The bathroom in any home can be a logistically tricky spot to organize. They are often small, with limited storage options, and the very nature of the room necessitates a sort of self-sufficiency. They are not traffic hubs in the traditional sense. With all these things in mind, how do you organize your bathroom in a way that is practical and visually appealing? We’ve got six ideas.
Kick Clutter to the Curb
We’re starting off with the obvious one. If you want to organize your bathroom, remove what does not need to be there. This advice goes beyond what is immediately obvious. Are there things In your bathroom that you may think need to be there but don’t actually? If you are working with limited space, stashes of toilet paper or towels may be better suited to other rooms. The room doesn’t have to be barren, but be wise about which things are used frequently and which are not.
It’s a cabinet. You open the door, you put something on the shelf, and you close the door. End of story, right? Not necessarily. If you are fortunate enough to have cabinets in your bathroom, think outside the box when it comes to how to maximize their space. If your vanity has a cabinet behind the mirror, store smaller things inside and free up larger spaces for larger things.
The Lazy Susan is an underappreciated resource in the game of cabinet tetris. They come in a range of sizes, small to large, so consider what will best utilize your space. Lazy Susans are very helpful for storing things in the back of cabinets while still maintaining their accessibility. If you want to keep your things even closer to hand, take advantage of the inside of your cabinet doors. There is hardware available to mount tools like hair dryers and curling irons on the inside of cabinet doors, making the most of an unconventional space.
This advice falls under the decluttering category. Although it is tempting to use countertops as storage space, unless executed correctly, doing so will make a bathroom look more busy. You may consider adding a plant or other—a very few other—decorative pieces, but less is certainly more in this case. If you must use the counters for storage, consider the caddy.
Caddies, Caddies, Caddies
Naturally someone standing in wait to pass you your midiron is a strange addition to any room, so when we recommend using caddies to organize your bathroom, we mean the small containers. Caddies are typically divided into sections, facilitating organization. Desk organizers can also serve the purpose, as can cups or mason jars depending on the look you’re going for. For a more streamlined look, you can even consider little drawers. Find the best shape for you based on what you are storing, be it a toothbrush, Q-tips, or contact solution.
We’ve mentioned that you can store your caddies on the counter, but the best part about caddies is that they are versatile. Consider using them to organize your vanity cabinet. Mount them to the wall or to the inside of the shower. If you have shelves, display your caddies there. The world is your oyster. For an extra level of organization, label the sections of your caddies or the drawers or jars you use for storage.
Play by the Hook
If you habitually hang more than one towel in your bathroom, consider mounting hooks instead of a towel rod. Multiple towels on a rod tend to bunch, which is unsanitary in addition to looking messy. If you want to better organize your bathroom and keep your towel users healthy, kill two birds with one stone and use towel hooks.
Using shelves to organize your bathroom can be more challenging than cabinets because anything on your shelf can be seen. Despite this potential drawback, shelves can provide easy access to the things stored on them and take advantage of untapped wall space. As with all our other organizational hacks, be careful not to overdo it when using shelves.
While the tank of the toilet does not usually work as a great shelf, the space over the tank is an ideal place to mount shelves or to put a rack specially designed for that space. These racks come in many varieties, and some even feature a central cabinet. If you have the floor space, you might try a standalone tiered shelving system. These can range anywhere from chrome austerity to DIY decorative wooden ladders propped against a wall.
Organize Your Bathroom to Perfection
The heart of the matter when you organize your bathroom is to make sure that everything has a place. Play around with the ideas we’ve mentioned and make them your own. Not every hack will work for every bathroom. If you’d like more suggestions or counter and cabinet consultations as you create order in your bathroom, give us a call at Out of the Woods. We are happy to help.