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File Box Bathroom Appliance Storage

Okay, confession time. I’m not exactly sure what made me this way, but I have always been super 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, my solution was to put my hair appliances on the bathroom counter, knowing that the surface wouldn’t catch fire. While this helped me avoid anxiety, it didn’t really look good. You may remember my ultimate solution for this conundrum. In a rare lightbulb moment, I decided to hang a metal (read: not flammable) desktop file box on the wall to store my cooling hairdryer and straightener. It worked perfectly and I lived with it for about four months, but then I finally fessed up to what I had been thinking all along: It looked like a hanging file basket screwed into the wall. Not good.

So I finally decided to relegate the box to a new spot in the bathroom, making it more about the function than the particular (lack of) aesthetic appeal. I still think that the file box is the perfect solution because, again, it’s not flammable and it keeps things within easy reach, so I simply compromised in the “looks” department by hanging it in a less conspicuous location.

To do so, 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, I discovered that the hooks were a bit too large. It was nothing a pair of wire cutters couldn’t fix though! I simply snipped a few of the wires, thereby making 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.

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. So I’m curious – How do you guys store your hair appliances? I know there are so many other creative ideas out there and I’d love to hear about them! Oh, and do any of you have bad OCD tendencies like me? I’m such a worry wart…

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  • January 25, 2012 - 11:11 am

    Gwen - Great idea…I hate dragging mine out from under the sink! This is handy but still concealed! You could spray paint the basket if you didn’t like the color but I like the silver!ReplyCancel

    • January 25, 2012 - 11:14 am

      Carrie - Thanks! And good call about changing the color with spray paint if you wanted to!ReplyCancel

  • January 25, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    mybrightlife - Here in South Africa we have a strong tradition of wire and bead craft – ornaments and baskets are woven out of strong but thin wire mixed with beads. (I must blog about it sometime), but anyway I have a lovely wire basket that I store loo paper in, but realise now from your post how perfect it would be for the hairdryer and its companions! Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • January 25, 2012 - 2:46 pm

      Carrie - That’s amazing!! Thanks for sharing! And I’m glad we could give you a new perspective =)ReplyCancel

  • January 25, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    Jessalyn - ahh much better :)
    i don’t consider myself OCD, but i did find it annoying when baskets and organizers of stuff inside the bathroom drawers slide all around if the drawer was closed too fast. solution: velcroed the basket to the bottom of the drawer. no more slippery baskets and cramming my hand into the back of the drawer to retrieve them.ReplyCancel

    • January 25, 2012 - 3:14 pm

      Carrie - AWESOME!!! Such a good thought!! We have problems with that in the kitchen and I am totally going to use your tip – Thanks for passing along!ReplyCancel

      • June 16, 2012 - 12:22 am

        Linda Ferra - There are rubber mats that you can buy to put under your throw rug in the kitchen to keep it from slipping. They come in several colors and look like rubberized netting. I cut a piece to fit in the bottom of my drawers and no more slipping. It even works on items in the drawer not in a basket both in the bathroom and the kitchen, ie.. hair brushes, make up, cooking utensils, ect… You just lift them out when it is time to clean the drawer and I throw mine in the top rack of the dishwasher.ReplyCancel

        • June 16, 2012 - 4:50 pm

          Carrie - Oh good call!! Thanks for the suggestion!ReplyCancel

    • September 11, 2012 - 8:02 am

      barbara russic - Take the basket and run a line of hotglue down the bottom. Let dry. The basket wont slip again in the drawer. Use silacone on the bottom of rugs to create a non slip rug.ReplyCancel

  • January 25, 2012 - 10:00 pm

    megaubrey01Megan - Love the update! I have something similar that was less ingenius as Bed Bath and Beyond thought it up for me. They are pretty much made of the same material but they are mesh wire sliding drawers that stack and you can put under the sink. I love the idea of it being on the side though – whether it be for hair dryers or magazines (which we always are trying ways to organize)!ReplyCancel

    • January 26, 2012 - 7:31 am

      Carrie - Thank you!! Love the idea of mesh drawers too…Bed Bath and Beyond is so awesome =)ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2012 - 8:19 pm

    sarah - We have no storage in our bathroom so we went to bed, bath, and beyond and got a metal shelf unit that fits perfectly between our sink and toilet. I have all my products there instead of taking over the entire sink.ReplyCancel

  • April 26, 2012 - 11:15 am

    Kaden - Am trying to redo my bathroom and just love this idea. Though still not sure where to put the basket. But very creative. Thank you for the suggestion.ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2012 - 10:55 pm

    pam - I love this idea. We have the tiniest bathroom ever!! I have an over the door shoe hangar and store make up, combs and brushes, curling iron, flat iron, and hang my dryer of one of the hooks at the top.ReplyCancel

    • June 14, 2012 - 7:06 am

      Carrie - I love YOUR ideas!!! Great organization solution…Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2012 - 11:34 pm

    Hollie - You could do the same thing and hang the basket on the inside of the cabinet door under the sink, which would hide it completely. Maybe?ReplyCancel

    • June 14, 2012 - 7:05 am

      Carrie - Yeah, definitely! I think that’s a fabulous solution…We just don’t have enough room inside our cabinets to do it. Guess that calls for more purging and organization!! =)ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    debbie - Love this bathroom stuff!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2012 - 9:03 pm

    Pauline - Wish the outlet was close enough to the basket to allow the appliances to remain plugged in. That would be very convenient!ReplyCancel

    • June 15, 2012 - 7:15 am

      Carrie - Actually, I think it probably is! But I’m too paranoid about fires to leave those things plugged in…ReplyCancel

    • July 11, 2012 - 10:05 pm

      Donna - The other problem with that is the “vampire” power usage. Leaving even small appliances plugged in costs you money! See your phone charger that isn’t charging a phone? You know, the one with the tiny light on it – it’s pulling power for no good reason!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2012 - 4:34 pm

    Lew - I love your idea!! Here is another solution I saw on pinterest. They put PVC pipe on the inside of the cabinet! I thought this was a great idea as well! Check it out–you have to scroll down a little ways but then you will see it!ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2012 - 9:26 am

    headuh - I also have the fear of a hot straightner catching something on fire after I leave the house for the day (I also have turned the car around to check…). I found my solution is to leave my still hot straightner on the stove until it cools and then return it to the cabinet. Its not pretty but eases my fears.

    :)ReplyCancel

    • July 10, 2012 - 9:37 am

      Carrie - ANYTHING to allay fears of a burning house is brilliant and necessary in my book. I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one to be over-anxious about straightener heat…Thanks for sharing your tip!ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Jennifer I - Great idea! Question for you — I want to put a toilet paper in the same spot, but do not want to drill or screw into the vanity. How is your’s hanging? I have one that is a suction, but it does not stay.ReplyCancel

    • July 10, 2012 - 9:36 am

      Carrie - Hmmm…I’m not sure how to do it without screwing into the vanity – That’s how ours is attached. Is it something that you could do with heavy-duty 3M tape? That’s ALWAYS my go-to solution when I need to hang something but don’t want to use nails or screws. Good luck!!!ReplyCancel

      • November 9, 2014 - 5:42 am

        Brooke Witham - Seems those adhesives last for a while then loosen and fall off.
        Can the MDF walls hold screws?ReplyCancel

        • November 10, 2014 - 9:49 am

          Carrie - I haven’t had to change my strips out since the day I put them up years ago =)ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    Kath - Not sure you should be using electric appliances in the bathroom anyway…ReplyCancel

  • September 6, 2012 - 11:30 pm

    Melanie - No way there is any more creative way to store these! This is AWESOME!!!!!! Thanks! :)ReplyCancel

  • October 4, 2012 - 11:54 am

    jncahill - Saw your project on OMF. I am in love with it. Awesome thinking!ReplyCancel

    • October 4, 2012 - 12:00 pm

      Carrie - Awesome!! Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by =)ReplyCancel

  • October 10, 2012 - 7:28 pm

    Janice - Love it~ Have the same files…they could also be your bathroom trash can…would make it linear with it being just below the one on the wall…ReplyCancel

    • October 10, 2012 - 7:31 pm

      Carrie - Good call! Thanks for the suggestion =)ReplyCancel

  • October 11, 2012 - 9:51 pm

    Jen Johnson - What a terrific idea, thanks for sharing! I’m going to do this in my bathroom!ReplyCancel

  • October 12, 2012 - 10:26 am

    Amy - I have been needing to do something with my hair appliances for quite some time now! Love your suggestion! Going to take care of that today so my husband will get off my back:)ReplyCancel

    • October 12, 2012 - 10:28 am

      Carrie - Awesome! Glad to hear it offered you a usable solution =)ReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2013 - 10:07 pm

    Renee - Where did you find the file basket? Love the ideaReplyCancel

    • January 12, 2013 - 10:10 pm

      Carrie - It’s from Target actually. And thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • January 16, 2013 - 8:21 pm

    Karen - Wow, so glad I found you! All of these ladies have great ideas. I only wish you could all see my Mom’s bathroom organization. She has an old ornate Chamber pot at the end of the cabinet, close to toilet for magazines. Old colored and unusual vases hold the combs and brushes. She likes small unusual shaped glass jars for qutips and cotton balls. She has a lot of necklaces, so she stung chain link like for a swag lamp, across the inside of the linen closet door by using cup hooks to hold it, and hung her necklaces from between the links. I could keep going, but simply she is like an organization Queen and it all is decorative and useful at the same time. As far as the blow dryer and curling iron. It always hung on a cup hook on the wall, behind the bathroom door. I will have to show her your idea!ReplyCancel

    • January 16, 2013 - 8:23 pm

      Carrie - Thank you!! What a lovely image! Your mother’s system sounds like an absolute dream…ReplyCancel

  • March 11, 2013 - 9:17 pm

    JJ - Genius! I just did this with a wire mesh magazine holder from IKEA. I’ve been dying to get my curling & flat iron off my tiny countertop. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • March 11, 2013 - 9:18 pm

      Carrie - I’m so glad you made your own!!! It helps me every day…ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2013 - 5:14 pm

    Sandy - This would also work well for storing extra rolls of tp in the bathroomReplyCancel

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    • May 2, 2013 - 8:06 pm

      Carrie - Following along is all I could hope for!!ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 11:22 am

    Jean Dinsmore - Well, it is always better to make sure but perhaps your compulsions are getting the best of you sometimes which is not a good thing because it will disturb your activities of daily living. Just try to control it, I know you can.ReplyCancel

    • July 2, 2013 - 11:28 am

      dreamgreendiy@gmail.com - Thanks for the support! Happily I hardly give it a second thought now that I have my file box set up :)ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2013 - 11:35 pm

    Beth - Where did you get your wire basket? Love this idea!ReplyCancel

    • August 6, 2013 - 11:36 pm

      dreamgreendiy@gmail.com - Glad you like it! It’s from Target =)ReplyCancel

  • October 12, 2013 - 10:37 am

    John Bolin - When cautious about fire incidents, I never consider it to be OCD. Better be safe than sorry. Anyway, this box is a good idea and it doesn’t look bad at all. Think I’ll have it in my bathroom too.ReplyCancel

    • October 12, 2013 - 10:45 am

      dreamgreendiy@gmail.com - Glad you appreciate it!ReplyCancel

  • November 30, 2013 - 5:47 am

    fiona allan - Great idea. You have no idea where I had my dryer hanging from. I am going to use your idea in my bathroom
    Thanks
    FionaReplyCancel

    • November 30, 2013 - 8:34 am

      Carrie - Thanks!! Hope it works like a charm!ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2013 - 1:08 am

    Jessica - I keep my hair stuff ( products, straightener and dryer ) on top of my make shift vanity which is just my dresser with a mirror above it. I plug my hot hair tools into a power bar on the light switch outlet so when I turn the light off it turns the iron off too just in case I forget!ReplyCancel

    • December 11, 2013 - 6:59 am

      Carrie - Great idea, Jessica! Thank for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2014 - 6:09 pm

    Michele - I would put some nice fabric around it to hide the messy look of the cords…ReplyCancel

    • January 2, 2014 - 6:11 pm

      Carrie - Good call!ReplyCancel

  • January 16, 2014 - 6:45 pm

    tammy Sides - I am one of those people who are paranoid to put up dryers and curling irons, etc. until they are cool and will even put them on the toilet seat so they are not next to anything.ReplyCancel

    • January 16, 2014 - 7:23 pm

      Carrie - Glad I’m not the only one!ReplyCancel

  • February 8, 2014 - 8:33 am

    melissa - good idea. glad i saw this. gonna do this because i live in an apartment and could use all the room i can find/make. i also saw a comment on here i think that someone also has one to put magazines in. another great idea. gonna see if i can do both of them. thanks folks!ReplyCancel

    • February 8, 2014 - 10:31 am

      Carrie - Very cool, Melissa!! Glad you liked the ideas!ReplyCancel

  • May 19, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    Regina Keller - Where. Do I get the metal boxReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2014 - 8:18 am

    Barb - We live in wine country so what better to use than a wooden 2 bottle wine box that we received as a gift. Of course we drank the wine but kept the box for something someday. My hair dryer and iron now each have their own compartment. The box sits on the bottom shelf of a small wicker table I have in our bathroom. I do admit though I leave the iron on the counter till it’s cool before I put it in the box. The answer- short hair so I don’t use it all the time.ReplyCancel

    • August 11, 2014 - 9:47 am

      Carrie - Very cool idea!!ReplyCancel

  • October 9, 2014 - 7:05 am

    Tradefix - This is an amazing idea. Works as a safety feature but also as storage. Brilliant suggestion!ReplyCancel

    • October 9, 2014 - 8:54 am

      Carrie - Thanks! Glad you like it!ReplyCancel

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