Bathroom

  1. Towel Storage Ideas & Tips

    Towels! Endlessly useful in the bathroom, always a pain to put away.

    Sure, there’s always towel closets, but what about when you’re fresh out of the shower and need to towel off? And where are you supposed to put it when you’re done? And what if your towel closet is running out of room?

    It’ll be okay! All you need is a little bathroom space and some imagination. We’ve collected some of our favorite towel storage ideas here for you to try out in bathrooms of any size:

     

    Get a second shower rod: When you’re getting out of the shower or bath, a towel is pretty much the first thing you reach for, right? On a lot of showers, a second tension rod can be installed underneath or alongside the shower rod to create a new space to keep a towel right at hand, as soon as you need it.

    Think inside the bath: Inside the shower itself is another great place for towel racks. A lot of bath shelves and racks can be hung up inside the shower itself to hang onto whatever you need (much like a shower caddy) and to keep your towel close by.

    Make your cabinets work harder: Odds are you have a cabinet door or two underneath your sink, and if you’re looking for somewhere to keep your towels when they’re not in use, adding storage to these doors can be just the trick. Get some over the door storage on your cabinet doors (or bathroom closet door, if possible) to hang onto unused towels and free up room on the shelves that bulkier towels can start taking up.

    Set up smaller storage pieces: Bathrooms can start getting a little cramped if you have too many shelving installations, so keeping an eye out for smaller solutions can be just the thing your bathroom needs. Look for smaller shelves that can go in out-of-the-way areas, like shorter racks or over the toilet storage shelves to keep it out of the way and prevent your bathroom from feeling too cramped and unusable.

    Keep it mobile: Another great idea for towel storage is to keep it on a cart that can be moved around wherever you need it to be. By stashing your towels on rolling wire carts or rolling wire storage, you can free up space in your bathroom and roll your towels wherever you need them, whether you’re keeping them right by the shower or rolling them out of the way when you need to get under the sink to find that soap you needed.

     

    Got another tips for towel storage? Drop a comment below!

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  2. Declutter That Bathroom Counter

    Toothpaste, hair products, half-used bottles of soaps and lotions...after a while, your bathroom counter can start looking like the clearance bin at Bath & Body Works.

    But wait! Before you start agonizing over which one of your favorite conditioners you don’t have room for, we’ve got a few tips at hand to help you declutter your bathroom counter and streamline things:

    Toss it if you don’t use it: Let’s be honest with ourselves, one of the main causes of clutter is stuff that you haven’t touched in forever that you’re afraid you may need at some unknown point in the distant future. Nine times out of ten this won’t really be the case - go ahead and throw out any products you haven’t touched in a while. Soaps you hated the smell of, half-full conditioner bottles, hair stuff you liked but not quite as much as your normal stuff, and so on.

    Find homes for everything: The next step is to see what can be grouped together and moved out of the way. Got a lot of spare tubes of lipstick? Put them in the drawer with the rest, unless it’s a shade you really weren’t feeling. Toothbrushes? Get a wall-mounted holder or at least a spare drinking glass to keep them all in. Chances are, most of the stuff on your bathroom counter doesn’t really need to be there.

    If it doesn’t have a home, make one!: Of course, part of the problem may be that you didn’t have anywhere to put this stuff in the first place. In that case, consider bringing in some extra storage to help take the weight off your bathroom countertop (figuratively and literally in some cases). A lot of your makeup and hair stuff could be kept in a drawer or in bathroom vanity organizers to get them off the counter while keeping them right at hand. Many ‘bathroom supplies’ (extra soap, toothpaste tubes, etc) could be kept on over the toilet storage shelves & cabinets to free up elbow room while maintaining accessibility. Even bathroom shelves or wire shelves can come in handy here to give a home to the stuff you need to keep without being such a space hog.

    Remember Your Walls: Speaking of bringing in new storage, a lot of wall-mounted solutions for bathrooms can help keep things right by the mirror where you need them to be. Choose soap dispensers and toothbrush holders that stick right to the wall to free up some space down on the counter.

    Smaller Items Go In Cabinets: Anything too easy to lose might not work out in the open on shelves or countertops, no matter how clean you’ve gotten your bathroom - how many times have you lost exactly one makeup brush? Get some plastic bins and see if you have room in the cabinet or in your closet for the easier-to-lose things.

    Got any other tips for bathroom counters? Leave a comment below!

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