Saturday, November 21, 2015

10 Ways to Squeeze a Little Extra Storage Out of a Small Bathroom

Storage is always at a premium in a small space, but nowhere is that more true than in the bathroom. There are so many little odds and ends — makeup, razors, hairbrushes, toilet paper — that you just have to have, but where in the world do you put all that stuff? If the clutter in your bathroom is getting a little out of control, it might be time to check out these 10 ways to squeeze a little extra storage out of a small bathroom.

1. Add a shelf above the sink for easy access to the things you use every day. Image from House Beautiful.

2. Don't neglect the space above your toilet. This is a great spot for a cabinet, some shelves, or maybe just a basket for toiletries or reading materials. Image from My Fabuless Life.

3. Hang spice racks (like the IKEA BEKVAM shown here) on the wall to organize makeup. Image from Serena Kelley.

4. No space for a towel rack? Hang them on the back of the door. Image from Bob Vila.

5. Mount a shelf above the door, like Hilary from My So-Called Home.

6. Hanging your hair dryer on the inside of the cabinet door will save space and save you time, since it will be a lot easier to find. This hair dryer holder is $7.99 from The Container Store. Here's another one that also holds some styling products and a hairbrush. Or you can hang a magazine holder on the inside of the door to get the same effect, like Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts.

7. Drawers inside your cabinets will maximize storage space... and make it a lot easier to find small items. Image from Real Simple.

8. Or try this: use a lazy susan inside your bathroom cabinets to make small items easier to access. Image from BHG.

9. If you have a pedestal sink or wall-mount sink and no cabinets to speak of, there is still hope for you. These RĂ…GRUND shelves from IKEA are designed to fit around a pedestal sink or the pipe of a wall-mounted sink. And if the RĂ…GRUND doesn't suit your bathroom style, try this organizer designed to go around a pedestal sink.

10. You'd be amazed at how much stuff you can fit into a really narrow cabinet. This particular one wins out over other narrow bathroom cabinets because it has drawers, so you don't have to pull the whole cabinet out every time you want something. I had something similar that I used for years — it tucked neatly in beside the toilet in the tiny bathrooms of four or five different apartments. Bathroom cabinet, $119 from Amazon.

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