How I Found Space in My Bathroom When There Was None
Despite the amount of time spent inside them, and the importance of the work done inside, bathrooms are often given space during the design phase of a renovation. This leads to many homeowners, myself included, to be left with minimal storage space and a lot of daily-used items to store. But, as any good homeowner will tell you, there’s always space – that is, if you look hard enough!
When looking through my bathroom for storage ideas, my eyes went straight to my mirror. The object I use every day. I quickly realized that I had found a space to store anything and everything. You often hear the old adage about guests and visitors snooping through your medicine cabinet. There is a good reason for that, because we keep most of our bathroom belongings there.
Despite my lack of carpentry knowledge, I removed the mirror (essentially a VERY heavy piece of glass) and installed an equally sized mirror which opens into small shelves for storage. Even better – It includes LED strip lights around the border which are dimmable! This creates a ton of additional storage space without taking up much more livable space in your bathroom. Any time you can hang an object with decent depth on the wall it doubles as much needed storage space.
Satisfied with my handy work, I turned my thoughts to the one thing that always bothered me – never having clean towels close by. But with the bulk of them, it was always hard to find space to keep them. Until I looked up and saw nothing but empty space. A quick trip to the hardware store and I had installed free-holding shelves above the toilet and along the wall reaching to the shower. Just as I said before, items that you can hang on the wall that doubles as storage space.
With my towels now out of the way, literally, I set my sights on my shower. How I love the shower, but how I don’t enjoy kicking over bottles and soaps. Having exhausted my carpentry skills, I thought this one was better left to a store-bought item. However, instead of heading to my local bargain store, I decided to splurge. A high-quality dual hook shower screen caddy was the perfect addition. With layered shelves and hanging options, all of the bottles on the floor (and along the rim of the shower screen) are neatly packed away. This also helps preserve shower tiles and such, as you won’t have a grimy mess to clean up constantly and maintain.
If you are ever in doubt that there is space in your bathroom or any of your rooms, remember that there are professionals who specialize in storage organization – and if they can find the space, so can you! And if you find a professional to unaffordable, no worries, just pay attention to my tips above and recreate in your own living space.