So it turns out buying storage containers willy-nilly is not a good idea. Case in point:
Large cabinet drawer - $13.99
Medium cabinet drawer - $11.99
Cosmetic organizer - $4.99
Plastic bins - $1 each
Stuff I needed? None of that.
I keep my hair stuff on a ledge inside the sink cabinet:
My original idea was to put it all in the bin with a handle so I could pull it out and set it on the sink when I'm messing with my hair. On the other side of the cabinet I could put one of those nifty silver sliding drawers like so:
Three problems right off the bat:
1. The large sliding drawer was too tall and hit the pipe
2. Dollar store bins are too flimsy to hold the amount of gel curly folks use
3. A sliding drawer is superfluous since its easier just to reach down and pick something up
The empty space is for my husband's razor, which he has out right now due to ...shaving. We decant the q-tips into a container kept behind the mirror.
It turns out the problem with this area was just the amount of stuff which did not need to be here - sunburn gel (hello winter!), 80% empty air fresheners, multiple half empty boxes of the same stuff, etc. I was very happy to find several "missing" hair clips and even my manicure set buried in there!
I used the Dollar Tree containers in the upstairs bathroom sink. The red one is holding my flat iron and the assorted nonsense a curly haired person needs when their hair is straightened. I threw away some makeup and put the rest in the purple container. The brown mini pot holds safety pins and I put my spare bottles of nail polish remover at the front so I will stop thinking I am out.
Even though this sink looks much more organized all I did was take the cotton balls downstairs and empty these two glass containers I used in my old house to hold flossers and cotton. Easy peasy.
I could have organized this all yesterday without needing to go shopping. I just didn't want to tackle it and really see what was going on.
The Dollar Tree really has an insane amount of plastic storage. Unfortunately I only found one of the bins from yesterday and the manager at one store said he hasn't seen them in a long time. It makes sense since most of the stories about these stack able containers are about a year old.
I bought one of the boxes of impatiens mix. The ones in our yard were so beautiful last year and I am looking forward to saving money AND growing more flowers this year.
I also went into Big Lots looking for storage containers but all I bought were 90% off Christmas stuff - .20, .40 stockings and .30 wire ribbon for our porch steps ... the next time its winter!
How did your undersink adventures go?