A Clever Bathroom Storage Solution: My Lifesaver Drawer by the Toilet

Feb 22, 2024 4:57 pm

I've found storage has always been a big issue. In the beginning, I always had a big mess piled up on the bathroom sink, was running back and forth to the closet where I had the supplies stored, and trying to put on a new outfit. I found an ideal way to deal with this. In most of our bathrooms, we have a small drawer that opens up right beside the toilet. Personally, I sit on the toilet to change my outfit when it is time after a shower. I'm attaching two photos of what I did to the small drawer by my toilet. It is a lifesaver. Good luck, and I wish you well and all the happiness in the world.

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Feb 22, 2024 7:20 pm

The bulk of my supplies are in either dresser drawers or a closet, which I just rearranged and found out I have about 15 months of supplies from my prescription, but I only use a fraction of each month, so my oldest stuff I got in 12/22. I mark the month/year on each box so I use the oldest stuff first. I also keep some remover wipes/spray and deodorant/lubricant on the bathroom counter.

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Feb 22, 2024 7:47 pm

I wish there were room in my bathroom for a cabinet. All I have is under the sink for storage. The towels and washcloths are there.

How in the world did people in the 1930s store stuff?

Morning glory
Feb 22, 2024 8:07 pm

I have a very small drawer in my bathroom. I keep several of my supplies in there as well.

Feb 22, 2024 8:13 pm

You're much more organized than I am. I keep mine in the bottom of my wardrobe. I have a box of tissues with one bag and adhesive remover spray on top of it, ready for my next bag change.

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Feb 22, 2024 10:00 pm

I keep the bulk of my supplies in a tote, in my bedroom closet, and a much smaller amount in a dresser drawer next to the bathroom. I take out the essentials that I need to change my appliance just before doing so. I don't want to store supplies in the bathroom as I'm concerned that the humidity in there might shorten their lifespan. A cool, dry place is best.


Feb 23, 2024 12:06 am
Reply to TerryLT

Ha! Why didn't I think of that!

The hallway here is huge! I can get a plastic cabinet cheap from the thrift store! What a great day today! The test came back with no cancer, and now I know what to do with supplies. Thank you!

Morning glory
Feb 23, 2024 12:26 am
Reply to kittybou

Oh yes, what great news you had. You should share on a separate post.

Feb 23, 2024 4:10 am
Reply to kittybou

Yeah! Happy to hear your good news!


Feb 23, 2024 6:04 am

I use plastic totes from Home Depot.

One huge tote for storage of extra wafers/bags, barrier ring supplies. A medium-sized tote for boxes of remover wipes/spray, support belts, gloves, stoma powder, deodorizer, and lube. And a small tote with wafer change time stuff: ostomy scissors, barrier rings, remover wipes/spray, barrier spray/swabs, bags, gloves, and Cetaphil soap.

Each tote fits on top of the other, smallest tote on top. Push the whole thing into a corner.

Feb 24, 2024 10:13 am

Similarly, I've dedicated a drawer in my bathroom for immediate supplies and keep bulk supplies in a closet.

Mar 12, 2024 11:59 pm

I bought a plastic 3-drawer container dresser type that I keep in the bedroom. I have a hospital bedside table that I keep in the bathroom. I set everything up on that for changing.

May 31, 2024 3:37 pm
Reply to kittybou

I'm using an over-the-door shoe holder on the inside of the linen closet. It saves me a ton of shelf space and makes it really easy to see. I get what I need for a change and lay it on the vanity counter. If I had to use the back of the bathroom door, I'd attach a curtain to the top to cover everything, with maybe a rod or other weights in the bottom to keep it in place.

May 31, 2024 5:32 pm
Reply to Downtown

This house has one closet. It was built in the 1930s. I have my clothes in it. I would love to find an affordable armoire with a bunch of drawers in it and put it in the hallway. That would hold plenty of supplies.

May 31, 2024 7:25 pm
Reply to kittybou

Excellent news about your cancer test.

May 31, 2024 7:32 pm
Reply to AlexT

Good point. I have a huge amount of ostomy supplies. I must begin marking, then using the oldest stuff. Now that I'm on Medicare, I'll get fewer supplies.