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Organizing Supplies

Organizing Good Things 2004

Clear plastic containers with lids, top left, hold extra toiletries and supplies such as tubes of toothpaste, cotton balls and swabs, deodorant, bottles of lotion, and bars of soap. Slide containers into wire baskets for easy access, then store the baskets neatly in a drawer. Stow spare rolls of toilet paper in a clear glass vase or umbrella stand, top right; it's a sleek way of stacking them, and you'll know at a glance when you need to refill the supply.

Comments (16)

  • hwcarbone 18 May, 2012

    Glass on the floor in a bathroom SPELLS ACCIDENT
    come on we need better tips then this one

  • EngineerMom 17 May, 2012

    (1) agree about glass on floor in bathroom; not a good idea, especially with kids.
    (2) it would be nice to have a buying source for the clear plastic boxes & wire bins. Sometimes it's hard to find the right size containers that all fit together.

  • chaniya 18 Aug, 2008

    Thanks for the tip!

  • milct 16 Aug, 2008

    I use a basket on the back of the toilet tank for extra TP - no splashes or worries about it getting wet

  • basketcaz 15 Aug, 2008

    I agree about the glass in the bathroom as far as safety is concerned. It would be easy enough to find an acrylic or plastic vase to use instead. I would prefer them IN something in case there is a plumbing problem,,,the paper towel holder wouldn't protect against splashes or overflows like an umbrella stand or tall vase would.

  • mainergirl 14 Aug, 2008

    I agree the glass vase might be dangerous for toilet paper. A friend of mine uses a basket. She places a few extra rolled-up hand towels on one half, and a couple rolls of TP on the other half and lays it on the floor near the toilet. It looks really cute!

  • Sheryle 13 Aug, 2008

    I found that a paper towel holder works well for TP stacker.

  • KDBee46 13 Aug, 2008

    As soon as I saw this, I knew exactly what I was going to do with a storage bin I recently bought. It's tall and fits on the back of the toilet. And it has a lid! I immediately gathered up all the extra shampoos, hair sprays, and tall supplies that get gicky sitting around in the bathroom. I cleaned them all off and put them in the container. Ahhhh my bathroom looks so organized and uncluttered now. Great idea for those bathrooms without a closet or drawers. Next is a tall glass for TP.

  • imwithdino 13 Aug, 2008

    We have a very deep linen closett in the bathroom. Storing like-items in clear plastic containers is the only way to access everything and keep the closet organized. Frequently used itmes are stored up front, while extra supplies and infrequently used itmes are in the back. Such a wonderful organizational tool!

  • jessklein 13 Aug, 2008

    I also store q-tips, and cotton balls, and other small things in votive holders in my guest bath. They look neat clean and you

  • Anna_Marie 13 Aug, 2008

    I never thought I'd see the day when Martha Stewart was telling me to stack TP in a holder! lol Her crew thinks of EVERYTHING!

  • dbspoehel 13 Aug, 2008

    A paper towel holder (the type that sit on the counter) also works to hold 3 rolls of toilet paper.

  • lindapbg 13 Aug, 2008

    I'd worry the clear glass vase would get broken ! Even the umbrella stand could be knocked over! That's not safe!

  • Ashley_Jane 13 Aug, 2008

    The vase idea is a good solution

  • andeande 13 Aug, 2008

    those are ideas i can definatly use! thanks!

  • jschuman 13 Aug, 2008

    i can't really imagine reaching deep into an almost empty umbrella stand to get out the last roll of tp....