The Crazy Suburban Mom: I'm storage challenged....

Monday, November 9, 2009

I'm storage challenged....


I have a departure from retro Tuesday all week long because I need a little help. I have a downstairs powder room that is storage-challenged. Or maybe it's me that's storage-challenged? Anyway, I like the design and it looks pretty good on the surface but there's not enough room and the storage there is, is painfully inefficient.


bathroom

See?

bathroom1

This big cavern is useless. What are you supposed to do with something like that? To be honest, I know it looks sort of roomy in there but I'm low on toilet paper at the moment. Normally, there's about 10 rolls (and no, I'm not kidding.)

The other thing is...

bathroom2

This is across from the toilet. It houses ...well, stuff. Magazines, make-up,
the flat iron. It's kind of gotten to be our 'check your face' station
before leaving the house. And since my son's been living here only on the week-end it's gotten worse.

His hair is kind of high maintenance.

So, I really don't want to redo the bathroom, I like the style. But I need to integrate attractive and efficient storage especially under that sink. I have a feeling I could store so much under there... somehow. So got any thoughts?

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15 Comments:

rachel... 11/9/09, 10:58 AM  

Hmmm... You could add a couple plastic storage bins under the sink and stack the TP rolls around the bins. With those wicker drawers, it seems that you do have enough SPACE, maybe you don't need as much STUFF in your bathroom? You could always add some shelving above the toilet, too.

The Crazy Suburban Mom 11/9/09, 11:21 AM  

Rachael - I'm afraid of bins! They seen to end up being black holes of stuff because I'm not a very organized person and tend to lose track of whats in what. And I agree - we should have enough space. I think since that bathroom started to be used as a quick stop for last minute checks it got to be a problem.

ladyjanewriter 11/9/09, 11:47 AM  

Basket next to the toilet for magazines. I found a narrow one with handles (actually...I found it when I was dumpstering, on top of clean stuff, rinsed it just in case, and febreezed the hell out of it). It works just great.

Vonlipi 11/9/09, 11:50 AM  

I bought plastic shelves that adjust around the pipes.

And maybe a magazine rack that clips on you toilet tank, I have one as well...lol

oh I also have a toilet paper hanging rack, quite nice in cotton, It's right next to the toilet, so the paper is always handy :)

The Crazy Suburban Mom 11/9/09, 12:07 PM  

I'm getting the idea that a place for magazines other than the wicker thing might be the way to go - and everyone has some good ideas. I've never heard of plastic shelving that clips on to pipes? Do tell!

What am I going to do what that cavern under the sink? It's just so much wasted space. And really it's not just under there...Ive got one just like it upstairs - a double one upstairs and a big mess of one under the kitchen sink which is probably useless because there is a garbage disposal and a garbage can...

And don't even get me started on my pantry and closets...

The Crazy Suburban Mom 11/9/09, 12:07 PM  

And laundry room...

Elizabeth a.k.a. Type A Mommy 11/9/09, 1:44 PM  

I so wish I had some ideas I could share with you. The only thing I've got is that my husband got some kind of shelf things for under our bathroom sink, and that did help somewhat - it was a kit, especially for use under the sink, and I'm able to store more in our bathroom as a result. He got it at Lowe's, I'm pretty sure. Good luck!

@eloh 11/9/09, 3:11 PM  

I am just so sick of being old. I had one of my longest ever comments... pushed the button and guess who wasn't "signed in" gone all gone.

I'll just try to pick up on the tail end of my thought.

I wish you had given us a budget....

New vanity with drawers down the side, or side shelf in old one. ADD: Tall, shallow cupboard where wicker is now.

What I would do...

Kitchen section of building supply house.

Base cabinet with large drawers, height and depth to match vanity and width to fill space.

Top with either matching counter top or go for a wood/marble piece of furniture look.

Above a shallow cabinet that matches base. Small under cabinet lighting would set it off.

Go for the old dry sink commode antique look, or modern custom cabinet. The trim can tie it all together and make it look like a very expensive piece of furniture.

The Crazy Suburban Mom 11/9/09, 3:16 PM  

eloh - You know I just changed the comment thing - I think this has happened to other people. I made it easier to comment. But yes, fabulous ideas but I have um, well....Look at it this way - I've been without a car for over 50 days. Guess what my budget is?

Yeah, pretty much I don't have any funds or I would have wheels. (And I've not even talked about the scary noises my fridge is making but I'm trying to ignore that)

That said, you are absolutely right about drawers. (and everything - good taste, gal) I watch HGTV and drawers are it. They seem to work better than any under sink storage I've seen...

Rose :: FineCraftGuild dotcom 11/9/09, 4:13 PM  

I had to laugh when I read your title. Well, I can identify!! We just moved ...

Anyhow: to the rescue: yesterday at IKEA I spotted really cute, open-worked metal, in-cabinet stacking shelves. One is a square of say 9x9 inch, and there's one half that, which goes on top of the first one. They are sturdy and about US$5-6 each. They are probably meant to store your pretty coffee cups in stacks, however, I don't see why you could not move them into this space here.
It will transform that 'below the sink- scenario', into a cabinet you will want to open!

btw if/when you hop over to my blog, do submit a holiday craft at the 'contest/roundup', posted just a few days ago...

@eloh 11/9/09, 4:19 PM  

Alright then, I told you what I would do.... NOT what I did. I live at well, Rancho's budget is zero in the fancy pretty sure would be nice category.

Without knowing the dimensions it's hard to name a price, somewhere in the forty dollar range. I am assuming you have tools.

12 inch pine boards, two 8foot and two 12 or 16 foot cut for bottom, top, and shelves. Trim out the face and exposed side. Paint or strain it. Later, depending on wood prices, cut and attach doors or.....do you have a discount building supply house? buy four used doors.

It is do able. Start with the shelves (bookcase) and just add as you can...trim, finish doors.

Six Feet Under Blog 11/9/09, 5:53 PM  

Good luck with that project. I have a total storage problem so I cant help-lol!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) 11/9/09, 10:29 PM  

If you resolve your storage issues, can you pretty please post what you end up doing? I need all the help I can get - I have similar issues to yours! :)

mama-face 11/10/09, 9:20 AM  

bahaha. I see nothing wrong with the situation. Does that tell you anything? :)

The Crazy Suburban Mom 11/10/09, 10:13 AM  

Eloh - oh, man .... I've seen shows that say how easy this is and I guess in the grand sceme of my life I've done harder. say birthing a human and all. But right now that feels so daunting.

I think Im just a weenie!

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