Organizing Your Teeny Tiny Bathroom

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There are more than a few apartment landlords who really seem to think that two square feet are more than ample when it comes to bathroom space. You’ve probably seen plenty of apartments with bathrooms where you can’t really even be sure how they shoehorned a shower into the room.

But just because the room is small doesn’t mean that you can’t get everything in there that you need for your daily routine. There are thousands of products designed just to save space in a tiny bathroom. And while there are a variety of options for shower caddies and towel racks, there are a few items that stand out in particular:

  • The KangaRoom Bottle Organizer — If you have a shower curtain, you can hang KangaRoom pouches. While the makers recommend them for the bottles that seem to build up around a bathtub, you can use them to stash just about anything.
  • The Weight Watchers Portable Precision Electronic Scale — Many people like having a scale handy in the bathroom. But if you’re lacking in floor space, you can’t just leave a scale out (unless you’re willing to trip over it on a regular basis). This portable scale can be tipped on its side and put away, unlike most scales, which need recalibrating if you change their orientation.
  • Amerock Pullout Organizer — While Amerock originally designed their pullout organizers for kitchens, they fit perfectly in bathroom cabinets as well. Rather than having to get down on your hands and knees to search through your cabinet every time you want something in the back, Amerock lets you pull out everything in the cabinet in one go, without having to worry about getting it all back in.
  • Trap Door Bath Toy Bin — Has your rubber ducky collection been getting out of hand? The Trap Door Bath Toy Bin makes for easy storage and, when you run your next bath, you just need to release the trap door and your toys will be set free. Picking up is just a matter of tossing the toys back in.

Many kitchen organizers will work in the bathroom and can be cheaper. It’s just a matter of determining what will actually work in the space you’ve got. The only difference between organizing any other room in your apartment and your bathroom is making sure that your organizers won’t be adversely affected by the damper climate — especially if you’re fond of steamy showers.

7 Responses to “Organizing Your Teeny Tiny Bathroom”

  1. October 10, 2008 at 8:25 am, Guest said:

    I use shoe organizers to get my bathroom in order. They hang well over the back of the bathroom door and keep my shampoos, combs, cotton balls and other bathroom items in check.
    I also used one of those shoe organizers to get my spices and other things in the kitchen under control and you can check out my post here.


  2. October 10, 2008 at 12:13 pm, Guest said:

    Typically, it’s the developer, architect, or contractors that determine the size of the bathroom and its respective layout — I can’t imagine how or why a (non-developer) landlord would “seem to think that two square feet are more than ample….” The implication is that the landlord comes in, decides that he or she can use the “extra” footage for something else, and uses some trans-dimensional comic-book doohickey to “steal” the square feet for the clubhouse or some-such.

    I hate to sound like I’m defending landlords, or that I don’t appreciate this article, but the implications are odd and they lead to blame-games on landlords (who, last I checked, don’t have magical powers over time and space) while the developers and architects, who are to blame for these issues, are left out of the loop.

    I used to manage a complex where a the four bedroom townhouses had two and a half baths. The layout was horrendous — the half bath and one of the bedrooms were downstairs, the master (with private bath), two bedrooms, and second full bath were upstairs. End result, obviously, was three roommates (including the one in the downstairs bedroom) using the upstairs hall bath while one roommate had a private bath (and balcony, for that matter). The only thing we could do was advertise the unit as a ‘three bedroom with den’. I never figured out why the developer built such an odd floor plan, other than the fact that he was following 70’s building styles. Trust me when I say, however, that as landlord I wasn’t any happier about the arrangement than my tenants were.


  3. November 06, 2008 at 8:05 am, Guest said:

    The article is typical material. Nice point you made and thank you for taking the time.


  4. November 19, 2008 at 3:28 pm, Guest said:

    I completely agree that blaming the landlord for the size of your bathroom is just insane. The only person to blame for the size of your bathroom is you, because you’re the one who chose to rent the apartment. I live in a gorgeous old building that was built in 1920- yeah, it has a tiny bathroom, but the landlord certainly didn’t make it that way! Put on your grown-up panties and deal with your tiny bathroom or move out.


  5. January 22, 2009 at 2:51 am, Guest said:

    just your traps, good grief


  6. February 15, 2009 at 12:16 am, Dhutch said:

    just a fyi about blaming landlords. i believe the article is referring to homes/apts where the owner has revamped the space himself, possibly a 2 story older home for example, and changed the future rental floor plan to include a bathroom that is very small. this is due many times to the fact that they are trying to keep costs down to a minimum so as to maximize the return on their investment. this is the case many times even when, with a bit more investment of time and only slightly more money would have produced a more functional space, and in the long run, a better return for the money as far as resale. myself, friends and family have all rented spaces similar to this at some point and i know that many of these were in fact “designed” by the landlord, as they were very proud of the fact they “did it themselves”. the results were obvious, and in many cases, horrendous. that is not to say that all of these were bad, some were quite functional, and were filled with personality and charm, and made the rental feel more like “home”. just a thought.


  7. July 19, 2009 at 12:47 pm, ZuZu said:

    Great article very well done the tips were helpful, I have a towel rack in my shower I have a plastic shoe organizer (the ones that hang and have pockets) and I put my shampoo’s and even the baby’s toys inside and they are within grabbing reach.


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