How to Increase Storage in a Small Bathroom
Our Very Small Bathroom
Small Bathroom Storage Ideas
When my husband and I bought our current home, we inherited a very small bathroom—one which barely had room for a sink, toilet, and a bathtub. I scrambled to find some storage in this tiny room that would help to hold some of the essentials such as grooming supplies, toilet paper, and medical supplies.
Based mostly on my own experience, here are some ideas for storage for a small bathroom that work. Right now, our washroom is not the most beautiful room in the house, but it does function. I hope you find some ideas for yourself when trying to make your small bathroom work.
The thing to do when figuring out how to maximize space in your small bathroom is to figure out what you want to use the room for.
One decision I made was to move my grooming essentials to another room (our bedroom) and create a small dressing table in there, for getting ready. Doing that allowed me to move all of my makeup, hair grooming equipment and product, and lotions out of the bathroom. That decision cleared up a lot of the clutter.
Decide what you want to use the room for, and see if you can use another room for getting ready, especially if you are a woman, and have a lot of grooming paraphernalia!
Use Your Medicine Cabinet To Capacity
Your medicine cabinet: That tiny space behind the mirror on some bathrooms can actually hold a surprising number of things from your bathroom.
Some experts caution against storing certain medications in the cabinet. I admit that we still do store our medications in the medicine cabinet, but either way, use the cabinet to store as much as you can of small items, such as bandages, cotton swabs or nail clippers.
Organize it well; don't just stash things in there, and you will be surprised at how much room there actually is.
Use A Small Shelf In Unused Space
When you first look at the room, it might appear that there is no room for a shelf, but try a small shelf and you may be surprised what you can fit in. Sometimes a tall skinny shelf works best and can fit into a narrow space.
A skinny shelf can hold a surprising volume of small items such as toilet paper rolls, toiletries, and towels. I originally thought that no shelf would fit into this space but was surprised to realize that it actually did fit into this tight area. Try it, and see!
One more tip: We had a zero budget for re-decorating but I was still able to make a significant change to the space. Look around your home and see what you can reconfigure to use in your bathroom. Be creative!
Use Baskets And Boxes
To store small items, use baskets and even small boxes. Be sure to group your similar items together and place the small storage containers on your shelving or under your sink.
If you can afford beautiful baskets and gift boxes, decorate away. Be sure to measure before buying a storage piece, though, to make sure it fits your purpose. If you cannot afford new baskets or boxes, use what you have around the house for now.
For example, boxes from small appliances, bulk food items or other purchases can work great. Shoe boxes are often the perfect size for bigger items. Going to second hand store can also work wonders in finding inexpensive baskets and unique storage ideas.
Use A Pocket Organizer On the Door
One way to gain space in your powder room is to hang a pocket organizer on the door. This one is hung on the back of the bathroom door, and holds all all of my husband's grooming supplies, which, him being a man, aren't nearly as many as mine.
He was very glad to have one place for all his "stuff" that was easy to access. This organizer was one that I had on hand, and I therefore was a frugal way of getting stuff up off the counter. This particular organizer has three pockets and is quite small. You could also find organizers that are bigger and can hold more stuff, according to your needs.
Organize Under Your Sink
One more storage area that is often overlooked is under the sink. How many of us simply keep pushing stuff under there randomly, until that poor space threatens to explode? Decide what you want to keep under there, and then find some boxes or baskets to store the items.
Under my sink, I keep the feminine hygiene products and bathroom cleaning products, in organized boxes. Remember that you don't have to spend tons of money to do this. If you don't have a budget, try to simply use what you have around the house. I use boxes from things we buy from the store. Again, it's not HGTV pretty, but it does the trick! Remember that it doesn't have to be perfect: it just needs to work!
For more decorating and storage ideas for small bathrooms, see this well-written article by Denise Handlon.