Most people have the same issue when it comes to their bathrooms: Not enough space. It seems that most homes and apartments were not designed to have a lot of room for not only storage, but functionality. Because of this, you have to be really creative when it comes to organizing the bathrooms in your home.
For starters, you will need to make the best of your space and find ways to expand its areas to include storage. Once you have room for everything, you will be much better at using it more efficiently. Below are some ways you can expand even the smallest bathroom for storage.
Tips for Organizing Your Bathroom
Think unconventionally. I use an over the door shoe organizer for a great bulk of my makeup, personal care and hair accessories. It has so many pockets, you can even get organization with them. For instance, I use one pocket for hair stuff, one for the family’s deodorants, one for eye makeup, one for facial cleansers and so on. This cleared out my need for so many bulky “organizing” containers in my bathroom and the plus side is they are easily accessible for everyone in the house.
Keep only what you need right now in your bathroom. While it is smarter to buy in bulk when it comes to many items found in the bathroom financially, you will find it hard to store large containers of anything in a bathroom that has limited space. For instance, rather than store the entire 36 roll package of toilet paper on your bathroom floor, make space by purchasing a small toilet paper holder. These space-savers can usually hold up to 4 rolls at a time and take up less space than a wastebasket.
Add shelving if you can. There are so many things you can store on a shelf in a bathroom. Extra towels, and washcloths to name a couple. You could also get a shelf with hooks to place bathrobes on as well.
Use your medicine cabinet for anything but medication. This may sound silly because of it’s namesake, but medicine and vitamins are better stored in a kitchen cupboard than in your bathroom. The heat and steam from showers can actually damage some medications. Instead, use it for first aid items like bandages, antiseptics and gauze. You could also use it to store some overflow items like extra cotton swabs.
Utilize baskets. Small, inexpensive baskets can be bought at thrift stores and are excellent for holding hair brushes, combs, hair accessories and attachments for razors and hair styling tools.
Once you have found ways to store things better, you can start looking at making the space you have left more useful.
Don’t just allow curling irons, hair dryers and electric razors take over your counter space. You can buy wall mounts made just for these appliances and get them out of the way.
Do a clean sweep of your shower on a regular basis. I don’t know about anyone else, but, I seem to have more products in there than are necessary. I find half used bottles of conditioner, and soaps for every member of the family. There are a couple ways you can corral this mess. One is to get a small basket with a handle for each member of your family and store their items in it. A second way is to have universal items that everyone can use to cut down on the amount of products. Also, “marry” any products that can be. This means taking those 3 bottles of similar scented body wash and combining into one bottle. Also, there are a ton of shelves, containers and hooks you can buy for showers to help hold everything in place.
Organizing Your Medicine Cabinet:
One trouble area for many people is their medicine cabinet. Besides taking out the actual medicine, here are some more tips for maximizing space there:
Make sure to regularly check to see if things in there are expired. Some ointments actually carry expiration dates. One word of warning, though; don’t ever flush pills that are expired. They do not come clean out of the water system. Instead, call your local pharmacy and ask about free medication discard events or dates. Most communities have special days where they will safely destroy medications for people.
Get some small containers that you can store items like cotton swabs, cotton balls, and other small items in to place on the shelf.
If you have many shelves in your cabinet, try to place like items together such as shaving cream and razors on one shelf, first aid on another and so on. Here are more tips for organizing your medicine cabinet.
If you follow some of these tips, you will see that your bathroom has more space than you realized!
What are some ways you have found to get your bathroom organized? I would love to hear them!