By Molly Hammond, Storage.com
Here at Storage.com, we want to help people get their homes organized and clean, whether through the use of self-storage or helpful online tips and hacks that you can try yourself.
When people are hunting for the perfect home, there are plenty of things to consider—everything from the house’s location to the color of the walls is up for discussion! And while many people will turn up their noses at a cramped kitchen, a spacious bathroom doesn’t always top the list of concerns. The idea that a bathroom need only be functional is fine, but there are tons of ways to pretty-up a powder room that are useful, too! That’s why we’ve scoured the web to bring you some of the best DIY bathroom hacks!
1. DOUBLE DUTY SHOWER ROD.
This quick tip is barely even a DIY—it’s that simple! Hanging a second curtain rod in your shower is an ingenious way to create extra space for bath products or kids’ tub toys. If your shower and bathtub are used by many family members or roommates, you can even designate a basket for each person, keeping everyone’s soaps and shampoos separate and off that mildew-prone tile.
2. DIY SHOWER SCRUBBER.
Cleaning a shower or tub can be a serious pain. But you can keep everything sparkling without tons of bleach or a Cinderella-style work ethic with this clever DIY shower scrubbing wand. Simply grab a dish scrubber that has a chamber for cleaning liquid, fill it with a heavy-duty homemade cleanser, and give your tiles a touch-up whenever you see a spot! Keeping this tool hanging from a shower head, organizer, or even the double rod we already mentioned is an easy way to keep your shower clean all the time instead of having to use elbow grease every few weeks—plus, it hardly takes up space, which means you can ditch those unsightly bleaches and sponges hanging out in your cabinets.
3. MAKE YOUR OWN MAKEUP BOARD.
DIY makeup organizers are super popular around the web! Grab a metal sheet (size and shape of your choosing) and cover with a cute fabric. Then, add magnets to the back of your most-used (or strangest shaped) makeup, and voila! It’s a storage system that keeps cosmetics off your counter!
4. UPCYCLED CANDLE JARS.
Items like Q-tips, Kleenex, and bobby pins can be essential to a vanity or bathroom sink, but keeping that old resealable bag of cotton balls just sitting on your sink isn’t very appealing. Fortunately, classing up your counter space is incredibly easy. DIY vanity storage can be constructed from old candle jars, and you can even kick the whole project up a notch with a simple drawer knob and hot glue gun! Use emptied tea lights to hold rings or earrings or larger jars to display your frequently-used lip colors.
5. DIY EXPOSED LINEN CLOSET.
Extra storage for towels and linens, particularly in apartments, can be hard to come by. But that doesn’t mean that you should resign yourself to the dorm room life of one towel per person! Whether you just have an additional set of towels for guests or 11 Monica Gellar-type towel categories, there’s no reason to tuck them away when they can be both functional and decorative. You can display rolled towels in a wine holder—it’s focally interesting and keeps closet space free for not-as-pretty linens. Or for a shared bathroom or beachy vibe, hanging up hooks might be the way to go. In fact, you can use reclaimed pallet wood to make a DIY towel rack.
6. TAKE BACK THE TOWEL RACK.
Once you’ve moved onto rolled towels or hooks, there’s greatness in store for your old towel bars. Using old towel bars, you can add tons of extra storage in your bathroom all for the price of some baskets and a few zip ties! Particularly for renters with roommates or other shared bathroom situations, baskets like these can be lifesavers. Keeping toiletries separate and counter space clear is a game-changer (and no more messing up the medicine cabinet looking for your stuff). Utilizing that dead wall space above the toilet or near a mirror is a decorative bonus. Plus, if you’re not at liberty to make lasting changes to your bathroom, uninstalling these bad boys at move-out time is as simple as a quick snip!
7. BOBBY PIN HACK.
Bobby pins can be impossible to keep track of, which leads to plenty of piles on a countertop or rogue pins underfoot, but all it takes is a self-adhesive magnet strip to keep them in check! Keeping bobby pins inside a cabinet (as well as tweezers, nail clippers, and other easily lost items) is a supremely popular trick. These strips can be put on the inside of a drawer for easy access, too, or wrapped in thin fabric to make them pretty enough to display alone!
8. SPICE (RACK) IT UP.
If bloggers have anything to say about it, spice racks aren’t just for the kitchen! These slender shelves are ideal for holding everything from toiletry samples to nail polishes and the innards of a medicine cabinet, and they’re a great way to utilize wall space that might otherwise stay bare and boring. You can create a DIY salon rack snazzy enough to hold hairsprays, products, and makeup. You can also create a DIY nail polish rack to clear up those crowded cabinet drawers!
9. DIY TOILET PAPER HOLDER.
Hiding toilet paper in an under-the-sink cabinet isn’t always best. Guests may not know where to find additional rolls, they could get obscured by cleaning supplies, or they could just be tough to reach. No matter the case, there are a lot of clever DIY solutions for keeping a toilet paper roll nearby! If you’re not scared of a sewing machine, you can make a cute fabric toilet paper holder. For non-sewing types, it couldn’t be easier to create a whimsical toilet paper holder—all you need is a long-necked dinosaur toy from the craft store, and a spray paint of your choosing!
10. DIY HEAT TOOLS HOLSTER.
For people who use a lot of tools, a bathroom can quickly become a mess of cords. Hot plates and odd shapes can make it tough to find a drawer for styling tools like blow dryers and flatirons, and leaving them unattended can cause unsightly burns on carpet or tile. A DIY styling tool organizer gives every hair tool a home and is bound to clear up drawers and counter space. Not interested in making your own? A cute magazine holder (like #8 on this list) can serve a similar purpose.
What are some of your DIY bathroom hacks? Let us know in the comments!