Small-Bathroom Storage

Organize a small bathroom with these handy storage tips and tricks for vanities, shelves, and more.


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Bathrooms are called upon to store a lot of things -- from towels to toilet paper, makeup to medicines, and soap to shampoo. And when a bathroom is small, storing all of these items can sometimes cause clutter mayhem. Stop disorganization in its tracks with a few simple small-bathroom storage strategies.

First, determine what absolutely needs to be in the bathroom and what can be stored elsewhere. Can you store a bulk supply of toilet paper in a hall closet and make space for just a few rolls in the bathroom? Apply the same theory to towels. Store a few in the bathroom and the rest in a linen closet, or designate a storage spot in every bedroom for a set of towels, so each person in your family can grab a clean towel as needed.

Next, evaluate all of the things that you need to store. Map out where each of these things should go and decide what storage supplies you need, such as bins, baskets, wall shelves, or storage units (freestanding shelves or cabinets, for example).

If the bathroom is shared, consider giving each person his or her own zone -- such as a basket on an etagere or a shelf in a cabinet.

Vanity Fair

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Corral clutter in bins and baskets. Matching storage bins on open shelves beneath a sink will streamline storage and add color and pattern to any vanity.

Wall Storage

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While pedestal sinks are a stylish and smart option for small bathrooms, they don't pull their weight in storage. Take storage to the walls with shelves adjacent to the sink. Store your most-used items on the shelves so they are within easy reach.

Employ Extras

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In small, narrow bathrooms, add a slender dresser for additional bathroom storage and extra counter space. Hang a mirror above the dresser to create a makeup vanity and extra primping space for shared bathrooms.

Go Vertical

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Control countertop clutter with upper vanity cabinets, which conceal items behind closed doors. While they take up counter space, it's worth the trade-off in a small bathroom. The vertical units extend storage upward, providing more shelves for stashing bathroom necessities. Instead of extending all the way to the edge of the counter, the cabinets in this small bathroom are shallow enough to leave a sizable area of counter space in front of them.


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