To put it bluntly, bathrooms are where dreams of neat, efficient storage options go to die.
There are always good intentions; visions of fluffy rolled towels, toiletries arranged in ascending height order, hair styling tools that coexist in perfect harmony, and everything smelling faintly of sandalwood and vanilla.
Unfortunately, the reality of bathroom storage tends to be far from pretty. Think: snake pits of tangled cords, drawers groaning under the weight of half-finished beauty products, piles of damp towels heaped on flimsy drying racks, and every spare inch of cupboard space occupied by rogue bobby pins. And nothing smelling like anything resembling sandalwood or vanilla unless it’s tipped over and spilled in a drawer.
Often, this comes down to a lack of space and inconveniently tiny built-in cupboards, which is not your fault (I repeat: it’s not your fault). However, as the saying goes, it’s not the size that matters – it’s what you do with it. Here’s what the genius DIY-ers of Pinterest did:
1. Magnets aren’t just for the fridge
There’s an even better use for magnets than composing dodgy poetry on your fridge door (hard to believe, I know).
A magnetic strip affixed inside your bathroom cupboards, behind the mirror or along the wall is a seriously clever storage solution. Nail clippers, bobby pins and scissors will all stick to it naturally, but if you also stick magnets on the back of your toothbrushes, bottles and other bits and pieces you’ll free up even more space in your drawers.
2. Hanging baskets
Nailing wire baskets to your bathroom wall by their bottoms is an easy way to create more storage space for toilet rolls, makeup, towels - whatever you need to put away. Add a photo for a cute personal touch, and if you're renting, there's toothpaste on-hand to plug the holes when you leave.