I love to find alternative uses for items. Here at TidyFairy we call it "shopping your house" to find the solution right at home! I wanted a place to sit down to do my makeup instead of doing it standing over the bathroom sink, but I love all the furniture (and floor space) in my bedroom. I knew I didn't want a whole new piece of furniture, but what to do?
Enter my wardrobe! I repaired and refinished this petite Victorian era wardrobe (as seen featured here on ApartmentTherapy!) and it's still one my favorite pieces of furniture.
But ever since I did my full Marie Kondo-style declutter of clothing, I had nothing in it! I had also neglected to refinish the inside, because when it was full of clothes, who cared?
A quick dry brush job with some left over white paint gave it a "no spiders in here" look in under an hour.
Then it was just a matter of outfitting the inside with the goods!
Hang a mirror with a 3-M hook and pull up a stool and we're good to go! I wrapped flowers in cotton twine and hung them to dry from the old fashioned clothes bar hooks to include every bit of the architecture in the finished product. They're also just so pretty!
I shopped my house for the organization goods, settling on two stacked milk crates and a DVD box with lid for the heavy lifting. Also re-purposed a handed down Glamour Girl planter from the 1960s, a mason jar, and tea cup to corral the makeup items. This can be a great way to put to use sentimental items. I also grabbed a small Whole Foods brown bag and folded down the edges as a used Q-tip wastebasket.
If you want to get really fancy, use a drill to secure the two crates together. You could also use a little cart or any number of "bathroom shelves" inside the wardrobe and get the same effect.
That's all she wrote! Do you have a creative place you get ready for the day? We'd love to hear about more space repurposing!
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 :))
It's March, almost April, which in Los Angeles means it's starting to get hot punctuated by a few cold days - just so we know who is boss. This also means it's time for SPRING CLEANING and we're here to help you show your closets who is boss!
Our goal is to have you tidy 6 bags in 6 weeks - that's one bag a week! The bags can be large or small - if you're feeling a 40 gallon Hefty bag? Go for it! But a grocery size paper bag works too! Anything to get you thinking the way we think - about things as CATEGORIES - and get you thinking about what you LOVE - and what you don't! We will follow along on the blog, week by week and check out our instagram @ TidyFairyLa for more inspiration!
Show us your bags! Post them to our Facebook page or mention us on Instagram with the hashtag #WHATSINTHEBAG and/or #6IN6! If you want to get a jump start on it, here is a downloadable PDF with a handy dandy checklist so you don't forget a thing!