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.
(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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love it, too! Here are a few more ideas for kitchen sink storage. Hope it helps!
That is absolutely genius! I love finding simple ideas like this! Simple, yet makes a world of difference. Thank you.
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.