Tuesday, March 8, 2011

McLinky Spring Clean Challenge


This week the RHOK rolled out a spring cleaning challenge, a before and after challenge.

Yes I know the button says McLinky MONDAY, but I was a little busy yesterday. No I wasn't doing stereotypical housewifey activities like watching soap operas. I was occupied with wonderful housewifey activities like cleaning up potty accidents, spilled milk, running errands, and then taking our SUV in for repairs.

So I'm sorry. I apologize. I just didn't have time to get it done on time.

Apology accepted? Great!

Now back to the challenge.

RHOK challenged us to tackle one messy area of our home for spring cleaning. For this challenge I took on underneath the bathroom sink. This is one small space that I constantly battle with it being messy and cluttered.

This picture is my after picture.

My before picture has been withheld to protect the innocent.... and because I feel too vulnerable showing you my dusty plumbing. I'm just not ready to be that vulnerable.

Just trust me, it was bad.

We are a family of 5, in a tiny home, with 1 very tiny bathroom. (1 husband + 1 wife + 3 daughters + 1 tiny bathroom = my husband needs some sympathy.) The one tiny bathroom only has 1 tiny under sink cabinet for additional storage.

I am not really a girly lady. But my daughters are trending towards girly girl things. That equals a lot of hair accessories. Add that to normal, everyday bathroom items, and bathroom storage gets really crowded, quickly cluttered, and extremely disorganized.

It is really hard to stay on top of keeping it together because usually we are in a hurry and just toss items back in underneath and shut the door.

To contain all the hair accessories, I freed up several school supply containers by purging old crayons and craft supplies we rarely use.

I labeled each container for each type of hair accessory, such as "Hair Bands", "Clips and Bobby Pins", "Scrunchies" etc.

I got a medium size white bin for the extra bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and hair products. And I used small/medium office drawer organizers to hold soap, extra toothpaste and toothbrushes.

To organize the hair dryers, curling irons, and clippers, I glued a 1x4 to the inside of the cabinet and nailed in nails to hang them from.

It honestly didn't take that long to do. The part that took the most time was sorting out all the hair accessories and placing them in their own box.

Now when we are fixing hair, we can just take out one box with exactly what we need, instead of a huge bin with everything mixed in. It will be a lot easier to keep it neat and tidy!

This is my first spring cleaning challenge. What's yours?




Rescued from the Deep said...

You are so much cooler than I am! And it looks great!

Dawn said...


And, your husband has my sympathy! LOL! My husband can relate being in the house with me and two girls. Although, THANKFULLY, we have more than one bathroom. I think if we didn't he might consider putting in an outhouse in the backyard. LOL!

Thanks for linking up with The RHOK this week. =)

~Mrs. Albright aka Dawn's Diversions

Real Housewives of Oklahoma said...

Angela- That is an awesome organization job! Now can I come babysit and you come organize mine! I promise you, you will be getting the BAD end of the job and I will be having the fun! I actually wondered myself why I didn't pick my bathroom the other day instead of my computer desk! Thank you so much for sharing and linking up! Mrs. Hart/ShaRhonda

mommyx12 said...

So organized. I love it. We just did all that today in my laundry/slash pantry room. So much work but so worth it.

Angela - Not SuperWoman said...

Mommyx12 - It was a lot of work but I am so glad I did it. It's honestly a lot less work an effort to keep it organized now.

Dawn - I am sooooooo looking forward to the day we have a bigger home and 2 bathrooms!!

Mrs. Hart - Actually its tempting to take you up on that offer. It's cathartic for me to purge and organize! I love your desk. It's so cute.

Christina - You are so cool, and cute, and petite, and spunky. So you are cooler that I am!!