You’d think that all you need in your bathroom would be essentials like the toilet, sink, and shower, right? Well, that’s only partially true.
Those are necessities, of course. But if you want your bathroom to be organized, there are a few other accessories you need to invest in.
Some of them are basics, like toilet paper. Others, though, aren’t so common.
Organizational accessories can reduce the time you spend looking for your things. They’ll also improve the overall cleanliness of your bathroom, reducing the amount of time it takes to clean.
Add these seven accessories to your shopping cart for the finishing touches to your bathroom.
1. Shower Caddies
Even the smallest showers can benefit from a little extra organization. Most tub units and shower stalls have a soap shelf.
That’s it. A soap shelf.
Where do you put your shampoo and conditioner, razor, shaving cream, body wash, and all the other hygiene necessities?
You need a shower caddy for those. There are multiple varieties to choose from, depending on the type of stall you have and how many products you plan on keeping in the shower.
Typical shower storage solutions include:
- Adjustable floor to ceiling corner shelves with tension springs
- Baskets for over the curtain rod (these are for lightweight items only)
The right organizational unit can help you shower more efficiently (and keep you from getting water all over the floor when you forget something!).
2. Storage Baskets
Bathrooms end up as clutter-catchers for your medicine, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. Because of this, storage baskets are your new organizational best friend.
When it comes to using baskets to hold your things, there aren’t a lot of hard and fast rules. It will depend on how much stuff you have and the cupboards and closets you’re working with.
But as a general rule of thumb, look for porous or lightweight materials that dry quickly. Avoid metallic units, as they have a tendency to rust with too much exposure to moisture.
You’ll need baskets in multiple sizes to hold things like your towels, first-aid supplies, and makeup. For closed or hard-to-reach storage, a label on the outside keeps you from rummaging around to find rarely used items.
3. Cabinet Door Storage
Your cabinets are the obvious storage spaces, but did you know that you can use the cabinet door, too?
The outside of the door is the perfect spot to hang a rack for your hand towels. It makes it super convenient, too, since you usually need them after you wash your hands … in the sink … over the cabinet.
For more cabinet door tricks, use the inside, as well. The opposite door of the towel rack can hang a basket that holds your hairdryer, curling iron, and other sundries. Since these electronics have plugs, this is a great way to keep them stored safely away from the moisture in your bathroom.
4. Medicine Cabinet Expanders
Medicine cabinets are not usually designed with a lot of interior space. The area that is inside the cabinet is sterile and basic, which isn’t helpful for organizing a bunch of little items.
By using small cubby organizers inside the cabinet, you can group your stuff in ways that make them more accessible.
Some cabinets don’t even have shelves, just an open space behind the mirror. If yours is like that, you can adhere magnetic hangers, similar to what you’d use as office supply, to the metal backing.
When you just have a mirror with no cabinet at all, take advantage of the flat space on the surface. It’s inexpensive and easy to find cubby holders that can be hung with suction cups, adhesives, and magnets.
5. Over-the-Toilet Shelving
Utilizing the space over the toilet is important. You have two typical options: standalone shelving and hanging shelves.
Standalone units come in a wide range of styles, from lightweight metal frames to solid wooden styles.
Each has its own pros and cons. The simple frames are easy to put together and set up over your toilet. They usually have two or three bare shelves that you can set your baskets and towels on.
The drawback to these is that they may not hold up well to the constant moisture and humidity in the bathroom. If they start to fall apart, you could replace them multiple times over the course of a few years. Ultimately, you’d end up spending more than you would have on a heavier stand.
The sturdier options are more expensive, but they tend to last longer and have more storage capacity. Some have cupboard doors for you to hide your clutter, too!
Other over-the-toilet storage can be mounted on the wall. These floating shelves are good when you don’t have enough space next to your toilet for a standalone.
6. Cups and Holders on the Sink
Little toiletries like your makeup brushes, toothbrush, and tweezers don’t need to be spread out on your sink counter. It’s not hygienic, and it makes a mess.
To prevent bacteria from building up on your bristles, use containers to keep them organized. These don’t have to be fancy. A mesh cup works fine as a toothbrush holder!
If you want your bathroom to match, though, you can find a bathroom accessory set in just about any shade or style. A typical set comes with four pieces:
- A toothbrush stand
- A soap dish
- A liquid soap dispenser
- A tumbler for extras like makeup brushes
There are lots of other pieces that you can mix and match with these to get your clutter under control.
7. Outlet Shelves
A newer type of bathroom accessory is the outlet shelf. It’s so new, you may not even know it exists!
You probably have electronics that sit on your sink, like your razor or toothbrush. If you’re a gadget lover, your Alexa device might sit and wait for you to tell it to play music while you’re in the shower.
Instead of leaving the plugs on your sink and trying to avoid the danger, install an outlet shelf. These hold your electronics high off the counter and limit their exposure to moisture.
With all of these storage options, it’s easy to streamline your bathroom space. Grab them one at a time or collect them all until you’ve achieved perfect bathroom design.
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