I just gave up using a traditional toothbrush / toothpaste holder because I could never fit the folded end of the toothpaste tube in the hole they provide. I bought this cheery flowerpot at Deals for $1. I like the combination of colors on the three items I left out. And I love the lever style sink handle. I can turn the sink on with the back of my wrist if my hands have germs on them.
My husband just bought this shower rack for me. We used to keep the shampoo bottles in a bin on the shower floor, but I prefer this! I used a little white duct tape to keep it snugger against the wall.
We also store big bottles on the towel bar at the other end of the shower. A narrow little basket (which rests on the bar) and a suction cup caddy hold smaller items like razors or tiny bottles that would otherwise fall down.
We had a ceramic soap dish that hung from a bracket that was bolted to the wall. Unfortunately, it fell down and cut my ankle up. I replaced it with this suction cup soap dish, $1 at Deals.
Two other sets of South American bells -- these from Bolivia -- were gifts brought back from mission trips by another two daughters. They hang from the top of the mirror.
The rack below (also seen above) is a very recent gift from a daughter who ordered it from Ten Thousand Villages, a partner of the Mennonite Central Committee. It was created by Cooperative le Semilla de Dios (the seed of God) in El Salvador. The stories of these two fair trade charitable organizations are fascinating, so be sure to click those links and check out their beautiful gift items that benefit the local economies in Third World communities! Did you notice the theme of social justice in Latin America for my dressing area? Yeah, that just all came together nicely. You can't read the poem on that Success poster two pictures up but the last lines are, "To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition, To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success." You can read the rest at A Desk for Mom.
Also in this dressing area, on the floor underneath the counter, are a large basket to hold clean towels and a small bucket to hold used wash cloths and hand towels before laundering. Clean wash cloths and hand towels are stored in the drawer attached to the counter. You can see those here: Organizing and Laundering Your Linens.
We also keep toiletries and personal care in other areas of the bedroom. Some of mine are in this white cabinet that sits on my desk. That's where the Success poster used to hang. My neighbors gave this cabinet to me several weeks ago, and it's just right for making the most use of my space. Small kindnesses like this are such a blessing. What can you do to bless someone else?
And finally, a bit of humor... I found this at Salvation Army for 79 cents, and just hung it up! I guess charity and justice start in the home, in little ways.