Small bathroom storage ideas – What’s the biggest compromise you’re going to have to make when you buy an RV? Chances are, if you’re a woman, it’s going to be the bathroom.
Your RV may have a full bathroom, split bathroom or heaven forbid, a wetroom; but either way, it’s going to be smaller than what you have in your house or apartment. And in many cases, significantly smaller!
But here’s my take on the RV life… the joy of RVing is in traveling. Exploring new places, meeting new people, being in the outdoors, trying new things, enjoying nature, relaxing, spending time with your loved ones.
I don’t suppose you’d go RVing if all you wanted to do was to impress people with your flawless make-up or expertly styled hair. I could be wrong; but I’m gonna hazard a guess that you’re the type of person for whom a bathroom serves a purpose and as long as it does so without too much mess, inconvenience or frustration, then it’ll do. Am I right?
So here you are with this tiny bathroom, but even though you’re a no-fuss woman (well, let’s just say ‘less-fuss’ than most other women) there are still things that you need to store in the bathroom, so you’re going to have to get clever and strategic about it.
Here’s some small bathroom storage ideas that I’ve found around the internet that may be helpful to you.
Okay, so first up, if you have a cabinet in the bathroom, you gotta organise that thing.
Shelves built around the drain pipe – under the sink is an awkward space with the drain pipe in the way, so you’ll need to build some custom shelving around it.
From the master of home organisation, IdeaStand.com
Or take it a step further and add drawers as well, like Pink Toes and Power Tools has done above.
Hang stuff on the inside of the cabinet door
How organised is this! PolishedHabitat.com has got bathroom organisation down to a fine art!
You can buy stick on baskets like the ones above here.
Round the Toilet
Use the space above the toilet for extra storage
Add shelves or baskets right above the toilet like ‘A Little Closer‘ has done above, is the perfect way to ass some storage space to the bathroom.
Shelves on either side of the toilet
If you’ve got wasted space around the toilet, use it for storage. The picture above is from a tiny house (from TinyHouseBlog.com) but it’s a good idea, and it may be an idea you could use for your RV.
The one thing you can’t go without…
Get creative with toilet paper storage
Found on Ecoisms.com
The Bargain Blonde uses an Ikea plastic bag dispenser as a perfect toilet roll holder inside the cabinet door.
Alejandra puts spray bottles up on to a tension road which frees up space in the cabinet for a basket of toilet paper.
Three coffee cans taped on the inside can be used for toilet paper behind or beside the toilet, to save space in the cabinet. Source: Pinterest
In the shower
A soap dispenser means that you can do away with a shelf or shower caddie and instead have everything in this tidy unit. You can buy dispensers like the one above here.
Shower Pocket Organizer
These make me think of share houses from my younger days, where there’d be 4 or 5 people sharing a house and everyone had their own body wash, shampoo and conditioner. There were always dozens of bottles in the bathroom and I’m sure half of them were empty! But if you’ve got a lot of products that are needed in the shower, this might just be the way to go for you. You can buy shower pocket organizers here.
My hope is that you can use some of these ideas for your own RV bathroom, or at least they will give you some inspiration for storage space. In all of my looking at RVs, I find that the newer ones are getting better and better and making the most of all the available space, so these ideas may be more useful for renovations of older RVs or conversions from buses or vans.
On a side note: I’m hoping we won’t have too much trouble with our bathroom storage needs; I’m not a girly girl with loads of makeup or hair products and the biggest eye-opener I’ve had in the last year, is that I don’t need shampoo or conditioner! I decided to try the ‘no-poo’ experiment and my hair LOVES it. I’ve got very thick and curly hair and I’ve struggled to tame my fly-away hair all my life. Since I stopped using shampoo and conditioner my hair is shiny, healthy and not nearly as frizzy! (I do wash it! I wash it every couple of days with just hot water, giving my scalp a good scrub with my fingers. But I don’t use any product. Every couple of weeks I’ll using baking soda to wash it, and then use apple cider vinegar as a bit of a conditioner.) So there’s two big bottles of product that I no longer have to worry about; and my hair loves me for it. 🙂
How have you organised your RV bathroom? We’d love to see your small bathroom storage ideas.