My grandmother has always been a very practical, organized lady with a child-like imagination thrown in the mix. I can remember visits to her home when my sister and I were little, always seemed to be filled with creativity and great adventures. We jumped on her bed until we collapsed, drank milk out of plastic champagne glasses and blew bubbles with bendy straws until the cold milk spilled over the edges. We laughed until those very bubbles poured out of our noses, and I can hear her giggle at the whole debacle like it was yesterday. We painted whenever we liked, and she let us throw shimmering silver tinsel around her living room while singing songs and spinning in circles on New Years Eve. Ha. More often than not, she just let us be kids. But this same outspoken East Texas lady had a purpose and a place for everything. She had a jar, container, file folder, or box for every possession she owned and it was labeled and kept neatly in a sensible place. She was even known to paint cardboard banker boxes in bright colors and travel with them in her car because she said they were easier to keep organized.
I am by no means as organized or carefree as my grandmother, but I love both of those qualities in her and when I try to keep things organized and functional in my own home, I can’t help but think of her influence on my life. Lately I have been trying to get our master bathroom reorganized with what we have around the house. I wanted this little restyle to work for our lifestyle and be pretty to look at as well!
The first space I organized was the countertop which held a few things we use every day. I rolled up some wash cloths, put cotton swabs and cotton pads in convenient, small glass jars that I had on hand, and lifted them up a bit for height with inexpensive candle holders from IKEA. I styled all of these items in glass cloches I found on Amazon.
One thing I decided to do a few years ago that has made life a lot more simple, was gradually changed out all of our bathroom towels in the house to white. I can easily bleach the towels to keep them crisp and clean and they all blend pretty well together because I have stuck with the same color throughout our home. Having towels rolled up next to our shower is not only functional, but pretty, and spa-like too.
As you can see, there is a trend in our bathroom with rolled up, white linens. We have a set of built-in shelves over our bathtub and this little stack of white wash cloths can easily be grabbed from the tub when needed.
Lastly, I turned this tiered dessert tray into a place to display my favorite soaps. My husband travels a lot for work and likes to bring soaps back for me from different places he goes. I also like to pick them up on vacation to remember the places we visit. Displaying them on the side of our tub not only adds a bit of charm and sweet memories for me, but aides in convenience and practicality too.
My grandmother now lives not too far from us in an assisted living apartment where she struggles with Alzheimer’s. Even though her mind is not her own anymore, every once in a while the old carefree giggle will come out of her when she is around my children, and I’ll remember how much she taught me about loving life and staying organized all at the same time.
As always, thank you for taking the time to read along. My hope is to inspire, lend a helpful hand in your home decor decisions, and bring glory to God in all that I do. -Tiffany
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