It’s About… Delightfully Simple Solutions

Do you have something in your life that just makes you crazy. I’m not talking something major, but one of those little annoyance that happens so often and just makes you frustrated every time.

There are many in my life. Today I did something about one of them.

We have a front-load washing machine and matching dryer. They spin at something like 80,000 rpms. Okay, I’m exaggerating a bit, but it’s pretty fast, and as a result if there is anything sitting on top of them when running it will fall off.  For most things it’s fine – I try not to keep stuff on top.  But I do have a little mini trash can on top of the dryer to hold lint and used dryer sheets. I could just get rid of it and use the regular trash can but, well, I don’t want to.

Last weekend when it fell off yet again I had a light bulb moment. VELCRO!

So today I finally got around to it:
I took this trash can.  Okay, it’s not actually a trash can.  I couldn’t find a trash can I liked that was small enough when I was shopping a few years back.  It’s actually a Kleenex holder box for a bathroom.

I already had this package of velcro (no clue why.  I think my dad must have bought it for a project when he was here)

And I attached two strips.

Then I found the right spot on my dryer (where it misses getting hit by the cabinet doors) and stuck it on.

I took that last picture while the dryer was running. 

So now it won’t fall off and I can still remove it to empty the trash when I need to. Hooray! These are the small things that make me happy. 

If you have a simple solution you’ve come up with in your life to end one of those small frustrations, SHARE IT!  Take a few pictures if you can, write a blog post and let the rest of us know about it.

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Medicine Cabinet Update

I am lucky to have a medicine cabinet in my bathroom that’s on MY side.  Poor Mr. Brown does not have one on his side.  Well, I suppose it’s his side because it doesn’t have a cabinet.  And you may have noticed the recurring theme here that I have basically taken over the bathroom.  Oh well, that’s married life I guess.

In any case, back to my not-so-glorious medicine cabinet.  I love having it.  I don’t love the cabinet itself so much.  It’s the cheap builder kind that comes with all new construction houses.  Functional but not fabulous.  But for now, it’ll have to do.  It holds all the lotions and potions I need to get myself ready for the day.  Until recently it looked pretty much like this:

Now it looks like this:

“Wait,” you’re asking, “what’s different?”  This is what’s different my friends – The InterDesign Med+ Organizer:

I found this little number at Target.  It was an organizing tool I hadn’t seen before and for the bargain price of $9.99 (okay, not such a bargain, but not as expensive as putting in a whole new cabinet) I quickly dropped it in my cart.

I realized later that I had no idea if it would actually fit in my medicine cabinet. I was delighted when I got home and found that it was just the right size.  (Are medicine cabinets a standard size?)  I used it to corral all the little things floating around. 
It’s kind of deceptive because it doesn’t look like it changes much.  But having little slots for things actually adds quite a bit of storage ability to the space.  It means that things like tweezers and nail clippers don’t get lost behind bottles of things. 

They had other layouts as well.  I picked up the one I thought would work best for my things.  You might have different needs.  I’m tempted to head back and grab two more – one for the tall bottles on the bottom and one for the wide jars and bottles on the top.

*** Disclaimer.  This product review is not an endorsement of a specific company or product.  Suzanne and Delightfully Organized have not been compenstated in any way, monetarily or otherwise, for this review. Opinions given are entirely the personal opinion of Suzanne Brown.

Jewelry Organization

You may remember my confessions post about my jewelry drawer. 

My necklaces and bracelets were in a variety of boxes and containers.  And I couldn’t easily see what was where (although I basically knew out of routine).
I’ve been tossing around ideas for what to do with this for a few weeks.  I knew I wanted something that would divide the space and make things easily visible.  But none of the regular drawer organizers were really speaking to me.

Imagine my delight last weekend when I came across these adorable little organizers at the Target Dollar Spot!  They were just $1.  I wasn’t totally sure all my jewelry would fit in the small spots but I felt pretty confident and figured that if they didn’t the $6 would be well spent as I could find another location for them.

This is what I came up with:

Don’t you just LOVE the brightly colored interiors?  They make me smile.  Six was the perfect number.  I still have a little space for a few things that need to stay separate. 

The organizers are holding my everyday jewelry.  The little silver heart jewelry box in the back was a gift from my best friend in high school.  It houses a few sentimental pieces that I don’t wear day-to-day.  As do the other boxes.  Do not be fooled by the little blue Tiffany bag.  It is not an item from Tiffany!  The bag is from Tiffany.  It came with the 5-year anniversary clock my husband got from work.  What’s in it now is the tiara I wore for our wedding.  Actual retail price – somewhere around $30.

To my great joy, all my items fit.  The larger bracelets and necklaces are in the big slots.  Everything else is in the smaller ones.  In general, I grouped things by like color.  So the silver pieces are together, those with blue, with brown… you get the idea.  That’s how I think about getting dressed – by color so that made sense for me.  If you think by length or some other criteria you might want to organize them differently.

Isn’t it pretty?  Don’t you just want to look at it one more time.

Master Bath Mini-Makeover Part 2

You might remember my confession about the disorganization in my Master Bathroom.

The Master Bath

The Drawer. There is exactly one (1) drawer in our master bath. I have commandeered 95% of it from Mr. Brown. It works because I don’t keep it overstuffed. But there are a lot of little things lurking in the back that probably need to go.

And you may remember the Part 1 of my bathroom mini-makeover:

Well, I’ve completed Part 2 – The Drawer!  Like the vanity, this was quick, easy & cheap. 

Total cost: $5
Inspiration: Amanda @ Kuzak’s Closet

I found the wire mesh baskets for $1 each at the (duh!) Dollar Store.  Instead of Velcro on the bottoms I put felt pads.  This means the baskets can move and I can adjust my configuration whenever I feel like it.  But the felt keeps the wire from scratching the high-quality (::cough::::cough::) laminate drawer.

And the results:

I went with 4 baskets.  One for my hair drying supplies (brushes & a clippy).  One for my makeup (I just pull out the basket to apply makeup and put the basket back when I’m done).  One for miscellaneous extra stuff (like face wash, eye cream, dental floss, etc).  The last one has *some* space for Mr. Brown.  At least his extra hair product, razor blades, and lip balm get a home.  And the first aid supplies we need most often (band-aids, antibiotic ointment and alcohol swabs).

So there you have it.  My total spent on bathroom makeover so far is $8.  That makes me happy.

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Quick & Simple Bathroom Vanity Makeover

This took me less than one hour and cost a grand total of $3.

This is what my bathroom vanity looked like before:

As you can see, Mr. Brown & I have separate sinks.  We use separate toothbrush holders and have separate toothpaste.  (these are great things for anyone wanting to eliminate arguments over whether you squeeze in the middle or what brand to use)  But our collection of bath accessories was a mish-mash of things collected over years of separate apartments and joint apartments and so they didn’t really match.

A quick trip to your local bath accessory store will reveal that these things while they try to be “stylish” just end up feeling, well, bathroom like.  I wanted spa-like.  What’s more spa-like than glass?

So instead of hitting up one of the big-box stores I went to the dollar store and found 3 glass candle holders.  I combined these with a variety of glass objects we already had to create this after:

What I used:
My toothbrush – vase I already had on-hand
Mr. Brown’s toothbrush – candle holder $1
Toothpastes – a mug from a wedding Mr. Brown was in back in 2003.  That couple is no longer together and the mug was just not something he really used.  So now instead of taking up space in our kitchen cabinets it’s being useful in our bathroom
Cotton Balls – candle holder $1
Q-tips – candle holder $1
Lilac Soaps (smell lovely) – brandy snifter that was taking up space in my over-the-fridge cabinet for the last 10 years

I then put all of it and the things that didn’t really fit in a glass container on a tray I’ve had for several years and used intermittently as a Christmas decoration.  Putting everything on the tray makes it feel like the little tray of amenities you get at a hotel.  And it will make it easy for me to lift all at once and clean underneath.

Now let’s just hope Mr. Brown is on board!

Easy & Inexpensive Idea Homemade Supply Canisters

What’s holding your pens, scissors, children’s crayons, or kitchen utensils?

I love this great idea from the Hoosier Homemade for making your own Office Supply Canisters.

photo by Hoosier Homemade

You could use any paper to fit your personal style or the decor of your room.

If you try these, send me a picture of your final result. I’d love to see your creativity in action.