Maximizing storage in a small bathroom

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When we moved into our house in August, we threw our towels in the bathroom closet and left almost everything else in cardboard boxes on the shelf in the cabinet. Our small bathroom lacked any sense of organization and finding anything was difficult, if not impossible, without some system of organization. Something had to change!


I finally had some time to decorate and organize our bathroom – and it’s been both fun and rewarding. We had a pretty nice blank canvas to work with – pale green walls, white fixtures and a built-in cabinet with shelves and drawers. This is a before shot above. Because we rent, I was limited to cosmetic updates and organization. I already had a brown and white floral quilted shower curtain that I really liked and wanted to decorate around as well as a brown bathmat.


I started out by buying and staining two 24-inch shelves for the blank wall above the toilet. I chose select pine boards which I had cut down to size for $1/cut at the lumberyard and pine shelf brackets, which I stained a dark black color. I mounted them to the wall using wall anchors in the cement board walls of our Cape Cod home. Once they were up, I set about decorating them.


I’ve collected Ball blue glass jars with galvanized metal lids for many years and these shelves gave me the perfect place to display some of them. The larger ones are on the upper shelf and the smaller ones are holding cotton balls and cotton swabs on the lower shelf.


I found some cute little wooden bins and faux greenery to provide a pop of color, along with a galvanized metal “M” I found at a local craft store.


I used my cutting machine to print out vinyl labels for 10 plastic bins that sit on the bottom shelf in our closet. To figure out what I needed, I took everything out of the cabinet and out of the boxes and started putting stuff in each plastic bin. Eventually, I began to see commonalities and was able to make labels that indicated what was in each bin. I love the way they turned out (even if printing them was difficult as I seem to be cutting-challenged).

My labels were:

  • Adult meds (2)
  • Infant meds
  • Child meds
  • Hair stuff
  • Face stuff
  • Lotion
  • Makeup
  • Nailpolish
  • Mike’s stuff

I just used a simple uppercase font and printed the letters out on black adhesive vinyl on the cutting machine. If you don’t have a vinyl cutting machine, you can print your labels on clear sticker paper that you can purchase at an office store, or on card stock from the craft store, then cut the labels out and adhere to the bins. The plastic bins were purchased at a local store for less than a dollar each making this a very inexpensive project that makes a huge difference in the functionality of our bathroom.


I purchased a wicker basket for the top of the toilet and stocked it with extra toilet paper so that it’s handy when you need it. I also purchased a couple of wall signs and hung them on the wall. I picked up some new towels to match our shower curtain and bathmat as well to complete the new look.



I purchased small white plastic bins to organize each of the drawers in our built-in closet. Now all my hair and makeup has a place and I can easily find what I’m looking for. The second drawer down holds my husbands stuff as well as extras of certain bathroom items like shampoo and body wash.


Once I got all the new items in the bathroom, I got to task and cleaned it from top to bottom. I used a bleach spray cleanser to clean the counters, tub and outside of the toilet. For the inside of the toilet, I turned to my trusty New Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber which makes cleaning the inside of your toilet a breeze. The New Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber is shaped to fit under the rim and gets stains that are often missed with traditional toilet brushes. It comes infused with cleanser so you no longer need to buy toilet bowl cleaner!

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I don’t know about you, but anything I can do to make cleaning the bathroom less of a chore, I’m all about. The great thing about this product is when you’re done cleaning, you simply push the release button and the dirty scrubber falls in the garbage. The handle goes in the stand, which also holds the refills, eliminating the nasty toilet bowl water that sits on the bottom of traditional brushes. So much cleaner and simpler!

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  • Kimberly Theodore

    Very nice Jen ❤️

  • kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor

    Loving all of your awesome organization in here! Looks wonderful. #client