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Bathroom Space Zen: Finding More Storage For Bathrooms

The bathroom is very often a clutter-collector. This is bad news for the smallest room in the house that also has the most traffic. A jumbled, disorganized bathroom can affect your peaceful state of mind when you’re in it.  So, how do you make the most of your space in bathrooms, particularly if you want to increase storage potential , and reduce clutter?

Returning writer Kelly Nicole is here to give us some tips on how to achieve zen-like atmosphere in your bathroom via smart storage tips.


Who doesn’t think their bathroom could do with just a little more storage? Well, nobody we’ve ever met! It doesn’t matter if you can touch both ends of your bathroom at the same time or if your bathroom could double as a small ballroom, there always seems to be a need for more places to put things, especially in a place that is prone to clutter like a bathroom.

Being as the bathroom is a room of your house that you use everyday, it is important that it remains as clean, spacious and clutter-free as possible. This is no easy task, just look at entire stores that have been dedicated to outfitting you with everything you need to organize this space as evidence. But, not to throw in the proverbial bathroom towel, it doesn’t have to be an insurmountable task. Keep reading to find out some things that will have you doubling and tripling your storage efforts in no time.

Use built-in bathroom cabinetry

Nothing screams organization and storage options like beautiful built-ins. Built-ins boost all around storage and add a touch of class in a room that is usually quite industrial in nature. They come in a wide variety of styles and can be built into just about any space.

Consider using them in nooks and crannies of your bathroom that would otherwise go unused or recessed into the wall as to not take up any more precious floor space. Don’t forget about using counter space, as well as “dead” space at the end of the bath tub, and over the door as possible areas to add storage. Make sure to think about and measure whether your new built-ins will leave enough room for doors to swing open and people to comfortably pass by.

Repurpose what you’ve already got

Another option to add storage to your bathroom is to repurpose what you already have. Hiding on an old dresser in the garage you don’t know what to do with? Put those drawers to good use by slapping a bold paint color on it and making your very own vanity without actually lifting a hammer. Use an old changing table to store essentials, a nightstand for cosmetics and a coat stand for towels. Using old furniture is a practical and green way to add storage to your bathroom.

Use every inch

When it comes to storage in your bathroom, you really need to think like a space shuttle interior engineer. How do you think they fit all the “essentials” in that tiny space shuttle?”. They use every inch of available space.  So should you.

That means using tools like hooks, baskets, lazy susans, decorative boxes, bins, and pull out shelves. All of these are your friends in the battle for better storage in your bathroom.


Thanks, Kelly!

Kelly wrote this post on behalf of Tracy Tesmer Design  Gainesville, GA home remodeling company specializing in kitchen and home renovation in North, GA. Tracy has over 30 years’ of experience in the construction industry and hosts a weekly home improvement radio show on WDUN to discuss home, kitchen and bathroom remodeling in Gainesville, GA.



Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.

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