5 Ways to Survive a Small Bathroom

5 Ways to Survive a Small Bathroom

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Adrienne Breaux
May 24, 2016

You might be renting an apartment with the smallest bathroom ever. Or maybe you've bought a house but don't have the money to renovate your tiny bathroom just yet. Whatever reason behind you having to make do with an extremely small bathroom, there are five ways you can survive such a small space.

1. Don't have any more in there than you need

Though a small bathroom might hint at a home with similarly small rooms, don't necessarily try and make your bathroom hold its fair share of stuff. Your bathroom is the place you get ready every morning and it's also a high-mess place, so toothpaste particles, dust and grime happen in here a bit more than say, your living room. So only keep what you need in your bathroom to get ready and to use it, and find places for everything else. It will go a long way in making using your bathroom a lot more pleasant.

2. Fix the lighting

Whether you've got a window with natural light or not, chances are the light in your bathroom is either not enough, a terrible color or not even everywhere. You're going to want to get creative to ensure that you have enough light in all corners of the space so the rooms feels bright and clean, but also enough task lighting where you need it so you can get ready properly in the morning.

3. Make stuff easy to get to

So though a bathroom with zero things would certainly be a breath of fresh, minimal air, that's not tenable. Even if you follow this post's first suggestion, you still have some things you have to keep in your small bathroom, from toiletries to toilet paper and more. So the key here is to make what you do have easy to get to, which is going to mean hyper organization of the small storage spots you have.

Don't just stuff a big box of supplies under the sink; organize that box with small tools or dividers so you can get to the things you need easier. Don't be afraid to make your bathroom more functional by displaying tools you use every day, too. You can keep the room from feeling too cluttered by replacing varied packaging with similar containers and keeping the area neat and tidy. Steal kitchen organization ideas and tools to incorporate hooks, magnetic strips and more.

4. Expand the feel of the space

If you're living in a home with a tiny bathroom, you're going to want to do what you can expand the feel of the space. That might mean adjusting the shower curtain rod so that it doesn't feel like it's protruding into the space. It might mean replacing larger items with more streamlined ones (anything from trashcans to toilets to vanities and more). Adding a bigger mirror or even more mirrored surfaces will help reflect light. Painting on surfaces (if you're able) like the walls, ceilings, floor and more can help visually expand the feel of the space if you play your color card right.

5. Consider comfort

There's something a little clinical about a small bathroom. Particularly if you've got a lot of rental limitations (and you're following the above advice), you can end up with a space that's minimal and clean, but without a lot of feeling. Sure that's not a big deal when you're in a hurry and getting ready in the morning, but what about when you need a place to relax after a stressful day at work (or just need to escape from the kiddos for a minute or two to catch your breath)? That's where centering on comfort can help you survive a small bathroom. Opt for the extra plush floor mat. Go for the fabric shower curtain. Choose the big fluffy towels. Add in at least one or two elements that holds comfort to you.

Re-edited from a post originally published 5.14.15-NT

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