It's truly an unfortunate fact of interior design that rooms have only so much space. In no place is this space restriction more crucial than in the bathroom; there's just so much to store there, and never enough room for it. Or is there? Perhaps these little storage-saving lifehacks will help reinvent your bathroom. So, scroll through this article to find a bunch of new ways to make sure your bathroom has everything you need, while also looking stylish, sleek, and clean.
Use Drawer Organizers to Maximize Drawer Storage
When it comes to drawer organizers, what you see is definitely what you get. Drawer organizers are actually really nifty and are surprisingly useful for how cheap they are. They're great for instilling a bit of order into your cluttered, overflowing drawers. Just find the right ones to fit your drawers, find the right compartment for every item, and you shall certainly see a change for the better in the way your bathroom looks and feels.
Take a look at this photo for instance - just imagine all these items scattered around in that draw, without the organizer to put them in place. That would be one messy drawer.
Magnetic Knife Strips Aren't Just for the Kitchen
Okay, so you've probably seen one of these bad boys in a friend's kitchen or on TV, or perhaps you may even have one of these in your very own kitchen, but we're willing to bet that you've probably never thought of using a magnetic knife strip to store your shower tools and gadgets. We don't blame you, though. No matter how much this actually makes sense, it definitely requires a little out-of-the-box thinking
It's truly an ingenious solution. If it's made out of metal, a magnetic stripe will do the trick. It'll keep your metal belongings organized while also having them ready to grab at a moment's notice.
Clip-On Shower Curtain Rings Aren't Just for Shower Curtains
Shower curtains are actually amazing when it comes to storing things efficiently and utilizing space in an original, creative way. If you hate getting water all over the shelves in your shower when you reach for products, simply fit them with clip-on shower curtain rings, and attach them to the shower rod. This way, they'll be readily available when you need them most, and your shelves won't get water-logged.
This solution is great for those short on space, which, let's admit it, is all of us.
Use a Rolling Cart for Much Needed Extra Storage Space
A rolling cart in your bathroom will do wonders to any cluttered bathroom. It's a great way to clear up the mess by storying small containers that would otherwise be placed all across your bathroom. Given that the cart is on wheels, it'll make it really easy to have things on standby for whenever you need them.
They're also incredibly versatile. If you do end up changing the design of your bathroom, you can always count on your trusty rolling cart to fill in that little bit of empty space.
Tension Rods for When You Don't Want to Drill Into the Wall
Tension rods aren't some fancy alien mechanism designed only for the rich. Far from it - they're a practical bathroom solution that'll give you that extra little bit of shower storage. Not only will it hold all your precious shower items for you, it'll also let them breathe. It allows for a healthy amount of air circulation between its hangers which will allow your items to dry and stay mold free.
Tension rods also require no drilling, so they make a wonderful solution for people who rent.
A Lazy Susan Will Do Wonders to Your Bathroom Counter
Rearranging your belongings is always a lot of work. But trust us, you'll be so thankful for this handy tip. Lazy Susans come in all shapes and sizes, but whoever thought they can be used for bathroom storage? Just make sure that your Lazy Susan has a bit of an edge or a lip to it so that your precious bottles won't go flying when you spin them. It's actually amazing just how practical this thing is.
Not only will it keep your items intact and in one place, but you'll also be able to get to anything you want without removing all the other things in front of it, as you would do if they were stuffed inside a cupboard or a drawer.
Limited Counter Space? Try Vanity Shelves
Vanity shelves are those little shelves right beside your vanity mirror, which are sometimes overlooked or only used for decorating. These shelves are great for storing anything you need daily access to. They're also great for making sure that you have enough space on your countertops for whatever it is that you need there. If you don't have shelves by your vanity mirror, consider installing them to make use of every inch in your bathroom.
Use them to store anything that requires a mirror to use, such as makeup or your hair accessories, and you should be good to go.
Tension Rod + Shower Curtains = Double the Space
So, you're running out of space in your tiny shower, obviously made for microscopic organisms and not fully grown human beings? Well, rest assured, we've got a little trick for you. Install a tension rod next to your shower curtains which will basically double up the space you have there. You could hang all kinds of stuff from that rod - loofahs, caddies, shower caps, anything at all - you name it.
You could also, for instance, use the rod to hang your wet towels or used bathing suits as you wait for them to dry.
Use Drill-Less Floating Shelves for Easy Storage
Floating shelves are usually stylish and sleek. The only problem with them is that you have to drill holes in your walls to use them, which isn't ideal for rental homes or indecisive owners. But they don't always require drilling to be installed - you can actually find floating shelves that only require an adhesive. This could be great if you're just renting out an apartment or just not totally willing to commit to one particular shelf location.
Just be sure not to go over the shelf's weight limit so it won't go crashing down with all your precious perfume bottles!
File Sorters Aren't Just for Files, They Can Also Be Used for Washcloths
Who knew you could get such a handy bathroom storage item in the nearest office supplies store? These small compartments can be used for any small item, washcloths included. It's a lot better than just having them scattered across your bathroom, creating a classy, put-together look that would compliment any bathroom. What's more, it will keep your washcloths ready and accessible whenever you need them.
Anyone who has ever found himself just desperately searching for his washcloth amongst his many towels will know just how much of a game changer this little lifehack truly is.
Keep Your Essentials in an Essential Tray
There are a few things that are the bread and butter of your bathroom. We can't tell you what yours would be, but everyone knows what his or her "essentials" are. So, what we're proposing here is that you put all those small essentials in a tray, which will keep them nice and organized. Now, doesn't that sound nicer than frantically searching for your perfume bottle all over the place?
Besides, imagine how nice it will feel to see all your favorite items huddled together in one place. There's something inherently satisfying about organizing your favorite things, isn't there?
Opt for Open Shelves for Awkward Spaces
There's a limited amount of space in each room. That much is just an unfortunate fact of interior design. Some bahtrooms, however, are more limited in room than others. Those are the type of bathrooms in which you need to use every single square inch efficiently. What we're proposing is to really think about those pockets of free space that you end up with, and think of ways in which you could utilize them.
This means utilizing things like open shelves, which create unexpected arrangements and visually exciting spaces, which is always a good thing in our book.
Cabinet Doors Are the Perfect Place to Hang Little Baskets
Take a look at these baskets. Don't they just scream: "Hang me inside your cabinet doors?" Well, they do to us. Besides, most people would agree that these baskets are great when it comes to making space for things. They come in pretty little colors and shapes, and they're strong and sturdy enough to hold most things you'd want to put in them.
These little baskets are perfect for storing all those small things that you never really had a proper place for, that tend to get lost in the fray. No more.
Use a Closet Organizer for Your Bathroom Essentials
Look, let's get real for a second, everyone needs a place to store their bathroom essentials. We're talking linens, towels, and whatnot. You can't just have them scattered all across your bathroom like some caricature of a midlife crisis. So, keeping that in mind, here's what we propose: a closet organizer! They're super effective at, well, organizing your things, and they can be set up in a matter of minutes.
Besides, if you have a change of heart and decide that they aren't for you, you could always just take them down. No questions asked. Nothing wrong with that.
Sticky Hooks and Plastic Laundry Baskets for Easy Storage
There's no better time to be had than attaching small plastic laundry baskets all across your bathroom. That much is for certain. Besides, it's a great way to hold loose items and let them get a bit of air running through them, which is always a good thing. You could even add some water-resistant covers if you're they type of person that gets their bathroom all wet when they shower.
It's a great way to utilize a few of those awkward spaces you can't really put anything in, without permanently damaging anything in the room by drilling a hole through it or whatnot.
A Tiered Tray on the Floor or Counter Is Both Stylish and Handy
Okay, hear us out on this one. Sure, having things on the floor is usually a great indicator that things aren't very organized at that particular moment, but that doesn't mean the floor is lava. You can tastefully use the floor to organize your stuff, and a tiered tray will definitely help you do that. Tiered trays are ideal matches for small shelving units, and their clever design will help you maximize your bathroom space.
Usually, when people think of using up vertical space, they think of using the upper parts of the walls. But you could also use the floor, too! Isn't that a total gamechanger?
Use a Tension Rod to Store Spray Bottles
Okay, this entire article can be summed up in two words: tension rods. Yeah, that's pretty much it. Okay, that isn't it, but tension rods are such a neat little bathroom lifehack, that it would be hard to overestimate their value. You could, for instance, install one inside your cabinet to hang spray bottles with hooks and such. That'll make use of the vertical space of your bathroom cabinet, which usually goes unutilized.
But you could use that rod to hang plenty of other things. Towels, gloves, anything that can hang, basically. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get yourself a tension rod.
Suction Cup Holders Require Zero Maintenance
Suction cups are an amazing way to keep an organized bathroom, while also getting rid of the dust! What's best is that they're also super easy to set up. Like, they're the easiest thing to set up in the world. If you can't use these bad boys, you might as well just give up on life.
All you have to do is stick one to the wall or mirror or backsplash tiles and place a few small items in there. Voila - extra storage space!
Treat Your Mirror as Potential Storage Space
Now, you may be under the impression that you have utilized pretty much all the free space in your bathroom; that you've left no stone unturned, and that there's nothing left for you to do. But let us ask you this - have you put your mirror to work? Well, if you haven't, you should definitely consider it - why not mount your toiletries on the mirror? It'll save so much cabinet space.
Get one of those toiletry organizers that grips onto glass mirrors without adhesive. It'll also make your bathroom look so futuristic and sleek. Besides, you don't need all that mirror space anyways!
Ladder-Style Shelving Is Both Handy and Stylish
Now, this one is going to require a bit of a change in perception as to what ladders are and what they can be used for. Normally, a ladder would be a tool. In this case, however, a ladder can become a nice, creative storage unit. Ladders are great for storing towels and other aesthetic toiletries. Their small designs are also compact and space-savvy.
They're also a great storage solution for rooms that feel just a tad bit overcrowded with big, clunky pieces of furniture. A ladder is a nice, breathable alternative to classic storage units.
Under-Sink Organizes - An Underrated Way to Maximize Space
Under-sink organizers are a great way to instill a sense of order into that shapeless chaos that's taking over your bathroom. It's all about systemizing your belongings - you have to make sure you place your things in the right order so that you don't waste your time rummaging through cabinets. Which, if you didn't know by now, is a bad thing in our opinion. Your time is worth more than that.
These things were made for vertical organization, which is great if you're short on horizontal space. Which, let's be honest, given the housing market these days, is probably the case.
Hang Mountable Storage Caddies on Your Glass Door
If you're one of those people whose shower door is made out of glass, you should definitely consider getting a mountable shower caddy. It's a really elegant solution to your storage problems that will also keep the area around your faucet vacant and totally free of clutter and hardware. It's one of those forward-thinking storage solutions which most people wouldn't even think of, despite how doable and accessible it is.
Just remember that these things can only hold a certain number of items, so don't overdo it! You wouldn't want all your precious belongings to come crashing down on you, would you?
A Thin Rolling Shelve Fits Right Next to the Toilet
Yup, absolutely nothing wrong with that, is there? Don't let other people pressure you into thinking that there's something wrong with this. If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you do that, too? Yeah, we thought so. So get yourself a narrow rolling shelf. It's a great solution for storing things (such as books or bathroom materials) in really tight spaces. Trust us, you'll thank us the next time you reach out to get your book while you do your toilet deeds.
These things also come on wheels, too, which makes them even more convenient. Can't reach something? Just slide the entire construction to a more reachable position and then slide it back when you're done.
A Bathtub Caddy Adds an Instant Luxurious Touch
There's nothing that screams high-end, lavish, posh lifestyle reserved for a select few elites more than a bathtub caddy. Well, the good kind, not the cheap ones. Just look at this bad boy. Doesn't it make you just feel that much richer? Sure, these are more situational things than an extra shelf, but we're pretty sure all bath lovers would find them pretty nifty. It's just one of those things, we guess.
It's also a great way to store a few small things that tend to get lost, like skincare products and extra toothbrushes, and more. But to be honest, their main appeal (to us, at least) is just how cool they are.
There's Always Room Over the Toilet
One of the most underutilized spaces in the entire bathroom would have to be the space over the toilet. Sure, you may put a shelf there, but that wouldn't be using the space to its full potential now, would it? Here are a few ways to make sure you're getting the most out of your toilet space: set baskets on the toilet tank. Use over-toilet shelves as perches for perfume or hair spray bottles.
And if you think you've overdone it and that you can't actually fill up all those shelves, you could always place a plant to fill up any leftover shelf space.
No Vanity? No Problem
So you know that space under your sink just sitting there awkwardly, totally unutilized? Well, what if we told you that you could actually make the most out of it? Yeah, it's a huge secret in the bathroom organizing industry, but we'll let you in on it. Get yourself a curved shelving unit and place it around your pedestal sink. You'll see just how much of a difference it will make.
It's great for storing some of those things that need to be in your shower, but also don't see daily use. Besides, it's not like you were using that space for anything else, really.
Utilize Your Shower Rod
The hooks of your shower curtain are always an unutilized potential when it cooms to shower space organization. So, here's what you can do to make sure you get the most out of them - attach a shower organizer to them. You know, those thigs with the small pockets that you can use to store all kinds of stuff? Those things. Just hang them from the shower curtain, You can thank us later.
This may also help you out while bathing, too. Imagine just having everything you need at arms-length. Doesn't that sound like a better way to live life? It definitely does to us.
Avoid Visual Clutter
Here's a nice little trick we were fortunate enough to find out - things don't actually have to be clean if they seem clean. Now, there are a lot of things to learn from that, but one big takeaway should be that visual clutter has a real effect on our psyche. Things just look better when they're organized and stylized and whatnot. That's exactly why you should consider decanting your shower staples.
Your bathroom will just look that much neater, and in turn feel that much nicer, if you pour your shampoos and conditioners into aesthetic, little containers such as the ones in this photo right here.
Don't Like Toilet Shelves? Use a Basket
So this one goes out to all the people out there that absolutely despise the concept of having shelves above or around their toilets, just cluttering up their invaluable toilet space that they need for some reason known only to them and God. You could use a basket with a lid instead of a shelf. Just place that bad boy by the toilet, and store anything you need in there.
You could, for instance, put those towels and toilet paper refills in there. It's just a great way to make use of space in a way that is both efficient and aesthetic.
Suction Cups Everywhere
If you're feeling as though your shower is just a tad bit too disorganized, you could probably use this little shower organization hack. These are suction cup organizers that'll stick to your bathroom's wall tiles. They require no drilling, given that they're suction-cup-based, which makes them great for renters. They're great for storing all those little items that you usually have lying all over the place, which is always a blessing.
If you are planning on getting one of these bad boys, make sure you get one with made out of durable plastic with mounting holes, so that they can be attached easily.
Counters, Meet Cabinet Organizers
Now when you think of cabinet organizers, you probably think of a dimly lit office. But that's just so - yawn - boring. Thankfully, cabinet organizers aren't just for offices. Thank god for that. They can also be a great way to organize your bathroom countertop. It's a great way to keep some things neatly tucked away, out of sight, and yet not completely out of mind.
It's a solution that is both chic and practical - which is basically everything a person could ever want for his bathroom, isn't it?
Overdoor Shelves Are A Gamechanger
Using space efficiently means using every single inch of it in a way that makes sense. Leave no stone unturned, as they say. A great way to do this would be to utilize that infamous over-the-door space, which often gets overlooked. A great way to use said space would be, surprise surprise, to hang a shelf up there. The trick is to store things that do not see daily use there.
This is a great way to store some of the less important or less used things that you still want to have at your disposal in the bathroom. Just another little bathroom shelf hack for you.
Keep All Your Hair Essentials in One Countertop Organizer
Making sure you have a healthy head of hair that looks good is hard work. Those who know, know. Trust us. Keeping your hair in check is a bit like fighting an unwinnable war against your own body. And in war, you can never be overprepared. So you should always keep all your hair-styling products in one place so that when the time comes, you can get your trusty tools and battle away.
A countertop organizer would be perfect to achieve this. Just make sure you have all your appliances facing forward. It'll make getting them out of the container and ready for use that much easier. Every second counts.
Hang Shelves Above the Toilet for More Head Space
If you're feeling as though you can't go anywhere without almost butting your head into one of your bathroom's many floating shelves, then here's something you should probably consider: try placing most of your shelves over your toilet seat. Given that you pretty much never stand up straight in exactly that position (as in - you'll be sitting on the toilet, not standing on top of it, we hope), this definitely makes a lot of sense.
That way you'll be able to have the best of both worlds: storage space for your bathroom, and the freedom to move your head from place to place without the anxiety of getting a nasty bump to your skull.
Use Trays or Baskets for Anything
There are some things you do to free space in your bathroom. There are other things you do to make your bathroom seem cool and spacious and impressive. There are, however, things that you do that accomplish both of these goals. Corraling your things on trays or baskets is exactly one of those things. They're amazing when it comes to storage, but they also make everything look great. What's not to love about them?
Baskets and trays are great for everything, really; towels, clothes, plants - you name it. So why not go ahead and get yourself a few in order to upgrade your bathroom?
Always Utilize the Back of the Door
Let's give a huge shoutout to the unsung hero of organizational prowess - the back of the door. People often overlook the back of the door, but they really shouldn't, especially when you can hang an over-the-door organizer up there, which is actually incredible when it comes to adding a bit of extra storage space to your room. Besides, they also look very fashionable. We're seeing a win-win situation, aren't you?
They're also really good when it comes to storing items that tend to get wet from contact with moisture, such as shampoo bottles or other hair products you'd usually keep by your shower.
Hang Those Baskets Everywhere
And, if you didn't know by now, everywhere also includes towel bars. So basically, make sure to hang baskets on your towel bars, too, if you have them. It's not one of those things that every household bathroom has, but if you did luck out enough to get yourself a few towel bars, make sure to get the most out of them. Squeeze out every inch of that sweet, sweet towel bar space.
And then, once you've made sure to hang those baskets, you could fill them with shampoo bottles and towels and pretty much everything you could ever need in a bathroom. Doesn't that sound great?
A Neat Little Vase Trick
So if you've ever run into any issues trying to organize your makeup brushes perfectly, this trick may just save you a lot of trouble. Try using a vase and placing a bunch of marble or glass beads inside them, then putting your various makeup tools in there, too. Not only will it look great but shoving those makeup tools into the pebbles will feel really nice. It's also a lot better than having them just lying around everywhere.
The tiny marbles will also heed your makeup brushes from slipping out of the vases, as they make it incredibly easy for you to grab the brushes at a moment's notice.
Shelves. Shelves Everywhere
Look, if there's one thing you should probably take away from this entire article, it's that floating shelves are your best friend when it comes to bathroom organization. They are the easiest, most cost-effective way of creating extra storage space, not just in your bathroom but in any room at all, really. So what's keeping you from totally littering your bathroom with tons of floating shelves? Think about that one for a second.
Even if you think your bathroom is already pretty organized, the second you add a shelf, you'll see that you can actually make things look even better. Trust us, they're like magic.
A Showerhead Caddy Is Surprisingly Useful
This is one of those bathroom storage hacks that will definitely be a lifesaver for those who have way one too many soaps or hair products. Sure, you could store them on a suction cup shelf, but even those have their limits. That's where this bad boy comes in. Getting yourself a caddy for your showerhead will definitely help make your shower seem a tad bit more interesting while also saving space.
This will also free up your suction cup shelves, so that you can store other things you may want in your bathtub there. That's what we call hitting two birds with one stone.