Functional Zen: Storage Ideas for Your Minimalist Bathroom

The clean lines and calm, soothing nature of minimalist interior design is a great choice for bathrooms. To fully achieve this look, it’s important to find storage options that keep clutter, toiletries and accessories both organized and hidden from view.

Here are a few essential tips for striking that balance in your bathroom.

Minimalist Storage Basics

True minimalist living is all about using only the things you need. This means quality is more important than quantity, freelance writer Justine Harrington points out. Instead of impulsively buying random decor and fixtures for your bathroom, you should take time to decide which elements are truly necessary. Then, invest in high-quality pieces that look great and work well, so that you don’t have to sacrifice style to become more minimalist.

Question every purchase agrees Maria Campbell at Pastels and Macarons. She suggests asking yourself if you really need something before buying it, so that you’ll actually think about how you’ll use the product once it’s in your bathroom. This reigns true for large items and for toiletries and everyday bathroom products: accumulating too many items can reduce the minimalist look you’re aiming for.

To achieve a minimalist space, you’ll need to devise creative solutions to everyday bathroom inefficiencies. Blogger Donella Crigger sets out a number of ideas just for storing and hiding toilet paper, as an example, including a shoe organizer inside of a closet. This allows for easy access, but keeps the extra rolls of toilet paper hidden.

Another idea is installing an open shelf above the bathroom door to store larger quantities of toilet paper. The idea is to give the rolls a specific home that doesn’t add clutter or interfere in the space.

Rachel Lynn at home improvement blog, Queen Bee of Honey Dos, says that mosaic tiles can be used as camouflage to keep extra drawers and shelving hidden. When tiles are used across recessed spaces and built-in drawers, it helps create a cohesive look and maximizes the illusion of space. You could also try this strategy with wood, wallpaper, paint or any other wall decoration that suits your minimalist design preferences.

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Wall Organization

The key to creating a minimalist bathroom is reducing clutter at every opportunity. That’s why Hadley Mendelsohn at MyDomaine suggests installing built-in shelves in the bathroom. Shelves conserve wall space and make a room look bigger while storing essential items at the same time.

Cabinets behind the toilet also provide a simple storage solution that doesn’t obstruct the sense of cleanliness and style in a minimalist bathroom. In particular, Brit + Co style writer Cassandra Ann Vega likes the idea of a cabinet with a sliding barn door. This keeps things looking neat and hidden, but adds a warm and rustic touch if you want to keep your bathroom from a starker, Scandinavian-inspired design.

Another clever idea for wall organization comes from the Organise my House blog. Instead of having jewelry hanging haphazardly on random hooks and overflowing on countertops, keep it hidden behind a picture or mirror. Adding a hinge on one side of the picture can make it easy to open and close. Then, just attach hooks to the wall behind the picture on which you can hang jewelry, watches and other items.

Built-in shelves can also be designed as squares, New Life Bath and Kitchen explains. These are more like cubbies which are better for holding larger items like towels and baskets of toiletries. Cubbies can also be covered with a minimalist door or curtain if you’d like to keep things hidden even further.

Bathtub Storage

The bathtub space provides another excellent opportunity for creating elegant, minimalist storage.

Adding a storage cabinet above the bathtub can look great and allow convenient storage at the same time, Jennifer Baum Lagdameo at Dwell writes. In one example, she shows how creating the storage cabinet using the same material as the floor helps add to the minimalist vibe. The cabinet includes drawers in addition to shelves, all of which are hidden from view.

Architectural Digest home editor Lindsey Mather points to a historic estate in Belgium with a different interpretation of the the minimalist wooden cabinet idea. Here, a wooden cabinet is subtly tucked into a slanted wall on one end of the bathtub, keeping toiletries nearby, yet hidden. The light colored wood in this storage design adds a Scandinavian touch to the minimalist bathroom.

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How to Store Toiletries

Proper toiletry storage is essential if you want to reduce clutter and boost minimalism in the bathroom. You might choose to use small storage containers within a larger one, Dena Beckner at Cultivating Stillness writes. These boxes create a home for everything which, keeping unnecessary clutter off bathroom surfaces. This is especially true for tiny items like hair ties, bobby pins and makeup.

It’s important to separate everyday toiletries from items that you don’t use as much, Lindsay S. Nixon at Happy Herbivore says. She puts all items she doesn’t use everyday, such as first aid supplies and extra toothbrushes for guests, in a single container. Keeping all these small items in a neat little box –– and having a hidden shelf on which to put them –– is an easy way to prevent clutter.

House tour editor Adrienne Breaux at Apartment Therapy agrees that the key to bathroom organization is separating what you use daily from what you use weekly or monthly. She says that drawers in the sink or shelves in the medicine cabinet should be reserved for everyday items, while under-sink storage can hold larger items used on a weekly basis. Once you start to put things under the sink, however, keeping things organized there is a key strategy for achieving minimalist storage.

Lauren Piro at Good Housekeeping recommends a lazy Susan to keep large toiletries accessible under the sink. Storing tall shampoo bottles and bulk soap supplies there makes it easy to restock smaller bottles in the shower and on the sink.

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