Don’t start throwing things away quite yet! Even if you’re dealing with the smallest bathroom imaginable, there are plenty of ways to maximize space and store all your products in an attractive, convenient way. If you’re renting and can’t install permanent cabinets or fixtures, these techniques will help you get so settled in that your bathroom may even become your favorite room in the house!
How is it that the littlest room in the house always ends up the most cluttered? Do we need every single lotion, hair product, and body wash that we own? They do smell nice…
1. Stacked baskets
If you have an unoccupied corner (like next to the sink or toilet), stack baskets with lids two or three high. The key is to find an attractive set. Square wicker baskets that get smaller as they’re stacked—kind of like a snowman—look like an actual cabinet and maximize your unused floor space.
2. Basket drawers
Speaking of baskets, it’s very easy to keep various items organized when you break out the label maker. Instead of placing loose bottles on a shelving unit, turn baskets or crates into drawers on the shelf. Not only will your array of personal products be concealed, they’ll also be easier to find—and you can avoid the domino toppling effect that happens when reaching towards the back of a shelf.
3. Sleek medicine cabinet
The quickest way for your bathroom to get cluttered is to lose sight of what’s most important to your daily routine. Once your medicine cabinet gets too full and starts spilling out at you in your morning stupor, you’re bound to get frustrated and just start tossing items around willy-nilly, which is a slippery slope to chaos.
Instead, keep your medicine cabinet clean and simple by storing only the items you need easy access to, like contact solution and toothpaste. The rest can be organized (and labeled) with like items elsewhere.
4. Rolled towels
If your mother has ever helped you pack, you know this old trick: when it comes to conserving surface area, rolling just works best. Save shelf space by rolling your towels instead of folding them—not only will you be able to fit more in one small area, you’ll love that off-beat curly look. A little style goes a long way, even if it’s secretly utilitarian.
5. Rods ‘n hooks
Look around your bathroom. Where are the wasted spaces? If you can use the walls at chest-level or higher, all kinds of new opportunities for storage open up.
One easy way to take advantage of this space is to use shower curtain rods. Tension rods are adjustable and can securely fit in lots of unused spaces, like between two cabinets. You can easily mount rods to the wall, if that suits you better. From there, latch on some hooks and hang a shower caddy full of products for an out-of-tub organizational experience!
Tension rods are really versatile and affordable—use them wherever you see the opportunity. For example, a tension rod inside a closet or cabinet is the perfect place to hang up cleaning spray bottles.
Hooks are your new best friend. Whether hung on the back or inside of a door, inside the shower, or on a tension rod, you can have easy and impermanent helping hands for loofahs, towels, and robes wherever they’re most convenient.
6. Organized displays
Storage doesn’t have to be secretive. Using tasteful clear containers such as glass jars, store items like cue-tips, bath salts, and cotton balls right on the counter. Everyone already knows what kind of stuff goes on in the bathroom… why not just put it all out there?
7. Sink skirt
On second thought, maybe you don’t want to put it all out there.
If your sink sits on a thin pedestal, there’s plenty of unused space below. Simply wrap the base of the bowl in material and store items in containers on the floor, inside the sink skirt. This is a perfect place for feminine hygiene products—close to the toilet, but in such a clever place guests will assume there’s nothing to investigate beyond this stylish flair.
8. Ladder towel rack
If you’re in the market for something impermanent but unique, a simple wooden extension ladder can be propped against the wall and used as a towel rack. Your guests may do a double take, but at least you are always prepared to change a light
I’m always surprised how much better I feel after getting loose products organized. With the right system, it’ll become second nature to keep things tidy and attractive—even in the smallest and most chaotic bathroom.
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Sarah Kellner writes about bathroom décor and bath accessories for Home Depot. Sarah’s space saving storage and accessorizing tips are geared to help you make the most of this uniquely important room. A wide assortment of bathroom accessories are available at Home Depot.