The Bottle Battle: Combat the Accumulation of Toiletries in the Bathroom

Keeping our bathrooms tidy is a difficult task at the best of times, made all the more challenging by the sheer amount of personal hygiene and grooming products we are expected to stock up on. As consumers, we understand the need for each bottle – the shampoo to clean our hair, the conditioner to smooth its texture, the shower gel with a carefully-selected scent which caters to our specific mood or time of day, day cream, night cream, sun cream, bubble bath – the list is endless. So, where on earth are we supposed to store all these apparently-essential items?

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The average-sized bathroom cabinet is often too small to house some of the most common toiletry product packaging. Even wall-mounted cabinets , which are larger than average, are sometimes overcome by the sheer amount of preening potions we need to keep, especially in a family home where everyone uses something different – Dad’s shaving foam, Mum’s moisturiser, Teenager’s acne cream, Baby’s lotion, etc. Some bathrooms simply don’t allow for masses of furniture due to space restrictions. So, what is the solution?

Thankfully, there are several. Some bathroom designs can incorporate storage into the basic fixtures of your bathroom, for example with combined basin cabinets or mirrored cabinets. Bathroom designers now tend to put more creativity into such items, and sleek and modern models are now available on the market.

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For others, the simple addition of some chrome accessories provide space to keep all your products. For instance, under the sink or bath corner racks do wonders to keep your daily essentials in reach but out of the way. Even something like a wall-mounted toilet brush holder would clear some floor space to make way for other things.

And if your bathroom does start to look a bit too crowded, the simple addition of a well-placed mirror will create the illusion of space. Choose a mirror with a shelf, and it will even provide another storage solution. Before you know it, you will have created places to store all your bathroom products without reducing the amount of space in your bathroom.

Other solutions to look out for include products with packaging designed to make life in the bathroom that little bit easier, such as shower gels with hooks, or sticky pads for temporarily fixing bottles to bathroom tiles.

Vidal Sassoon famously attempted to reduce the amount of products we use at shower time with his Wash “n” Go formula which was shampoo and conditioner combined. Sadly, the trend didn’t really take, but the idea itself identified this problem of multiple product use in bathrooms all over the world.

When it comes to toiletries then, it appears we are set in our ways. For as long as we are unwilling to sacrifice a single product we use on a regular basis, our bathrooms will be crowded. However, it is nice to know that the answers are out there – it’s just a case of knowing where to look.

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