bathroom organization: toiletry shelf

So we finally moved. It seems like it’s been hanging over our heads forever, but we’re finally in. And instead of struggling with the whole act of moving, we’ve moved onto struggling with how to make a much smaller living space work for us.

Right now my biggest foe is the bathroom. We’re currently trying to squeeze the contents of two bathrooms and a linen closet into one (decent sized) bathroom. This, my friends, is no easy task. You don’t realize how much crap you really own until you’re forced to squeeze it into an area that’s much smaller than what you’re used to.

So, of course, I used this as another excuse to hit up my beloved Pinterest. I won’t lie. A lot of what I found there were big, beautiful, expensive bathrooms that are not even close to our (nonexistent) budget. But there were some little gems that are actually attainable mixed in. (Click the photos for the sources)

bathroom organization: toiletry shelfMartha Stewart always manages to blow my mind, but this over-the-door shelf idea is a whole new level of awesome. It looks pretty because it’s organized neatly with coordinating colors, but it’s also totally out of the way. I never would have thought to use that empty space about the door to my advantage. I’m crazy about this idea for storing extras and things that are used a little less often.

bathroom organization: shelvingThese shelves on that seemingly useless wall next to the toilet are another great way to tap into unused space. I would put them higher up to avoid grabby little fingers and clumsy adults knocking things into the toilet.

bathroom organization: wicker baskets on wallI also like the idea of nailing little baskets to the wall. They look pretty and they conceal odds and ends that otherwise look messy and cluttered. Better yet, you can get them pretty cheap at places like Target (which is where this blogger got hers).

bathroom organization: wooden cratesIf you have some extra floor space, wooden crates can be another good storage solution. They don’t take up much space and you can get them relatively cheaply at craft stores (and even paint them for a pop of color if you want!).

bathroom organization: magna podsAnother pretty fantastic idea I never would’ve thought of without the power of Pinterest is using magnets on the back of your medicine cabinet. I love the idea of putting magnetic strips in to hold onto things like tweezers and nail clippers and other little odds and ends.

bathroom organization: tension rodLastly, I love the idea of using a tension rod to create more storage space under the sink. It frees up a nice chunk of space on the bottom of the cabinet by allowing you to hang spray bottles—and it can serve as a nifty little drying bar for rags and washcloths. I’m absolutely going to do this one today.

Do you have any nifty little bathroom organization tips for me? I could use all the help I can get!

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.