Do you dread coming home from the big-box store and not having a clue where to stash the gigantic package of toilet paper that you just bought? Stay calm. There are several smart and savvy ways to make your toilet paper rolls not only accessible but somewhat attractive and matched with your bathroom decor.
Obviously, you can pull out a few rolls to store in the bathroom and place the rest of the large package in your garage or a large utility closet. Because it does not weigh much, toilet paper is easy to place up high and out of the way. There is no need to store a three-month supply in your bathroom cabinets when you really need that space for things like shampoos, soaps, makeup or kids’ bath toys.
If you do not have an out of the way place to store bulk quantities of toilet paper, try one of these solutions. White toilet paper does not scream ”look at me ” when it is stacked against a white wall stored on a high white shelf above a bathroom door, or sitting in a large white bin or basket on the back of a white toilet or on the floor nearby. If you use this method, but your large package contains individually wrapped rolls, be sure to unwrap them before placing them in their white surroundings.
Use the Floor
If you have little or no cabinet space for even a few rolls, there are several standing toilet paper holders that can be placed on the floor that do not take up much precious square footage. One in particular, made by InterDesign, holds the ”currently-in-use roll” and four additional rolls standing at the ready for easy reach by children, the elderly, or guests who do not want to peek into your cupboards for a spare. Other holders stack and hold the same number of rolls and come in a variety of styles and colors - made from metal, plastic or even bamboo – to coordinate with the rest of your bathroom decor.Picture by storables.com
Sky’s the Limit
If a bathroom remodel is on the horizon, be sure to plan for the cabinet space you will need in order to store a fair amount of toilet paper. Vertical pantry-type units can hold a large package of tissue out of the way on the high deep shelves, saving the lower shelves for everyday bath items. As you are designing your new bathroom, you might even want to make an artistic yet functional statement by building in a grouping of niches on the wall above a designer toilet to hold each roll of tissue.
Finally, a fun and decorative way to store your toilet paper is to wrap the individual rolls in colored tissue and place them on a small shelf or on top of the toilet tank. If disguising your ”tissue in tissue” is too much work on a regular basis, give it a try in your powder room during the holidays or when you will be hosting a special event … perhaps yellow for Easter, or pink or blue for a baby shower.
Toilet paper storage in your home will never be convenient or very pretty, but hopefully you can try one of these ideas, or come up with a few creative solutions of your own to deal with one of the necessities of life.
Well, time to look at the coupons from the big-box store. Hmmm, there is a discount on toilet paper – I’d better stock up!
Laura Leist, CPO
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