A couple months ago, my husband and I got a damper of a phone call from our landlord. The place we'd lived in for three years was being sold and we had to move out by the end of our lease, which was rapidly approaching.
We loved that little place. It was the first single-family house we ever rented; it had an incredible backyard, an amazing kitchen, and a ton of memories. But when you've gotta go, you've gotta go, so we started looking for a place right away and found the sweetest house--four streets down the road!
Our new place is bigger, has hardwood floors, a fireplace, a gas range/cast iron stove, and even a little den that my husband is using as his home brewing headquarters. However, the bathroom is tiny... like, way tinier than our other bathroom. My eyes nearly bulged out of their sockets when I saw that the only storage was a dinky medicine cabinet.
So what's a lady to do with a teeny bathroom with zero storage when she's used to having four massive drawers, a gigantic double sink counter, and loads of shelving? She makes use of the real estate she's given, that's what.
I'm actually pretty proud of myself for the way I've taken advantage the space. Here are a few organizational tips I learned throughout the process.
1. Jars, Baskets, And Bags Are Your Friend
Combine like products into one bag, basket, or jar. For example, I keep my makeup brushes in a Mason jar and all my palettes in a basket. You'll be able to store more per square inch by arranging products this way.
BTW, thrift stores are a basket gold mine. I also suggest keeping an eye out for cool dishes and containers. That frog-shaped planter could be the perfect storage device for your hair accessories. Oh, and don't throw out those beauty box subscription cosmetic bags or boxes. Use them for storage!
2. Use Organizational Storage Containers
For smaller items, you'll want something that makes it easier to find what you're looking for. Cue storage containers with lots of compartments. These will also help you store more per square inch while keeping you organized.
3. Over The Door Racks Are Essential
This is kind of an obvious tip, but I have to include it. I use an inexpensive over-the-door rack to hang used towels and robes.
4. Stuff Can Go Outside Of The Bathroom, Too
Just because something is a toiletry, that doesn't mean it has to go next to the toilet. Small cabinets right outside the bathroom come in very handy and free up more space in your actual bathroom.
5. Take Advantage Of Shower Space
I'm a big fan of the shower caddy, which is probably why I have two in my shower. The first is a traditional caddy that hooks onto my shower head. I found it at the dollar store for a $1 and it has come in handy over the years. Because this new bathroom had less space around the tub, I purchased a corner shower caddy.
6. Purge And Share Products
If you're a minimalist and hate the idea of all kinds of extra shelving, downsize your current supply. Throw out anything you haven't used in the past six months, and also consider sharing products with your dude. There are lots of unisex shampoos, conditioners, and even body washes out there.
7. Leave No Corner Unfilled
Did you know they make storage units that fit under pedestal sinks? Yup. For example, this Ronnskar sink unit from IKEA is only $19.99. There are also loads of units that fit right over your toilet, like this one for $115 from Overstock. Both of these areas are otherwise unused, so it makes sense to put storage there.
Those are just a few of the ways you can make the most of the bathroom space you're given. Seriously, storage options are only limited by your imagination, and retailers make pretty much anything you could ever need. One last tip: don't just search for bathroom storage items. You'll find some great items in the office and kitchen categories.
How do you maximize your bathroom storage space? Feel free to share pictures!