I have five kids. Five kids, ten and under. The bathrooms in our house, while we have three (thank heavens), are very small. For example, the main level half-bath is a mere 5 feet by 5 feet. As you might imagine, that creates some interesting logistical situations, not the least of which is taming the toothbrushes. For a while they were just jammed in a large jar on the skimpy vanity. Mingling toothbrushes, uncertainty about whose was whose…not good. It was time for reform!
I needed a system that would keep the brushes separated, not take up too much precious space, and fit our farmhouse style. Bonus points for being frugal, too. I figured small jars or cups would fit the bill. A trip to Hobby Lobby’s glass aisle (or Wall of Anxiety if you have littles in tow) turned up these mini reproduction milk jars that were 5 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches wide. They even had a rectangle of chalkboard paint on them, perfect for labeling. Plus, they were on sale for 50% off, which made them only a buck a piece. I grabbed up five. Hobby Lobby for the win!
I decided a wall mount would be best for preserving counter space. A bit of rummaging in the shed’s wood bin produced a length of cedar just the right size, 5 inches by 19 inches. I sanded it down and really rounded all the edges. Then I stained it with Minwax wood finish in Espresso; I really like the combo of dark wood against a light background.
Now, how to attach these things? They had to be removable and also sturdy. Hose clamps! The 3/4-1 3/4 inch size would suit this purpose. Adhering them to the board required a little trial and error, but in the end a trio of small nail tacks for each clamp worked well. I measured and marked so the jars would be equidistant, then opened each clamp with a screwdriver and nailed them in their pre-marked spot. Then I closed them loosely and slipped each jar in a clamp and tightened again. Easy peasy.
I decided to hang the toothbrushes above the sink. I used large wall anchors and 2-inch-long screws, one in each end; I surely don’t need a child bringing it crashing down with a misguided pull. Please do ignore the hideous paint job; repainting this bathroom is on the project list. Believe it or not, that odd strip of white is more appealing than the 90s-style wallpaper border that used to be there. 😉
The kids love their new toothbrush tamer, and so do I. A very handy feature is the jars can be detached in a few seconds when they need cleaning. You could even attach a wider jar for holding toothpaste. I think I may have to make another for the master bath…