Every surface crammed with bottles? Bath toys scattered around? Spare loo rolls stacked on the floor? It’s time to sort out your storage
Your bathroom might have designer style or period elegance, but if it’s full of clutter, no one’s going to appreciate its finer points. Here’s how to get organised.
Focus on the furniture
You wouldn’t expect your kitchen to function well if you only had a sink, oven and a fridge, so don’t expect a bath, shower, loo and basin to cover all your bathroom needs. Storage furniture is a must if you’re going to stem the rising tide of clutter, whether you choose floor-standing or wall-hung designs. If space is short, don’t forget that a basin unit allows you to double up with a cupboard as well as a basin in one area. Make sure any furniture complements the look of your suite. Our Verity furniture, pictured above, is the perfect partner to elegant traditional baths and basins. Want something contemporary and dramatic? Then ranges such as our textured Janssen will make an impact on the look of your room as well as its clutter.
Make the walls work harder
Don’t waste wall space. A wall-hung cabinet will swallow any amount of bathroom essentials. Big family? Then choose a capacious design, such as the Lille. With three sections, it’ll ensure you can keep organised enough to know when you’re running out of supplies – or allocate shelves to each of the bathroom’s sharers to avoid rows.
You don’t need to keep everything behind closed doors to create an uncluttered bathroom, unless minimalist is your middle name. Open shelving allows some of the stuff that needs to be stored to become a virtue – but we’re talking posh smellies and your fluffiest towels. Toilet rolls and cleaning products are better behind closed doors. Choose wooden shelving if you want to add a warm, organic note to your scheme, or stick to a contemporary aesthetic with high gloss options. Clutter-clearing solutions can add a decorative note, too. For a seaside-inspired scheme, check out this beach huts row coat hanger from The Nautical Company – ideal for extra towel hanging space.
Deal with little ones’ clutter
Decluttering a family bathroom with kids still at the bath toy stage? Your storage challenges are multiplied, so make sure your room includes solutions for all their bathtime favourites. Wall-hanging pieces that mean you can scoop the toys up and let them dry with good air circulation are vital. Try the Variera design, seen here with Losjön hangers, all from Ikea