In November, I moved into a darling corner studio apartment. It’s clean and bright, the hardwood floors are in good condition, and it’s just enough for me. I had fun organizing the space because it is a bit of a challenge. I worked at The Container Store for a year (a great place to work!) and learned a lot of tricks. More than anything, I was exposed to a lot of different organizational problems and situations. It taught me how to get creative.
I think I’ll do a few installments of this “Efficient Efficiency,” but a friend was complimenting me on my bathroom just today, so we’ll start there. It wasn’t the most inspiring slate to start with (tile’s a bit crummy and the sink has marks) but I made it work.
Nice and sunny
There’s a window in the shower covered by a curtain to prevent the wood from rotting. This still allows a lot of light in during the day.
A simple organizer for the shower
I don’t have a ton of shower products, but everything I have is kept in this simple shower caddy. It has hooks that slip onto the shower curtain bar and simply hangs down. There are holes in the bottom of each caddy for water to drain through. I like that these are more like baskets than wire shelves. Sometimes shower caddies are awkward because your bottles can slip through. This avoids the problem altogether. Link here.
There’s no counter space so I try to keep the sink clear.
The sink is very small and there is no real counter space. The tiny blocks for soap and toothbrushes are a bit outdated, but I’ve still made use of them for other items. I can usually use the space on top of the sink for makeup and bobby pins, but it can be a juggling act sometimes. I try my best to keep things clear and uncluttered so that I can use the space when I need it.
The medicine cabinet, left
The medicine cabinet, right
The medicine cabinet is the saving grace of this bathroom. All those tiny items you need in the bathroom can easily be stored in here with room to spare. I try to group items by purpose, so my hands have already been trained to know which side something is kept on. Having the small ceramic cup for toothbrushes prevents having to rest the brushes on the dust-collecting bottom of the cabinet.
I store all of my makeup in my small, striped makeup bag. I have minimal supplies and I just take the bag out to the sink when I need it. So far, this system works pretty well.
The medicine cabinet
I fell in love with these little magnetic organizers that hold all the itty-bitty things. The magnets are super strong and the containers are versatile. Utilizing the space on the sides of the medicine cabinet prevents knocking small items over when you reach in to grab something else. Note: Having the tiny clock on the shelf helps me keep track of time when I’m getting ready in the morning.
An over-the-door shoe bag works wonders for extra storage.
I have a thing for velcro curlers.
I used an over-the-door shoe bag for bigger items that had no home: hair curlers, styling products and tools, space for guests to stash their toiletries, etc. There’s not a lot of floor space for shelves or bins, so this works wonders.