“I have so much storage space in my bathroom that I don’t know what to do!”… said no one I ever knew. Most of us could use more bathroom storage than we currently have. And unless a major renovation is in your future, your best option is to make the most of every bit of space you do have.
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Strategy #1: Don’t overlook the doors for extra bathroom storage
The first storage area you’ll find (literally) when you open your bathroom is the door. Over-the-door storage can hold quite a bit of those essentials. And unless you’ve got pocket doors then the back of doors can be an ideal place to hold items you need more frequently.
The bathrooms at our old house were itty-bitty (as my grandmother would say, “Not enough room to cuss a cat in.”) Door storage was a lifesaver. This was where I used to store extra bottles of shampoo, body wash, and soap bars. I like to bulk shop when things are on sale – but you do need a place to stack the extras till you need them.
- I particularly like this first idea – it’s a behind the door medicine cabinet. Many of us have too many toiletries to store in the traditional medicine cabinet that may have come built in behind or beside our bathroom mirror. This one adds quite a bit of vertical space to the back of your bathroom door which gets those bottles and jars off your counter and out of sight. I REALLY like this idea!
- The second option is definitely the cheaper route to go and is super easy to install…it’s simply a hanging mesh shoe organizer that you repurpose to hold bottles, towels, grooming items. This was a lifesaver when all three of our kids shared a tiny bathroom with virtually no drawer space. It was the ideal place to keep hair barrettes, shaving creams, curling irons (cooled, of course), and other items. And if liquid items made a mess, it was easy to take a rag to it and clean the gunk out. I love this idea so much I have them in several different closets and areas in my house.
- This stainless steel rack goes over the door to hold towels (or bathrobes) and has two baskets for other supplies. This would be a good option if your bathroom is short on space for towel bars or if you have a larger family and simply need more space for towels to dry till they’re used again.
- If towel storage isn’t a factor, this door storage unit has six baskets which will give you a lot more storage space. Just imagine how much storage space is normally wasted on the back of empty doors.
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Strategy #2: Use every square inch of drawer space
I love drawer storage! Drawers hide items keeping them out of site and making any room look neater and less cluttered. The only problem is that sometimes drawers can become a jumbled mess too To solve that problem you need drawer organizers. What I like about this one is that it allows you to customize the cubbies you create in the drawer. When it comes to drawers…one size does not fit all needs.
- This white set of 8 interlocking bins is easy to remove for cleaning, allows you t0 store items of different shapes, and super easy to customize by just rearranging them as your needs change.
- I really like the look of this bamboo drawer organizer set. I like the more upscale look and I love that bamboo is renewable so that’s a plus.
- I also like these drawer organizers lined with felt. This comes in several pretty colors including the pink pictured above. While I wouldn’t put liquid or makeup items in this particular one, it would be great for those hair ties, barrettes, brushes, and any other non-spillable items.
- Finally, this drawer divider is actually an adjustable plastic grid…which really allows you to make spaces to fit whatever sized and shaped items you need to store.
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Strategy #3: Mini shelves add space where you need it
A problem at our house is that counter space is limited but there are items we use every day. Yes, we should put these items back in a drawer or counter after each use but let’s face it. Most of us are in a hurry and just don’t take the time. Both of these little shelves give you extra bathroom storage in a place you might otherwise overlook.
- This little power perch shelf lets you store a single item close to the outlet so it can easily stay charged. Perhaps the electric toothbrush holder would be perfect here?
- This second mini shelf is a bit longer which would allow you to store more items. The only thing I’m not wild about is that the plug sticking out of the outlet might get in the way. But I like that the shelf appears to have good support underneath to hold it.
There are times when you have no choice but to store items on the counter. If you’ve got a bathroom that’s short on drawer space then your options do get somewhat limited. But items that have to sit out don’t have to look junky. These organizers sit on the countertop (or anywhere else you’ve got horizontal space) and hold lots of products. The rotating ones have adjustable shelves while the others provide some hidden storage in the drawers for things you prefer to stay out of sight.
- This black makeup caddy swivels and holds lots of products!
- But this clear acrylic one won’t clash with any decor style which I like.
- I also like this rustic wooden makeup caddy. It comes in several finishes to suit your taste.
- On the other hand, I like the size of the drawers and compartments in this white caddy. The compartments are large enough to hold perfume bottles which is a plus in my opinion.
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Strategy #4: Take advantage of the space above the toilet
I’m always stunned at how often the area over the toilet is ignored – this is prime real estate! This is such an easy way to add storage to a small bathroom because every bathroom has wall space above the toilet. This makes a perfect place to store extra toilet paper, hygiene and personal products, extra toiletries, and towels. We often forget that vertical space can easily be turned into storage space when square footage is limited.
- This black shelf unit is sleek and modern and provides both hidden and open storage options.
- A white shelf unit goes with pretty much any style and won’t look out of place no matter what colors you decorate with.
Strategy #5: Wall storage can provide lots of options
Wall storage doesn’t have to look “bathroom-y” either.
- These fabric wall pockets would hold extra toiletries without taking up much space. They’re modern looking and the canvas bags slide off for laundering.
- I also like this set of two cotton pocket hangers. These would actually work great in lots of room where you’ve got wall space that is under utilized.
- These fabric wall pockets are just cute! Even toiletries won’t be such an eyesore when the organizer is pretty.
- And this 3-tier chicken wire wall organizer would work well if you’ve got a more rustic/country look for your decor. I’d use this to hold slightly heavier items but would be sure to use right kind of wall hangers to prevent wall damage.
These fabric wall pockets would hold extra toiletries without taking up much space. Depending on your preferred style, you’ll find shelves that fit any decor in addition to providing that much needed bathroom storage. And simple Command Hook would suffice as the wall hanger which is a great when you can’t – or don’t want to – mess up the walls.
One of my favorite storage ideas!
An area most people don’t think about as potential storage is their shower curtain. I’ve written before about the mesh shower organizer (1) and it’s one of my all-time favorite products. But I also like this shower curtain liner that has storage pockets actually built in (2). Both are great ways to store extra bottles of shampoo, body wash, kid’s toys, soaps, etc. I own the mesh liner and I LOVE it!
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Even adding just a couple of these ideas and products to your bathroom will help if function more efficiently and give you better storage space.