Happy…. whatever-day-it-is-that-I-get-this-posted day! I’m thankful for y’all popping-in throughout the week. I really enjoy reading the comments and emails I receive, too! Lots of encouraging things have happened this week, including the purchase of a ticket to my first blogging conference! That will be a whole ‘nother post in the summer! Today, I wanted to share with you some affordable storage solutions for a small bathroom in My Wee Abode!
AFFORDABLE STORAGE SOLUTIONS FOR SMALL BATHROOMS
MWA Floor Plan
As I’ve mentioned before, my garage ‘loft’ apartment is just about 400 square feet… a tiny home, to be sure! My living area, kitchen, and bedroom each measure just about 10’ x 10′, leaving my hallway, my “just-shy-of-a-walk-in” closet, and bathroom to take up the remaining 100sf. Here’s a floor-plan!
As you can see, the bathroom at My Wee Abode measures right at 50 square feet. It’s actually quite a nice size bathroom, considering the total size of MWA, and the shower is exceptionally large for an apartment (which, lemme tell you, I LOVE!!!) However, even though the bathroom isn’t dinky, I still have needed to use special, and even unique, storage solutions in order to get the most out of my space.
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Wall Storage Baskets
I originally purchased these Banana Leaf Baskets to help stage my mom’s TINY guest bathroom when she listed her home. I was very happy to have inherited them after the house sold because I knew exactly what I was going to do with them….
Using these baskets for additional towel storage has been wonderful, and I really like how they look! I simply took the baskets and used some screw anchors and large screws to mount them through the baskets and to the wall. Voila!
These also give my bathroom a nice bit of texture, which is always nice, whether your space is large or small!
Undersink Storage Solutions
In all my years, I have never used an over the door hair product/appliance caddy. Go figure, because this, again, is actually nice no matter what size bathroom you have! I really like this one because it has the polished silver finish. For me and my short (and thin!) “do”, it holds everything: hair dryer, hairspray, mirror, and brush/comb.
And the hanger on the outside has quite a ‘low profile’, which makes it easier on the eyes. 😉
Another item that really helps under the sink (wish I had this at EVERY home I have lived in) is the ATB 2 Tier Expandable Adjustable Under Sink Shelf Storage Shelves Kitchen Organizer (that’s a mouthful!). Because this item is expandable and adjustable (width, height, and actual surface area!), it’s ideal for fitting under just about any sink. It actually adjusts around the plumbing! And those surface plates have a nice ‘tight’ mesh-type weave so items easily set on them without ‘wobbling’ or falling over.
Another item that I really like under my sink is the 2-Drawer Mesh Organizer (seen on the left). These actually work as drawers and are really well built and pull out very smoothly. I don’t see the Container Store’s platinum ones online at this time, but there are some on Amazon that are just a bit more money, here.
I would really like to make my storage ‘prettier’ under here, but I’m still brain-storming on what that will look like for me. In the meantime, this works well!
When I first moved into MWA, I really did *not* like the over-the-toilet cabinet. I thought about taking it down but never got around to it. At this point, I’ve actually grown to appreciate it. But, what I didn’t appreciate was the wasted space above both shelves! (And the clutter that had accumulated in the cupboard was driving me crazy, too! Who let that HAPPEN?! Hehe.) Pardon the iPhone pic!
So, this past weekend, I took out the removable shelf and one shelf ‘peg’ and drove on over to my neighborhood Home Depot. I took the shelf to the paint counter and they mixed a sample of Behr Satin Finish paint for me that perfectly matched ($3.98). While the paint was being mixed, I found an inexpensive piece of furniture-grade pressed-board ($5.65 for a 2’x3’), and the nice associate gladly cut it exactly to the size of the current shelf (I *did* have to tell him what size to cut it to.) I also found some shelf pegs to match the one I had brought with me ($1.77 for eight).
When I got home, I put two coats of paint on the new shelf and also touched up some areas that had been scuffed on the cabinet! Two fixes for the price of one!
To brighten things up a bit, I decided to install some pretty contact paper. This will also help protect the shelves from future scuffing or damage.
In order to organize a bit more, I purged some items that were just not being used and added some plastic baskets and bins that I had on hand (I would eventually like to get a different color… but FREE was in the budget!)
Oh, and last year, I actually changed out the simple hardware for these pretty pulls! I wanted to make it look a *little* nicer, and these really helped! I got these at Hobby Lobby, at 50% off. Sorry, I can’t seem to find them online!
I’m really pleased with how looks, and it is so much more user-friendly! Not having to weed through the mess that you see in the ‘before’ pic has made getting ready this week a lot easier and much more pleasant!
Future Storage and Decor Plans
There is still a lot I want to do with this bathroom! It is quite sparse for my taste, but I am learning to not decorate just for the sake of filling space. You really need to love what you put in your home, especially if you are on a budget. Soooo….
This corner of the bathroom is just waiting for an IKEA Rast make-over. I have the chest of drawers, ready and waiting to be assembled and HACKED! LOL! Hopefully, I can share that soon! In the meantime, though I don’t have it pictured here, I normally have a set of rolling-plastic drawers that are home to some additional bathroom items (which will be transferred to the Rast, when it’s done!) Also, the sweet birdie water colors prints (birthday gifts from my daughter this past December) will be moving to my bedroom, where I think they will be happier. 😉 I’m on the hunt for something special to put on the wall to replace them… Any ideas? Let me know in the comments!
Also, this little area next to the toilet may be just begging for a little table, or stool, or even a plant! Again, let me know in the comments if you have any ideas about what I could use here!
As the bathroom progresses, I will be sure to share (because that vinyl flooring and brown tile have GOT to GO)! For me, this has actually been the hardest room to ‘dress-up’! What areas in your house give you ‘question marks’ in your mind? Let me know… maybe we can solve these things together!