Tricks of the Trade: Bathroom Organization

My bathroom is, without a doubt, the smallest room in the apartment. Somehow, all three of our walk-in closets are larger than our bathroom. But even with its small size working against us, I’ve manager to pack a whole lot into it without making it feel cluttered or cramped. From a shelving system to hidden storage, keep reading to find out my tips for maximizing storage space in a small bathroom.

The biggest tip I can give is to invest in an over-the-toilet shelving system—I found this one on Target and seriously couldn’t love it any more. With this system in place, here are some more ways to increase storage space:

  • Use vases as storage — I love shopping at flea markets and second-hand stores and often pick up quaint vases when I do. The vases in my bathroom not only serve as decoration, but also double as storage. I put all kinds of things in my vases, from nail clippers and tweezers to floss and travel toothpaste.
  • Place baskets on top of your shelving unit — Without the baskets I’ve placed above our shelf, I would definitely not be able to fit all of my toiletries. The two that we have in our bathroom hold everything from sunscreen and body lotion to cold medicine and advil.
  • Hang a shower caddy — I’m a firm believer that everything in a room should have a spot, which is exactly why I hung two shower caddies over our rack in the shower. I love how this keeps everything up and off the bathtub and into its own designated spot.

Do you have any storage tips for a small bathroom? Let me know in the comments!

Tricks of the Trade: Makeup Organization

I’ve always appreciated the magic of makeup, but recently that appreciation has turned more into an obsession. Every night, I find myself watching makeup tutorials on YouTube, which inevitably have product endorsements in them, which inevitably winds up in me ordering said products and growing my makeup collection. Please tell me I’m not alone in this!

Because my collection has grown these past few months, I’ve been experimenting with different organizational techniques and have finally landed on a system that I’m excited to share.

Of course, if my bathroom were much larger, I’d definitely be stocking up on these clear makeup holders to do the job. But alas, I’m working with a few drawers in my second closet, as well as some vanity space. To maximize this limited space, I invested in some really pretty vases to store my brushes, eyebrow gels, and lip pencils. Some days, I’ll only apply some eyebrow gel and hint of lip color, so I love that these two staples are now super easy to reach.

As for the rest of my makeup products, I found these very practical cubes from IKEA that happen to fit perfectly in my vanity drawers. I use two for my makeup: One for My concealers, highlighters, and beauty blenders, and the other for bronzers, blushes, powders, eyeshadows, and foundations. Because they are quite small, I stack most things with the largest item on the bottom and the smallest on top. When I get ready in the morning, I simply empty out the bins and pull my selections for the day.

How do you organize your makeup? Please share in the comments!

Wish List: Clawfoot Tub

Rhetorical question: Is there anything chicer than a clawfoot tub? When I was in elementary school, my mom picked me up from a sleepover with one of my close childhood friends. I remember hopping in her car and immediately asking her if we could get a clawfoot tub just like the one my friend had. Fast forward 15+ years later, and I’m still waiting on that tub. Cue: my wish list.

 

Photos from: Pinterest.

Tricks of the Trade: Bathroom Display

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And the bathroom talk continues.

In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than using someone’s restroom and being faintly grossed out by what confronts you when you open the door. Whether it’s an unclean space or just a cluttered space, it’s not ideal. So, I thought I’d share some of my tips and tricks for how to create the perfect bathroom space that is both functional for its owner, as well as pleasant for all others who visit it.

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Aside from keeping the bathroom cleaner (which is a no-brainer!), the next step is to think about everything in your bathroom as falling into one of three categories: essentials, extra, and personal. Allow me to break each down further:

Essentials. These are items that absolutely must be in a bathroom for it to be functional. Think: hand wash, towels, room spray, candle, trash can, toilet paper, etc. When thinking about essentials, you want to think about both yourself and your guests. While you may not use the extra towels or room spray every day, they’re nice additions for any guest that enters.

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Extras. Think about extras as items that are nice to have, but not totally essential. For instance, I keep q-tips and cotton balls in clean glass jars on display in my bathroom, but they’re not essential. Other examples of extras are items that add a little bit of color and style to the space–anything from colorful bar soap to natural sea sponges.

DSC00220 Personal. Finally, we have items that are strictly personal and should remain hidden in your bathroom. Yes, this includes all toiletries–because, let’s be real, no one needs to know exactly what body lotion you use every day. I like to keep all of my toiletries in baskets, the medicine cabinet, and behind the shower door.

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Bathroom Shelving

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A few months back, I shared some creative bathroom storage solutions and now I’m back to share even more. I absolutely love the above graphic and this blog post by Dering Hall because it touches on so many important points that I swear by, such as how important shelves are. But more than that, how it’s important to have a system for your shelves–whether they are bookshelves or bathroom storage shelves.

So, basically what I’m saying is: read their blog post and thank me later.

Creativity and Storage and Bathrooms

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Coming from someone who has a teeny tiny bathroom (ahem, me!), I love any and all kinds of articles about how to get creative in a small powder room space. From cubbies, to baskets for towels, this article has got me inspired.

P.S. check out my bathroom re-do for even more ideas about how to fit it all into a small space, while still looking chic.