Thank you to Cost Plus World Market for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
The bathroom may be one of the hardest working rooms in our homes. I know so many people have multiple bathrooms, but I have one. Let me tell you that one more time. We have one smallish bathroom, and we are a family of five. Three of us are girls. I know that is sinking in and you are wondering how that is possible. To make matters worse, we have no linen closet in the entire house. That means that anything and everything that is used in the bathroom, lives in the bathroom. No separate space for guest towels or bath mats. But I’m here to show you some small bathroom organization solutions so you can have a beautiful, organized bathroom, no matter the size.
Day to day life has got my cabinets all like…. ↓
This room needed some help. The first order of business was to paint the walls, even though I wasn’t really changing the color. Rooms do need a paint job every once in a while, and it is ok to paint a room the same color if you still love it. The sun bleaches the color, moisture from showering can cause spots and then there is just the overall living that goes on that makes wall color look a little drab after a while.
Tip: Satin paint or semigloss are great options for bathrooms because they are easier to clean than an eggshell or flat finish.
Once that was done, it was time for the fun stuff! I took a trip to Cost Plus World Market in Framingham, Massachusetts. If you go, find Jocelyn. She is the sweetest and super helpful. The trip from my home in New Hampshire was about an hour and fifteen minutes in the car, by myself, singing SWV and Jodeci. Can’t beat that.
PS: You can find your local store by clicking HERE. But if you are in NH, there is a new Cost Plus World Market opening soon in Salem!!! That is like 15 minutes from me. A little less time for Jodeci, but that’s ok!
I found some amazing things on my shopping trip, not only to help me organize my bathroom but also to pretty it up a bit!
Tip: Don’t hold yourself to the department for the room you are updating. There are organizational treasures to be found and repurposed in all the areas of a store.
Let’s start at the bathroom entrance.
The first thing you see when you enter the bathroom is my shower curtain. I am embarrassed to tell you how long I have had this white curtain. I think it has actually been over ten years. It was time for a change.
Don’t worry, I link to all the amazing products I used in my bathroom, at the end of the post.
I was torn between a few shower curtains but I decided on this one and it was the absolute perfect choice! It is light enough to not overpower but still packs a punch of interest and color.
The opposite wall was a little boring to see when you walked in.
I spruced it up with some new decor, including that amazing basket that holds something every bathroom needs.
Yup….toilet paper! Now it is out in the open so guests don’t have to awkwardly open my cabinets looking for a spare roll. Some guests may open the cabinets anyway. Some people are just curious 🙂
Tip: Hiding things in plain sight is one of my favorite ideas for organizing a small space. Find some items that can hold necessities while still looking pretty!
Some kitchen storage containers, like jars or canisters, can hold things like bath salts and sponges, cotton swabs or cotton balls, even makeup brushes!
I hid my laundry baskets in this thin cabinet to disguise it from guests.
Let’s take a look at the vanity.
Let me tell you how amazing this hand soap and lotion smell. My daughter is a huge fan of lavender and these have the perfect amount of lavender scent. Aromatherapy win!
Now, here is the one small space solution you didn’t know you needed! This two tiered tray is super sturdy and can hold a mix of anything you want at hand. I added in some things we use at the sink link cotton swabs, extra soap, some hand towels and a nail scrubber.
Tip: Use your vertical space! With a multi-tiered tray you have doubled or even tripled the storage space in that spot.
I snuck in some pretty with this lotus flower tealight holder. I am in love with it and it comes in other colors.
Tip: By adding things like hand towels and toilet paper into decor, your guests never have to ask for them or go searching for them.
I use the drawers in my vanity to hold toothbrushes, hand towels and facecloths. But if you have a pedestal sink or a small vanity, rolling storage carts are a great alternative.
Tip: When planning your towel storage, be sure you account for those in the wash. You don’t want to plan storage for 5 when you really have 10.
Tip: Using bins or containers to organize larger areas helps keep things a bit more tidy.
And finally, let’s look at my tall cabinet. We added this years ago to help with storage space and it has been a lifesaver.
From now on my guests won’t need to be nosy and sneak open my cabinets because I’m showing it all off right now!
Pretty, right? I used wire bins to group like items. The top shelf has one bin for adult medication and one for children’s medication. I also organized my husband’s things based on what he uses occasionally versus often. I used some ceramic berry containers to separate my things into daily, occasional and almost never. Come on, we all have those things we hardly ever use but we need to keep anyway (I’m looking at you pimple cream.)
The bottom shelf is for things the kids use like creams and bandages. I also stuck in Mr. and Mrs. Doo sprays. It is a bathroom after all.
I am so excited to show you this repurposed idea for a ceramic egg crate. Are you ready? Amazing, right?! We had exactly 24 colors of nail polish so two of the crates fit them all perfectly.
The other drawers keep my bath towels, extra bath mat and a bath pillow. Did I tell you my kids are crazy for baths. Not play in the tub type baths, but long, luxurious, soaking baths complete with essential oils and bath salts. You gotta have a pillow for those types of baths.
So, do you love it? I may love my bathroom more than is socially acceptable.
I just know you want to shop this room, am I right? Here are all the items I used from Cost Plus World Market. You can scroll through and click on any of them to see more information.