Inspired organizing ideas abound in these real-life bathrooms, which also feature our favorite space-saving solutions.
It may seem counterintuitive, but adding the right furniture to your bathroom can create a more open, organized space. In the master bath of this Texas duplex, a custom-made orange steel vanity opens up the area beneath the sink for more storage.
A wooden flea-market cupboard makes a great towel cabinet. Keep your regular supply in the cabinet and use the top for extra storage. Having all towels visible makes it easy to keep track of your inventory. Open shelves on the sides hold glass jars full of cotton balls and soaps.
Vintage planters are a playful spin on more traditional bathroom accessories. Displayed on a metal-and-glass table, they hold bottles of shampoo and liquid soap, sponges, bar soap, and hand towels. Tuck a new toothbrush, soap, and a washcloth into a planter and put it in the bathroom cupboard -- you'll have the perfect guest package ready at a moment's notice.
Keep the bathroom tidy by hanging towels from the rungs of a progressive or apple-picking ladder propped against a wall. To prevent the ladder from slipping, attach rubber tips made for chair legs to the ladder's feet. You can also secure the top of the ladder to the wall with hooks and eyes.
In Martha's East Hampton bathroom, a zinc-topped pastry table is used as a vanity; on its broad surface, toiletries stay neat and accessible. To make a useful -- and comfortable -- set, Martha pairs the table with a white-painted button chair that's just the right height.
Central bathroom cabinets can be fitted with roll-out wire trays (the kind used in kitchens). Here, one tray contains a first-aid kit and miscellaneous toiletries. A pair of hooks fastened to the inside of the door hold a hair dryer and a flat iron. In the adjacent cabinet, a second sliding track holds the bathroom's waste bin.
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