CASE STUDY: CLEAR THE COUNTER

New stor­age in­serts and drawer di­viders help a busy cou­ple’s shared van­ity go from chaotic to clut­ter-free.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Contents - WRITER DE­BRA STEILEN PRO­DUCER CATHY KRAMER PHO­TOG­RA­PHER CAR­SON DOWN­ING

See how one cou­ple re­freshed their bath­room van­ity with new stor­age in­serts and shelv­ing.

PROB­LEMS

■ 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.

SO­LU­TIONS

”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.

BET­TER BAS­KET

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.

BE­FORE

— 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.

BE­FORE

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