By Kathryn Weber
Bathrooms quickly become an eyesore when toiletries litter countertops. Installing glass shelves is one way to help conquer countertop clutter
Bathrooms today are a beauty to behold -- when they're clean. But too often a glamour bath, while great to look at, is often woefully short on storage space. Sure, the glass shower looks good and the wall of mirror gleams, but the counters are usually overloaded, clutter-filled and an eyesore.
Here are some storage tips to help corral the clutter and make your bathroom smashing again:
Out with bars and in with hooks.
Towel bars require neat folding to accommodate two towels. By adding hooks, you can hang more towels, put them closer together and still have them look neat. This technique works for both bath and hand towels.
Furnish your bathroom for storage.
If you have room, re-purpose an old china cabinet or armoire to store towels or toiletries. If it has glass shelves or doors, use them to display pretty containers and keep glass perfume bottles dust free.
Place necessities only on the counter.
Remove everything from the counter except what you use every day, like toothbrushes or a razor. Place these items on a tray. This will keep everything together in one place, and look neater and more pulled together.
Rethink your hairdryer.
Hairdryers take up lots of precious counter space, so take a cue from hotels and consider adding a wall-mounted hair dryer. There are also many wall-mounted holders available online for hair dryers and curling irons.
Whether you purchase a shelf unit, cabinet, or glass shelves, you can more than double your available storage by adding shelves over the toilet, above towel bars, and inside counter cabinets. Best of all, items placed on shelves will be at eye level.
Restore order on the counter.
By using decorative storage boxes, you can put frequently used items on the counter top, yet keep them neatly out of sight. Select a box or basket with a hinged lid that matches your decor.
Create a first-aid kit out of a fishing tackle box.
Rather than take up valuable storage space with infrequently used first aid items, create a first-aid kit in a brightly colored tackle box. You'll be able to find everything you need quickly for injuries -- and you can easily grab the box for outings or camping trips.
Customize your cabinets.
Install roll-out shelves or a double-tiered lazy Susan to create more storage. Most units can be installed in a matter of minutes. Attach wire organizers to the backs of all cabinet doors to conveniently hold hairspray, deodorant and other frequently used toiletries. Place organizers in drawers to help manage bath items.
Streamline your belongings.
Many bathrooms suffer from the sheer overabundance of unused items and half-empty containers. Pare things down to what you like best and use the most to help conquer bathroom chaos -- and make it a point to routinely throw out old or unwanted items.
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