Monday, January 24, 2011

Feel free to skip this one - it's about shower organization. :)

You know the morning after a kegger, when there are empty beer cans and bottles laying all over the place?  Even in random places you'd never expect to see one, like behind a curtain on the window sill?  Maybe that's not really a weird place, but it's all I got.

Well, that's what our master bathroom shower normally looks like.  There are empty shampoo, body wash, and face wash bottles, soap wrappers, old razor heads, etc.  I'm not proud of it, but it's a fact.  The bathroom is my least favorite room to clean, and this is just an example of what happens when it is so neglected.

After Bonnie told me about an awesome soap dispenser her BIL has in his shower, Dave and I went shopping for them in an effort to solve our bottle graveyard problem.  Bed Bath and Beyond has a few options, with various numbers of bottles for your soaps, shampoos, conditioners, etc.  We decided to go with the 3-bottle option:
We liked this one because it has hooks that you can use to hang razors or loofahs from.  Also, we don't really need more than 3 bottles between the 2 of us.  He uses bar soap so that can stay on the soap dish, so we just need bottles for his shampoo, my shampoo, and my body wash.  My face wash can stay in a bottle.  It's little and doesn't take up much room.  I'm hoping this dispenser method will force me not to buy specialty shampoos that I'll use once, decide I hate, and leave in the shower for 2 years collecting dust and mold.  Gross, right? If it doesn't go in the dispenser, it doesn't go in the shower.  You have to commit to new shampoos.  Go big or go home.  

I hear it was pretty easy to assemble, although I wasn't there :)  It comes with silicone gel and double-sided command strips to hold it to the shower wall.  Once the gel dries for 24 hours, you can add the bottles and fill'em up.  And fill'em up is what we did:
Eek!  Soap scum already?!?

I have a love/hate relationship with the way the stuff comes out.  Only a little bit of soap or shampoo comes out at a time.  Super-annoying to someone like me who uses way too much shampoo; also good for someone like me in the long run - it's like portion control for shampoo!  I'm not going to pump it 30 times to get the normal amount that I like, so I'll be saving money by not buying a new bottle of shampoo every week!  Score!

The only one with a label is Dave's but that'll change tonight.

Bored yet?  Ok, I'm done.

Wait, no I'm not.  Speaking of shower organization - how did my master bath linen closet get so disorganized?  This is not good:

So I fixed it:

The ironing board cover has seen better days so I replaced it with this cute one that has clotheslines on it!  I get excited over the dumbest things - and this is one of them :)  

Then I got rid of all the expired stuff and organized the rest.


  1. And in case anyone wanted to know how I knew my BIL had these awesome dispensers is b/c Nate saw them when we were over for Christmas dinner and he had me go look in the shower to see them. We're totally getting them for our shower. But we'll need to get 2. :)

    I love that you tackled your mb linen closet. You have way too much stuff in there. I like the after picture. Very clean now. :) But why is your ironing board and iron in your bathroom? Those should be stored in your laundry room no? Cute new cover! :)

  2. There's no room left in the laundry room with the brooms, drying rack and when Dave irons it's always in the bedroom so he can put the clothes right into the closet...of course that has happened maybe twice since we've lived here :) I have not ironed once.

    LOL@ the Dan shower thing...nice clarification :) Thanks!