Many homes across America suffer from a similar problem: not enough storage space. Even if you are blessed with a sizeable linen closet or large vanity cabinet, this isn’t enough space to store every half-empty bottle of shampoo or bulk package of toilet paper. You want the space, but not at the expense of your bathroom’s design aesthetic. When you’re ready to stylishly hide your bathroom unmentionables, here are a few sleek, stylish and simple storage options.
For years, men used pegboards to organize their garages and storage sheds. Creating a stylish pegboard organizer for your bathroom begins by disguising the board’s drab brown color with a coat of semigloss paint. Once the pegboard is dry, cover it with a thin layer of polyurethane to preserve the paintjob. Hang the board on your bathroom wall and use to keep your makeup brushes, hair accessories and other items organized. If you have multiple women or teenagers in your home, personalize a pegboard organizer for each.
Repurpose an Old Drawer
Everyone has an old dresser, armoire or entertainment stand collecting dust in the attic, basement or garage. Save one of the drawers from the landfill, and use it to create an attractive and practical bathroom shelf. Again, the process of repurposing the drawer begins by covering it with a fresh coat of semigloss paint. Once the paint dries, secure the drawer either horizontally or diagonally to a bathroom wall with heavy-duty screws. The drawer is ideal for storing extra hand towels or displaying a row of scented candles. If you have several drawers available, consider hanging an entire row on a wall and use them to organize your towels or overflow bathroom products.
Pull the shoeboxes from the back of the closet and dust them off because there’s finally a purpose for that unused cardboard. Grab your kids and give them a variety of paints, brushes and other fun embellishments, like stones and glitter. Ask each to paint and personalize a shoebox however they choose. Once the paint is dry, organize and store the kids’ bathroom necessities in their personalized shoeboxes.
Create a Towel Tree
Many American households struggle with a potentially devastating issue: children haphazardly throwing their wet towels on the bathroom floor. If you’re constantly reminding your kids to hang up their damp towels after showering, there is a fun and stylish option that will end that. Visit local secondhand stores or thrift sales and search for a coatrack. If the rack is faded or outdated, cover it with a fresh coat of semigloss paint. Once the paint dries, place the repurposed coatrack in the corner or near the shower. You’ve added a stylish element to the bathroom while eliminating any excuses your kids have for not hanging up their damp towel.
Proudly Display Your Toilet Paper
Nothing is more embarrassing for a guest than running out of toilet paper. Instead of subjecting your in-laws or a party-goer to the shame of asking for an extra roll, turn leftover oatmeal containers into fun and stylish toilet-paper cozies. The process is simple and can be a fun afterschool activity to occupy the kids. Wipe out the inside of an empty, round oatmeal container before decorating the outside with paint, stickers or wallpaper. Once the paint or glue dries, stick an extra roll inside and proudly display it on the back of the guest bathroom’s toilet.
It doesn’t cost a fortune to create an organized, stylish bathroom. All you need are tools, paint and imagination to turn almost box, drawer or container into an elegant, fun and functional way to keep your bathroom neat and tidy.
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About the Author: Barbara Jenkins is an interior designer and blogger. Barbara is working on a series of bathroom organization and storage DIY videos at the moment.