Making the Most of Your Bathroom Storage

I don’t know about you, but my bathroom items reproduce when I’m not looking. My shampoo and shower gel bottles give birth to smaller conditioner babies. On my counters, extra toothbrushes just magically appear. Contact lens solutions, eye drops, cotton balls — where do all of these things come from? The only things I can’t keep enough of are towels and toilet paper.  Those disappear every couple of days no matter what I do. Well, did. I have found a few solutions I’m happy to share.
  1. Keep only bathroom stuff in the bathroom. Medications belong somewhere else – the moist, humid environment is not good for their shelf life. Makeup is another item to store somewhere else. If you need to apply in the bathroom, keep it in a portable makeup organizer you can move back and forth and still access your items easily.
  2. Use every inch of space – especially vertical space. My favorite item of storage is an over the toilet étagèreThey come with shelves, drawers, whatever – but it’s a great place to store all those things you need to keep close by but off the countertop.
  3. I’m a huge fan of keeping all my shower things in one place. A shower caddy that hangs over the shower head can hold a ton of items, stays out of the way, and is easy to move when you’re ready to clean. No more digging soap bars out of corners!
  4. Toilet paper is something everyone is always running out of, so I upgraded to a coreless kind that stores use. You have to buy a special dispenser that cost about $2, but the good news is a case of this stuff lasts my family bathroom well over 6 months. I NEVER think about panicking when severe weather is coming!
  5. The last item that we never seem to have enough of are towels. I do an entire load of them, fill the linen closet, and in two days they are all gone — with very few in the hamper. Is there a black hole just for towels I don’t know about?  My solution – for now – has been to color coordinate my towels for each member of the family. My youngest son has a set of blue towels, my daughter gets red, and so on. This way, when they are yelling they don’t have a towel at least I can yell back that it’s their own fault for losing them.  If someone else has a better solution I’d love to hear it.  Thanks!

With one bathroom that has to work for four people these tips have saved my sanity – mostly. I hope some of them will work for you!

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