Right now my bathroom is the bane of my existence. Our new house has almost zero counter space, and no wall cabinets! All my stuff is still in shoeboxes, and I’d prefer not to blow a wad of cash trying to remedy the situation. Even if you have the space, however, it can quickly become impossible to keep organized all those bottles and tubs and jars. This week in frugal organizing hacks, we’re working to bring some peace to your powder room.
Here are 8 frugal organizing hacks for your bathroom:
1. Over-the-door shoe hanger. The shoe pockets can be used for bottles (shampoos, lotions, etc), cotton balls, first aid supplies, medications (make sure they are not within reach of children), washcloths, hair accessories, extra bars of soap… the list is endless! Keeps your bathroom supplies separate and easily visible/accessible without being unsightly. Cost: $10-15 at stores like Target or Wal-Mart.
2. Magnetic make-up holder. I found this great idea for a magnetic board to keep make-up organized and accessible at blog Laura Thoughts. She purchased a piece of old metal to cover and frame, but you could easily use a found metallic surface or purchase a small magnetic white board to mount. The magnets are available at a dollar store or craft store, and a glue gun brings the whole project together. Cost: $10-15 for board and magnets.
3. Magnetic tape for metal accessories. While we’re having fun with magnets, you can put up a magnetic knife rack (like this one from Darkroom and Dearly) inside of a cabinet door or drawer to hold things like tweezers, nail clippers, and metal files. I love this idea because my tweezers are always falling to the bottom of the drawer or bag! Alternatively, you could mount sticky-backed magnetic tape (for lightweight items) or try to mount an old fridge magnet that you already have (using glue or wall-tack). Cost: FREE if you have a magnet, about $5 for magnetic tape (but you may be able to buy it by the foot at a craft store) or $9 for knife rack at Ikea.
4. PVC pipe for your hairdryer. A piece of PVC plumbing pipe from your local home improvement store makes a great storage holder for your hairdryer and curling iron or flat iron. You may be able to set one with a wide enough base on the counter, or you can screw it into the wall. I may try screwing a hook on one to attach to the inside of my cabinet door. Cost: about $5 (like this pipe fitting at Home Depot).
5. Broom clip electric toothbrush holder. These clips are made to hold brooms and mops, but Family Handyman magazine demonstrates how the diameter can be perfect for holding an electric toothbrush that won’t fit in a classic toothbrush holder. Check if your toothbrush will fit before purchasing or installing! Cost: about $2 each.
6. Jars, jars, jars. Instead of spending money on baskets, when you finish off that blueberry jam, scrub the jar and soak the label off. You can use it for storing cotton balls, Q-tips, hair bands, makeup brushes, toothpaste/toothbrush, etc on a shelf or counter in the bathroom. Cost: FREE.
7. Ribbon for hair clips. Hang a ribbon on the wall (vertically) to store hair clips and bobby pins (like this simple organizer at FrugalGirls.com). At the bottom, loop a small caribiner (available at the dollar store or many drug stores) through the ribbon and use hot glue to secure it on the bottom of the ribbon. The caribiner works perfectly for holding hair ties. Cost: FREE with ribbon on hand, or a few dollars.
8. Rolled towel magazine holder. Rolling towels saves space over folding them. You can fit 2-3 rolled towels in a cardboard magazine holder (like these at Ikea) and fit it on a shelf or the back of your toilet (for guests). Cost: a few dollars.
You can also use some of our organizing tips for drawers to tackle the drawers in your bathroom!
How do you keep your bathroom organized?
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