Despite what you see in magazines and on Pinterest, not every bathroom is a sprawling ode to marble and gilded fittings. In fact, some are downright small. This doesn’t mean you need to give up all hope of having a nice space for a quiet sit-down—far from it. To help you come to terms with your commode’s lack of a chandelier, we’ve put together some of our favorite tips for small bathroom organization.
Before you begin, focus on where you’re going to put things. What do you have in your bathroom? At a minimum, probably towels, soap, makeup, hair care products and whatever you use in the bathtub or shower, right? Dig into these small bathroom storage ideas to open up some space.
Shelves or Cabinets
Depending on how much space you have to work with, one or two shelves over the toilet might do the trick, or you can install a bathroom cabinet for maximum storage. Place spare towels, toiletries, or extra rolls of TP in here. This frees up space on racks and underneath the sink, which you can easily fill with other items, or leave bare for aesthetic appeal.
Small Storage Containers
Not only are the right containers—cute little baskets, anyone?—a charming addition to your décor, they can hold a lot of stuff, too! Look at all the products you’ve got scattered around your counter—don’t worry, we do it too. Stash your lipsticks and glosses in one, store eye shadows in another, and maybe reserve one more for your soaps.
If the idea of tossing your products into a basket makes you queasy, install some organizers into your drawers and cabinets. Long runners will divide up drawers perfectly to hold things like brushes and curling irons, while smaller organizers can easily separate makeup, medication, and the little things that wind up choking up the area around your sink. You know the old adage, “A place for everything, and everything in its place”? Believe us, it works.
A Hanging Caddy
This is a great bathroom organizer for a small bathroom in part because it doesn’t really take up any additional space. However, we don’t suggest picking up any average metal caddy, because it could prevent you from opening the bathroom door all the way. Instead, find a fabric caddy that will lie nearly flush between the door and the wall, while still offering plenty of space for you to stash your toiletries.
A Good Old-Fashioned Cleaning
While we go over how to clean a bathroom in another blog post, there is an element of cleaning involved when you’re trying to figure out how to organize a small bathroom. Open up your drawers and cabinets and take a good, long look at everything inside. How much of it has expired? How much of it do you actually use? You probably already know the expiration dates on your cosmetics, but how long have you held on to some of your hairstyling gels and sprays? If it’s longer than a couple of years, you may want to dump them. Don’t worry, though—you can always replace these with new ones!
Your bathroom doesn’t need its own hot tub or floating sink to seem spacious and pleasant. While it’s never going to be the place where you do your entertaining, it should still be a quiet sanctuary for you, whether you want to take a hot bubble bath or just use it for five minutes to put on makeup every morning. Happy organizing!