As you know I have been doing Marie Kondo Monday’s here and this week we are covering our bathroom! I had a Kon Marie Consultant (I talked about HERE). Come over to my home and help me tackle our bathroom closet. I tell you what, I learned how important the process of following Marie Kondo’s method is! Believe it or not I have organized my bathroom before. I organized it right after I read her book. But I did not follow her steps exactly.
I have heard people talk about how they don’t like Marie Kondo’s method because there are “too many rules” or it seems unrealistic. First of all, I am not a fan of bashing anyone. I can appreciate ALL approaches to organizing and decorating your home. I personally just didn’t understand the why of the Marie Kondo Method, until I applied it. I am a questioner, so I will question it (not bash it) until I try it.
If you are new here, we have an 1100 square foot home in Connecticut, near the beach and New York. We love our location and were willing to sacrifice space for location. We have learned that having a “home” for everything is so important to our sanity and peace in our home.
We have two bathrooms. The bathroom we are talking about today is actually our “master bathroom” and our main floor bathroom. We have another full-size bathroom upstairs that is for guests and our girls. But we all mainly get ready in this bathroom. We have a “command center” for getting ready, that is this hall cupboard, you will see below. It has all our hair stuff in it and since my girls are still young this is where I do their hair.
I will warn you- if you do the Marie Kondo method it might make you want to upgrade the rest of your space! Our cabinet was looking a little shabby and needed a paint job, and it became more noticeable once everything was so organized. Let’s see what Marie Kondo made me do…..
This is what the Bathroom looked like BEFORE-
I painted the cupboard in THIS Rust-Oleum Charcoal Paint. It took two coats of paint for the vanity and the cupboard and one can. The best part about chalk paint is that there is zero prep! I just painted over what was there. Then I did seal the chalk paint with a coat of wax. I used THIS Behr wax. I waited about two hours after painting then I applied the wax with a rag. SUPER easy!!!! The vanity before was painted in chalk paint with a wax. It held up really well, except for one spot, which I just should have put another coat of wax on it. I did spray paint the hardware with my favorite spray paint (I wrote a blog post about spray paint HERE in the Bronze). And I spray painted the light fixture too in the same gold. I LOVE it!!! (I will do a follow-up post on how I took down the light then spray painted it, Kevin was out of town, so I had to figure it out and it was easier than I thought).
I really like how the vanity and the hall cupboard are now the same color. It feels like custom cabinetry and more unified!
Bathroom Vanity Before-
You can see how parts of the vanity, more of the wax shows in the edges. I can clean that off, but the white doesn’t bother me. I have mentioned this before, the vanity was a vintage find that used to be my girls changing table! When we moved to Connecticut I stuck it here when we were remodeling the bathroom just to fill the space until our new vanity came. I ended up liking it and canceled the other vanity! I found the sink on Overstock. Below the vanity we keep toothbrushes, my makeup bag and extra toilet paper.
Marie Kondo Steps- Everything Out First!
When Spark Joy Connecticut came over I kept asking her “so we really need to take it all out? Like this and this and this??” Ha! She said, “YES”! I listed and we took everything out. It helps to see what you have and to quickly go thru it all. The most valuable thing to me with removing everything, I discovered a better way to put things back too! It took us about an hour and 30 minutes to clean it all out and put it all back.
We made a pile for- donate, trash and needs a new home.
It was pretty easy for me to get rid of things. I used to hang onto fancy face creams and lotions that people would give to me, because I thought that it was wasteful to get rid of them. But now I know that if I don’t use it and it isn’t something that I don’t like the ingredients, why keep it?? (You can donate un-opened products to women shelters etc.)
I came across a jar of jewelry that I NEVER wear. I finally donated it. I did find a bracelet that Lola had made me to wear when I delivered Finn. lt brought me joy to look at it, but I knew I had already taken a photo of it and wrote about it in my journal, so I was ok to get rid of it. If you DO find something that you aren’t sure you are ready to get rid of because it is sentimental then put it aside to evaluate when you go thru sentimental items.
Below are the BEFORE photos of the drawers- (yikes!)
My favorite change is the messy hair drawer! We switched and put the towels in the drawer and moved the hair products to the cupboard. We used my favorite clear plastic bins (find HERE) that I have all over our kitchen too. I labeled them with THIS Label Maker. I did not go out and buy storage containers before. And I am so glad I didn’t because we ended up changing where we keep things. As we were putting things back I used boxes and pulled some containers from the kitchen to see what would work best!
And I did paint the inside of the cupboard and all the drawers. Plus added THIS peel and stick wallpaper! It is so fun to open it up now!! There is a place that makes sense for everything and everything we own in here we use! And there is a Magic Light in there! I need to add one more. Or I might order THESE Lights so they turn on when we open the doors and I can charge.
We are so happy with it and I know that we will keep it this way!
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Check past Marie Kondo Monday’s HERE.
We are doing a little updating to our own bathroom but I’m having a hard time figuring out where to keep our towels, like the ones we use for showers. The bar doesn’t hold enough and they get smelly on hooks. Any suggestions?
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We have hooks on the back of our door!!! You can see it here—
and here are ideas-
Dang! I say this all the time! You blow my mind! You are crazy talented! I love it!
Jennifer Collins says
We have the same exact cupboard with the doors and the drawers but instead ours is in our bathroom..do you have rails for underneath your drawers? Or do they just pull out and kind of fall?? If so where did you get them and how did you install? Could you do a tutorial? We do not have rails underneath ours and I cannot stand it, every time I pull them out they just kind of fall if that makes sense? Thanks in advance!
I find it so frustrating that the links don’t take me to the specific item all because I am from Canada. I can easily order and have the item shipped and I also travel to the US often and could go to the store to pick up the item but I never know what the item is called because you only share it via the link. 😔 please share product names.
Love the bathroom makeover. I use to have my vanity black, I think I am going to repaint it black again.
Thanks for all that you share.
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That is so annoying!! I am sorry! I only share the link, because looking up the name of each item would add probably an hour to my blog post. I link thru a company that makes it super quick for me to link to get the info to you. If there is a specific item just leave a comment and I can get you the item info! I am sorry. Hope that will help.
I love the black too!!! I was worried about it feeling dark, but I love the contrast! Good luck!
Thank you for sharing your organization process……you make it seem manageable. Inspired.
Now that all of your face products are organized, please do a post of your skin care routine. So interested to see the secret to your glowing skin. Thank you.
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Thank you!! Yes!! Planning on that this week (hopefully!!)
Joanna Bane says
Love the cabinet painted the charcoal color! It really looks amazing, especially with the spray painted knobs. I used to hold onto misc bathroom stuff too, lotions, shampoo, travel sizes, samples, etc because I didn’t like feeling wasteful. But I did finally go through & throw it away if I wasn’t using it. Love the makeover, thanks for sharing!!! 🙂 Joanna from Nashville
I love the cabinet over your toilet! Is that something unique or is it available to purchase somewhere?
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It was a vintage find!
Erica MI Mobley says
Those LED motion sensor lights – game changer! Brainstorming where I NEED those. 🙂 Side note I feel really lazy when you’re able to do a bathroom makeover while Kevin is out of town!
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hahah!!! Thank you! It was a lot of late nights!