The bathroom is usually the smallest room in a house, but it has some of the biggest storage needs. From linens and towels to toiletries and medicine, an abundance of items call this place home. Finding somewhere to put it all away can take some planning.
Here are five ideas that will help you clear the clutter in your bathroom and find a space for everything:
Look for wall space – even if it doesn’t come with floor space. If your bathtub has enough room, consider attaching a bookcase to the wall on one end. When you choose matching towels, accessories and storage items in a soothing color scheme, the open shelving will not only practical; it will enhance the décor and make the room feel like a spa.
Put a skirt on your sink. Pedestal sinks are a great option for small bathrooms because they don’t take up much space, but the only storage they offer is on the lip of the sink. If your room has this sleek style, consider using a sink skirt. Place stacking storage containers or a tiny shelf underneath that can hold toiletries and more. The decorative fabric skirt will keep everything out of sight.
Use a storage ladder. While freestanding storage is always an option, putting a shelving unit in a small room can make it feel crowded. A storage ladder is a great solution because it gradually gets larger at the bottom, making the room feel more open. Use decorative containers to add style to the space. If you keep your items in the same color family, it will feel sleek and airy.
Claim the space above the door. Find space by looking up. Install a shelf above the door to your bathroom and you’ll have a great place to store extra toilet tissue, towels or toiletries. Paint the shelf the same as your trim, and you’ll create a beautiful addition.
Give each family member his or her own designated spot. If you’ve got wall space near the sink, consider giving each family member a customized cubby. The personalized boxes can hold and organize items such as a toothbrush, cologne or medication. This puts each person in charge of containing their clutter, and puts necessary items at reach for kids.