How to Organize a Small Bathroom
Are you looking for ways to organize a small bathroom? In this post, I’ll show you how solutions for a medicine cabinet, kids bath toys, and more!
Small, but Cute
When we first toured our home seven years ago, I thought the main floor bathroom was adorable. I especially liked the pedestal sink. It was so feminine, so vintage, so different from any of the sinks I’d ever had. What I didn’t realize, is that it also meant the bathroom had hardly any storage. These are the lovely things you discover when you actually move into a home and start living there, rather than just living there in your mind. In my mind, I had plenty of room for my toothbrush and vitamins, moisturizer, and make-up. In reality, I had a medicine cabinet. Read on to see how I maximized the storage in my small bathroom.
The Medicine Cabinet:
I had to decide exactly what I wanted in that cabinet. It could only hold the absolute essentials for our family. I wanted to make use of the vertical space as well as the shelf space, so I used command hooks to hang things we are always searching for: hair bands, kids’ nail clippers, and razor refills. We also decided to order Quip toothbrushes, which you can hang on the inside of the door. Quip is so convenient! They send you toothpaste and new batteries for your toothbrush every three months. Our Sonicare toothbrush charger didn’t fit anywhere in the bathroom, so charging them was a pain, and we often run out of toothpaste and end up using our kids Silly Strawberry. No more! I also used Mason Jars to contain items, and keep them like-with-like. They are easy to pop in the dishwasher when they need a cleaning.
Bath toys seem to get unruly very quickly in my house. At one point we had a laundry basket full of them! It lived at the bottom of the tub. Unfortunately, the laundry basket didn’t drain all the way, and when I would lift it out to shower murky water would ooze onto the tile. Yuck.
In the book Organization Hacks, I saw a bath toy storage system made with a shower curtain rod, curtain hooks, and baskets. It seemed to be the answer to my prayers! My kids love it, because they can reach in and get what they want, and the holes and the angle of the baskets help them drain well. It’s also easy to push to one side when I want to shower. I think it may still hold too many bath toys!
I use an over-the-showerhead caddy to keep to contain all of our shower and bath products. This works so much better than putting them on the windowsill or in the corners of the tub. It also stores bottles that are too tall for the medicine cabinet, so sometimes I’ll put lotion in there, too.
Hook Behind the Door:
I love the hook behind the door to hang in-use towels. That way the towels on the rack can be for guests.
All the other items like extra towels and toilet paper, etc. go in a supply closet in the hall near the bathroom. You can read about my supply closet here!
I hope this inspires you to give your small bathroom a little love! If you have storage ideas for a small bathroom, email me. I’d love to hear them!