Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

This post is sponsored by Ross Dress for Less

After a very long season of transitions like moving and remodeling, I’m so excited for a new year! I don’t know about you but there will be a lot of home organization going on around my house. After you’ve lived in a house for awhile you start to see how your family lives in each space and that leads to the need for some specific organization solutions.

I started the new year out trying to find a few solutions for our bedrooms and bathroom. We have small bedrooms and an old 1950s bathroom (no luxury vanity or big closets in this house!) so we have to get creative with storage. The first step to getting organized is to make sure you’ve decluttered as much as possible. If you don’t start there, you’ll end up trying to organize stuff you don’t even have room for or trying to find room for things you really should just let go of.

I really got on a roll with organizing last week, so I’m excited to show you a few of the solutions I came up with.

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

Over the holidays and while we had contractors working in our kitchen and lower level, I did a lot of stashing of stuff I didn’t know what to do with at the time, rather than decluttering and organizing. My nightstand turned into a holding place for clutter {hangs head in shame}.

I didn’t want to go into the new year with a clutter filled nightstand so it was my first project. I removed absolutely everything and only put back what I really needed. Once I decided what was going to go in the drawers, I realized it would be less likely to become cluttered if I tidied the interior of the drawers by corralling stuff in small containers, which I found at my local Ross Store. Since you can save 20%-60% at Ross on the same brands carried in department stores, it’s a perfect place to go to find great deals on cute things for your home organization projects.

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

One drawer was designated as a place for things I need morning or night.

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

The other drawer is designated for  jewelry.

I found a great velvety divider and a tray to keep things organized. I try to get fully dressed with simple jewelry every day, even though I work from home. If my jewelry isn’t easily accessible or in a tangled mess, I don’t wear it. So this drawer makes me happy!

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

I also found a tray at Ross for the top of my nightstand. I think putting things in a tray or basket makes everything look tidier and more intentional. I felt a million times better about my room once I got this organizing project done!

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

We had my parents staying here for a couple of weeks over the holidays. As I was making up the guest bed before they arrived I realized I really didn’t have a place in the guest room to keep extra pillows. Everyone has different bed pillow preferences, so it’s nice to offer options. Since it’s a very small room there isn’t much space leftover to have both decorative and extra bed pillows and I didn’t want them to have to toss stuff on the floor.

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

As I was heading out of Ross with my drawer containers I saw this darling little upholstered storage bench! I practically jumped for joy. I love the nail head trim, too. It fits perfectly at the end of the bed and is going to be ideal for guests as a little seat but also for them to select or stash extra pillows. The bench was a big score and I’m super excited about it.

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

I also found an over the door hook system that will be nice for guests to hang robes or towels. We have a lot of hooks in our house to help keep stuff off floors as well as to keep everything out of reach from curious pups :).

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

Speaking of our dogs, how adorable is this dog-bone shaped basket (also from Ross)? I couldn’t resist it for our entry. It holds dog leashes, dog sweaters, etc. It’s perfect to keep that kind of stuff away from the pups, but is convenient for storing things we need to take with us in the car.

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

As you can see, Jack’s super stoked about it, too.

Bedroom & Bath Organization Solutions

Lastly on my recent organization spree, I found an adorable solution to the dreaded socks on the bathroom floor issue. While we have a handy dandy laundry chute immediately outside the bathroom door, some members of the family don’t seem to remember to use it, so they toss their laundry on the floor of the bathroom. :) Time will tell if the laundry hamper is used or if I’ll find the socks on the floor next to it. But either way, it’s a really cute hamper.

What organizing solutions have you implemented so far this year? 

The items I featured today (the drawer organizers, the tray, upholstered storage bench, the dog bone basket, the hooks and the hamper) were all found at my local Ross store last week! Check out all the latest items and budget-friendly organizational items at your local Ross store (find a Ross store near you at as well as check out their latest styles on Facebook and Instagram.

If you want to make your home and life more organized this year, check out my book Make Room for What You Love!

10 Cozy Winter Kitchen Rituals (Part Two)

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Hello! I so enjoyed readying your thoughts yesterday about winter in the kitchen. I hope you’ll tell me about your kitchen today in the comments, it’s fun for me to hear more about where you live! If you missed the first five tips in part one, you can go back and catch up after this post. Today we’ll just jump right in with #6 and the second half of the 10 ideas for cozy winter rituals to cheer us up in the kitchen.


6. Organize your kitchen.

I’ve just started organizing our new kitchen (not to worry, I’ll show you the entire kitchen just as soon as I can!). It is been a wonderful evening activity on these super cold nights when the kitchen is still warm from cooking. After I unload the dishwasher, I start puttering about the room assessing what would bring the most joy in each drawer.

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It’s enjoyable for me to find pretty containers to group spatulas, utensils or baking supplies. You can even use things you already have! Little bowls, trays and baskets make wonderful drawer organizers. If you don’t have something that would work, measure the drawers and make note of the sizes and shapes you need.

There’s a coziness and peace that comes from puttering and nesting in the wintertime. There’s a kitchen organization shop on the blog, so go see what might inspire you!

The Inspired Room (my last kitchen sources and details)

7. Bring in light.

In the darkness of January, how could you bring more light to your kitchen? A reader yesterday spoke of having a skylight in her kitchen that warms up her space with sunshine and allows her to enjoy watching the birds outside even on a freezing day. Dreamy! While we can’t necessarily add in windows or wire in new lighting this month, maybe we could set a lamp on the counter or bring in some accessories that can provide a sense of warmth and light in a dark kitchen. Copper pots can reflect light and warmth that is already in the room.

Sometimes a lack of natural light can be compensated for by simply adding more warm homey touches. Go for an extra cozy vibe in the winter, not a sterile space.

8. Refresh your kitchen linens.

If your linens and dish towels have seen better days, cheer yourself up with a new set. Sometimes that’s all it takes to make a girl happy. Am I right? These buffalo checked towels are my current favorites and they are on sale right now!

9. Focus on your health and well-being.

Make your health and happiness in the kitchen a priority! What are some special habits you could practice this month to contribute to your own well-being in the kitchen? Start every day with your blinds up and end the day with a clean sink.

I don’t enjoy drinking freezing cold water in the winter time (I’d much rather stick to holding a hot cup of coffee, ha!), but it’s a healthy way to start the day.

To help inspire me, I fill up my pretty mint colored Klean Kanteen with cold filtered water every morning. See my water bottle in the photo above? That’s a tiny kitchen sneak peek, too. :) Get a good water bottle here. Fun fact, I ordered a special bamboo and stainless cap for mine (not shown the photo) here.

When the bottle is empty, I refill it so I continue to drink plenty of water all day long (and I don’t add to the dishes in my sink!). Sometimes I even add in a little extra healthy zing with pure essential oils (only use in a stainless or glass water bottle and use oils labeled as safe for dietary use, find quality ones here) or a slice of lemon or lime so it tastes super refreshing.

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10. Prepare for spring.

Since winter can feel so dreary and lifeless, bring in things to remind yourself that spring is on the way. Add a plant or a tiered stand for brightly colored fruit or vegetables. Make a weekly trip to local farmer’s markets to bring home flowers. We love going to farmers’ markets in Seattle regularly right on through the season to pick up winter vegetables, fruit and inexpensive bouquets.

Use this season to plan a kitchen garden.  What herbs or vegetables could you grow in your garden this year?


So, tell me about your kitchen in the comments today! What do you love about it? What do you not love about it?

Don’t forget if you missed Part One of this post, you can catch up here!

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