Your bathroom is probably the smallest room in your house, yet it has a wide range of important everyday functions. Susan Ciambrone, Manager of the Showroom at Atlantic Plumbing Supply, has four organizational tips that will put everything you need where you need it.
Reclaim your vanity. For many of us, the bathroom vanity cabinet is a jumble of handheld appliances, personal care products, and cleaning supplies. “Your vanity storage can be so much more than just a place to pile things,” Ciambrone asserts. “Vanities today offer organizational accessories like holders for hair dryers and curling irons, laundry baskets, cosmetics dividers, and shelving.” Take inventory of what you use every day and what you access less frequently, and then take that to your bathroom design professional at The Showroom at Atlantic so they can help you select the options right for you.
Through the looking glass. The vanity is not the only place to store bathroom products. Medicine cabinets come in many sizes and designer looks that can be surface mounted or recessed into the wall. Some medicine cabinets include integrated lighting, so separate wall lighting is not needed. Inside, medicine cabinets can be mirrored and shelving can be adjusted to meet your storage needs. Ciambrone advises, “Add a magnifying mirror or an integrated GFI electrical box to keep your bathroom appliances charged or easily plugged in. You can even add a television in the mirror so you can watch news, traffic, or your favorite show while you get ready for the day.” Many medicine cabinet doors can be customized to hinge left, right, or even lift straight up for maximum access.
Towers of strength. Linen towers are as functional as a closet, but are right in the bathroom instead of down the hall. Choose your configuration to meet your needs — combining doors and drawers and shelves. You can even add a linen hamper built right in. If you’re looking for something more decorative, choose a furniture-style tower with glass doors and decorative legs. “You might think that, in a small bathroom, adding a piece of furniture would make the room even smaller,” says Ciambrone. “But, in fact, a linen tower can be very low profile and can actually improve the look of the room by organizing and hiding all the towels and products that typically get left on the countertop or toilet tank.”
Build up, not out. There are some hidden spaces in your bathroom you can put to good organizational use. Ciambrone tips, “The wall space above the toilet is often unused or occupied by a single towel bar. Try an “over the toilet” cabinet instead; it can coordinate with your vanity and give you extra storage, like a medicine cabinet but deeper.” Toilet toppers can even have an integrated towel bar so you won’t lose that convenient spot for drying your hands.
An organized bathroom can make all the difference in how smoothly your day goes and how beautiful the room looks. A few simple changes like these can make a big difference!