How messy is your bathroom right now? If it's mid-week, I'm going to guess that your makeup is beginning to take over the edges of the sink and there are officially too many towels shoved onto that single towel bar.
I know this because I've been in the same boat. Being the smallest room in your apartment, the bathroom inevitably gets cluttered the quickest. And honestly, it's never 100 percent tidy in the first place because storage is strangely rare in bathrooms, especially rental ones. But if you haven't heard, we've got organization on the brain lately.
We started with a list of tips we swear by for keeping living rooms in order, now we're moving onto bathrooms. Read on to find the 12 best ways to keep your bathroom organized, no matter how busy your week gets.
1. Get rid of unnecessary stuff.
The editors of the Remodelista, the Organized Home book shared the top seven things to toss with us, and number one is the items you use less than once a week.
2. Bring in stand-alone storage.
Let's be real: Your skinny medicine cabinet fits ten teeny things, max. For the rest of your toiletries, get an étagère with glass shelves like the one in this Sweeten bathroom reno (it'll take up very little visual space).
3. Accessorize your medicine cabinet.
OK, your medicine cabinet still sucks, but we bet you can fit more in there than you think. Invest in some tiered containers (this one even has a drawer!) to double the functionality of each shelf.
4. Use a hanging clothes rack as an extra-long towel bar.
Drilling a second towel bar into your tile is zero fun. Instead, repurpose a ceiling-suspended clothing rack like this one, which is twice as long, and use it solely for towels. (They'll dry much quicker when they're not piled on top of each other!) We got the idea from Salty Architects' Tel Aviv project.
5. Or roll your towels.
Folding is so yesterday. In the historic Italianate mansion The Filomena, the owners roll up extra towels and store them vertically to fit twice the amount in a basket on the floor.
6. Decant everything.
Sorry to yell you, but a bunch of mismatched bottles reads cluttered, no matter how neatly they're lined up. So if you're going the open storage route, decant your everyday essentials—lotion, cotton swabs, mouthwash, etc.—into complementary containers. We're fans of Muji's selection of simple refillable bottles and jars.
7. Take advantage of vertical space under the sink.
A better name for the cabinet under the sink is the The Land of Misfit Toiletries. But no more! Use every last inch of space—horizontally and vertically—to make it easier to see what you've got on hand. Add two-tier slide-out shelves to give your cleaning products and extra tissue boxes designated spots, and an over-the-door caddy to keep your hair styling tools within reach.
8. Make your pedestal sink actually useful.
There's no denying the elegance of a pedestal sink, but its lack of functionality is unfortunate. None other than IKEA came up with a genius solution to this problem: Corner shelves that fit together perfectly underneath, providing a much-needed home for towels and toiletries.
9. Buy a bathtub tray.
How many times have you knocked your shampoo into the tub while stepping into it? It's time to get everything out of the corners and corral it all on one teak shelf like this one. (Pssst, the tray is also ideal for holding your book and glass of wine during a bubble bath.)
10. Put the window sill to work.
You're extremely lucky if you have a window in your bathroom, so use it wisely: as another shelf, of course.
11. Embrace over-the-door storage.
The back of the bathroom door is prime storage space that we typically ignore after we leave college, but over-the-door storage has come a long way since then. The latest options out there, like this tiered shelving and this rack of hooks from Urban Outfitters, feature minimalist (a.k.a. grown-up!) designs that'll blend right in.
12. Install a few hooks on the bottom side of that wall shelf.
Who said only the top of a shelf was useful? Screw a few simple hooks underneath and voila, you've got a place for hanging little items like your hairbrush or washcloth.
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