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I have posted unique ways to make shelving here before, so here is another cool tip.
Recently, I moved into a home that had 2 white shelves leaning up against the wall. There was a perfect space in front of a window, but I didn't have the ability to use brackets. I went to a thrift shop and got 4 cups, all the same height. I used them for shelf supports. My bathroom is red and black and white so I stayed with those colors.
They turned out nice and are easy to move, leaving no holes in anyone's walls.
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With regards to children and their washroom habits, I have found from time and motherhood that children and youths have some main things each of them need and it is a little different for each person. If the things are all left sitting in the washroom, there is a mess and other mysterious things happen to some items.
I quit trying to solve the mysteries and came up with this solution. I first color coded each of the people so the toothbrushes were not mixed up. Then I used this code for the combs, brushes, and a container to hold all these washroom needs.
Each child got a container just big enough for the 10 to 15 items that will be used in the washroom. The container was to be taken in to the washroom with them. They did all that is needed and then took the items in the container back to their bedroom.
I had a well lit spot outside of the washroom for the girls to do their make up and not keep the washroom busy too long. Mom and Dad had a dressing table also to do all the last minute prep work before rushing to grab a bite to eat and run out the door.
The family found vacation time easier also because I got them travel pouches with their color taped on it. Trips to a washroom if we went camping were organized and there were less losses of personal items. As my children grew, their collection grew also so they had a few containers with labels on them. This habit is still with them for several areas of their life.
By Carolyn from BC Canada
Do less wash, buy each child a towel in their own color. When my 4 kids were growing up, I had a problem with them just throwing their bath towels onto the bathroom floor. I remedied this by buying each child their OWN towel in their own color. The rule was that they were each responsible for their own towel. They had to use the SAME towel all week long. I'd wash them all every Saturday. If I saw a towel on the floor, I knew who it belonged to. This not only stopped me from yelling about it, it also taught them to take care of their belongings. Believe me, you'll do whole lot less wash!
By Cyinda from Seattle
I have a bad habit of stockpiling toiletries because I never know what I have on hand or I know I have it and can't find it. I hung a pocket shoe bag on the inside of my linen closet and now put new purchases (and those from my stash) of shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. in the pockets. Now I can see and find what I have at a glance.
By Linda from Vista, CA
I was trying to de-clutter the bathroom counter, and looked up to see this towel ring and thought "I wonder if these would all fit?" and sure enough they did! I was thinking you could also use these rings for scarves, necklaces, headbands, and just about anything that hangs.
By Poor But Proud from Yorktown, VA
I clip my hair clips to the towel rack in my bathroom. They fit perfectly!
I had a lone Dollar Tree hook over the bathroom door facing inside. It was for my robes, but was pretty high up. A friend gave me one she didn't need anymore and boy, has it made life easier.
I love those wire basket shelves that adjust over the tub. I finally found one, but then realized that the oval shape of my tub made it not fit. Not one to be daunted, I found that it fits over the lip on top and the curtain rod.
Each of our 3 children has a small plastic tote stored in our hall linen closet to take into the bathroom. They keep all of their toiletries in these totes.
I love shower caddies. They are convenient and hook over the shower faucet just perfectly. Except when they don't. That was the case today when I went to hang mine. The faucet was so far forward that the caddy wouldn't stay put.
I'm a terminal pack rat. One of those people who is always buying stuff and then forgetting where I put it. Recently, I bought a 3 drawer rolling cart at KMart for $10. I use it for all my bought ahead health and beauty items.
To free up some counter space in the bathroom, I purchased a shower caddy and placed it on the mirror. The suction cups hold it on tight and it has worked great for me.
Don't have enough space to store all your toiletries in the bathroom? Hang a see-through shoe bag on the back of the door. Everything slips right in and you can see what you need.
I save the plastic containers that shower curtains come in, etc. I put all my hair products in one, all tooth paste and mouth wash and floss in one, all nail stuff in one, all perfume in one, all make up in one, and finally all hand cream and skin cream in one.
Assign a different colored nylon scrubbie to each member of your household. No more wash cloths to launder! A scrubbie creates a ridiculous amount of suds thereby reducing the amount of soap used.
I have an open wicker bookcase that is oval shaped with three shelves in my bathroom. The shelves are deep and will hold tall items. They have large scarf doilies on them to prevent items from falling through to the floor.
Some time ago, I purchased a wire, 3 tier hanging basket for my kitchen with the intent to put onions and potatoes in it. Finding that it was too long for the spot I intended it to go, I found the perfect place to use it, in my bathroom!
Keep a funnel in the bathroom to use when draining contents of one bottle into another.
Keep sticky notes inside cabinet doors in your bathroom. When you run out or are low on an item, write it down. When it's time to shop, pick up your mini lists and you'll have everything written down.
I always found my bathroom counter becoming cluttered with many items from hairbrushes, to deodorant, to body spray, etc. To minimize the clutter, I purchased a clear pocket shoe organizer that hangs over the door.
Need more storage space in your bathroom for all of your toiletry items? If you're like me, your bathroom cabinet can't hold all of your beauty items and causes constant disarray.
As a Mom to six I was tired of towels on the bathroom floor and everyone claiming that it was not them so I bought each child their own color towels. Now I know who is not hanging them up and they are not sharing towels when feeling ill as well. By Kriss M
I have a hook in the corner of my bathroom that holds my robe. When I finish my shower, I put on my terry cloth robe and by the time I dry my legs my body is dry too.
Keep a shopping list in the bathroom to keep track of what toiletries and supplies have run out. Put it on the inside of a cabinet door and keep a pen handy. This makes it really easy to check the bathroom list when you are making a grocery list.
Christmas cheese and wine hampers are often presented in high quality wooden boxes. I recently took one which has slots for two bottles of wine and two pieces of cheese above them, stood it on end, and used it for toiletry storage in the bathroom.
For extra bathroom storage, add small buckets to hang on hooks under the medicine cabinet.
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I need storage ideas for my too deep drawers! My bathroom is incredibly disorganized! It's tiny to begin with, but on top of that, I only have 3 drawers (2 of which are pointlessly deep) and a small under cabinet space. My two biggest problems are organizing my hair stuff (tons of bottles that can't stand up in the drawers) and storing my stockpiled items. Any ideas?
By Jennie from Tempe, AZ
Hello Jennie, I feel your pain as my bathroom is tiny, too, but at least you have the vanity with drawers and under sink storage. The vanity is still on my wish list and other stuff is currently in boxes and bins on shelves. :-) I do have a couple of suggestions, regardless.
For hair stuff, get a two gallon sized galvanized bucket to keep under the sink to store all of your excess hair stuff in (including blow dryers and curling irons if you use them.) I use the galvanized ones simply because they match the decor better and don't look as cheesy as the plastic ones should I get rushed and leave it out. Put a dollar store washcloth in the bottom to help sop up the drips and for easy cleanup every couple of weeks.
As far as the deep drawers go, you can't beat a kitchen flatware or utility divided bin that can be pushed toward the back, but easily pulled out to fully examine the contents. (Take good measurements and buy them cheaply at the dollar or discount store.)
Not sure what all you want to store in the drawers but if you are considering OTC items (aspirin, tums, first aid stuff, etc.) consider keeping those items in a plastic bin under the sink. if you have small children, put them high up in the kitchen or pantry. I also have another galvanized bucket (you could put under the sink, I keep mine on a high shelf) that has Windex, paper towels and Clorox wipes, etc. for quick clean ups.
Clean towels can be rolled or folded and placed decoratively on open shelves or within wall cabinets if you have them. I also use wall hooks versus towel rods to keep bath towels clean enough for a few days reuse. The hooks take up less wall space than the rods and if the hooks are at least 3 to 4 inches deep, staggered and at least 5 to 6 inches apart at the base, the towels still dry out well.
Hope this is of some help for you. Good luck!
Buy some plastic baskets at a dollar store and stack them up in the deep drawers.
I had a very small bath in our last house and I found a cute spice rack at the thrift store that worked perfectly for bottles of hair stuff. It kept them off the small counter and off the back of the toilet (which always led to the floor).
I didn't have any drawers but a linen closet that was ridiculously deep and tall. I put my stockpiled items in bins and boxes with labels since I couldn't see into most of them. You could put your back stock into the deep drawers since you don't need to get to it daily. Or in another room altogether.
I kept make-up in a caddy with a handle in the closet but you could use your regular sized drawer for the daily use items. I also put up a shelf for curling/flat irons to rest on to keep them off the counter. I also stored a couple rolls of TP on it to be within reach. The only things I put under the sink were feminine supplies and cleaning supplies. I also had a wall mounted hairdryer like you see in hotels, this helped a lot too.
The dollar store is a great resource to find organizing tools. Different size boxes with lids or silverware holders can be used. Also look in the children's or infant's area for storage ideas. Another good idea is to store towels in a basket on the floor. These ideas worked well for me.
We are redoing our bathroom and I saw a great idea on TV. They used concrete forms and cut them to desired thickness and placed them on the wall. Then they put face clothes, etc. in them.
The problem: the concrete forms I found were reasonable, but about 3 times as much as I need. Any other suggestions for round/cylinder shapes? The only other idea I have is a baby formula can (cardboard) that I can cut to size.
By M. Lewis
Try PVC pipe. It comes in all sizes, cuts easily, is lightweight and inexpensive. Look online http://www.houz lle-Falcon---for a sample of this used as a wine rack. Empty paint cans work well, too. Most paint stores sell them, and the finish is similar to chrome.
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For toilet paper storage and refills, I keep this child's-wooden barrow beside the loo. We are in the country so I think its 'farmy'.
Instead of using this cute metal laundry basket for soiled washing, I use it for the spare fresh towels in the bathroom.
I use this old stage prop column, to display my dear grandmother's ceramic wash set, it wouldn't suit many bathroom decors, but I like green.
By Julie from Sydney, Australia
Cute ideas. I bought a shoe holder that has lots of pockets and it hangs behind the door. This is where my family keeps their deodorant, lotion, cologne, flat iron, etc. It keeps my counter clean and it is also easy to see if someone needs something. (12/28/2009)
I keep spare toilet tissue rolls beside the toilet in a wicker basket; I store bath wash clothes in a wicker basket beside the bathtub. I use wicker baskets for bathroom storage. I have a large wicker 3-tiered shelf unit that holds my daily toiletries I use, my jewelry which is organized in trinket boxes. I use the side of the wicker shelf to store my necklaces (I hook paper clips that are opened halfway and hooked through the wicker; I hang my necklaces on the side of the shelf so I can see what I need for accessorizing my outfit; I use a mug cup holder to hold small necklaces and bracelets. The trinket boxes are organized by type of jewelry (silver, gold, etc.) and types of jewelry (earrings, bracelets, pins, etc.).
My large walk-in closet is in my bathroom so I store all my clothing in that closet and the bathroom is my dressing area. I have my mother's first dressing table which stores tissue boxes, travel tissues, shampoo, etc. The vanity storage area stores cleaning supplies and medication which is stored in plastic boxes. My daily medication is in one of the vanity drawers and is placed in dividers in the drawer. I store my daily bathing supplies (shampoo bottles, soap, bath brushes, nail brushes) on a plant stand by the bathtub. I also had my husband install a detergent dispenser on the side of the tub near the water spigot to hold my shampoo; I keep the dispenser full of shampoo or liquid bath soap.
Being visually impaired, I must keep my items organized for easy access. (12/30/2009)
Good ideas! I especially like your stage prop! I had an oddball piece of furniture moved into my bathroom which has limited built in storage. It's a 2 piece shelves on top drawers below. I use lined baskets on the shelves to keep it neat and organized. Cleaning supplies are in dollar plastic handled baskets in the under-the-sink cabinet.
A wire basket with a handle can double your bathroom counter or top of dresser space if you use both the basket and the handle for storage. For example, you can put all of your hair accessories into the basket part and hang your drop earrings from the wire handle. The things you use most often will be kept on hand and you'll create more useable counter or dresser top space.
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
The other day I found a very nice, large canvas shoe caddy on the clearance rack at Wal-mart for $5. The package was missing is why it was on there.
I have five kids and there isn't enough room in the bathroom for all of their things. I hung the shoe caddy on my kids' bathroom wall behind the door for them to organize their hair brushes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotions, etc.
The older kids' things are up top out of the 3 year olds reach and he gets his own spot down below.
I need some suggestions for organizing my (slightly large) bathroom. I need to organize shampoo, body wash, conditioner, and my makeup. I want to keep the mirrors sparkling and tub, tiles, and toilets clean. Thank you for all or any advice. It is greatly appreciated.
By Lena from Portland, ME
I have one of those shoe organizers that hang on the door on the inside of my linen closet. It works very well to organize almost all my bathroom stuff. The pockets make keeping like things together easy. I have everything from lotion to Q-tips to fingernail clippers in it. Just put the things you use less often on the top or bottom rows and the things you use frequently in the middle rows. You could also hang on the back of the bathroom door. Hope this is useful. I know I have used mine for several years and don't plan on giving it up anytime soon! (12/03/2009)
For starters, I make sure I don't buy an over abundance of these types of products and then end up with several bottles of shampoo, conditioner, etc. I use up what I have first before purchasing another. Hanging inside my shower/bathtub is a 3 tier basket, the kind you'd buy for fruits and veggies. That's where I keep my shampoo and conditioner, my razor and lotion/conditioner that I use for shaving my legs.
For my makeup, I'm fortunate enough to have a sit down vanity with drawers. That's where I keep a basket with my make-up in it. Then I just pull out the whole basket and when I'm done, put the basket back in the drawer. The same for my curling iron, hair brushes and blow dryer. My blow dryer is quite large and does not fit in the drawer, so I use a very pretty tote bag that I have hanging on an etegere to keep it handy.
My towels and wash clothes are folded neatly and also placed on the shelves of the etergere along with a few decorative items. On top of my vanity I have a pretty oval platter that I no longer use in the kitchen and that's where I keep my perfume, vitamins (so I don't forget to take them) and I placed some decorative stones all around it. I have a small very pretty crystal clock setting on the vanity and also an old antique crystal jelly jar that I purchased years ago at a garage sale and I keep my q-tips in it.
Everything is very handy and neatly in it's place. I keep extra rolls of toilet paper in another drawer that I can reach right from the toilet. You can also keep towels rolled up and placed in a pretty basket. One splurge I allow myself is Oil of Olay or some other brand of make-up remover clothes. I love the containers they come in and I recycle them in my bathroom cupboard as dividers and also my desk drawer and underwear drawer where I roll my socks and keep them in the empty containers. (12/04/2009)
My best tip for keeping the bathroom clean is to keep the cleaners you need for the bathroom IN the bathroom. I keep a bottle of Mr. Clean, a jug of spray Windex, and the toilet bowl cleaner in the bathroom, as well as a brush and dust pan. Then whenever there is a spill or splash, or I notice that things are getting spotty or dusty, I clean it when I notice it. The bathroom is a tiny room, and only takes a minute or two to clean the tap and mirrors or to brush the dust out of the corners. Also, get everyone in the household used to wiping down the shower after every shower. This is a very easy habit to develop, and makes a world of difference. If you prefer, use a squeegee that you can get at the dollar store. I am definitely not a great housekeeper, and so if I can keep my bathroom clean anyone can. (12/06/2009)