Have you ever lived in a small space with a super small bathroom or better yet, had to share a teeny tiny bathroom with someone else?
Here are some fantastic ways to save space from our friends at Zillow so you (and your roommates) no longer have to suffer:
Install a big medicine cabinet, if you have the space
For much of the last century, medicine cabinets were small, says Zillow, because people knew how to get by with a lot less stuff and they were typically set into the wall between studs (typically only 14-1/2 inches apart).
Medicine cabinets are great if you don’t have the storage under the sink. And we think you should absolutely go for the gold and install a big one if you have the space.
Go with a vanity sink
The temptation with a small bathroom is to install a pedestal sink because it looks nice. The idea is that it will make your bathroom “feel” bigger. And, it will. But you won’t get much storage out of it.
Try installing a vanity and set your sink into it, or on top of it—vessel sinks are a nice compromise between pedestal sinks and vanities.
Use the space over the toilet and buy a toilet organizer
It’s not like you’re going to put a picture there where no one will see it. Shelves or cabinets (that aren’t too deep) are great ways to use this underused space. Just make sure you leave enough room between the bottom shelf and the top of the toilet tank. Toilet organizers are available at all local department stores.
Hang hooks behind the door for optimal storage
There are all sorts of racks designed to take advantage of the space behind the bathroom door, says Zillow. Keep in mind that towel bars are better for hanging wet towels, but hooks are great for robes and clothing. In a pinch, you could go college-dorm-room-style and use a classic back-of-door shoe bag and fill the compartments with extra soap bars, shampoos, bandages, combs, etc.
Try using less stuff
The first rule of organization is to get rid of stuff. If our ancestors can live with less stuff, so can you. Clear out hair and skin products you tried once and never used again. Turn old towels you rarely use into rags. And limit your stock of bathroom cleaning agents. Those Clorox bleach wipes work wonders on my bathroom.