Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Organized and Tidy

Replacing my bathroom vanity/sink and wall cabinet significantly improved the size and type of storage in my bathroom. The new vanity has two full-size drawers that hold a surprising quantity of stuff. The extra space allowed me to move my makeup from the sewing/dressing room into the bathroom, where the light is better. I also cleared out and organized my linen closet and the chest of drawers I use as a hairstyling station.

I love closets and drawers because they hide stuff away, making rooms look tidy. And I love baskets and bins in the closets and drawers because they organize the stuff, making the closets and drawers look tidy.

I love tidy. :)

The new vanity is Hemnes from IKEA. It's plain, basic white... but what it lacks in style, it makes up for in clever design and roomy storage. I love it! The bottom drawer holds frequently used stuff - cleaning products, two stacks of washcloths, and a basket containing hair spray, contact lens solution, etc. There was still room left over, so I added a spare bag of cotton balls and spare shower scrubbies to fill the space. Full drawer means stuff doesn't slide around when I open and close the drawer. :)

The top drawer holds makeup, cotton in three forms, and denture Invisalign cleaner. Plastic baskets and bins keep it all organized.

Infrequently used items, extras (I hate running out of anything!), and paper products are kept in the linen closet.

I recently replaced my worn-out white towels and washcloths with purple and black ones. On a whim, I also bought orange and green, thinking they will be fun at Halloween time. Folded appropriately, this ridiculous quantity of towels fit on two shelves. Below them are sheets and pillowcases. On the bottom are blankets for the dogs and some of the old white towels, which have been demoted to dog bath duty.

In the chest of drawers in my dressing area, the shallow top drawer holds less frequently used makeup (organized in baskets, of course).

For the drawers that hold hair stuff, I have organizers that are a step up from plastic baskets. I normally wouldn't spring for fancy-schmancy fabric-lined organizers to live unseen in a drawer, but I came across these for just a few dollars at Big Lots (damask) and Jo-Ann (stripes).


They are precisely the right size to fill the drawers. :D One drawer holds my hair brushes, clips, barrettes, and ponytail holders. And my scrunchies. Yes, I admit it - I use scrunchies (because they don't damage my hair).

The other drawer holds hair flowers, headbands and curling irons.

How do you organize or store your bath and beauty stuff? Do you hide it away, or do you prefer to have it out where you can see it?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Doing Well

Thank you all for the good wishes on my last post. The surgery is done and I am doing well. I hope to get back to proper blogging very soon.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Body Repairs Tomorrow

My surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. I'm a little nervous. I've had surgeries before, but the last one was 13 years ago when my body was younger and in better shape. I'm not very fit these days. :( But my overall health is okay - nonsmoker, healthy weight, good blood pressure, etc. - so hopefully I will heal quickly.

I filled a prescription for pain meds but hope I won't need them. The last time I took a narcotic pain med, I had bizarre dreams/hallucinations. I saw a team of football players, about 10 inches tall and dressed in red uniforms, walking out of my closet. Tiny football players?! I have NO IDEA where in the deep recesses of my brain that came from.

I also heard and felt my dog jump up on my bed and lie down beside me. I reached down to pet her... and she wasn't there. I wasn't just seeing things, I was hearing and feeling things. Freaked me out a little. Hallucinations = not fun. (Clearly I have no future as a drug abuser. Heh.)

If all goes well, I'll have a few days of hallucination-free rest and recuperation, and then I'll be back online.

By the way... It's been about five weeks since the attempt to dye my hair purple. I've shampooed it about 25 times, and it still looks black. The color has not faded at all. My hair stylist doesn't quite know what to make of it. She said she's never seen hair do what mine does. Yep, I'm a mutant. :P

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Quick Update

Hello! Just a quick post to say I'm still here.

Progress has been made with remodeling my bathroom. The new flooring, new toilet, and new vanity, sink, and faucet have been installed. The baseboards and door casing have been painted and are ready to install. I have most of the accessories ready to go in - shower curtain, rugs, towel hooks, etc. I just need to find a new mirror. The bathroom is going to look very different than I'd originally hoped for - more White Efficient Practicality than Dark Gothic Glamour. :( But it will be a huge relief to have it finished. I'll try to post about it soon!

I'll be going in for surgery in about two weeks. Hopefully, I will be able to quickly return to projects and posting. Please bear with me in the meantime.