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Surname: Giselle Childs, editor, Who What Wear
What have you tried?
DIY self-adhesive bathroom storage
Why did you try
I was inspired by the DIY storage I saw in Rio Viera-Newton's bathroom about a photo she posted on Instagram. She is the beauty editor at The Cut and always has good skin care recommendations. I trust her. She used clear acrylic containers with a self-adhesive back to improve storage for her skin care and makeup in her small bathroom. As someone with an insanely small and unhelpful bathroom – no shelves, no counter, no medicine cabinet – I was intrigued and thought this was a handyman that I could actually do as it didn't involve anything crazy like drilling into my tiled walls. I have so many moisturizers and serums on the shower trays that I put in my toilet for storage (not fancy!) That I wanted a more organized way of displaying that was also practical.
How did you prepare
I followed the comments in her post to find out which acrylic container she was using. I was unsuccessful, but the containers I found were close enough. Then I pretty much simply placed an Amazon Prime order for self-adhesive acrylic containers, kept a few mental distances after their arrival and glued them to the wall.
What happened during the whole process?
To be honest, it was kind of a mess, but it's up to me. I unpacked all the acrylic containers. I ordered eight – some came in multipacks – and ended up six that I could use. (Two were clearly too big and had been languishing on the floor next to my couch for months and were still waiting for an order.) I made a half-hearted attempt to lay them out on the floor to plan where they would go on the wall but eventually started I just start peeling off the glue and sticking things on the tile. Finally, I had three rows of neat acrylic containers that were randomly stuck over my toilet (now I realize it's that bad?) And ready to be filled with cotton swabs and serums and all my hopes and dreams.
After struggling a bit with the placement, my biggest challenge was deciding what to put in the containers. I had to resist the irrational need to have products in every container match or to be from the same brand. (Instagram, GTFO of my head!) I tried to group items in similar categories or to put the ones I use most often, such as my retinol or my moisturizer and my hair ties, within the simplest reach. I moved things for days.
How did you feel afterwards? What kind of changes did you notice?
Immediately after I finished DIYing and taking a million pictures, I was complacent and satisfied, maybe even a little smug. All of this obviously changed the next morning when I heard crashes in my routine after showering in the bathroom. My neighbors heard a lot of swearing in the morning in those few days … Actually, they hear that every day. I am Not a morning person … but I digress.
What did you like?
I liked to be more organized, and I enjoyed the added momentum that products that were beautifully attached to the wall gave my bathroom. I felt like I had achieved something.
What did you hate
I hated that the containers fell off! In addition, I ended up bringing more products to the bathroom to set up the small shelves and ledges so that the clutter was not ultimately reduced. All of the products that were already in the bathroom (hair care, body lotion, etc.) were too big and heavy to fit on the shelves I got, so that they lay on the edge in my shower and on my toilet.
Would you try again?
I wouldn't try again as the fully tiled walls of my apartment don't seem to be suitable for this type of product. I'm also moving! So rest out in the bathroom. Goodbye forever…
Any advice for anyone thinking about trying?
If you have a fully tiled bathroom like me, this is not for you. However, if your walls are drywall like in Rio, you will probably be more lucky with this project.
Unfortunately, the biggest surprise was when the containers started jumping off the ship and jumping off the wall. You see, another problem with my bathroom is a lack of ventilation. When the shower is turned on, the room becomes very hot and the walls become very wet. (I can't deal with the contractors in this building …) To be honest, I was concerned about it from the start. I thought the steam from the shower would loosen the adhesive and destabilize the containers, and unfortunately I was right. With every new shower I took, a container tumbled off its rod and released a surge of everything he held in my entire bathroom. Thank god, I always keep my toilet closed, otherwise I could have lost all my favorite eyebrows in this annoying porcelain bowl.