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A small bathroom is one of the most challenging places to get organized and keep ship-shape. You need to store so many kinds of things in a bathroom—many of them small and sometimes slippery. And because you use those things multiple times a day, it’s easy to end up with jumbled, messy spaces that don’t function well. It’s not a nice way to start or end your day.
The first step to bringing order to a disorganized bathroom (after decluttering!) is making sure that every single item has a designated spot. This is especially challenging, again, due to the lack of space, which affects everything from where to put your toothbrush and toothpaste to how to store the extra towels and toilet paper rolls.
That’s where creative vision comes in. Let go of the desire for sought-after storage spaces that you just don’t have, let go of any concepts about how things “should” be stored, and open yourself up to a slew of organizational problem-solvers.
These 41 hacks are often as fun as they are functional.
1. Use a lazy susan in your bathroom cabinets to more easily reach the areas in the back.
A spinning turntable is every organizer’s secret weapon, and it’s perfect for bringing order to your non-uniform collection of jars and bottles. Choose turntables with a bit of a lip (or even a lazy susan with a backstop) to ensure that small bottles and jars don’t slide off. Place taller bottles either in the center or at the edges so you’re able to see everything you have and get to what you need.
2. Assign drawer organizers to roommates or members of your family to keep things tidy and keep countertops uncluttered.
If more than one family member uses the same bathroom, keep their supplies corralled in long drawer organizers to minimize the transfer of germs and those shrieks of “So-and-so used my toothpaste and squeezed from the middle!” Label each divider with a name to remind everyone to put their things back exactly where they belong.
3. Stretch a long tension rod across your shower, then hang a shower caddy or other things from it.
Need more storage space in your shower? A sturdy tension rod and S-hooks give you an instant shower-length solution. Not only do you have room to place your shower tools and products, but the method allows for air circulation so your scrubbies and washcloths can dry.
4. Hang products from a tension rod or towel bar with clip-on shower curtain rings.
Use photo- or curtain-clip hooks to suspend the personal care products you use in the shower, so you have room to store them right where you use them. Hanging them means never having to clean in-shower shelves that get slimy from never fully drying.