As you work on your spring cleaning sessions, one area you might find you become frequently frustrated with is your bathroom. Not only does it require frequent cleaning due to the germs that it harbors, but it is also a room that is typically low on space and storage. Yet we perform a variety of tasks in the bathroom, and with that, comes the need to have effective and creative solutions to organize the items for those tasks. Things like cleaning supplies, linens, toiletries, paper products and cosmetics, all need to be accounted for and stored in smart ways.
My biggest bathroom storage tip, is to find a way to store your bathroom cleaning supplies right inside of the bathroom. A bathroom can quickly become germ nation, and daily disinfecting wipe downs are necessary. Leaving the room each day to grab supplies won’t encourage the habit, therefore, making a bit of room below the bathroom sink should always be considered. Add a small bin to hold a scrub brush, toilet bowl cleaner, disinfecting spray and rags.
Since we are already talking about organizing under the sink, there are also a few ways this area of the bathroom can be maximized. Be sure to look at the backs of cabinet doors as prime real estate for storage. Over-the-door organizers make it easy to corral hair tools or baskets of toiletries, while adhesive or magnetic organizers can also add organizational value.
Another key under-the-bathroom-sink element is to install pull-out storage solutions. Items can easily become lost in the back of a deeper bathroom cabinet, and pull-out drawers and organizers allow you to quickly access your daily necessities. Tiered options also make the most of the cabinet space.
Now that you have made the most of the cabinet area under the sink, how about making the most of the vertical space throughout the bathroom? There are a few ways to do this, and one of the easiest is by adding shelving to open wall space, typically above the loo.
Etageres and slim shelving pieces have a similar use of vertical space impact. Although compact, these tall pieces of furniture can pack a lot of storage punch.
Bookcases are my personal “go to” solution for bathrooms. They are narrow enough to be tucked into awkward spaces (and they are also very renter friendly). Often times they can even squeeze behind a bathroom door to floor to ceiling linen and toiletry storage.
As I mentioned in my previous post, ladders also make a major statement in small bathroom spaces. They are ultra space-saving, maximize vertical space and are versatile enough to customize with hooks, baskets and rails so that you can utilize them in a way that best fits your personal needs.
I am a big believer in ditching towel bars for hooks, or adding hooks to the towel bars to maximize their abilities. Hooks are easier for family members to use for hanging towels and daily supplies, and they also allow you to expand the storage options with the ability to hang caddies, baskets and personal care items in a simple way.
Benches can be surprisingly helpful in a bathroom, and even more so if they boast secret storage for extra towels and personal care products.
Medicine cabinets have been around since the beginning of bathroom time, but seem to have become a lost storage art. Although they technically should not be used for storing medications (heat in the bathroom can impact medication effectiveness), these slim wall cabinets take up very little space. They allow you to keep your daily cosmetics right within reach, yet it also doubles as a functional mirror that conceals the clutter. Anything that performs multiple tasks is always a win while playing the storage game. Bonus tip: Line the inside of your medicine cabinet with decorative paper to bring a smile to your face first thing each morning.
Whenever possible, tap into unused nooks and crannies. Behind the shower is typically a gem of a spot to find a little extra space to add narrow cabinets and shelving.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with where you look and shop for your bathroom storage supplies. Small dishes and platters from the kitchen department may come in handy as drawer organizers. (Office supplies also generally make really great bathroom organizers.)
Another great place to shop is at local antique shops, Craigslist and thrift stores. You will be sure to find some unique furniture pieces that will take your bathroom to the next level in both storage and style.
How do you add style and function to your small bathroom space?