From classy to cramped, the cosmopolitan life in New York can be a hassle for many people. Not everyone can live in a spacious two-bedroom flat like Dakota Fanning. Most New Yorkers are like Felice Cohen, the Manhattan resident who lives in a 90 square foot apartment. When you add roommates to the list, it makes simple things like using the bathroom even more hectic. Take a step back and talk with your roommates or family about helpful ideas to keep everyone happy while sharing the throne.

The most important issues when sharing a space are making sure that there is equal allocation of bathroom time as well as maintaining cleanliness and organization. Roomies need to keep a strict schedule of bathing times and chores. Plan an agreed upon bathroom agenda around everybody’s different timetables and keep the schedule clearly posted. Here is a short list of some New York City stores that can help your bathroom stay clean an organized.

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Personal tote for each household member

Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In order to keep the living space neat, tidy, and running smoothly, every member of the household needs to be organized. Most people who have experienced dorm living know the shower caddy is a handy tool for keeping personal bath items such as shampoos, conditioners, lotions, gels, and makeup organized for quick and efficient use. A sail-cloth bag with multiple pockets on the exterior and a large center compartment is perfect for each person to tote their personal items in and out of the bathroom. There are enough pockets to keep all of the items neatly arranged in their own space.

A reserved towel hook for everyone

Price: Orbinni Over Door Rack $18.99
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Every household member requires a place to hang a towel and bathrobe. Towel bars can tend to take up a lot of wall space, leaving towels clumped together and robes thrown on the floor. To avoid this, consider using hooks. For those who don’t want to add another hole in the wall or who are reluctant to damage a tiled wall, there are over-the-door hooks that come as single hooks or in groups of up to six double hooks. Hooks take up minimal room and affords each individual an appointed place to hang his or her towel and bathrobe neatly without infringing on others.

Corner shower shelves with a space for all

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Price: Interdesign Forma Stainless Steel Tension Caddy $79.95
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tools are not needed. Simply fit this shower caddy in the tub with its built-in tension rod. This works well where you do not want to, or cannot, put holes in walls to attach shower shelves and soap dishes. Neatly tucked in the corner with a stainless vertical rod and four horizontal stainless pocket-like shelves, this unit provides a specific space for each individual household member to keep their own personal items in the shower. This unit is also easily movable for trouble-free bathroom cleaning.

Spacesavers are wonderful for small bathrooms

Price: Southern Enterprises Reflections Spacesaver BT3521 $89.99
Hours: Mon to Wed – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thurs – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Every inch of wall space in the bathroom should be taken advantage of for storage needs. The wall over the toilet is the perfect place for shelving. Every member of the home can have a personal shelf to keep his or her own bathroom needs. Spacesavers provide instant shelving over the toilet with no need for special installation. These units are furniture pieces that come in a variety of styles, finishes, and materials. There are open shelve options as well as shelves with cabinet doors. Whether you choose wood or attractive metal, a spacesaver provides purpose and beauty to the bathroom.

Bathroom furniture combines aesthetic value with functionality

Price: Lace Cut Bath Cabinet – white $399
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Even when many folks are sharing a single bathroom, there is still a desire to keep the room attractive. There is no need for embarrassment when guests pop by. If you have the space, add a beautiful cabinet to provide storage and add a touch of class. Bath cabinets are made specifically as furniture in small enough sizes to fit neatly into a bathroom. They come in wood or metal finishes, a variety of heights and doors providing closed storage or open shelves. There are even cabinets with a combination of both doors and shelves. Bath cabinets turn a bathroom into a room, making the focal point a piece of furniture instead of a toilet, while also providing valuable storage space.

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Carol Ruth Weber began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer and segued into the world of Interior Design. As an interior designer she has twenty-eight years of experience in all phases of the business. You can read more of her work on and she can also be contacted at WeberLifeDesign.