Ace of Space: Storage Tips for Tiny Bathrooms

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declutter your bathroomBathrooms are one of the most private spaces in a home. Yet it's also an area shared by friends, family members and acquaintances. With these two scenarios in mind, keeping your bathroom organized presents a special challenge in tiny bathrooms.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. A few good shelves
Using vertical space in tiny bathrooms can make a huge difference. Consider investing in a few shelves. Before installing shelves, look through your bathroom for space that hasn't been utilized. For example, you might have a small area under your bathroom sink that would be perfect for a small storage unit or self. Consider keeping some surfaces open to allow you and guests to set items down like reading glasses or jewelry while washing up.

2. Purchase a hanging shower-caddy
A lot of showers don't have built in storage space, so renters end up with a lot of bottles sitting on the corner of the tub or on the shower floor. If this is the case, say no to bottle clutter and purchase a hanging shower-caddy. Soap, razors, shampoo, conditioner, and other odds and ends are perfect objects to store in your caddy.

3. Add a few mirrors
If you have a really small bathroom, hanging a small or large mirror will make your bathroom appear roomy and airy.

4. Use your medicine cabinet more effectively
Small spaces benefit from editing. And medicine cabinets are one area of the household that easily can be cluttered with excess items. So go through your little cabinet and purge what you don't use anymore or medicines that have expired. Consider organizing the items in order of use. And move the items you don't use daily to another spot in your home.

5. Hooks, magnetic paint, and a plant stand
No floor space? No problem. Invest in a few hooks to hang up your towels and clothes. Or you can use a little magnetic paint on the back of your bathroom door. The magnetic paint is perfect for small storage containers and removable bins.
Another tiny catchall is a plant/pot stand. Place the plant stand in your bathroom corner and fill the bowls with bathroom supplies and stacks of rolled bath towels for an attractive and functional display.

6. The hamper
You might be able to squeeze a small hamper under your bathroom sink. If you don't have room for a hamper, find a home for your dirty clothes. Don't leave them on the floor.

7. Pay attention to the details
Don't skimp on small details. Use what you have, but invest in what you love. For instance, one of my friends displays her makeup, razors, and soap in beautiful old vintage boxes. It's an excellent space-saving and design idea.

8. Less is more
Consolidate your bathroom stuff and remember less is more. Only keep what you use everyday in your bathroom. For example, store extra towels, toilet paper, and beauty supplies in another area of your home.

What space-saving strategies do you use for your bathroom?

Tammy Strobel blogs at RowdyKittens about simple living and is the author of Simply Car-free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life.

The Ace of Space is a bi-weekly column that will provide you with the tips and tools to live lightly and creatively in a small space.
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