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Storage Ideas for a Happy Bathroom

The bathroom is a flurry of primping and preening morning activity, and yet why is there never enough room for all the stuff we need? If bathroom storage is a problem for you, too, here are some suggestions for making your lavatory stash as stylish as you.

Open Cabinetry

Rather than keeping your clutter behind closed doors, install a set of open cabinets under the sink. If there’s room, find cabinets that are wider than necessary for the sink - this will give you more storage space. Use the open space for installing an extra upper shelf to organize your bathroom belongings more neatly.

Vanity Cabinets

Bathroom storage vanity cabinets

Contrary to popular belief, vanity cabinets are not just for the sink; they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. If you have the room in your bathroom, install a run of cabinets. They can also be complemented by a tall wall cabinet beside the sink, either hanging on the wall or sitting on the countertop.

Stylish Shelving

Bathroom storage shelving

Chances are, even if you don’t have the space for added cabinetry in the bathroom, you have some amount of wall space going unused. By adding a shelf above the toilet, around the sink or even in the tub and shower, you instantly create space for stashing some of your bathroom objects. Try to use this room for unsightly clutter so that it maintains the stylishness of your bathroom. Shelves are great for small baskets of lotions and potions.

Baskets

Bathroom storage baskets

Baskets are great because they can sit anywhere and look attractive. Not only that, but they’re great organizers. Place them on the floor, inside cabinets, on shelves, or even on the toilet tank. Work them strategically and you can stash lots of bathroom stuff within that can’t be seen. Here’s a test: If you can easily peer into the basket, then spiff it up by placing items inside that can be arranged nicely, like rolled-up towels.

Linen Cabinets

If you don’t have room by the sink, place one tall cabinet elsewhere in the bathroom. Linen cabinets can be short and squat or tall and narrow, but all offer a great deal of shelving space.

Hooks

Bathroom storage hooks cabinets

Ah, the genius of hooks. Hooks are a great bathroom design feature. They take up far less wall space than a towel rack and yet can hold more towels. No matter the size of your bathroom, there’s sure to be enough room for a set of hooks. Even better, everyone knows how to hook a towel, unlike the apparently complex act of folding a towel to be placed on a rack - it takes a special kind of person to accomplish that task.

Glass Canisters

Bathroom storage glass canisters

An attractive set of canisters can turn your bathroom odds and ends into a lovely display. You’ll always know what item is in which canister. Arrange them on your sink top, toilet tank or shelf, and fill them with the little stuff you’re always searching for: cotton balls, cotton swabs, makeup pencils, etc.

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