12 Apr 2013
An extra stash of out of reach toilet paper can only be described as a prelude to embarrassing moments for family and friends in a ‘pinch’.
To avoid potentially awkward situations house three or four additional rolls in the bathroom, in easy to reach holders.
Isabelle De Grandpre, professional organiser and CEO of Neat Freak, shares a few ideas on how to put out backup toilet paper without cluttering your space. Here’s how...
1. De Grandpre advises homeowners to use the back of your bathroom door by adding a hook to the door and placing the extra rolls in a cute bag that can be hung from the hook.
2. She says you could also benefit from a toilet roll hanger on the back of the door, which you can make yourself to suit the décor in your bathroom.
3. Follow general storage solutions by employing the use of small to medium sized baskets. These come in varying shapes and materials from wicker weave hampers with handles, metal or wire bins that you can hang on the wall to colourful plastic holders that can be placed on a shelf.
4. Try a simple angle with vases or storage bowls. You can match these up with your bathroom interior by adding a decorative touch in terms of colour and pattern – for example, a bright green vase with ridges, grooves or swirls.
5. Clearly label an old crate and turn it on its side for a shabby chic storage option. You can hang this on the wall or in the corner of the bathroom, where it can double (if it’s strong enough) as a small table or bathroom bench.
6. A DIY version of a multiple toilet paper holder is one other smart way of keeping a surplus of toilet paper on hand. This could also be a space saving solution if you can get it mounted on your bathroom wall.
The ideal situation involves a long rod, similar to a towel holder, which can be fixed to the wall and replenished whenever needs be.
Lengthy spools can also serve as multiple toilet roll holders.
7. Another idea, says De Grandpre, is to add a small shelf above the cistern, leaving enough space to take off the lid when needed. She says several small shelves above the toilet will give you space for toiler paper, bathroom spray, soap and other bathroom essentials.
8. Built-in storage, which can also be used for an interesting display, can be worked into your bathroom designs. This option also allows you to be creative with your bathroom layout, which can vary from individual cubby holes, a vertical niche in the wall or horizontal wall pockets.
These practical answers will not only keep your bathroom organised but also keep everyone happy, provided that you have the toilet paper supply consistently topped up. – Katlego Sekano
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