room organizing

ROOM ORGANIZING

room-organitationThis is another post on how I deal with living in the worlds smallest house! Sometimes you have to get very creative.

Remember last week when I showed you the fruit basket toilet paper holder. Well this is another example of that.

It started in the bathroom. I hate being in that room. Just standing in there every morning doing my hair drove me crazy!

I needed a vanity. Somewhere where I could sit and relax while doing my hair. But in the worlds smallest house there is no space. Hell I don’t even have a closet to hang my clothes.

Plus, being on a budget makes things even more difficult. The journey started with a thrift store mirror priced at $3.99. Yes! Now we are talking my kind of budget!

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I LOVE these old mirrors!

Next stop was the Habitat ReStore. There I found a kitchen cupboard door. It wasn’t too wide, it was just the right size.

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I then needed some hardware. For that I went to Walmart. I had a particular type of bracket in mind and I knew Walmart had it in stock.

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These brackets had curved hooks on them that I wanted to use to hang my blow dryer and hand mirror from. It keeps them out of the way when not in use and handy right where they need to be.

room-organization-002I found a weird shaped hook to screw into the side of the shelf. That hook would hold my curling iron. This particular hook is used for hanging long curtain rods up so it doesn’t sag in the middle. But for this purpose it has worked out perfectly. I have it out far enough so that it does not touch the wall.

You really have to look at things differently from what the original use was, to really get what is needed for your particular circumstances.

Here it is with everything hanging on it right where I need them.

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At this point you might be wondering where in the world did I come up with room for a vanity. Well it is at the very end of my bed. I can sit on the end of the bed in comfort and do my hair, from blow drying to curling and styling. I have exactly 23 inches from the end of the bed to the wall. I even had room in there to put my old laundry basket. It was a curbside find that I reupholstered the old vinyl top to a pretty tapestry material. I can not believe there was even a wall plug outlet in the spot where I needed it to be. That NEVER happens!

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Because it had to be a narrow shelf I added a larger silver tray to hold my hairbrushes and things I might need. Everything about this turned out to be very practical and the total cost was just under $30.00. The brackets were the most expensive at $20.00. Sometimes you do have to buy new but that is to be expected.

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I use this area every single day and it has become one of my favorite areas because now I know I can sit and relax while doing one of those daily things that I hated, while standing in that tiny bathroom.

Next week I have one more room organizing tip that I have made. It is a great DIY project that I hope you you will like.

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Welcome to my world! My name is Kat. I live in Medicine Hat. Thus the name, Kat From The Hat.

9 Comments

    • Good Morning Anne! I have the same problem. About a month ago I decided once a week to start getting rid of stuff. I either get rid of one garbage bag or one large item. So for 5 weeks now I get rid of something… and its working! To be honest I can’t even remember what I got rid of on week one so it must be working as I obviously did not need it if I do not miss it. Maybe you could give that a try also. I feel so good now. Once a week is less painful than trying it all at once.

  1. 23 inches, wow that’s not even enough to swing a cat in. You did a stunning job, I love the plan you made and those brackets were worth every cent. P.S. I’m also loving the little gremlin on your tray

    • Hi Michele! How’s the warm African weather treating you! I am so jealous! I found that little gargoyle at a thrift store the same week I was looking to order one online. The thrift store fairies love me! And Thanks!

  2. That is a great idea. I am trying to build a storage/work cabinet because my house is so small I can’t store everything. Loved the idea for the bathroom though. I may try that since I have some cabinet doors that my sister gave me. She is re-facing her cabinets and the doors are still in great shape.

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