Organizing a Tiny Bathroom Closet

April 30, 2014

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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

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 washi tape, it adhered and it won’t leave a residue which is a bonus. Once I got the paper up the way I wanted, I wiped down all the shelving and put them back up.

UPDATE!!! Eventually the washi tape failed, so I simply used a couple of domed thumbtacks to hold the gift wrap up – they don’t protrude much and because this is inside of a closet, you don’t even notice them!

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: domed thumbtacks.

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.

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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?!

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  • Reply Grandmother April 30, 2014 at 6:26 am

    What a clever idea!

  • Reply Kyleigh @ Petite Chouette April 30, 2014 at 8:59 am

    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!

    • Reply Heather May 1, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      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!

  • Reply Rachel @ Craving some Creativity April 30, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Love, Love, Love this! I honestly think you just inspired me to wallpaper my closets.

    • Reply Heather May 1, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      It’s funny how lovely touches in unusual spaces are so appealing! I like little pops like that the most! :D Thanks Rachel

  • Reply Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods May 1, 2014 at 7:05 am

    I adore that wallpaper/wrapping paper! So very pretty! Opening that door just might turn me into a morning person. Maybe…

    {big hugs}
    ~ Ashley

    • Reply Heather May 1, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Almost not quite for me too! :D Thanks Ashley!

  • Reply Nancherrow May 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Much better! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


    • Reply Heather May 2, 2014 at 2:33 am

      Thanks Alison! I enjoy opening that closet like no ones business!

  • Reply Easy Life Meal & Party Planning May 2, 2014 at 8:21 am

    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).

    • Reply Heather May 2, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      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

  • Reply Mindie Hilton May 2, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Want to come over and help me organize my closet? It doesn’t hurt to ask, lol. Looks great.

    • Reply Heather May 2, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Oh my gosh yes! I love organizing other people’s things! :D Thanks Mindie!

  • Reply Thistle May 2, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Love the wrapping paper! What a fun transformation on your closet!

    Happy day friend!

    • Reply Heather May 3, 2014 at 4:05 am

      Thank you Karianne! Same to you dear!

  • Reply Ginnie May 3, 2014 at 10:24 am

    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!

    • Reply Heather May 5, 2014 at 1:41 am

      Thank you Ginnie! Oh I know teeny tiny closets! :D

  • Reply Julia May 4, 2014 at 10:36 am

    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!

  • Reply Amy @ItsAMindfulLife May 4, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Heather!
    Looks great! Also love the wallpaper in the background- such a great idea! Stopping in from the Say G’Day Saturday Party.

  • Reply Jess May 5, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I always love your color choices! So vintage and adorable!

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

    • Reply Heather May 5, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Aww thanks Jess! You bet!

  • Reply Marti May 5, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    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

    • Reply Heather May 7, 2014 at 11:23 am

      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!

  • Reply Theresa @DearCreatives May 6, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Looks great I love the colors! Thanks for sharing at the party @DearCreatives Theresa

  • Reply Adrienne May 6, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    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.

    • Reply Heather May 7, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Awww! Me too, nothing brightens my day more than a pretty something that’s unexpected! Thank you Adrienne! I will be there!

  • Reply Lucy Beth Greene May 6, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I love what you did! So, to make sure I got it right, you just used gift wrap and a ZIG pen to make “wallpaper”? SO COOL!!!

    • Reply Heather May 6, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      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.

  • Reply Gloria // Simply Gloria May 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Heather, I’m in love with your little bathroom closet! I have a door in my bathroom with the door on it and you’ve totally inspired me! Such gorgeous pictures, by the way!

    • Reply Heather May 7, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Thank you Gloria! You always make my day!

  • Reply Erlene May 7, 2014 at 4:46 am

    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.

    • Reply Heather May 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Us mind changing gals! LOL :D Oh yes! I hope you show it off when you finish it! Thank you Erlene!

  • Reply Cheri May 7, 2014 at 10:15 am

    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!

    • Reply Heather May 7, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Oooh, I need to line some shelves now! :D Thanks Cheri!

  • Reply Kristy gd May 7, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    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!

    • Reply Heather May 8, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      Oof that’s a tiny closet! Thank you Kristy!

      • Reply Kristy gd May 9, 2014 at 6:22 pm

        Yeah… and I share it with my husband. It’s insane! The only way we get by is by using those hangers that stack!

        • Reply Heather May 10, 2014 at 4:20 am

          Oh my goodness! I don’t know if I could share! Hehe I bet, that’s the only way! :D

  • Reply Kaz @ Melting Moments May 8, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I wish my cupboards were as pretty as yours :) lovely!

  • Reply Shana May 9, 2014 at 6:45 am

    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!

  • Reply Lora@Craftivity Designs June 13, 2014 at 9:29 am

    That wrapping paper is a beautiful choice… and I love finding people like me who have so much fun organizing a closet, haha. :)

    • Reply Heather June 15, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      :D I think that a closet is one of the best places to organize and add fun touches! Thank you Lora!

  • Reply Leslie November 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Those colors pop. I love it. Everything is so organized.

  • Reply Leigh Powell Hines November 5, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    That looks so nice. I admire your organization.

  • Reply Natalie November 5, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    So pretty! This project goes to show you that it isn’t the amount of space that you have–it’s what you do with the space that matters!

  • Reply Emily Ardoin November 5, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I’m loving this wallpaper! This has been such a hot trend in home decor lately, and I’m pretty excited by the beautiful designs I see coming out!

  • Reply Megan @ All That Glitters November 5, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Come do mine! It looks so pretty!

  • Reply Brenda @DailyMayo November 5, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Great ideas! It looks awesome!

  • Reply Madison | Wetherills Say I Do November 6, 2014 at 9:23 am

    These are such great tips! Small bathrooms can be frustrating if you don’t know how to organize them effectively!

  • Reply Aleshea Dominique November 6, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Ohh, I really love what you did here. So very creative. I especially love the jars

  • Reply Sherry L March 3, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Such a cute makeover! I’m getting ready to organize our bathroom closet. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Sarah January 5, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Love the wallpaper and such a cute makeover! Great inspiration!

  • Reply Tiffany January 8, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Love the pattern and pops of color from the wallpaper! I’m all about organization this year. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party! Hope to see you again on Sunday night.

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