Chasing Davies

September 17, 2020

Organization for a Small Bathroom


 
Ever since quarantine hit, and we've been spending 200% more time inside our home, I've been nesting like crazy. Plus, my home is still a semi new home, after just moving in a year ago! I like to think that getting all settled takes time, right? 

Then, I, like soooo many others, binged the first season of the Home Edit's new Netflix show last weekend and I've been rapid fire organizing different parts of my house ever since.  I feel like a lot of others are probably in the same boat? So, I wanted to share what I've been organizing and how that's working in my home... 

Starting with my small "master" bathroom:

It's a bathroom in our master bedroom, but definitely not what you think of as a master bath. ;) We live in an old house and a larger, two sink, bathtub AND shower kind of bathroom is one of the things we chose to give up for the area we live in (which we love).

So, I've been trying my hand at maximizing the sh*t out of this little bathroom and organizing it to maximize the space better.  I've found a few game changers I wanted to share so far (but let's be honest, it's an on going process of trying new ways to organize as I use it and learn).


Before


Before wasn't terrible (was it?) - I did have a basket at least, but it was too big and we just threw stuff in it to be buried and never seen again. And the top shelf was getting so crowded and I was knocking bottles down trying to get to what I needed constantly. 

The cubbies on the side of the sink weren't being used well at all (and I don't have a before pic for). Mostly just one item willy-nilly set there. So, I was able to actually find more space with these cubes.


After


I added a lazy Susan turntable to the top shelf to corral all my products. This is a huge game changer, because it holds a lot, but I can easily swivel it around to find the items I used most needed in that moment. 

To the bottom shelf, I added to clear pull out drawers to store items less often used. I chose this so I could use the space above the drawers, too. I actually just ordered a long clear tray to sit across the drawers to play odd sized objects in (see?  a work in progress).



Another look at those cubes on the side of my sink vanity. And then I use the space between the sink and the wall/window to hang my hair tools (blow dryer, curling iron and flat iron).  

I have both my irons in heat resistant holders (with holes at the top so I can stretch them over the hook) so I don't have to worry about waiting until they're fully cooled off to put away. I also use them to lay my iron on while using it.

Every sink/bathroom vanity is different, but if you have space between yours and the wall -  consider adding hooks so you can optimize that space! My sink set up is Ikea, so these hooks came with it and work for its shape. You could get suction cup hooks for the side or hooks like what I have if measurements work.



We also added a floating shelf over our toilet to use that space (but it couldn't jet out too much as we walk in from the right side of the toilet).  I like clear bins because I can see what's in them, but with this being out, I liked the frosted look of this one. We keep our hair brushes and other items used often here.

This is a fake fiddle leaf plant, but want to test out a real one soon (I'm growing a baby spider plant now that I got off my big one to put here eventually). I like greenery for an addition of nature here. 

And that is pretty much it. 


Items Featured




Not Shown:

We have a pretty good size walk in shower that also has space for our dry towels. And we keep the trash can out next to our toilet. 


Not in my Bathroom:

I keep all my skin care and makeup in another space. I use a little area in my bedroom as a vanity for all of that, and I'll be sharing that soon - as I've had to transition that to a work space + vanity for this new world of working/living/everything at home. Stay tuned!

My kids share a separate bathroom, so all there stuff has a separate place to live.

And we use our hallway closet for back stock, extra towels, medicine, etc. 


Here are some other organization posts you can check out:

Organizing your kitchen baking section/cabinet (from my old house which I transitioned to my new one).

One way to organize your makeup in your bathroom (in my old house I didn't have a lot of drawers, so used a different approach that I'm doing in my new house).

5 different ways to store and organize kid toys!

Organize and decorate your shelving. 



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August 21, 2020

Prepping for Winter... Now.



 
This is not something I'd normally do so soon... but then again, this is not a normal year.  

After spending so much time outside this summer, and how all the outdoor things (like pools, outdoor furniture, bikes, bike helmets, etc) sold out or were very hard to find (especially at decent/regular price), I decided we needed a game plan for this coming winter and to start prepping sooner.

This quarantine life isn't going away anytime soon, and I'm flat out scared for winter (I already struggle with seasonal affective disorder and my kids get so antsy when cooped up for too long). Our only saving grace these past 6 months of quarantine have been getting outside - for play, for walks, for socially distant meet ups, picnics, and family adventures. 

Therefore, I had 3 goals for starting my winter shopping early (...while it is still summer):

 First, prolong comfort outside as long as possible as temps drop.  

Second, encourage the kids to get outside to play and have fun (safely). 

Third, ensure we have our basic seasonal needs covered before there is an issue finding them.



So here is what I did:

The first thing I did was clean out our coat closet. I used this time to organize and have the kids try on all the things to see what new items we needed.

I then checked all our medicines, humidifiers, filters, replacement parts, etc.

I made a list of the things we needed.

I did some research on winter toys for the great outdoors that would encourage them to play outside.

I then also read many reviews on outdoor heaters.


Here are the items we ordered in prep:

Outdoor Heaters
(this is an item I predict will sell out or prices will go up as people try to keep what little socializing abilities we have left.  We ended up getting not one, but three different ones for different reasons.)

An infrared heater to hang from the ceiling of our screened in porch.

Outdoor, portable, lamp heater for our deck area (this one can be broken down to store later or transport).

A solo stove for some real fire, but with less smoke (a la the s'mores one).
 


Winter Clothing/Accessories
(like long underwear/base layers, gloves, snow pants, etc.)

We landed on balaclavas (larger and smaller size) for the kids to keep them super warm and built in face covering! Our last year hats and scarves still work!

Gloves for all - after cleaning out the closet, I found some many single gloves (they're like socks, always losing just one). These kids' snow gloves were recommended in my research, as were these adult warm ones with all over touchscreen.  I also love these ones for every day wearing for both adults & kids.

Thankfully we all had winter coats that still fit and worked. I tend to stock up on next years coats at the end of winter, and I did this year before the pandemic.  I love J.Crew coats for my whole family and there are a ton of coats on sale here.

Snow pants and suits are a must have to keep kids outside playing in the (hopeful) snow to come!  Nora inherits Liam's outgrown ones, and this year we got Liam a new pair. I don't think you need to pay a lot for these unless you are going to be in Antarctica, so we get ours from Target.

The whole family got new base layers - and landed on these highly-rated, but affordable priced ones in both adult and kids (girls and boys).
 


Winter, Outside Toys
(Anything to keep the kids outside longer having fun, expending energy!)

Sleds and Snow Tubes - we have sleds (like this one which is rated well), but got some new (super affordable) animal snow tubes for sledding or pulling each other around in the yard. 🤞for snow.

Other random snow toys - I found these snow markers (perhaps winter's version of chalk?) and molds to make little penguins of snow.

We also have kid-size snow shovels as the kids like to pave the way, so I consider this a super efficient/helpful toy!
 


Seasonal Must-Haves
(like cold/flu meds, humidifiers, extra filters, etc.)

Time to stock up on those cold & flu meds, vitamins, health aides now!  Not that it will prevent COVID, but all those other winter sicknesses and colds that pop up or help you feel better no matter what you have.

Come winter we'll be spending more time inside, so got a HEPA air purifier for our main rooms.

Winter = dry air (and previously mentioned colds/flue), so humidifiers get used a ton. I got a new humidifier for my room that is well rated + checked the kids elephant humidifiers to make sure it was in good working condition.  Just make sure you get any needed filters, too, to get you through winter - and this extends the life of your filter!

Kleenex, boogie wipes and Vaseline/Aquaphor are also good to have on hand for runny and chapped noses!
 


Indoor Toys & Cozy Items
(toys and projects for inside + cozy items to stay warm and comfy)

Inevitably, there will be lots of time inside. Every winter I stock up on art supplies, projects and Lego kits to keep those little hands and minds busy.

And if we're going to be stuck inside, better be super warm and cozy! Everyone swears by Barefoot Dreams brand blankets (this one is on sale!), and they have the softest cozy wears, too, but definitely comes at a price (check eBay for possible deals).

Still on my list to get - a cozy, warm robe (this one looks wonderful)!

I always get some new pairs of jammies for the kids.
 



UPDATE: A friend of mine had a great suggestion to get a generator - especially for those that live around lots of trees!  She has this one (that takes propane or gasoline)

champion generator ready to go


...and here are a few others rated well:

 



The list could go on and on, and I'm trying to get things I only really need/will need. And pandemic or not, I'd need to update items for growing kids and replenishing needs anyway!

What's on your winter prep list?

If helpful, I put together a quick check list as you start thinking about prepping early for the season!




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August 10, 2020

The Home Files: Must-Have Decor Books

 
Home decor books are not the thing I dreamed of growing up and having my own space to decorate, they weren't the things I registered for when I got married, and the first time I got one as a gift, I wondered... what will I do with this?

But now? Now I can't get enough of them, and am thankful for those gifts in the past. Home decor books or coffee table books are so versatile in home decor, but also wonderfully useful, especially when you're stuck at home in a never-ending quarantine.  The only beach I'm visiting are the ones in this book, and I am reminiscing on last year's Italy trip (Rome and Amalfi Coast) through this book.

I use these beautiful and interesting books all over my home, also stopping to read them often (I use old regular books, too, especially favorites I can't part with).  They were a big part of my recent shelf re-decorating process (the reveal is here) and I stack them on my coffee table and side tables here and there.

Sharing some of my favorites and a few ways I use them below!


Shop my favorite books:




styling decor books


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