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Even under the best circumstances, it can be challenging to keep your bathroom properly organized. The problem is compounded when you have a very limited space to work with. Small bathrooms are, by definition, a little light on storage areas, which can make you feel like the room is messy or cramped. The good news is that there are some sensible solutions you can employ to add storage to your small space.

Here are five ideas to consider as you seek to make the most of a small bathroom:

  • Install a cabinet on the wall.
  • Add a storage ladder.
  • Invest in some baskets.
  • Put up a coat rack.
  • Put a shelf over the bathroom door.

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Install a Cabinet on the Wall

What are you doing with the wall space above your toilet? Often, this can be an ideal area to install a cabinet. You can then use this space to store toiletries, some extra rolls of toilet paper, soaps or lotions – you name it.

Wall cabinets are great because they allow you to maximize your vertical space, which is really a must when your bathroom has such a small footprint. Installing a wall cabinet also frees up some storage space on the countertop as well as under your sink.

Add a Storage Ladder

If you don’t have space for a wall cabinet, maybe you do have room for a storage ladder. Again, you can consider placing a storage ladder above the toilet, or in any corner where you have a tiny bit of available space.

A storage ladder opens up a number of opportunities to keep your small bathroom organized. You can hang extra hand towels or other linens, or you can even place some small storage baskets, perfect for things like small bottles of lotion, soap or shampoo. As an added bonus, a storage ladder can give your bathroom a cozy, rustic feel. If that’s the style you’re going for, this is definitely an option to consider.

Invest in Some Baskets

Even if you don’t have the space for a storage ladder, you can still follow the advice with regard to baskets. Get some baskets of all shapes and sizes and look for areas where you can naturally incorporate them into your bathroom decor on the sink, on the back of the toilet and even inside cabinets or under the sink.

This is a very simple yet effective way to keep all your various toiletries and other bathroom items properly organized.

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Put Up a Coat Rack

A coat rack can fit snugly on the wall or even on the back of your bathroom door, providing you with an obvious place to stash robes or to hang wet towels that will otherwise pile up on the floor.

If possible, find a coat rack that has at least five or six hooks, offering you ample storage space and helping your bathroom to feel more spacious, welcoming and accommodating.

It may sound like a small detail, but this is actually a pretty big step toward making your bathroom space feel less cramped and cluttered, and more hospitable.

Put a Shelf Over the Bathroom Door

There’s a narrow strip of space between the top of the door and the ceiling, and often that space goes completely unused. By putting up a shelf over the bathroom door, however, you can actually put those precious inches to good use, potentially stowing extra toilet paper, additional towels or simply some nice pieces of bathroom decor.

Again, it’s all a matter of thinking vertically, and making use of every possible avenue for storage and organization. In a small bathroom, you can’t let any space go to waste.

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Small bathrooms can frustrate, but with a little ingenuity, you can find some surprising avenues for effective storage and make the most of your small bathroom. Use the tips listed above to make sure your bathroom remains impeccably organized at all times.


10 Home Renovations Under $5,000

Renovation options that aren't overly pricey.

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Your house may be due for an update, but that doesn’t mean you have the cash on hand for the necessary renovations. A complete room remodel or significant addition to a home can cost well over $10,000, but you don’t have to spend every penny to make a difference. Whether you’re looking to save up for a larger renovation down the line or simply want to make a big impact with as little money as possible, here’s what you can do with a $5,000 budget.

(The following information is based on national averages and could vary based on the cost of skilled labor where you live.)

Exterior paint

Exterior paint

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For an exterior refresh, a new coat of paint on your house can yield a major transformation for a relatively small price. Even if you don’t select a new color, repainting your siding and trim can make your home's exterior look newer and stand out among other properties in your neighborhood. HomeAdvisor reports that the national average to paint a home exterior is just $2,802. The cost of this project may increase slightly if the type of siding on your home requires additional coats of paint or special materials, but homes two stories or less can likely be painted within a $5,000 budget.

Patio

Patio

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You want the luxury of outdoor living, but you don’t necessarily have the budget for it. A wooden deck, complete with installation and finishing, will likely cost more than $10,000, according to home cost comparison site Fixr. But a patio is a simpler option that can achieve a similar look and feel for a fraction of the cost. Fixr reports that a 12-foot-by-16-foot patio costs, on average, $2,000. Patios are often built with brick, pavers, stone or concrete, depending on personal preference and the optimal material for your local climate and soil.

Interior paint

Interior paint

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Paint is widely considered an inexpensive way to give a home a new look, so why not refresh every room? HomeAdvisor notes that the cost to have the average 10-foot-by-12-foot room painted professionally ranges from $380 to $790. Even at that maximum price, you could cover three bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room and living room within the $5,000 budget. Of course, painting the interior of a home is an easy task for some homeowners. The average cost to paint a home's interior is well within budget at $1,755, according to HomeAdvisor, in part because so many homeowners opt to make the relatively simple project a DIY task. Combined with rearranged furniture and a few new pieces of decor, fresh paint can give the house a completely different feel.

Hardwood floors

Hardwood floors

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Hardwood floors can increase your home's value and are a desirable feature for many homeowners. While hardwood floors may be a pricier alternative to laminate or carpeting, installing them is feasible on a budget. HomeAdvisor reports the national average cost to install new wood flooring is $4,386. Of course, the final cost depends on the size of your home or the space you’re planning to renovate and the flooring material you choose. High-end wood flooring throughout a large floor plan can cost upwards of $10,000, according to HomeAdvisor.

Built-in bookshelves

Built-in bookshelves

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Sprucing up a living room or home office can be a much simpler task than dealing with the plumbing or major appliances you’ll find in a kitchen or bathroom. But if you want to invest in a new focal point for the room you hang out in the most, consider built-in bookshelves. HomeAdvisor reports built-in shelves or cabinets cost, on average, $2,307, with custom design and installation reaching up to about $5,000. Bookcases offer an organization solution while also adding a desirable feature for your home’s future sale.

Kitchen appliances

Kitchen appliances

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If you’re hoping to renovate your kitchen, be aware that a complete overhaul will likely be well beyond a $5,000 budget. The 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, released in January, reports homeowners plan to spend a national median of $11,000 on a kitchen renovation alone. You can, however, tackle the parts of your kitchen that can make a major impact for a cheaper price. For better efficiency, consider new appliances throughout your kitchen. Luxury models can climb in price, but midrange kitchen suites that include a new refrigerator, range, dishwasher and microwave fall under a total of $5,000 for brands such as GE, Samsung, LG and Maytag at Home Depot, before installation and sales tax.

Kitchen countertops

Kitchen countertops

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Another option for refreshing your kitchen for less is replacing your countertops, which can transform the look of the room. According to the Houzz Kitchen Trends study, 93 percent of respondents plan for new countertops in a kitchen remodel, making them the most popular feature to replace. Of course, if you’re looking to install rare Italian marble countertops, you may find yourself with a big bill. But butcher block, engineered quartz, stainless steel, laminate and some types of granite and marble can all be purchased and installed for less than $5,000 for 50 square feet. On average, new countertop installation costs $2,300, according to HomeAdvisor.

Shower or tub replacement

Shower or tub replacement

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Like in the kitchen, a full bathroom remodel will likely exhaust an entire $5,000 budget and more, but a smaller-scale change may give the bathroom a new look that allows you to enjoy it more. Consider replacing your old shower or tub with a new one, which can cost between $400 and $4,500 on average, according to Fixr. Opting to move the location of the shower or purchasing a luxury tub could take you over budget, but a replacement shower with new fixtures and subway tiles could make the bathroom look new again without requiring a deep dive into your savings.

Open floor plan

Open floor plan

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A major change with a high price tag may not be in the cards, but you can achieve maximum impact for less if you decide to embrace the ever-popular open floor plan. The cost to remove a wall varies if it involves electrical or plumbing or if the wall is load-bearing, meaning it’s vital to the structure of your home. Removal of a load-bearing wall in a single-story house averages between $1,200 and $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, and falls within your $5,000 budget with money left over to even out the flooring and repaint. A load-bearing wall in a two-story house may get more expensive, however, reaching as much as $10,000 on average.

Closet system

Closet system

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A new organization system for your closet can make life much easier, and with a clean closet you’re able to splurge and budget on what works best for you. Home improvement professionals network Thumbtack reports a custom closet installation typically costs between $2,000 and $6,000. The type of construction or closet brand you choose can help keep your total bill below $5,000. The Elfa brand from The Container Store, for example, offers custom-design options with pricing based on the cost of each individual piece. You can also choose existing closet designs, such as the Platinum Elfa Walk-In Closet, which is about $2,500 at full price with installation included, based on a 6-foot-by-8-foot closet.

Cost-effective home renovations

Cost-effective home renovations

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Improve your home with these renovation projects for under $5,000:

  • Exterior paint.
  • Patio.
  • Interior paint.
  • Hardwood floors.
  • Built-in bookshelves.
  • Kitchen appliances.
  • Kitchen countertops.
  • Shower or tub replacement.
  • Open floor plan.
  • Closet system.

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Deanna Haas is the director of customer experience at SOLD.com, a first-of-its-kind educational resource and comparison engine for consumers researching and evaluating the many ways to buy or sell a home. SOLD.com’s platform brings traditional agents and disruptive tech models all under one roof.

Haas’ team advises homebuyers and sellers on how to make the most of their experience by connecting them with the optimal agent partner for their needs. With over 10 years of experience in the real estate industry, including previous roles at Zillow and Auction.com, Haas is an expert on the ins and outs of home sales.

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