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Bathroom Storage Galore

An organized bath makes it easy to find what you need for morning routines and evening respites

By Jan Soults Walker

You typically start and end your day in the bathroom, so it should be a place to energize or relax, rather than stress about the mess. These ideas let you create a place for all your necessities so you're bathed in calm—not clutter.

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Carry on

When multiple people use one bathroom, give each person a handled tote for transporting his or her own toiletries to the shower. Select a tote with compartments for shampoo and conditioner, shower soap, body brushes, shaving gel, and razor, for example. A handled tote with compartments is also handy for stowing cleaning supplies beneath the sink. Simply lift the tote out of the cabinet when it's time to clean and tuck it away when you're finished.

Order in the drawer

Use drawer divider inserts to sort cosmetics and other necessities and keep them from rolling around when you open and close the drawer. Try a clear acrylic insert designed to expand or contract in length to better fit the drawer.

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Recess a medicine cabinet between the studs above the sink and you gain a mirror on the outside and a storage cabinet inside. Select a cabinet with adjustable shelves for greater flexibility. Add adhesive back hooks to the inside of the medicine cabinet door for holding smaller items.

In the shower, create recessed niches between the studs and line them with tile to hold shampoo, conditioner, soap, body scrubs, and other necessities.

Think vertically

Take advantage of unused vertical wall space; install a cabinet above the toilet and hang an organizer on the back of the bathroom door.

Consider furniture

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If your bathroom is roomy, contemplate bringing in a piece of freestanding furniture for additional storage, such as a chest of drawers or a small armoire.

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Make cabinet interiors work harder with inserts, such as pull-out wire bins and drawers. Select narrow or specially designed units that fit around the plumbing within the cabinet. Don't overlook vertical space on the inside of the door. Use it for additional shelves or hooks and pegs.

Top the counter

Tidy up the bathroom counter with baskets, trays, or decorative boxes to corral small items, such as cosmetics and jewelry.

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