Organizing a Tiny Bathroom Closet

organizing a tiny bathroom closet, wallpaper, wrapping paper, new use,

I had something completely different planned for today, but the mood struck me and I got to work on something else. I wandered in to clean the bathroom when suddenly I “practically” had a vision to redo my bathroom closet. I call it a closet because it has a door, but it’s more like a niche being only 6 inches deep and about 18 inches wide. I have this habit of trying to store as much stuff as I possibly can, but in an effort to delineate my space I am starting to come around to the idea that it’s OK to store just a few things on a shelf instead of jamming as much as will physically fit. Just because it fits doesn’t mean it works.

organizing a tiny bathroom closet, wallpaper, wrapping paper, new use, I started like any organizing project and removed everything including the shelves. I wanted to hang this gorgeous wrapping paper that I picked up at World Market sort of like wallpaper, but I wanted it to be temporary because I have this thing for changing my mind…it’s a curse. The idea was to cover a past project that I am not particularly proud of, the sad, sad quatrefoils. The stencil I handmade a while back was gorgeous, but my lack of stenciling knowledge lead to poor results. For the wrapping paper I tried four different adhesives: double sided tape, a ZIG pen, Museum Putty and washi tape. None of the tape or glues liked the wrapping paper with the exception of the wash tape, it adhered and it won’t leave a residue which is a bonus. But, I do have to tell you I dropped that dang ZIG pen five hundred times. Once I got the paper up the way I wanted I wiped down all the shelving and put them back up.

My favorite part was getting rid of stuff and making faces at myself as I wondered why I still had some of the things that I did. I got rid of some odds and ends, some found new homes around the house and some made their way back into the “niche” but were placed with more thought. I brought in some pretty storage baskets and clear containers to shake it up a notch. I brought in a tray from the kitchen that I never use for my perfumes and makeup brushes:

organizing a tiny bathroom closet, wallpaper, wrapping paper, new use, organizing a tiny bathroom closet, wallpaper, wrapping paper, new use, organizing a tiny bathroom closet, wallpaper, wrapping paper, new use, organizing a tiny bathroom closet, wallpaper, wrapping paper, new use, For my blow dryer and flat iron I used a basket that has been on my nightstand and they now fit so much more nicely and it looks pretty too. For everything else I used some small clear trays to keep everything tidy and corralled. The closet was so girly at this point that I had to do one more thing; I brought in one of my favorite candles: Tocca in Havana.

organizing a tiny bathroom closet, wallpaper, wrapping paper, new use, Now I don’t care for the way the Tocca candles burn so I just keep unlit candles in closed spaces to make them smell lovely.

There are a couple of other things I want to do in the closet, but for an afternoon project I’m pretty well pleased and now I have a lovely niche closet that I am proud of.

organizing a tiny bathroom closet, wallpaper, wrapping paper, new use,  Organizing a tiny bathroom closet was a fun and worthwhile project that took just an hour and half and luckily I still had time to clean the bathroom, but I didn’t have time to make these lovelies. Do those not look absolutely amazing?! Before I go we have a winner for the Spring has Sprung Giveaway!!! Anna from This Thing Called Life. Congrats Anna! Well my dears that’s it for today, but come back Friday for a fun new giveaway! Have a happy hump day!

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  1. Kyleigh @ Petite Chouette says:

    Heather! I LOVE that wrapping paper. It’s so beautiful with the gold accents… And I love the idea that it’s removeable. More and more my fiance and I are talking about renting and I’m always so concerned with the drab coloring and this is such a great alternative to wallpaper. Did you do the loopy-tape trick to hang your paper or is there such a thing as a clear washi tape so it’s not obviously hanging up by tape? Haha, thanks for the inspiration!

    • Heather says:

      Yeah I did the loopy thing! Hehehe! Although, I noticed it slipping last night so I used some of those tacks that looks like upholstery tacks. LOL My paper just didn’t like adhesives! This would be great for a rental! Thank you Kyleigh!

  2. Easy Life Meal & Party Planning says:

    Stopping by from Finally Friday party. I love the paper background it is really pretty. I just cleaned my linen closet the other day and same thing I can’t believe the things I keep and how I keep buying the same thing over and over – how many sunscreens do you really need (pretty sure it isn’t 8).

    • Heather says:

      Thank you for coming over! :D Haha that’s awesome, it’s hard to believe how many things we hang on to! Life just gets busy I guess! LOL

  3. Ginnie says:

    This is so pretty with the paper! I would love to try this with my closet one day – the current on is too full to see the back;) The joy of tiny apartments!

  4. Julia says:

    I thought it looked quite orderly before. :) But your makeover made it look lovely. I’m not naturally organized at all, so both versions are inspiring!

  5. Marti says:

    What a great idea!! Love wrapping paper idea. so much easier to switch out. yeah something about wall paper that just reminds me of the 70’s yuck.
    Love your little closet

    • Heather says:

      OMG yes! I remember when my parents bought there house and there was soooo much 70s wallpaper everywhere! It was def yuck! Thank you Marti!

  6. Adrienne says:

    Love the wrapping paper to pretty things up. I think that is such a fun surprise when you open a closet door. I hate to say this but even your before pic looks pretty well organized! At least compared to my closets. Pinning. Come and link up on Thursday to Be. You. Tiful Link party.

    • Heather says:

      Thank you Lucy! I tried the ZIG pen and it didn’t work well, the washi tape worked OK but I noticed after a few days that it was trying to come down so…I used some pretty thumbtacks, the kind that look like upholstery tacks. I need to do an update on it.

  7. Erlene says:

    I change my mind all the time and I love things that you can change out easily. Love the idea of using the paper in your closet and I think I may have to do this for our medicine cabinet. Just for me to look at :-) Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday linky party.

  8. Cheri says:

    Well, I used to use left over christmas wrapping paper as shelf paper, but never thought about doing the wall behind the shelves! Unique idea…will have to give it a try!

  9. Kristy gd says:

    Your bathroom closet looks like my bedroom closet! Ok, so mine’s a bit deeper, but not by much. You did a lovely job of organizing it, and I’m smitten with the idea of using unburnt candles to liven up the scent! Thanks for stopping by the Creative Spark party!

  10. Shana says:

    Wow! That looks great! These are some awesome tips! The wallpaper gives it a whole new feel! I don’t have a bathroom closet but this makes me want to install one! Stopping by from Wake Up Wednesday thanks for linking up with us!

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