I did a little video a while ago asking for feedback and also asking what you would like to see. Sara asked to see how I organise all the little things, so here we go!
The most common items you’re going to see are Tactix boxes I’ve purchased from Bunnings (around $4 each) and these Variera containers from IKEA.
I used to apply my makeup in my bedroom at my dressing table but moved it into the bathroom a few years ago. Our shaving cabinet has mirrored doors and they’re at a good height so I knew I wanted to store my make-up in there, on ‘my’ side, using the mirrored door on ‘his’ side to apply my makeup. Thankfully the makeup caddy that I already had fit in and I could place the other bits in there too! Howard’s Storage World can be a bit expensive, but Kmart have good options for this now.
On the shelf above I use a narrow basket from a $2 store to store my contact lenses and other spectacle paraphernalia.
On the bottom shelf we keep cotton tips and I have an old cotton tip container there for my foundation sponge.
*Tip – if you can instal a power point inside your shaving cabinet it means it’s not visible day to day but easily accessible.
I try to blow dry my hair and look all grown up, but most of the time I can’t be bothered. I purchased a Tactix box from Bunnings for around $4 and it stores most of my hair accessories nicely. I can also store it on its side in my drawer as the lid shuts firmly and everything stays in its correct place. I use a Variera container here from IKEA to store hair products and brushes. I store this in a drawer in the bathroom and it fits well.
I recently sorted all Miss 5’s accessories into something similar. This is a container by Sistema, purchased at Woolworths. I love that there is a tray at the top for hair ties, bun nets and bobby pins and space below for hair bands etc. I store these in a cupboard in the lounge room with a hair ideas book, spray bottle of water and hairbrush. I store them in the lounge room as this is where I do her hair.
Small clothing items
In the kids bedroom drawers I use these to keep their undies, singlets, stockings etc organised.
I purchased this little container from Howard’s Storage World a while ago. It stores AAA to D batteries.
Aside from a jewellery box, which isn’t really suitable for long necklaces, I like to store my costume jewellery on this key hook (purchased from OfficeWorks) to hang them, on the inside of my wardrobe door. I’ve also used the clear 3m hooks. You can hang dangly earrings on these too.
I’ve created this wrapping station on the inside of our double door pantry. I’m going to play around with it a bit as I’m not 100% happy with it and I’ll go into further details about this in an upcoming post.
I use cube storage boxes for the kids toys, storing like items together. Easy for the kids to pack everything away!
I use a variety of storage options for stationary. In my desk drawers I use a tray with dividers and some Décor plastic containers.
In my studio I use a mixture of vases for storing pencils, textas, paint brushes etc.
For the kids stationary items I use takeaway containers with lids that I store up high to avoid my walls being drawn on!
I store our cables in empty toilet rolls, standing up, in box.
I have a spoon holder and utensil holder by my stove top for commonly used items.
In my first, second and third drawers I use these trays to divide ‘like’ items up. I think I got them from Howard’s Storage World and Trade Secret. I strongly recommend sorting your utensils and really think about the last time you used the items in the drawer, and discarding any you no longer use.
I have a command centre set up by our back door. I will do a post about this in the future. On this wall I have a plastic sleeve fixed to the wall with 3M strips and I place all school notes here. I clean this out at the end of each school term.
As I shared with you in my Entry • Organisation post, we store our keys on a hook and sunglasses in a drawer by the front door. If this is not possible for you, consider an area in your home that you pass on your way out the door. You could attach a key holder to the inside of a cupboard door and a small basket near it for your sunglasses to go in, that way you’ll know where they are, provided you return them there each time.
I hope the above has been useful. Feel free to comment on this post, in Facebook or Instagram if there are anymore small things you’d like storage solutions for.