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The $15 Solution for Your Tangled Bathroom Counter Clutter

updated May 3, 2019
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Let’s be real: Keeping your tiny bathroom counter tidy, especially with little to no storage space, is no easy feat. That’s why it pays to search for easy ways to add more storage room around your bathroom sink. And believe it or not, we’ve discovered a cheap and foolproof solution for keeping some of your messiest bathroom counter clutter in check.

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Inexpensive outlet shelves—like this $15 one on Amazon—can hold up to 10 pounds of small stuff and is as simple to install as replacing an outlet cover. Translation: You can now store everything from face wash to small electronics above your bathroom counter, and all you have to do is switch out the outlet cover closest to your sink.

Even better, these clever mini-shelves boast built-in cable channels, to help corral electric cords, making it the perfect place to stash an electronic shaver or toothbrush, so you can recharge them with ease without worrying about dangerous dangling cables.

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Here are a few other ways to use a wall outlet shelf:

1. To charge your smartphone

Stick a wall outlet shelf on the outlet closest to your bed and you’ll never forget to charge your phone before you fall asleep.

2. To hold a speaker

Whether in your kitchen or bathroom, employ an outlet shelf to hold a portable speaker for instant music, anywhere.

3. For mini-fans and humidifiers

Living with a fan-less bathroom? Install a shelf above an outlet and place a mini electric fan on it to better circulate your bathroom air.

Still not convinced a wall outlet shelf is a game-changer? Don’t forget that these sleek uni-taskers are usually priced at under $20 a pop. (Here’s an extra long one for more real estate, and here’s another with hooks!) Which means you can streamline your bathroom counter in a matter of seconds, for much less than the price of that bulky above-the-toilet shelf unit that’s been sitting in your Amazon cart.