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Reader Feature: Small Bathroom Storage Solution

Bathroom storage is always an organizing challenge. If you love small space solutions and creative storage ideas as much as I do, you’re going to adore this thrifty repurposing project from Frances at Improvement List:

We recently moved into a new house. It has 1920′s charm and a great location, but it is lacking in extra space. To make this house work, I need to keep it organized.
The first project I had to tackle was the storage in our bathroom. In the mad dash to unpack, at first, I just shoved everything that belonged in the bathroom into the cabinet under the sink. As a result, I had to spend time every day trying to find what I needed.


Bathroom Storage Before

(I tried to take a good “before” picture, but things kept falling out.)

The first step was going through everything in the cabinet and throwing out what I didn’t need.

This was not easy for me, but I made myself toss whatever I had not touched in 6 months. It was surprising how much stuff fell into this category!  

Then it was time to organize what was left. Since I didn’t have much width in the cabinet under the sink, I needed to take advantage of the vertical space available. It was off to shop. I looked and looked for shelving that would fit in the space inside the cabinet, but I couldn’t find anything that was just right. Everything was either too big, too wide, or too tall — I felt a little like Goldilocks!

Then, it dawned on me that I could re-purpose shower caddies as shelves:

Use a shower caddy with a flat bottom as narrow shelving in small cabinets

Aquatico Flat Base 2-Tier Shower Caddy

TIP: Make sure you purchase a caddy with a flat bottom so that it can stand on its own in your cabinet.

The shower caddies were just the right size. After purchasing two of them, I put them on either side of the cabinet. I now had a total of four shelves to arrange all of the bottles and other small items I needed to store in the bathroom: one side for my things and the other for my husband’s items.

Use a shower caddy as storage shelving under a small sink I still needed to fit larger items like a hairdryer, but those pesky pipes made it tricky.

Solution: I was able to fit a basket in the open space under the pipes and fill it with the larger items.

Use shower caddies as shelves to organize awkward sink spaces. Genius! I love how well the project turned out. Now I can easily and quickly find everything I need. It was a great improvement to my bathroom!

What I Love:

  • No Installation: excellent for those of us who may be renting, living in a dorm, or lacking the skills required to install custom shelving
  • Space-Savvy: Utilizes all available storage space while working around the awkward pipes
  • Creative Re-purpose: shower caddies are great little storage shelves, and are much more affordable than specialty under-sink shelving options!

What an easy, smart solution that fits juuuuuust right! ;) Thank you so much for sharing, Frances! Check out more of her creative projects on her blog, Improvement List.

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5 comments on “Reader Feature: Small Bathroom Storage Solution
  1. carolyn says:

    What a brilliant idea, I was looking at my storage space under the kitchen sink, all my cleaning items are kept in a plastic basket whilst everything fits in well enough the basket still takes up too much room. I love this idea thank you for sharing.

  2. Cathy says:

    That is absolutely genius! I love finding simple ideas like this! Simple, yet makes a world of difference. Thank you.

  3. TalleySueNYC says:

    Actually, if you get one without feet, you can put a Command hook on the side of the cabinet, and hang them. (bonus: it might create another layer of storage space *under* the caddy–you could slide the box of garbage bags there, or something. Or use a shallow organizing basket as a “drawer”)

    Such a smart idea–simple, but it takes being willing to think about things.

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