Ahh, the forever-issue women contend with when it comes to beauty products and appliances (i.e. hairdryers, straighteners, etc.) – Maybe I can’t speak for all women, but I know that I have quite a bit of trouble keeping everything in good working order. Add my obsessive compulsion for organization on top of my debilitating tendencies to worry and we’ve got a fairly large issue on our hands. You see, I am always a bit hesitant to put my still-hot straightener and hairdryer away thinking they will start a fire. Yes…I know that’s a long shot, but I have been known to turn the car around on my way to work to make sure I set the hair dryer just so and away from anything flammable.
For the longest time, I had just been setting my hair appliances on the bathroom counter as it was not going to catch fire – While this helps me avoid anxiety, it doesn’t really look good. You may remember my ultimate solution for this conundrum:
I had a light bulb moment and decided to hang a metal (read “not flammable”) desktop file box on the wall to store my cooling hairdryer and straightener. It worked GREAT and I lived with it for about four months until I finally fessed up to myself what I had been thinking ever since I hung the thing: It really looked like a hanging file basket screwed into the wall.
So I finally took it down during my recent master bathroom overhaul and replaced it with a pretty framed piece of art – Soooooo much better:
But where did my box of hair tools go? Well, it ended up on the floor over by the toilet (sorry for the bird’s-eye-view into our bathroom trash can – Unfortunately, you’re going to see that a lot in this post…)
I still think that the file box is the perfect solution to hold the appliances because, again, it’s not flammable and it keeps things within easy reach. So I decided to compromise in the “looks” department by hanging it in a less conspicuous location. After living with it on the floor by at the end of the vanity for a couple of weeks, I realized that was a decent spot – Now to figure out how to hang it instead of leaving it looking sad and lonely on the bathroom floor…
Enter these guys:
I picked up a package of 3M Command hooks, figuring I could slip the metal loop through the criss-cross caging on my file box. Unfortunately once I got down to business on this project, I found out that the hooks were a bit too large…
Nothing a pair of wire cutters couldn’t fix! I simply sniped a few of the wires and made a larger hole for the hooks to slip through.
Next, I measured the distance between the two holes and put pencil marks on the side of the vanity. Using those marks, I exposed the 3M tape on the back of the hooks and got those suckers good and stuck to the surface. The last step was to slip the file box in place over the hooks and fill ‘er up.
After getting used to the new set up (I did this project pre-kitchen-overhaul), I now know I should have done it from the beginning. It’s out-of-the-way so the room is still stylish, but convenient enough for me to grab what I need in the morning. From the doorway, you can’t even tell that it’s there.
How do you guy store your hair appliances? I know there are so many other (more creative) ideas out there and I’d love to hear about it! Does anyone else have bad OCD like me? I’m such a worry wart…
Have a great day!