January, the month for fresh starts, kind of like another do over.
This is when I redouble my efforts to complete half finished projects, make goals of what I need to accomplish this year and to make a clean sweep through all the rooms, closets and drawers of our home in an effort to purge, donate and get organized for the year ahead.
Yesterday I zeroed in on closet and clothing storage. Today I want to focus on bathroom organization.
One of the primary concerns when it comes to bathroom storage is where to put the towels. Towels, because of their bulkiness, can take up a lot of premium real estate when it comes to bathroom storage space. Many homes today have ample linen closets in the bathroom but if you live in an older home like we do with smaller baths then you are always looking for a way to stretch your bathroom storage. If your storage space is limited but your towels are in good shape then consider keeping them out in clear sight as decorative items. Fresh rolled towels, I think, give your bathroom a relaxing spa like vibe.
If you have some wall space above the tub then a cubby like this for towel storage could be a pretty alternative.
A leaning shelf could also offer up some extra linen storage. I am looking to do this in a guest bath.
This shelf from WalMart is chic looking and sells for $59.00.
Baskets or magazine racks can be used to store towels too.
Even a wine rack will work.
In our bath we added this ancillary shelf right next to the shower for an additional stack of towels. I think it has a five star hotel kind of feel. Now if there was only maid service too. :0
As for those wet towels, I like this idea of multiple towel bars on the back of the door.
Toilet paper can also be pulled out into the open. Rolls of stacked white toilet paper can look rather pretty on a shelf or in a basket on the floor. I also like this idea of stacking it in a clear vase.
Feminine products, on the other hand really don't look good on the back of the toilet.
The joke (?) would be that we would put these out when we would really just rather not. After several weeks the guys would finally begin to catch on. :0
If you must keep these items out, at least hide them in a pretty basket or container.
Another option is this wall insert. Now there's an idea I hadn't seen before.
Under the sink storage can also be maximized with the use of turntables and or small shelving units.
Perhaps an over- the-door pocket organizer in a hallway closet would be a better alternative.
Keep bathroom drawers orderly by adding drawer inserts or office supply trays.
After finding places for the towels and toilet articles, my biggest dilemmas are how to organize all my hair styling tools and cosmetics.
A little internet surfing and some time on Pinterest and I may have these issues solved.
This styling tool storage piece from Midwest Salon can be set in a drawer or under the cabinet. In a perfect world it would be amazing to have an outlet in that drawer too. Honey?????
These two ideas also caught my eye. The first one is just simple PVC pipe.
This second one could be custom made to fit any drawer with out too much trouble.
With all the styling tools and brushes I use I would probably need two. :0
When it comes to cosmetic storage I have been using a make shift system of drawer inserts and that has worked fairly well for me.
Recently, though, I became aware of The Clear Cube. Have you seen these?
It is an expensive but quality set of acrylic drawers. It comes in a couple different sizes and with optional drawer inserts.
The drawers glide easily and I like the idea of having everything so compactly and conveniently laid out and visible.
Another much less costly option is the Muji storage system.
Very intriguing. Something to think about.
If you don't have room in your vanity maybe you could rethink where you put your make up on. A small vanity table in your bedroom or closet? Set up next to your dresser? I used to put my make up on while sitting on the floor in my closet. You just have to find out what works for you.
Lastly, I thought that this slim line plate rack that was repurposed for perfume storage was uniquely fun.
I don't have any available wall space but if I did this would be a clever addition.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you found an idea or two that you hadn't seen before that might work in your space.
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Next week I will be sharing more organizing ideas for the kitchen and laundry rooms.
Have a good one,