5 Storage DIYs for Small Bathrooms

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When one considers downsizing a home, the first logical question always asked is “What do I do with all my stuff?” Many books and self-help magazines suggest simply donating or throwing everything away, which works fine for a closet full of shoes, but what does one do in the case of a bathroom? Surely everyone needs toilet paper, hair combs, and maybe a blow dryer. Experts say when downsizing a bathroom, organization is the key to making a small space functional, while still keeping life’s utmost essentials. In reaction, here are five of my favorite bathroom DIYs to organize and make the most of a small bathroom.

1. Towel Baskets

When one considers downsizing a home, the first logical question always asked is

It's no secret that towels are most compact when they're rolled, not folded. The problem is it's often difficult to keep those towels rolled when they're placed under a cabinet or on top of a bathroom shelf. Further, when one is downsizing, such spaces are needed to store other facets of the bathroom's most needed products. Therefore, this DIY is a simple and stylish one made specifically to give those towels a place where they look like they belong with the décor of the room.

What You’ll Need

  • 3 wicker baskets around 12 inches in diameter
  • Screws

This DIY works best with 3 baskets, two for larger towels (beach/bath) and one for smaller kinds (hand towels and washcloths). Postion the baskets on their sides, and using a screw (usually one is enough, but more can be used if it wobbles greatly), adhere the bottom of each basket to the wall. The baskets become stylish shelves made perfectly to hold your rolled towels.

2. Magnetic Cabinets

The next DIY trick to organizing a recently downsized bathroom is to magnetize the insides of one or all of your cabinets. The process is far easier than one would even image, and the result will allow you the freedom to effortlessly store even the smallest of objects without the unnecessary clutter associated with them being within reach.

What You’ll Need

  • Magnetic primer
  • Magnetic spice jars and baskets

Most home improvement stores now sell a product billed as “magnetic primer.” It comes in cans just like normal paint, but offers an extraordinary affect. Using a paintbrush, simply paint on a thin layer of primer to the back of a bathroom cabinet. Once dry, it will literally hold magnetic powers. With the use of magnetic-ready baskets (which are sold in department stores) and spice jars, arrange small and easily lost goods in a manner that makes sense to you, sticking them to the back of your magnetic cupboard.

3. PVC Tooth Brush Holder

When organizing a bathroom following a downsizing effort, a toothbrush is an easy thing to get lost. Now I know that sounds funny, but according to a few people I spoke with who have reduced the size of their home environments, having one designated spot to place a toothbrush every morning is key to a streamlined life. This DIY is perfect for just that.

What You’ll Need

  • PVC Pipe, 1 to 2 inches in diameter
  • Hand or table saw
  • Scrap wood
  • Wood glue
  • Permanent marker

This DIY is an easy one! To begin, one must first make a series of cuts using a hand or table saw. As the scrap wood piece will form the base of the toothbrush holder, it should be cut to reflect the size of the pipe. In regards to the pipe itself, I would recommend cutting it 4 inches tall. For the final step, simply glue the pipe to its base so it's centered on the wood, and personalize it by writing one's name on the side.

This project is great because it's self-standing and won't get lost if placed under a sink or on a cabinet shelf. This craft can be decorated and even painted should one find the stark white of the pipe too offensive, but be sure to use caution with the type of paint, as it may come in contact with water from a drying tooth brush.

4. DIY Pegboard

When researching this article I asked many people, specifically women, what, when downsizing, they would most need to make the downsizing process livable. Nearly everyone said that in a bathroom, they would simply need a place to arrange 2 or 3 products such as blow dryers and curling irons, where they could still be accessible. Therefore, I thought a modernized version of a pegboard may just do the trick to make a small bathroom usable, but also add a sense of style.

What You’ll Need

  • Wood
  • Paint/stain
  • Marker
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Tape measure

Paint a board, sized at your choosing, to a color that matches the décor in your bathroom. Once dry, arrange the objects you wish to hang on your board and using a permanent marker, draw an outline. Next, adhere your board to the wall. As this board will be supporting quite a lot of weight, ensure it's secure using as many screws as necessary. Next, making use of the drawn outlines as your guide, press a single screw through the board into the wall behind. This will be the point the objects hung from the pegboard will rest upon. After repeating the process for each object, the end result will be an organized space to hang all of ones most essential products. The clean lines will reaffirm everything is in its own custom place.

5. The Ladder Rack

It's no secret that towels are most compact when they're rolled, not folded. The

Need more room to hang things in your newly downsized bathroom? By upcycling a ladder, you can have 7+ spaces to hang towels or other objects in one quirky DIY! It may sound odd, but here me out.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 upcycled wooden ladder
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain
  • Acrylic paint

To begin this concept, one’s first assignment is to haunt garage sales, flea markets, and antique shows to find an old broken down ladder that no one wants. It should preferably be wooden. The next step is to simply “pretty-up” the piece, which typically involves sanding down the existing layer of stain and grime, and repainting it to your own personal taste. If you want, you can paint on additional embellishments. Once completed, this ladder should be placed in a corner or leaned against an unused wall of the bathroom. Hang towels on it to dry or for storage.