Saturday, December 27, 2014

Zero storage in bathroom

Where space is tight, make use of wall area for hanging shelves — then, on whatever shelf you can find or add, use baskets to control the clutter.
Where space is tight, make use of wall area for hanging shelves — then, on whatever shelf you can find or add, use baskets to control the clutter.
Where space is tight, make use of wall area for hanging shelves — then, on whatever shelf you can find or add, use baskets to control the clutter. Gallery: Zero storage in bathroom
Q: I need help fast. I just moved with my boyfriend into a rental home and didn't notice the serious lack of storage, specifically in the bathroom, until I started unpacking. What am I supposed to do with one 6-inch drawer? I am fighting for all the space I can get, but he has man products that he needs space for, too. How can we add storage without adding clutter?

- A.

A: Oh, no! I'm sorry you didn't notice the lack of storage before moving in. But I can see getting excited about the house, the yard, and moving in with your boyfriend. Congratulations!

Save the tiny drawer for shared items like toothpaste and floss to avoid a fight over that valuable patch of real estate. Then, evaluate what else is available: Is there a nearby linen closet or medicine cabinet? Is there wall space for shelves or a freestanding cabinet? Or, could you put a small armoire just outside the door, or hang a rack from the door itself?

On whatever shelf you can find or add, use baskets. I love the texture and how well they hide clutter. Make sure the baskets will fit by measuring the shelves first. Have a different basket for your makeup, hair products, shaving/skin, etc., and your boyfriend can have some, too, organized however he wants.

Large baskets or attractive bins under the counter or outside the bath can hold towels. A wooden box or wine crate placed on the floor can be used as a shelf, too, if you need temporary counter space and the storage.

Shop in the kitchenwares section of a department store or antiques shop for a multilevel cake stand or wire shelf for the counter. Old mason jars, vases, trays, or other pretty containers will neatly hold cotton balls and swabs, toothbrushes, and other items.

Good luck, and send me pictures of your solutions.


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