As a busy mom of 5 kids, 3 of whom happen to be a set of triplets who are now 12 years old, I have, over the years, found a plethora of solutions to problems out of necessity. Necessity usually being the unwillingness to throw away something that can be fixed, repaired, recycled or re-purposed, or just an alternative solution to a problem that arose from having a larger than average family.
I want to share some of the solutions to problems, ways to repair items that you would normally throw away, ways to recycle things that you would normally throw away that I have been utilizing over the years.
My first share….. two solutions to the tooth brush storage issue.
Anyone with more than 4 members of their family (or more than 4 toothbrushes on their bathroom sink) knows full well that it is difficult to find toothbrush holders that will accommodate more than 4 toothbrushes. With 7 members of our family, I wanted to find a unique and attractive solution without purchasing more than one toothbrush holder. After all, the inexpensive plastic ones are crappy looking, and also tend to fill with goop at the bottom. Goop that I really don’t want on my toothbrush! Over the years I have used two different methods.
Flower pot. Filled with flower marbles, with a removable drip catching bottom, these are attractive and easy to wash. You can go with a basic plastic one, or a highly decorative one, although you need to make sure you are not using an unglazed terracotta pot (as unglazed terracotta is not washable due to its absorption of water) Fill about 1/2 way with glass stones or marbles. The marbles keep the toothbrushes standing up and you can even add plastic or silk flowers that you have shortened to just a smidge taller than the container. Insert them in the marbles all the way to the bottom. When you put in your toothbrushes, you don’t have to push them all the way to the bottom, just far enough to keep them standing up straight. Easy to clean, simply dump the marbles into your dishwasher silverware basket. If your flowerpot is plastic, glass or ceramic, remove the drip base, and wash both pieces on top rack of dishwasher. If your pot is glazed terracotta you can use a soapy rag to wipe out the pot and drop base.
Now that two of my children are grown and moved out of the house, and most of use are using those battery operated toothbrushes, I have switched from the flower pot to a different method.
Plastic Suction cup caddies. I use suction cup flatware caddies that are meant for the kitchen sink, afixed to the bathroom mirror. In fact, you can use them for more than just toothbrushes. You can get them in an array of sizes and designs, meant for the kitchen sink or the bathtub/shower and get much of the clutter off your bathroom sink. Razors, toothpaste, nail clippers/tweezers, even prescriptions can be stored in them. Here is a photo direct from my bathroom to you!