Storage is always at a premium in a small space, but nowhere is that more true than in the bathroom. There are so many little odds and ends — makeup, razors, hairbrushes, toilet paper — that you just have to have, but where in the world do you put all that stuff? If the clutter in your bathroom is getting a little out of control, it might be time to check out these 10 ways to squeeze a little extra storage out of a small bathroom.
1. Add a shelf above the sink for easy access to the things you use every day. Try a glass version like this one in a bathroom from House Beautiful to keep things light and airy (plus, it won't get ruined by water).
2. Don't neglect the space above your toilet. This is a great spot for a cabinet, some shelves, or maybe just a basket for toiletries or reading materials, as seen on My Fabuless Life.
4. No space for a towel rack? Hang them on the back of the door, either with a rack specifically made for the door, or by creating your own set up, like this one here from Bob Vila.
5. Mount a shelf above the door, like Hilary from My So-Called Home.
6. Hanging your hair dryer on the inside of the cabinet door will save space and save you time, since it will be a lot easier to find. This hair dryer holder is $7.99 from The Container Store. Here's another one that also holds some styling products and a hairbrush. Or you can hang a magazine holder on the inside of the door to get the same effect, like Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts.
7. Drawers inside your cabinets will maximize storage space... and make it a lot easier to find small items. This under sink area from Real Simple mixes up some sizes to make the most of the restricted space.
8. Or try this: From BHG, a lazy susan inside your bathroom cabinets makes small items easier to access. If you have the vertical room, a two-tier version gives you more bang for your buck.
9. If you have a pedestal sink or wall-mount sink and no cabinets to speak of, there is still hope for you. These RÅGRUND shelves from IKEA are designed to fit around a pedestal sink or the pipe of a wall-mounted sink. And if the RÅGRUND doesn't suit your bathroom style, try this organizer designed to go around a pedestal sink.
10. You'd be amazed at how much stuff you can fit into a really narrow cabinet. This particular one wins out over other narrow bathroom cabinets because it has drawers, so you don't have to pull the whole cabinet out every time you want something. I had something similar that I used for years — it tucked neatly in beside the toilet in the tiny bathrooms of four or five different apartments. Bathroom cabinet, $119 from Amazon.
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- Re-edited from a post originally published 8.27.2014 - AH