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Keeping your bathroom organised with shelves and caddies
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Keeping your bathroom organised with shelves and caddies

Posted by Adam Chard in DIY advice | 2 years ago 8 min read

If your bathroom feels cramped and cluttered, why not follow these tips and tricks to keep things neat and organised?

How often do you think about your bathroom? You might give it a moment’s thought when it’s in need of a good clean, but that’s about it, which is strange considering how much time you actually devote to it! It’s where we start and end our day, and, as an average person, you can expect to spend over an entire year of your life in the bathroom!

Given the time spent in said room, your bathroom should be somewhere you can enjoy and relax, and that starts with a clean, organised space.

Here are a few easy tips for keeping your bathroom organised with simple shelves and caddies. These offer a handsome and flexible alternative to fully fitted furniture and goes to show that a few design and storage changes could transform the entire look and feel of your bathroom.

Keep reading to learn more about keeping your bathroom organised with shelves and caddies.

Metal shelves for towels

Do you find yourself stuffing freshly washed towels into a linen closet? Considering the amount of money you can spend on fine towels, we encourage you to show them off!

Having your towels out and in the air can help keep them fresh and ready to use. You can also use the colour of your towels to complement the style and look of your room.

By simply installing some stylish wire or metal shelves, you can easily fold, roll or hang your towels. Plus, if you’re entertaining guests, they won't need to go rifling through your cupboards to find them.

A bonus with installing metal shelves is that, by taking your towels out of the cupboard, you've made space for the less stylish-looking products you need to store. Towels come out and numerous bottles of bubble bath or lotions can go in and out of sight.

Accents Options contemporary towel shelf

Hang out your fresh, fluffy towels for all to see, by choosing this contemporary towel shelf from the Accents Options range

Hang toilet paper rolls

No bathroom is complete without toilet paper rolls. But these bulky rolls often take up much of the space under your sink or sit visibly in their packaging, which isn't ideal.

Keeping your bathroom organised with shelves and caddies designed specifically for toilet rolls is a great storage tip. It can be as simple as fitting a shelf with bookend-like pieces or a more elaborate shelf with half circles or cubbies for each individual roll.

One of our favourite ideas is a hanging shelf. It creates space for your toilet paper rolls, keeps your floor free of any bulky roll holders and creates valuable space in your cupboards.

Accents 1805 black toilet roll holder

A shelf can provide clever additional storage space, supplementing your toilet roll holder

Wall outlet shelves and chargers

Many of us struggle to use the space in our bathrooms efficiently, especially when it comes to electrical devices. Continually taking them out and putting them away again or leaving them scattered untidily around the room. There are a few ways in which you can use well-placed shelves to make use of the space around your power socket.

For items like electric shavers, toothbrushes or hot hair styling equipment, installing a shelf just below or above the socket could completely change the flow of your bathroom routine.

If it’s something that you use regularly, such as an electric toothbrush or hair straighteners, then the shelf can become a convenient spot on which to place these. Shelves are particularly handy for heated items such as hair dryers or straighteners.

Taking this idea one step further, one of the best space-saving solutions we’ve discovered is this in-wall toothbrush charger from Proofvision (see below). Compatible with all Oral B and Braun electric toothbrushes, it’s sleek, unobtrusive and keeps the space around your basin wire-free. Plus, there’s no need for additional bathroom shelving!

ProofVision in-wall electric toothbrush charger

2 or 3-tier shelving caddies

Bathroom caddies are very much in vogue at the moment. With so many styles and colours to choose from, you can find one that matches your decor perfectly.

These caddies are perfect not only for storage (especially if you lack cupboard space), but can also add a stylish touch. These versatile units can store pretty much anything.

Unlike fixed shelves, there’s no need for nails, screws and hammers! Place it wherever you need it, at any moment. This 2-tiered glass unit (pictured below) works well in any corner of your bathroom.

Accents Options freestanding quadrant 2 glass shelf unit

Towel racks that double as shelves

A feature in many bathrooms, towel racks are usually a straightforward affair. However, we’d suggest gaining as much organisational advantage from it as you can!

Hanging racks that double as shelves are a great use of space. You can store your most frequently used products in a tidy yet convenient manner, and they don’t take up additional surface space.

Bathroom door shelving and caddies

It doesn't matter how small 3-tier shelving caddies are. If space comes at a premium in your bathroom, even a small floor piece can seem enormous. For smaller areas, keeping your bathroom organised with storage that fits your space is a must.

One solution, and a great way of creating storage space without dominating a small space, is adding shelves to the back of your door or even fitting over-the-door caddies.

You can use items like mirror shelves or door vanities. These can be attached to your door with bars that hook over your door. Door hooks are a simple way to hang storage too. There’s no need to drill into a wall, when you can simply hook your shelves over the door!

Mode Spencer black robe hook

A bathroom hook can be used just about anywhere to hang robes and towels

Cupboard door caddies

Similar to over-the-door shelving, but for smaller items, cupboards are ideal for storage. However, it’s easy for them to become untidy. An over-the-door caddy is a useful addition to a cupboard and, better yet, they aren't visible externally.

Cupboard door caddies can be used for storing frequently used products which don’t look particularly attractive, such as cleaning items that you want to keep handy but don’t want on display.

Over-the-toilet shelving

Your toilet takes up a large part of your bathroom, especially in a small space. But that doesn't mean the space above your toilet needs to be an empty void. Utilise this area with shelves. They are handy and convenient for spare toilet rolls and a useful area to accessorise with plants!

Use shelving to store toilet rolls

Take advantage of the space you have organised and enjoy getting ready in your bathroom

In-shower caddy

It’s easy to accumulate clutter in a bathroom, like products we use in the shower. But there’s really no need to worry, as you can place a shelf or caddy inside your shower enclosure or walk in shower area meaning your products are ready to go when you are. Waterproof and easy to clean, caddies come in various designs to match your fixtures for a stylish touch. A simple corner-fitting wire caddy is inexpensive and easy to install, meaning all those shampoos, soaps and sponges are easy to access, even when there’s water in your eyes!

Accents Options double corner basket

Fit a simple shower caddy, like this one from the Accents Options range

Bathroom organisation—more tips and tricks

Of course, for more permanent storage, there’s always brand-new vanity units or cabinets as part of a revamp or new fit out, but by keeping your bathroom organised with shelves and caddies, you can create a new look and feel in no time at all!

If you want to find out how to organise your bathroom more efficiently, why not check out some of our other handy tips. Bathroom ladder shelving is very on-trend, and we show you how to make the most of it in our expert guide. Is your bathroom cabinet overflowing with junk? We’ll show you how to organise it in 5 simple steps.

And it’s not all about your bathroom either. Here at Victoria Plum, we have some great tips for your kitchen too, including how to organise kitchen cupboards efficiently.

Shop Accents bathroom accessories

Putting the “fun” in functional, Accents bathroom accessories are available exclusively from Victoria Plum, containing everything you need to add the finishing touches to your space. With coordinated ranges, containing everything you need to organise your bathroom, including shelves and caddies, you can create a cohesive look that reflects your own personal tastes and preferences. Browse the full Accents range today and get creative with your bathroom.

Shop Accents bathroom accessories

Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in DIY advice | 2 years ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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