Get Organized HQ is back!

 

Ever wish you could sit down and have coffee with someone (or a room full of someones) who is totally non-judgey and knows exactly which manageable steps you should take next to get your life and home running smoothly? 

Are you tired of all of the “expert advice” that doesn’t actually work for busy women who have a lot to manage and who also DO need to sleep occasionally?

Well I’m teaming up with over 40 other real-life, real-talk women and we are all so excited to share our stories and the lessons we’ve learned along the way about organizing and streamlining your home.

It’s called Get Organized HQ, and it’s a completely free, 100% online event. These been there done that women are will be talking about everything from organizing pantries, garages, and toys, meal planning, work/life balance, setting practical goals, decluttering, budgeting, and so much more!

And the awesome thing is – it is free to attend!

No need to leave your house, hire a babysitter, or even change out of your yoga pants. It’s all happening right here online September 9th – 13th. And it’s going to be nothing short of amazing!

Ready to join in? Click HERE.to get your free ticket!

 

 

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Food Prepping – Back To School Edition

What does it mean to food prep?

 

For me food prepping (preparing food ahead of time) is a way to keep my sanity during the busy school weeks. When we have food prepped and ready to go for lunches, dinners, snacks and breakfasts, we not only save time, we save money!

 

I typically grocery shop on a Friday or Saturday and food prep on Sunday afternoons.  Sunday’s are slower days for us and it’s relaxing for me to be in the kitchen making good food for the week ahead. Get the whole family on board to help. Littles love to help in the kitchen, and big kids can help you cook!

 

What food items do I prep ahead?

 

Meat. Even though I eat vegan, I prep meat for my family. I will cook up all the chicken, beef, turkey burger, bacon, sausage etc. all on one day. Then I freeze it into portions for quick meal prep for spaghetti, tacos, chili, breakfasts, or whatever is on the menu for the week.

*Side note: our trash cans go out on Monday night, so when I cook up all the meat on Sunday, there’s no stinky wrappers sitting in the trash can all week!

 

Veggies. I wash, dry, cut up and prep all the veggies I can. We use these for salads, lunch boxes, snacks, fajitas, you name it!

 

Fruit. You’ve seen my vinegar wash for strawberries and blueberries. I buy in bulk, dump them into a large bowl. Cover with water and pour in 1/4 to 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (with the mother), stir and let set for one hour. Drain, rinse and set out on a towel to air dry completely. Then I put into mini serving reusable baggies for lunches or snacks.

*Side note: fruit has to be completely dry before putting back in the fridge.

 

Snacks: I buy snacks in bulk and portion them into smaller reusable baggies This saves money and time each morning. When you have a grab and go section in your pantry it makes packing lunches a breeze!

 

Muffins: I like to make a double batch of muffins (any kind) to freeze. Perfect for breakfast, snacks, or to have on hand for guests. They freeze so well.

 

Steel Cut Oats/Pancakes: I make a large batch of oatmeal and heat up a little each morning for breakfast. Add honey, walnuts and cinnamon for the yummiest breakfast ever. You can also do the same for pancakes; make a huge batch on Saturday or Sunday and freeze the rest…pop them in the toaster and you have a quick, hot, and home made breakfast!

 

Quinoa/Grains: I also will make up a batch of quinoa, lentils, rice, or couscous, etc. They make a great side dish when you add veggies, are good in salads, soups, tacos, etc. Having them made up ahead of time makes weeknight meal prep go quickly.

 

Chili/Soup: I love to make a big batch of chili or soup for dinner on Sunday. Freeze the rest and you’ve got a quick dinner all ready to go. Add a salad and bread and you’re done.

 

What do I use to freeze my food in?

 

I have slowing been phasing out plastic baggies and switching to reusable baggies whenever possible. Last week I showed you all the reusable lunch box inserts we have for the grandkids.  Today I’ll show you the reusable silicone baggies I love and use daily.

*Side note: they are dishwasher safe, but I prefer to hand wash and dry them.

 

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Half gallon reusable baggies made of silicone. Thick and durable! Perfect for freezing soups and chilis. I also use them to freeze cooked up meat of any kind. They hold a ton! So easy to have it already cooked up and ready to add to any recipe.

 

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Keep all your frozen bags in this clear bin for easy access, not to mention great freezer organization.

 

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Here are the reusable baggies I love and use. You can write a name in Sharpie for each member of your family. Wash and dry to use again and again.

 

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These are my favorite reusable snack size bags. Portion out the perfect snack and reuse and reuse and reuse.

 

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I love keeping other snack items in the fridge using this divided turn table. I keep one in my fridge and one in my pantry. Easy access to grab and go, or to help littles pack their own lunches.

Fridge:

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Pantry:

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Use these bins and labels to keep fresh foods contained and accessible as well. Be sure and measure your fridge first. These bins come in lots of different sizes to fit any space.

 

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Now what?

Well, you’ve spent one afternoon cooking and prepping. Sit back and enjoy the rest of the week. Trust me, food prepping works. I was a teacher when my kids were younger. Our weekdays were jam packed with school work, activities, sports, you name it. By having a plan for each week, it saved my sanity not to mention my time and money. It takes a little getting used to at first, but if you start simple and stay consistent with it, you’ll soon be a food prep pro!

 

Need help? I’m an email away.

 

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Lisa

 

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Back To School Prep

 

It’s that time of year y’all! Let’s talk school lunches shall we?

 

A few weeks ago, I helped my daughters get their kids’ lunch box items all ready for back to school. School is around the corner here in Texas! PS Can I say how blessed we feel to have five of our eight grand babies here in McKinney with us!

 

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Harper starts Kindergarten this year. She’s both excited and nervous. Letting her pick out her lunch box, backpack, and school supplies is helping her feel more excited than nervous.

 

1. Have them help pack their lunches.

 

Get the kids involved with packing lunches and snacks for school. Letting them pick what they want to eat ensures they will probably eat it! I always give two choices…this or that…apple or orange, tuna or PBJ, etc.  I control the content but they feel like they have a say.

 

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Jack picked yogurt for his snack, and then chose to add a few chocolate chips (I can’t resist those dimples)-win win for all lol. I love using these mini containers . They hold just the right amount and they are dishwasher safe.

 

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We all love this flip and go container. The spoon is included! So easy to pack up the snack the night before and have it ready to pop in the lunchbox in the morning! Add a fun vinyl label and sweet Harper will always know which one is hers.

 

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She says “Yummy, Nana!” Here is another fun snack container  that comes with a spreader…

 

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This snack container can be used so many ways! Celery and peanut butter (or sun butter), Nutella and crackers, carrots and dip…so many ideas, and at $2.99 it’s a steal!

 

2. Let them pick their lunchbox inserts.

 

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When parents let their kiddos make small decisions, it teaches them how to gather information, therefore learning how to make bigger decisions later on in life. #teachertipoftheday

These are the two lunch box inserts my grandkids chose.  Jack and Millie chose the cube bento boxes. Harper chose the slimline lunch insert that includes this mini water bottle!

 

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Millie can’t be left out lol! She was right there with the big kids packing up her lunch box! She couldn’t wait to eat her snack! This will be perfect for her diaper bag when she and mommy go out and about.

 

Last but not least, add these slim ice packs and the kids are all set! Four different colors in one pack!

 

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3. Pack lunches and snacks the night before.

 

Nothing is worse than starting the day off stressed. Do yourself and your family a favor by packing lunches (and backpacks) the night before. We always did it after dinner while we were all in the kitchen. Makes the mornings go so much better!

 

That’s it! My lunchbox tips for back to school. Are you ready?

 

I’ll be back next week to show you how I Food Prep for the week! And as always, if you need help, I’m an email away!

 

Ready to help you!

 

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I Like-It!

Do you ever come across a product that has so many uses you just can’t wait to use it?
Well this is that product for me….”this month” anyway lol!

 

Exhibit A:

The dreaded water bottle situation….no matter what system I use it has never worked! It is a constant mess; it doesn’t help that I have a rotating door of family members and grand babies needing water bottles. Not complaining just stating the facts 😉

If I could redo my kitchen, I’d choose all deep drawers instead of cupboards….but since I can’t, this is the best solution I found!

Before:

 

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And AFTER…..

I am in love with the like-it bins from The Container Store! Here I used the short wide drawer. They fit perfectly inside my kitchen cabinet shelf. No more bending over trying to find all the lids, or sweet family members just putting things in the wrong bin….at least they try ;-)….now they are all neatly contained in this one drawer!

I separated the drawers by water bottles and lunch items. It looks so nice and clean now!

 

 

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Exhibit B:

I needed some more storage in my Neat Freak office to hold supplies. I like to stock up on things that I use all the time. But I wanted them in the closet, not sitting on my desk. So….you guessed it, I used the like-it bins here too!

 

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For this project I used  two tall wide drawers and two tall medium drawers.

They fit perfectly on the floor and give me the storage I need!

 

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I added some simple labels and just like that I’m organized and happy!

 

Exhibit C:

The laundry room! Most clients I work with need extra storage in the laundry room. These work perfectly!

 

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I stacked three tall wide like-it bins to create extra storage in the laundry room. I paired it with the three bin laundry sorter and we have instant organization!

 

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Exhibits D, E, F, G, H, I and J!

I have so many ideas floating around in my head on how to use these drawers!

Dorm Room: school supplies, bathroom supplies, dresser drawers

Baby Room: diapers, wipes, changing pads, baby clothes, bath supplies

Closets: use as a dresser for young children’s clothing so they can dress themselves

Kitchen: under the sink storage, pantry drawers, cleaning supplies

Bathrooms: back stock supplies, personal products, washcloths, cleaning supplies

Garage: tool storage, golf balls, golf accessories, power cords, gardening supplies

Back yard: bbq tools, pool supplies, pool towels, pool toys, swim diapers

 

What ideas do you have? Tell me, I’d love to hear! And as always, if you need help, I’m an email away!

 

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Clutter Keeper

Clutter.

It’s get’s the best of all of us!

By definition it means “crowded untidily, littered, a mess, thrown in disorder, an untidy mass”

Sound familiar?

 

 

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Help is here!

Today I’m being featured on the Clutter Keeper’s blog!

 

 

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Clutter Keeper produces a line of home organization products – like this super versatile Deluxe Hanging Gift Wrap Organizer.

Their blog has tons of helpful home storage tips and room by room organization guides.
Their “Home Organizing Experts” series lets you meet people who love things neat, tidy, and in order-like me!
I encourage you to swing by and check out the article here: feature of Neat Freak McKinney.
I share my thoughts on life and organizing, plus some funny memories of things I’ve experienced on the job. I hope you’ll go see what they are!
Clutter Keeper and I can help you tame your space!
Ready to help you today,
Lisa

 

Summer Travel

Do you have summer travel plans?

Yes? I’d love to know where you are going! I love traveling and only wish we had more time to do so.

This summer my daughter and I are embarking on a fourteen hour road trip with three kiddos ages 8,5, and 18mo! Sound fun? NO?? LOL! We are going to escape the Texas heat and go visit my son and his family in Wisconsin!

Packing Cubes

To make life easier on the road, I’ve updated a few things to my packing routine! Have you ever tried packing cubes ? I can’t believe I’m just now getting on board!

 

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I chose blue for me and gray and white for my daughter. Our other daughter has a different color cube set  for each family member and she said it has made traveling so much easier!

 

 

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I can’t believe how much room they save. Summer clothes are so much easier to pack and I was able to fit a week’s worth of outfits in one cube ! The Container Store has so many packing options right now. I love thinking of all the ways to use them!

 

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I also added these cord holders to my travel kit! No more tangled head phones for me! They come in three colors too!

 

 

Four Wheeled Suitcase

The other item I added to my travel routine was this four wheeled suitcase  by Eagle Creek. I was so ready for an upgrade! The last few trips we’ve taken my elbow has ached from pulling my heavy two wheeler all over the airport.

 

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I love the lightweight and water resistant fabric that this suitcase  comes in. I chose black but they also have a pretty blue one too. There are so many compartments and straps, that no matter your destination, you’ll be sure to carry it all! The multi directional treaded wheels make it easy to cart your suitcase over any terrain! Hello German cobblestones!

 

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My other travel secret is keeping all my travel items and toiletries in this bin.  It makes packing so much quicker when all my products are in one place! I have all my travel sized items and containers in one place in my master bath. Grab and go packing is my favorite!

 

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I can’t wait to hug that boy in the picture! Wasn’t he just in high school yesterday? Now he’s all grown up and is the sweetest husband and daddy ever. I always told him he would be. Moms are always right!

 

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Happy travel this summer friends! Need help organizing? I’m an email away!

 

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Playroom Update

I’ve wanted to update my grandkids’ playroom for over a year now lol! I have ideas swirling in my head but literally no time to implement them. Kind of like #thecobblerskidshavenoshoes lol!

My organizing business has taken off, and I’m not mad about it. In fact I just finished up my last year of teaching to pursue this passion turned business full time.

But with the help of The Container Store I was able to tackle one section of the playroom this week.

 

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I am blessed to have four of our five granddaughters here in McKinney, and they love playing dolls and being mommies. Makes my heart happy!

So when 3 Sprouts came out with these sheep bins I jumped at the chance to use them for all the doll accessories!

 

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They have several animal designs to pick from and they are all so cute! And speaking of cute, how adorable is this happy hippo box ?

 

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This will be perfect in the playroom to hold all the dress up clothes! You can find the adorable box here. There are also several animal designs to pick from!

 

And last but not least, and maybe my favorite, is this canvas deer bin! 

 

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I put one in the room where my grandkids sleep to use as a hamper! The inside is coated so we can use it for wet pool towels too! Have you seen this line at The Container Store? I’m in love with it! As a teacher and organizer I can tell you that kids play better longer when they have a controlled (organized and clean) environment in which to play!

I can also tell you that my grandkids were soooo excited when they saw the updated playroom! And Neat Freak Nana is happy that everything has a home to live!

 

Need help organizing your home? I’m an email away!

 

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Lisa

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The Home Edit

I’m so excited to show you the new T.H.E. organization products from iDesign at The Container Store!

I’ve been sitting on this fun secret for a while, and now I get to share it with you!

If you don’t know who The Home Edit girls are click the link to see! They are organizing guru’s from Nashville, TN that have taken the organization world by storm. They just published a book and now have a line of products at The Container Store. #GOALS!

 

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Today I’m going to show you their craft room/school room/play room products! I tried them out with my grandkids and they gave the new products two thumbs up.

 

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My grandson loves all things lego so these large divided drawers were a perfect solution. He loves color coding as much as I do! He can easily find the pieces he needs to make his lego creations!

 

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He built this little house and garage complete with a car that has lights on it!

The Home Edit kids label pack made this organizer and label lover so happy! They are easy to peel and stick, and come off just as easy! They designed label packs  for your whole home too!

 

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I love that the lego sheets fit the top of these stacking drawers perfectly!

 

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I chose these canisters to hold his lego vehicles and back stock pieces. They stack for easy storage. The labels help my grandson find what he needs, and also reminds him where the pieces go when he is finished.

 

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He could literally make lego creations all day, and I love that!! Legos over TV at Nana’s house ;-).

 

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My granddaughters love creating art, so I couldn’t think of a better way to store art supples than with these divided turn tables.  I’ve always loved these iDesign turntables, but T.H.E. girls made them better with removable dividers and a storage cup!

 

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The cup allows you to take a specific item out easily! The labels help the kids know where everything goes when they are done!

 

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As a teacher, these would be AMAZING in a school room! Set one on each table and let the students create to their hearts content! Hint: great teacher appreciation gift!

 

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One last thing I want to show you is this smaller turn table that I use to hold play doh and play doh tools. The sides are lower but still spin for easy access…. I get giddy just thinking of ways to use these new products all over my home!

Head to The Container Store today to see all the amazing designs T.H.E. girls created. Don’t have The Container Store near you? Visit their website! They deliver right to your door!

These products are kid tested and teacher approved!

 

Want help organizing your home?  I’m ready to help you today!

 

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Organization: Before & After

My most popular posts on instagram and facebook are the before and after pictures. This pantry I organized earlier this month has gotten the most likes ever!

Here is a before pic….

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And here is the after…

 

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These pictures show instant gratification….and that’s what happens when you organize. You see and feel instant results in your space and in your mental state!

 

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When you walk into a cluttered space your brain feels overwhelmed and your eye can’t find peace or calm. That results in the open and shove method….close the door on clutter and “you can’t see it”…..but guess what? You can feel it….

 

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By putting a few simple elements in place like baskets, bins, turntables and labels, the visual clutter goes away, telling your brain “ohhhhh this is wonderful”.

 

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Do you have spaces like this in your home? Are you ready to feel peace and calm in your surroundings?

 

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I can help you! If you live in the DFW area, I’m an email away. If you don’t live in the Dallas area, I offer virtual organizing OR can recommend you to one of my many organizer friends all over the country.

Summer is around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get organized!

 

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Bathroom Organization

 

I get asked a lot about how to keep a bathroom organized.

 

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My answer is simple: less is more. Three towels per person, and a basket or bin for everything. When everything has a home, you know where it is, and you will use it! This basket  above holds all my washcloths. Simple and pretty!

 

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Keeping less not only ensures a clutter-less space, it also ensures that you are actually using everything you own. #proorganizersmotto #husbandscupboard Golf Accessory Storage Bin

 

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I like to keep all my cleaning supplies in one place too. This bin is perfect! When I go to clean my bathroom, I have everything I need, where and when I need it. My favorite scrub brush makes cleaning the shower and bathtub a breeze.

 

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I updated our shower storage recently. These built in corner units are nice but the wet bar of soap never stayed put. I love this soap caddy  It has a screw on tightener that actually works! And shaving in the shower just got easier for my hubs with this shower mirror.

 

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My side needed an upgrade as well. Since coloring my hair, I have a lot more shampoo products to keep. I like to switch up my products, and with this gel lock bin I can keep several bottles in my shower.

 

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The side knobs are perfect for hanging a luffa, mirror, or washcloth!

 

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I think your bathroom should be a pretty space that you enjoy. It’s the first place I go in the morning, and the last place I am at night before bed. Make it a space you love.

One of my favorite self care rituals to do is take a long soak in my tub with lavender oil, a glass of red, and a good book. This bath tub caddy is perfect! It’s pretty AND practical, a win win in my book.

 

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Do you or any of your kiddos have long hair? Then, this starfish hair catcher is a must. No more “snaking” long gross hairs out of your shower or bathtub drain! It comes in a pretty teal color too!

 

 

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The suction cups keep it in place. Perfect for bathing babies, as it covers the hard metal drain pull.

 

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And last but not least, my guest room bath received an upgrade with this three tiered caddy. The top bin is for grown ups, second bin is baby wash, and third bin is for baby toys! I give a lot of baths to our grand babies here.

 

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It’s sleek and clean and holds a lot! You can hang it from the shower curtain bar or the shower head. Either way it’s a great storage solution!

 

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If you have small children, use this corner caddy for their soap and toys. It’s easy for them to reach, but keeps the corners of your tub clean and free of soap residue. Makes cleaning your tub so much easier.

 

Thanks for reading and letting me share my favorite bathroom organizers with you! What room needs updating or tweaking in your home to make it work better for you?

 

I’m ready to help you today,

Lisa

 

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