Bathroom storage is key

Our new bathroom has some rather odd storage. There isn’t a lot of storage space and we must figure out how to use what we have more wisely. In our new, smaller home, we no longer have our own master bathroom, so we will have to change our bathroom storage habits.

This article from Martha Stewart Living Magazine has some great ideas for bathroom storage. From the article:

To provide sufficient storage, add a standing cabinet. If you can, choose one with separate spaces, preferably one for each person — one drawer can hold Mom’s hair-care essentials, for instance, while another contains the kids’ bath toys.

Bathroom drawers are second only to junk drawers in their potential for messiness. It’s easy to toss grooming products in there pell-mell. Use wooden boxes and trays to help categorize the items. They are available in various sizes and materials, so they can be mixed and matched to fit any sort of drawer. Lazy Susans, too, make accessing toiletries a snap. As a final touch, paint the cabinet a color that coordinates with rest of the bathroom.

We are considering something like this corner cabinet as a storage unit. We have yet to decide if it’s the perfect solution for us, but the bathroom storage situation definitely is on top of our list of problems we need to solve.

23 Comments for “Bathroom storage is key”

  1. posted by Michael on

    That Amazon link doesn’t work.. :-)

  2. posted by Dream Mom DBA www.dreamorganizers.com on

    I had a similar situation although in my space, there was a linen closet in the bathroom. I used pull out bins-stacked and labeled right in the linen closet. It worked out well.

  3. posted by Denise on

    Looking for bathroom hutch ended up shopping for ncaa garden gnomes.Who knew that was available??? Check in with you later in the day to see hutch.

  4. posted by M.R. on

    If you have ANY sort of closet, hang a see-through shoe rack on the back of the door. Or I guess on the bathroom door itself if you don’t mind others seeing your grooming products, etc. Great for holding stuff in the bathroom. This even works for my brother, The Disorganized Bachelor.

  5. posted by Craig on

    The link for “Bathroom Hutch” is broken. It links to http://www.amazon.com/exec/obi.....tterer-20/ , but that takes you to a message that says, “We’re sorry. The Web address you entered is not a functioning page on our site”

  6. posted by min hus on

    With a medicine cabinet, a pedestal sink and absolutely no floor space for any storage, I badly needed bathroom storage. Luckily there was a nook of wall and ceiling space that allowed for a hanging cabinet or two. A lot of bathroom cabinets were not deep enough to fit our storage needs, so luckily I saw where (flickr maybe?) someone else used IKEA Kitchen cabinets in the bathroom. They happened to just fit in the nook and look almost custom built. Pics are here in case anyone else has this kind of super small bathroom issue.

  7. posted by Karen on

    Unfortunately, you need a certain amount of space in your bathroom to be able to fit something like this cabinet. It wouldn’t fit in my tiny bathroom, which barely has room for one person to squeeze in.

    I’ve added storage in a few ways. One is an over-the-toilet shelving unit. It has four shelves, and I have a bin on each shelf, to keep things neat. Each bin has a purpose – one stores first aid supplies like bandaids and cold medicine, another one stores hair brushes and hair bands, a third stores contact lens supplies, etc. Another storage unit is a shoe organizer that fits over the door. That’s handy for bigger items like a hair dryer, feminine supplies, etc. And finally, my bathroom has a surprisingly high ceiling, so I mounted a shelf above the door. That’s handy for storing extra rolls of toilet paper and other items I don’t use very often.

    Even in a very, very tiny bathroom, you can add some extra storage.

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    The link is working now.

  9. posted by Liss on

    We found a great solution–a cabinet that hangs over the toilet to use up that “wasted” space. Not necessarily cheap because it was custom made, but it’s shallow enough to not hit your head and goes up to the ceiling, making three shelves tall enough and deep enough to hold two packages of toilet paper.

  10. posted by beth on

    A lot of containers designed for scrapbooking are great for bathroom storage, they’ve got just the right sized compartments for all the little bathroom odds and ends.

    I also use votive holders (another Martha Stewart tip) for loose items like nail clippers, cotton balls, and q-tips.

  11. posted by Emma on

    We have a very small bathroom. The bath goes along the far wall, then the sink overlaps both the bath and the toilet!

    I found these fantastic, they are on the wall over the bath – opposite the taps.

    Ikea Vattern

    we have two, you can’t reach the top of the top one unless you’re stood in the bath but that works if you’re in the shower!

    There are different door styles. We got these:
    Ikea Vattern Door

  12. posted by mamaloo on

    We had no storage, no cabinet and a pedestal sink. Our solution was to get thrifted mini shelves (I think one is actually a spice shelf with a towel bar) and the Ikea Benno CD tower. That’s the only standing shelf that would fit into our teeny tiny bathroom (where you actually have to sit kiddy korner on the toilet because your knees bang into the wall!).

  13. posted by Ann at One Bag Nation on

    I found some extra bathroom space when I tossed my old lipsticks – some dating to 1997. There’s a photo of the pile here http://onebagnation.wordpress......-lipstick/, now reduced to just four. No more new lipstick until I finish at least one of the four!

  14. posted by kelle on

    We found the IKEA Aneboda series to be ideal for our bathroom — the pieces are quiet narrow, but still deep. Also, the drawers are deep so most bottles can be stored upright. This collection is a bit hard to find since it’s marketed as bedroom furniture. Oh, and no piece is more than $80!!

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/cata.....ies/11702/

  15. posted by cdelphine on

    The house where I babysit has the coolest bathroom storage. The toilet is right by the shower, kinda parallel to it I guess. so then above the toilet in the wall behind the shower where all the pipes are there is a pull out cabinet that goes the entire length of wall behind the shower. I’m not sure that this explanation makes sense, it’s kinda hard to explain without drawing a picture or something. When I first pulled the handle I thought that it would be a shallow medecine cabinet but instead it kept on rolling out. i’m pretty sure my jaw dropped.

  16. posted by LivSimpl on

    My wife and I each have a basket/container for our bathroom stuff (mine is considerably smaller than hers). :) I stick my deodorant, hair gunk, cologne, etc. in the basket and stick the basket in a drawer.

    When I need my stuff I pull it out, use it, put it in the basket and stick it back in the drawer. It’s a simple way to keep our extremely small counter decluttered and our drawers organized.

    Bonus: it also makes it easy to pack when leaving on a trip. :)

    http://www.LivSimpl.com

  17. posted by Gumnos on

    “preferably one for each person — one drawer can hold Mom’s hair-care essentials, for instance, while another contains the kids’ bath toys”

    I love the oblique suggestion that Dad doesn’t need a drawer :)

  18. posted by Jessica on

    I’ve also seen hanging fruit baskets used successfully. You know, the wire kind with two or three baskets, where each basket is larger than the one above it. This works in even the tiniest space, as long as you can get a hook into the ceiling.

  19. posted by Megan on

    If you have a tiny tiny bathroom, and you rent or something and can’t hang things on the walls, an Etagere is a good solution – it’s a free-standing cabinet that has room for your toilet to sit underneath it. My SIL used one when she was in base housing for a while.
    Here are a bunch at Target:
    http://www.target.com/gp/searc.....v_XSGT0269

  20. posted by kimberly on

    I moved into a smaller place almost two months ago and lost some bathroom storage. I reduced the amount of clutter and put everything in the drawers using dividers. Everything is so easy to find now. I want to get a small linen cabinet, but I haven’t found one I like yet.

  21. posted by Meg from FruWiki and All About Appearances on

    My husband and I have a really small bathroom, but we make it work just fine. I will admit that we have a stack of a few white plastic “shoe” boxes that contain the extra toiletries that we’re working through. It’s tucked up against the wall beside the cabinet. On that I have my homemade makeup binder.

    Having that stack, though, let’s us just keep the stuff we currently use in the cabinets, which actually isn’t that much. Plus, another thing that helps is that we keep drugs and vitamins out of the bathroom (they shouldn’t be there anyway because of heat and humidity).

    We’ve been making a point to keep the counters as clear as possible. Around the sink we just have a soap dispenser, a lotion dispenser, and a soap dish. We even keep our toothbrush holder in the medicine cabinet. On the corner cabinet, I have a small basket with our brushes. Then on the wall I have a hair dryer holder that also holds a few combs, a few hair products, and my hair iron.

    On the back of the toilet I have a basket with hand towels and wash cloths, and the other towels are tucked into the corner cabinet.

    One thing that has helped is that we do have a linen closet, though we hardly need it any more because we have room elsewhere. But I hung a shoe organizer on the inside of the door and keep all sorts of things in those pockets like vitamins we don’t use regularly, nail polish remover bottles, etc.

  22. posted by Leighsah on

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  23. posted by darcidoodle on

    I have a high ceiling in my galley-style bathroom, so I hung brackets high up on the wall and made a long shelf that covers the length of the wall. I put Ikea rattan baskets up there and it holds all my TP, hair supplies, gardening tools, etc. I just love it!

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