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When we bought a house last September, there were several must-have items on my list. Right up there with a spacious kitchen was two bathrooms with a lot of storage space. It was important enough to me that two homes we liked enough to put an offer on, we chose not to because the bathrooms were too snug. Our little girls are tiny yet, but with three girls in the house including me, I knew we needed spacious bathrooms.
The house we eventually bought has a master bathroom connected to the bedroom. It’s not my dream bathroom, but we’ve been able to make it work with a few little tweaks in the time that we’ve lived here. There’s a wonky shower that used to be a walk in, but now is just a weird size that we had to custom cut a shower curtain for. There wasn’t a ton of space in there and I had to ditch some of my acrylic storage units and pare down my makeup collection, but at the end of the day, I’m pleased with the way our bathroom organization has opened the space up. Read on for some tips on how we’ve been able to make our smallish bathroom the perfect size for a beauty hoarder!
1) Make the most of your wall space. For around $100 we purchased a cabinet at a local hardware store that stores A LOT of stuff. Perfumes, skincare, and more all fit in the three shelves. Things that use to live on our countertops and clutter the space up are now easily stored between two doors on the wall.
2) Keep the decor simple. Every part of me as a new home owner wanted to decorate every square inch of the walls in my new home. But the more I have in my bathroom, the worse it looks. My happy place with decorations in my bathroom is a bouquet of flowers, a print, and a couple things above the cabinet. Any more than that emphasizes how small the space is to me!
3) Cut down on bathroom waste. Between having two kids and a dog, I hate having a lot of garbage going in our bathroom. I used to use a lot of cotton balls and makeup remover and I’ve switched to cleansing oil to avoid having all that trash. Anything I can flush rather than toss I will. I recently discovered I don’t even have to make room in our trash can for the toilet paper roll anymore! Scott Naturals Tube Free is a new toilet paper that functions exactly like standard toilet paper on the roll, but doesn’t have the left over tube that gets thrown away. I honestly don’t know how this hasn’t been thought about before now! It’s currently $2 off at Target (with a printable coupon from RevTrax), which ends up being almost 50% off the price of a 4-pk.
4) Keep it clean. This one seems like a no brainer, but when you have a small space already, and then keep it cluttered, it seems even smaller. I try to keep the counters cleaned off of anything besides my ring dish and a pump soap. Even with my counters clear of extra stuff, I barely have room to clean my makeup brushes!
5) Keep only what you use. This is by far the hardest for me. I love makeup and skincare and all things beauty. I find myself wanting to keep all of my billion lipsticks in the bathroom at one time. I’ve forced myself to keep a back storage of products I love but I’m not using at the moment. The out of season stuff. I keep what I’m using and loving daily in a very narrow towel closet. I have my heat tools arranged on a key rack at the top of the closet, and everything else has a specific place in a plastic organizer. I have some under the sink storage too, and I’ve forced myself to toss or gift anything that doesn’t fit in these spaces!
While you’re at Target picking up your new toilet paper, check out some of their plastic organizer drawers. Here I am, in a post about getting organized and paring down, telling you to buy up those Target goodies. But seriously, Target is a black hole of shopping for me. I could spend an entire day there. I need it all!
I hope that helps you if you have a smaller bathroom like I do. Do you have any tips for organizing a small space? Have you tried the Scott Naturals Tube Free toilet paper yet? Let me know in the comments below!