CASE STUDY: CLEAR THE COUNTER
New storage inserts and drawer dividers help a busy couple’s shared vanity go from chaotic to clutter-free.
See how one couple refreshed their bathroom vanity with new storage inserts and shelving.
■ Grooming products stayed in disarray on the counter after use. ■ A too-small shelving unit in the space below the sink did not take full advantage of the available storage area. ■ The vanity did not accommodate towels or bulk purchases.
”ORGANIZED CHAOS” CHAOS”— that’s how Erin Nanke describes the double vanity she shares with her husband, Kent, before project designer Cathy Kramer got involved. After Erin pitched expired products and seldomused items, she prioritized what remained based on their use. Kramer then laid out a plan for style updates and organizing improvements. She added wall-mount shelves near Erin’s sink for high-priority hair-care and contact lens supplies. Kent’s products were awarded space in the medicine cabinet. A three-drawer storage unit (for her), a two-drawer unit (for surplus storage), and two sets of drawer dividers help the vanity work hard.
SMART INSERT A three-drawer storage unit, left, tucks inside Erin’s side of the vanity and offers multiple levels of storage. Cotton swabs fill the first shallow drawer; beauty products populate the second. A deep third drawer holds travel bags with airlineapproved containers. MISSING OUT An adjustable shelving unit, below, previously failed to solve the bathroom’s storage issues because it didn’t use the full height, width, and depth of the cabinet opening. Extra items were shoved in front of the storage unit, making it hard to find what was needed.
Cabinet space behind the right-hand door is limited because of plumbing from one of the sinks, but a mesh basket, far left, stows lotion bottles and a mini basket filled with hair-groomingstaples.
ON THE DOOR
Installed high enough on the door to avoid other cabinet contents, an acrylic organizer, left, stows Erin’s hair dryer and cord out of the way but close at hand.
— CATHY KRAMER, PROJECT DESIGNER “Any successful storage system has to start with your life and routines. Tweak as you go along to ensure the new system works.”
opposite: The vanity top became a catchall for hair and beauty products that remained on display after use. That meant cleaning the bathroom was a dreaded chore. above: Today Erin organizes her daily- use items in tidy configurations on wall shelves. Behind closed cabinet doors, drawer dividers and customized storage units store grooming essentials and bulk purchases.
Hot rollers and the cord rest neatly on the unit’s laminate top.