Four Steps To A More Organized Bathroom
I’ve talked about what a struggle it can be when you and your significant other decide to move in together. Sure, you love him or her, but do you love all the stuff that comes with them? Piles of crap are only ok when they’re your piles of crap, right?
The real question is, whose stuff do you get to keep when there is only enough storage space for one person? This is the challenge that Trevor and I have faced and I have a feeling we’re not alone. We’re fortunate to live in the Midwest where we can afford more than a tiny apartment, however, this doesn’t mean we don’t have storage struggles.
The house we chose to move into has a major lack of bathroom storage. You know how usually there is some kind of hallway closet or pantry-like cupboard in the bathroom for towels and all your bathroom goodies? This house has none of that. It has one cupboard under the sink and that is it. I couldn’t believe it. I was so desperate for more space I started contacting contractors to get estimates for a hallway closet. When I came to my senses and realized a new hallway closet wasn’t on our list of priorities, I knew the only solution to this problem was smart organization.
Bathroom organization is different than closet organization. You can’t just throw out that cold medication because you haven’t used it in six months. Here are the steps I took to fit both mine and Trevor’s bathroom essentials into our tiny space.
1. Categorize the items you need to store.
I will admit that most of our bathroom items are mine. Unfortunately women just need a few more things than our male counterparts. I categorized the items into three groups: Hair and make-up and nail tools/products, medicines/vitamins and feminine hygiene items. Separating our items into these categories helped me to see everything we had, which made step number two easier.
2. Get rid of what you don’t need.
Like I mentioned earlier, clearing out clutter in your bathroom is different than doing it in your closet. It’s harder to realize what you won’t use and don’t need because if you have three sticks of deodorant, you’ll get around to using all of them eventually, so why throw them away? What I would recommend doing is check the expiration dates. If you’ve had that bottle of Nyquil since freshman year of college, probably throw it away. Something else I ran into that Trevor and I have both had since freshman year are all those bath towels with our names embroidered on them. Now that we’re adults in our own home, it’s probably time to upgrade. You can retire them to the rag pile, take them to your local donation center or send them to the trash.
3. Maximize your space.
After I had my three categories I found three storage containers (yay Target!) that would all fit in the cabinet very nicely. Instead of just throwing each category into the bins and walking away, take the time to organize the items in each bin. They’ll be easier to access when you need them and won’t make you want to pull your hair out every time you open your cabinet. Plus, you can usually fit more items in a space if it’s organized rather than just being in a messy pile.
4. Over the toilet storage.
I know artwork and candles are more fun to decorate your bathroom with, but when you’re desperate for storage, you do what you have to. Luckily I happened to have two over the toilet storage racks from my last apartment. I chose to spray paint the one for our master bathroom so it would go with my color scheme. The second rack, I put in our main floor guest bathroom to maximize the space in there as well. These racks solved my “Where am I going to put the towels?” problem. The best part if you don’t already have one of these racks, is that they’re usually pretty inexpensive.
These four steps, although they might cost you a few hours on a Saturday afternoon, will save you stress and time because when your items are organized you can access them faster and use them more. Plus, your space might look a little prettier too! What are your tips and tricks for tiny bathroom storage?