My bathroom is so small that I can touch all four walls while sitting on the toilet. Okay, to be honest, I do have to lean over somewhat to my left to touch the far wall, only because that’s where the tub and shower are situated. So that doesn’t really count, because there is no storage space to speak of in the tub. After countless trials and tribulations, I have finally discovered what works the best for me in my small bathroom.
Over The Toilet Shelf
I love this thing. It is one of those metal shelves that is coated white and it proudly stands over the toilet. When I was a child, my grandma lived in an apartment, so she had the customary small bathroom as well. I never will forget grandma’s over the toilet shelf. In my eyes back then, I thought that shelf was the most hideous thing that I had ever seen and I couldn’t figure out why anyone would want one of those things in their bathroom. Lo and behold, fast forward several years later and I am one of those people. Grandma knew what she was doing and I have seen the light.
My over the toilet shelf is made up of three shelves and the only thing that I did not like about it when I bought it was the horizontal metal bars as the shelves. If the item you wanted to place on the shelf did not have a big enough base, then it would fall over. I remedied that problem by setting plastic storage containers on the shelf and putting all of my toiletries and makeup in the containers. I also have small decorative baskets on the shelf as well to hold other smaller bathroom items.
Small bathrooms do not have large vanities and if you’re lucky enough to have a vanity at all, you know that it doesn’t hold much. The top of the vanity will hold the soap and nothing else. The biggest purpose it serves is to hide the plumbing pipes. However, I do have room to store cleaning supplies for the bathroom and extra rolls of toilet paper underneath the sink.
Over my sink is a combination mirror and medicine cabinet. I use the cabinet for my toothbrush, toothpaste, over the counter pain reliever and other odds and ends. Although a medicine cabinet does not hold much, every little bit of space helps, especially when you don’t have very much of it.
Up against the wall and next to my bathtub, I have another metal shelf that is made out of the same material as my toilet shelf. This shelf is almost across from the toilet, so it mostly contains my library. I do use the bottom shelf for some larger items that I rarely use anymore, like my blow dryer and hot rollers. Underneath the shelf, you’ll find my dusty bathroom scales. When I bought this shelf, I had the intention of storing my towels and wash cloths on it. However, that did not last long because I hate to fold towels.
Now, I do not personally have a wall shelf, however I could have if I wanted one. I mention the wall shelf because that’s what my sister had. She used to live in the same apartment complex and like me, she had the same small bathroom. She obviously didn’t share the love for an over the toilet shelf, so she opted for a wall shelf instead. Her wall shelf was very nice and it hung above her towel rack. She actually had a lot of room on that shelf to store several of her toiletries. A wall shelf works great in a small bathroom because it is not taking up valuable floor space.
Now that you have been inside of my bathroom, I hope you have found some helpful tips and suggestions to make the most out of your small bathroom space.
My own personal experience of having a small bathroom