Clever Ways to Conceal Clutter in Your Bathroom
Shampoos, body lotions, deodorants, cotton buds, toothbrushes, vanity cases, makeup, hair brushes and countless towels – all that in a room as small as the bathroom. The final result of putting all these things in the bathroom is clutter. This is a shame because, besides being functional (which with all this mess it isn’t), the bathroom should also serve as a quiet retreat, a place where you can soak in a hot bath after a long hard day, without the shampoo bottle falling on top of your head. So, if you want in on the secret how to organize, hide or banish the clutter from your bathroom, read on, you might get some useful hints.
Eliminate the Things You Don’t Need
Do you really need three types of shampoo, five shower gels and a bunch of other products? If you’re not using them, you should pack them up and leave them in a shed, closet, or somewhere where they won’t be on the way.
When you have a small bathroom, it can seem that you don’t have anywhere to turn without bumping into some storage unit. If you install vertical storage, instead of horizontal, you will not only save a lot of space, but also organize the clutter in a way that doesn’t draw much attention or get in the way when passing by.
Hang Some Net
Trinkets such as hair bands, kid’s bath supplies and toys, bath accessories, etc. can unnecessarily occupy space on the shelves and make it look overcrowded. Hide them by attaching wall netting on the bathroom door. By keeping them in the net behind the door, the bathroom will look cleaner and more functional.
Hide in Plain Sight
What is the most important wall feature in the bathroom? That’s right, the mirror. Clever custom built-in mirrors solve most of your storage problems by blending seamlessly with the wall, while hiding your bath necessities, medicines and makeup. Installing a mirror cabinet is a small yet worthwhile investment, but we dare to say that here you should be guided by the phrase “the bigger the better”, since it will allow you to keep more stuff while looking amazing on the bathroom wall.
Use Open Baskets
Open baskets are perfect for keeping items you use often, such as makeup and other smaller things. You can keep them under the counter, on the floor, or on the counter and use them as decorative elements, especially if you choose some stylish or vintage baskets made of cane. The simplest way to organize the items you’re using on a daily basis is to separate them by the time of the day you’re using them, instead of separating them by type (e.g. one basket could contain cleanser, daily cream and makeup, while the other could store makeup remover, night cream and eye cream).
Be Creative with Shelving
Shelves are your most valuable asset, but there’s so much more you can do with them than simply keeping things as they are. Have you noticed that the space between two shelves is usually very capacious, but since most of the items you keep there are not tall enough to fill it up, there’s plenty of unused space there? Why not install one more shelf between the two or add several floating shelves to an empty wall space? Cabinet dividers are another way to organize your clutter.
Use the Space Underneath the Basin
Bathroom basins usually have some space underneath, and it would be a shame not to use it. Woven baskets and boxes can squeeze in below, but often you can even put a rack under the basin and arrange your towels and other necessities there.
Even though you can’t have an ideal bathroom like the ones featured in Architectural Digest, you can do your best to make it look clean, organized and nice. Add some stylish decorative elements and proper lighting, and you’ll be close enough.
Author bio: Zoe Clark is a journalist, freelance stylist and blogger. She is a visual storyteller and aesthetician by heart who often writes about decorating and DIY ideas. She loves sparking creativity in people and giving them ideas for their own spaces.