will keep you from using everything because it is just a *little* less convenient to access. Studies show that habits you would like to develop have to be almost ridiculously convenient! So if you want to take more baths and use those bath salts, keep em handy!
That's all for Cole's bathroom! What storage challenges do you have for your toiletries?
Spring cleaning for toiletries can be one of the grossest and most satisfying categories! All those expired and unused lotions and potions - buh-bye! It truly feels like magic and is the simplest category to tidy (in my opinion.) Check out my vlog below and I'll lead you through it!
Here's a checklist!
Download a PDF version here :))
Hello friends! Marlane Deanne here, and here at TidyFairy we are wrapping up our second week of the "6 Bags in 6 Weeks Spring Cleaning Challenge," which is books! This morning I put together a Pinterest board for you full of "gimmick free" bookshelf inspiration. Organization practices I deem too gimmicky for grown-ups:
I also added my sweet bookshelf to the mix! This bookshelf is a Craiglist find, and the blue and pink paint are original from a 1950's child's bedroom. I love how it is a spin on typical cube storage, especially since someone added the little door, which is not original. I keep my sentimental Twilight book collection back there!
To hear more about my books and how I pared down, check out my YouTube video all about decluttering books!
Marlane Deanne here! This week's category is my favorite category because you get to re-introduce yourself to my favorite kinds of friends: Books!
Watch this short video to learn all about it!
Here is a checklist to make sure you don't miss anything!
Download the printable checklist!
Download our free printable (who doesn't love printables?!) and don't forget to post pictures of your bags and boxes at our TidyFairy Facebook page, or tell us about it in the comments below! We will also be touching on this category all week on our Instagram @tidyfairyla :))
This week Marlane and I went on a tidy trip to the brand new, largest-in-the-country, wonderous Ikea in Burbank. Spoiler alert, we had all of the fun and LOVED it there.
We ooh'd and ahh'd, opened every single cabinet and drawer to marvel at the organizational tools hidden inside, probably annoyed a few people, and sang the "Look at this stuff, isn't it neat?!" refrain from The Little Mermaid more than once. I for sure called it the largest Ikea in the world all day (it's not). We also ate at the cafe which is expansive and carries lots of tasty treats, and boasts a gorgeous view of Griffith Park! (And Marlane ate pie there on Pi day. Totally unintentionally. That made my nerd heart happy.)
This trip was for research; we wanted to familiarize ourselves with all of the great storage & organization solutions that Ikea has to offer, just in case a client does end up needing something that they don't already have. BUT it was also of course a trip for us to call dibs on all of our favorite rooms OF WHICH THERE ARE SO MANY! This Ikea features a ton of great decorated rooms to explore. They also featured a couple of fully furnished tiny home, micro apartment, and bachelor rooms, which I love, as a tiny house is my dream house!
I think the thing that stood out to me the most about this location is the gigantic warehouse. I'm fairly confident that if there is ANYTHING you saw on any display floor, you can pick up one or seventeen at that location. I doubt there is anything that they would ever have to order from another location for you.
But wait! There's more! There's a video! Because OF COURSE WE MADE A VIDEO! Check it out after the JUMP!
A garment rack can be a fashionable, inexpensive way to store your clothing, especially if you are in a non-traditional or small space living situation where you don’t have a closet. Now I know you have a dresser, and you have folded everything vertically in the drawers Marie Kondo style so they fit just right! But sometimes, no matter how much you have discarded (you’ve faithfully done your discarding - right?!), and folded, and hung only the things that need to be hung - your closet is just too small.
Or maybe you would just like to display your favorite items because they bring you so much joy!
Go forth and garment rack! Our tips and photos after the jump!