One frustrating thing about owning a small bathroom is there seems to be not enough space for all your toiletries and other bathroom essentials. You can’t seem to get rid of the clutter on the sink and bathtub, and the space is just too cramped. It’s time to stop complaining and start doing something about this household discomfort!
All you need is a simple reorganization. Now get your head together, your muscles warmed up, and your motivation made up. Start turning your small bathroom into a place you will feel comfortable in.
Bare your bathroom of all shampoo bottles, toothbrushes, towels, lotions, etc., and put them away first as you survey the area of your bathroom and come up with ways how to maximize the space. While surveying, take note of the free spaces where extra shelves or drawers can be added.
Option 1: Shelves on Blank Walls
You can add a shelf or two on the wall beside your mirror so the products that clutter the sink can be organized in a different space. The most ideal products to be placed on those newly added shelves are toners, moisturizers, and lotions. You can also add shelves in the shower area so you can separate the shampoo and hair conditioner bottles from soaps and body wash.
Option 2: Floor-to-Ceiling Shelves
This is an effective method to make the bathroom feel less cramped. Find an empty wall and measure it from floor to ceiling, find a large shelf or cabinet with the same measurement or build a custom-sized one. The good thing about DIY is you can maximize the free space. After you’ve added the floor-to-ceiling shelf, divide it into sections and place everything there. You can put the garbage bin at the lowest shelf, spare toiletries on the next, then the towels, and the bottles of lotions, moisturizers, and other items on the upper shelves.
Option 3: Drawers or Cabinets to Conceal Clutter
If you want to see your bathroom as clean and tidy all the time, go with cabinets or drawers to hide your stuff. This is advisable for naturally messy individuals who want a clutter-free bathroom for once, which is perfect because even if they’ve messed up their newly installed and organized cabinets after only a week, their bathroom will still look tidy to them and to their guests.
Option 4: Separate Closet outside the Bathroom
One way to avoid cluttered and cramped space inside a small bathroom is to separate your things into stuff that need to be inside (shampoo, hair conditioner, toners, moisturizers, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.) from stuff that can be organized in a separate closet outside (towels, hairdryer, extra bottles, extra tissue paper, etc.).
There is yet another trick to making a small bathroom seem larger—replace the mirror with a much bigger one. If possible, make it fill the width of your wall. Large mirrors reflect the bathroom area, so there is an illusion that the bathroom is larger than it actually is.
If you’re using your basement as a room and thinking of adding a bathroom there, make sure to install an upflush toilet for your convenience. Basements may not have underground drain lines, and since an upflush toilet uses macerator blades to cut up the waste into very fine bits, it will be easier to get rid of the waste.
These options are a few of the quickest, simplest methods to reorganize the bathroom. There are so many other ways and organizing techniques you can incorporate into your small bathroom project. If you have the time and extra money, try two or more methods and see which one works for your bathroom.
Every person has a preferred style anyway, so if you can, experiment, mix and match, and discover the bathroom layout you love best. You can ask for help if the task seems too much for you, especially if you plan to add shelves and closets. Not everyone is good at DIY and even the act of organizing one’s cluttered life, so don’t hesitate to ask help from friends whenever you need it.