I’ll let you into a secret… my bathroom is in dire need of a sort out. I’m about to move in with my partner so I’m currently Marie Kondo ‘ing’ my life. The most difficult thing I find is keeping my skin care products and bath bombs from spreading all over the place. Please tell me I’m not the only one? So I’ve looked into how, with the help of clever storage, I (and anyone else who has the same problem) can get my space back in order…
Go for open shelving
Good for adding interest in your bathroom – it helps keep your shampoo bottles and shaving products within easy reach. With open shelving, it may encourage you to keep your space tidy too as it’s a good place to store your favourite towels – much better then dumping them on the floor, wouldn’t you agree? For me, however, this is a great spot to display my over growing collection of houseplants. Anyone else have this obsession at the moment? Alternatively, if you have a small bathroom, why not think about ladder storage that’s versatile and easy to move around.
You can never have too many, right? So, rather than scrambling through a disorganised cupboard, it’s much easier to find what you need if you have a drawer that’s perfectly arranged. To do this, ensure it comes with handy compartments inside, and check they pull-out fully so you can see the entire contents within. Additionally, dividers will allow you to organise your make up, for example – making getting ready in the morning easier and a whole lot quicker.
Find room around the bath
If you’re lucky enough to have a bathroom that’s big enough for a freestanding bath, why not install shelving to go above or around the frame? If like me, you’re a fan of reading in the tub, this is the perfect little nook to place your book on to. Alternatively, a half-height wall behind the tub not only conceals pipework but it can also offer a useful ledge to display candles and neatly store shampoo bottles.
Choose a vanity unit
A freestanding unit includes plenty of storage space inside for holding anything from towels, to toiletries. As well as giving you an abundance of extra storage, these can come in a range of styles to suit your scheme. From contemporary push-to open drawers, to more traditional Shaker-style designs. They also come in different sizes, so if you share a bathroom with your partner or family, why not go for a his and hers design so that you can keep your toiletries separate – not stuffed and jumbled up together into one cupboard.
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If I’m in a hurry – especially in the mornings, I’m guilty of leaving things over the work surface, anyone else with me? However, with clever storage, such as a mirror cupboard with shelving within, you can easily conceal your items. Practical for storing toothbrushes and perfumes, for example, it’s also handy if you have a small bathroom, as it can help create the illusion of more space by reflecting light back into the room.
Right all this talk of tidying is tiring me out… I’m going to run myself a bath.
Featured image: This freestanding unit with shelving underneath is great for storing towels. This monochrome, Rada piece from C.P Hart is priced at £890.