It’s a small area compared to the rest of your house, but your shower is an important spot. Most time spent in the shower is rushed as you try to get out the door in the morning; however, you can’t do anything quickly when you can’t find what you need and you’re tripping over the items stored on the floor. That’s when you need to stop and carve out some time to organize your shower so it works best for you.
Let the Decluttering Begin
You might not think there’s a lot to declutter in your shower. After all, it’s a pretty confined space. Many people, however, are surprised at just how much “stuff” they have crammed into a shower. “Even ruthless purgers tend to hold on to lotions and potions for too long,” Roopika Malhotra writes on the Real Simple website. “Throw out anything that smells or looks funny or that you know is well past its prime.”
If you’re not sure if an item is past its prime, check the “period after opening” label. It’s a number followed by the letter M. That number indicates the number of months the product is effective after it’s opened. If the product is beyond its effectiveness date, toss it out.
If you have more than one of an item, store it in another location. For example, keep one bottle of shampoo in the shower and store additional bottles in the medicine cabinet or under the sink. This will help minimize the clutter and help you keep your shower organized.
Sharing a Shower
Whether it’s a roommate, a sibling, or a spouse, chances are you share a shower with someone else. Everyone has their own hygiene needs, and you might need different products than the person you share the shower with. However, maintaining organization in a shower will only happen if you work together.
“Multiple people in one shower means multiple bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash. You can try to pile these items on the sides and bottom of the shower, but it crowds space and just leads to clumsiness and confusion,” writes Chanti Burnette of Ideal Home Garden. Burnette recommends a shower caddy to solve this problem. “Purchase one with two shelves, so your items can stay separate, and you’ll have equal storage space.”
Items that don’t fit on your shower caddy shelf can be transferred back and forth using a portable shower caddy. A tote bag with several compartments is a great option because it’s easy to carry and you can easily store it under a sink or in another closet when you don’t need it.
Add Storage With a Shower Caddy
A caddy is a genius solution to add extra storage to any shower. “You can use caddies to store everything from shampoo and conditioner bottles to shaving supplies to toothbrushes and bath toys,” writes John Yates of HGTV. “Look for deep pockets and baskets to keep knickknacks from slipping out of the caddies and underfoot.”
There are several types of highly-versatile shower organizers. They’re available at just about any store, and you can find them in almost any price range. According to Chloe Wilson of Get Set Organized, common caddies include:
- Wall Suction Organizer – an array of baskets, caddies, and organizers that stick to the wall of the shower via suction cups. Your shower wall must be smooth for these to work.
- Hanging Organizer – caddies that hang over the shower head. These provide additional shelving in showers where there’s not a lot of room.
- Tension Pole Organizer – shelving or baskets attached to a long pole that expands between the shower/tub and the ceiling to hold the organizer in place. This is best used in the corner of a shower.
If you’re looking for a creative shower caddy, consider a multi-tiered metal fruit basket. These usually hang in a kitchen and are used to store produce, but Malhotra says they also work well for small showers. “When placed in the shower, the open rungs of the three-tier hanging basket allow loofahs and bath toys to dry over the tub,” she writes.
No matter the type of shower caddy you choose, make sure it’s made of a wire or plastic mesh material so water can drain easily.
Shower organization is a quick task and all the supplies you need are budget friendly. No matter the size of your shower, or who you share the shower with, you can make your shower as efficient as you are.
 Roopika Malhotra, “The Ultimate Bathroom Organizer,” Real Simple, http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/bathroom/ultimate-bathroom-organizer-00000000011490/index.html
 Chanti Burnette, “7 Tips for Sharing a Bathroom With a Roommate,” Ideal Home Garden, http://www.idealhomegarden.com/bathrooms/bathroom-sharing-tips/
 John Yates, “Organizing Your Shower,” HGTV, http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/organizing-your-shower/index.html
 Chloe Wilson, “25 Bathroom Organization Ideas,” Get Set Organize, http://getsetorganize.com/25-bathroom-organization-ideas/
 Roopika Malhotra, “The Ultimate Bathroom Organizer,” Real Simple, http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/bathroom/ultimate-bathroom-organizer-00000000011490/page8.html