A few months after moving into our house, I discovered a new hobby—if you can call it that—for making elements of my life marginally more streamlined. The interest came around the same time Jonah and I were bombarded by a flurry of new responsibilities that included a new house, dog, and garden, not to mention carving out a life for ourselves in a new city. I wanted to spend less time with the mundane tasks of everyday life—remembering to buy olive oil, vacuuming—and more time exploring. After joining Costco and buying a Roomba, I set my sights on other small, smart improvements that would make my life just a bit more taken care of.
Completely innocuous, but annoying nonetheless, was the issue of my hair tools. (I say "issue" here with about as little weight as the word can carry.) Because of the size of our bathroom, which basically holds a tube of mascara, I was lugging a basket of hair tools from my closet anytime I wanted to do my hair. Enter: The hair drawer.
Years ago, I saved a post Jacey Duprie wrote on her blog "Damsel in Dior," which featured a plug inside of her hair drawer. That post took a seat in my brain as the ultimate possible luxury—being able to do my hair without the tiny inconvenience of plugging in my hair dryer. When it took me all of five minutes to create my own, I couldn't believe I'd waited so long to make a plug-in hair drawer. Now, I keep all of my hair tools in the top of the bureau in my office, which has made doing my hair so convenient, I actually do it now. Here's how to make your own:
You will need:
Dresser with plywood backing* (mine was generously gifted from Lulu and Georgia, and I love it so much)
Extension cord (I used a ten-foot cord with three outlets, similar to this one)
Two to five command strips
Drill with a wood-boring spade roughly the width of the cord's plug (I borrowed one from a neighbor, but they're relatively inexpensive!)
How to do it:
1. Begin by moving your dresser out, to figure out which drawer you'd like your hair tools to go in (add them first, to make sure they fit) and what type of material is on the back. My dresser has a plywood backing, which is best for this DIY (*if yours has paperboard, you may want to use a jigsaw, and if you have hardwood, well, that is beyond my level of expertise).
2. Once you've determined the correct drawer, thread your plug through the back of it, leaving the outlet in the drawer. Empty the bureau (the drill will create wood shards that may rain into the other drawers).
3. Using a a wood-boring spade roughly the width of the cord's plug, slowly power the drill, applying pressure to the back of the bureau to create a small hole. Because I used a bit slightly smaller than the plug (1" versus the plug's 1 1/2" width), I made three small holes in the back of my bureau until the plug could fit through. Vacuum up wood shards as needed!
4. Thread the wire hanger through the hole, hook-side in to grab hold of the cord and thread it through the hole. Plug it in, vacuum as needed, and move your bureau back into place.
5. Use the Command strips to affix your outlet to the back of the drawer, applying the "Wall side" to the drawer. I used two for mine.
6. Plug in your tools and enjoy the sweet, sweet luxury of an organized hair drawer! Note: I didn't feel like I needed it, but the Container Store sells a hair tool organizer, for the hyper-organized inclined.