In older/smaller homes, storage can be a hot commodity. In my small home built in 1920, I’m fortunate for the storage options that I have. The sweet, little linen closet in my bathroom is one of these. As you may remember from my vanity and mirror update, my bathroom doesn’t have a medicine cabinet so my tiny linen closet has to store everything I need on a daily basis. Today I’m going to share how I organize and maximize my bathroom storage.
When I first moved into my home, the linen closet was quite inconvenient. The bathroom door opens inward and covers the linen closet which also had it’s own door. Let’s be real here for a moment: I live alone… I rarely shut the bathroom door. So dealing with two doors when I need to grab my hair dryer was so cumbersome and frustrating.
I removed the closet door within the first week of moving in. It already helped it feel more open and less frustrating while getting ready every day. The next step was to make it functional, organized and a little more pretty.
So, I gave the yellowed interior a couple of coats of bright paint left over from my bathroom vanity and it instantly made the closet seem larger. Then I added in some baskets that I picked up from Jo-Ann Fabric a while back and added some of my favorite chalkboard labels to keep things organized. I love corralling items in baskets! It is a pretty way to keep everything organized. I like organization systems that are easy to maintain. Baskets are great for that. It’s just toss and go.
In case you’re nosey like me, I’ll give you a quick rundown of how I store everything in my small space from top to bottom: On the top shelf I have extra boxes of Kleenex and a basket to store spare tubes of toothpaste, backup products, an extra toothbush and stuff like that. On the next shelf I keep my towels. I try to keep only four towels in rotation. It helps minimize towel clutter in my linen closet and It forces me to stay on top of laundry. I use all white towels for a clean, spa-like look. I also have a few spare bath bombs from Lush on that shelf.
The next shelf has all of my every day items. I use mason jars and a juice glass to store cotton rounds, cotton balls, and Q tips. Next, is my makeup bag. This is actually a Tory Burch lunch box from the Neiman Marcus line at Target a few years back. I love using a lunch box for my makeup since I store it in the bathroom. The insulation on the lunch box keeps the damp bathroom air from shortening the lifespan of my makeup. At least, in my head it helps. Anyway, the last item on the shelf is my every day basket where I keep lotions, skin care products, Ect.
Below that is kind of a miscellaneous shelf. I have one basket to hold wash cloths and hand towels. The other basket has a few first aid items that I like to have readily available and don’t have any where else to store like band aids, Advil, and Cold medicine.
The bottom shelf has all my hair stuff. The first basket has hair styling tools like my hair dryer, curling wand and straightener. The second basket has all of my products, hair brushes, and bobby pins.
That is how I keep my linen closet organized and functional. Since I’m nosey… how do you store all of your bathroom products? Are you a basket person? Does anyone else keep their makeup in a lunch box?