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Having six kiddos is a blast. But it’s also challenging. One of the challenging aspects is keeping track and organizing everyone’s stuff: shoes, socks, multiple pairs of underwear (I’m always getting “Mom! These aren’t mine! These are ____!” Somehow they always seem to know.) A tough one for us personally is toothbrushes.
Since we began our new and exciting journey with Carrie Ibbetson and her Oral Health Coaching program, each of the kids now have multiple toothbrushes and tools for different purposes that they rotate through. I dutifully wrote names on each brush handle BUT still needed to be sure everyone kept their tools separate to avoid cross contamination. Bleh.
This presented a new challenge though because our bathroom is so small. You know some of those old-style bathrooms where the architect was like, “this room shall serve as few purposes as possible. It shall have a toilet. A sink. And a small bathtub.” Pretty scrunched. At least it encourages shorter bathroom trips, LOL.
ANYWAY, here is what I came up with:
Not bad, huh? It was super easy to make and works so well for all the kids. Here’s how I made it:
- Wooden board (Any scrap wood will work but I didn’t have any and I liked the pallet kind of look so I found this one 50% off at my local JoAnn Fabrics and used a coupon so I got it for about $5)
- Pint size, wide-mouth mason jars (Already had a ton of these in my basement – Free!)
- Steel worm gear clamps – like 11″-12″. These were available at a local hardware store for just over a buck a piece.
- Copper pipe strap with nails – I found a package of like 10 for about $3 at the hardware store. I had the gear clamps with me so I just held them up to choose the size I wanted.
- Screws – just rummaged in my basement for a few miscellaneous ones
- I chose to paint my board. Probably could have painted twice but I get bored with painting quickly.
- After it dried, I measured the length and divided it by the number of jars I wanted penciling in my marks.
- I nailed in the copper pipe straps. In hindsight, short screws would have been better but I just bent the ends of my nails down in the back. Note: make sure to hold up the jar to where you think it will hang; I almost mounted my clamps too low and my jars would have hung below the board.
- Then I screwed the board into the wall where I wanted it.
- Next, I inserted the worm gear clamps, adjusting to the size of my jar and tightening.
- Finally, I placed the jars into their rings and, voila!
What are some great ways you save on space in your bathroom?