By Anne B
Happy Thursday, Ramblers! Can you all believe we are only a few days away from March? Part of me is super excited but part of me is filled with anxiety from all the things I need to do before the end of February. So, how am I dealing with this anxiety? By procrastinating the actual stuff I need to do and channelling all of my anxiety through decluttering, organizing, and DIYs. Hey, nobody's perfect right? *Insert shrug emoji*
Anyways, my current shower doesn't have any designated storage area, like a shelf or wall nook, to place all of my bottles and soaps. I was getting tired of seeing all my things cluttered into one corner of the shower, as well as my soaps and the bottom of my bottles never drying nicely. So, I decided to take things off the floor and elevate them a little, aesthetically and, well, literally.
Some of you may have seen different versions of this DIY before because tension rod hacks are quite popular. I was actually inspired by some college dorm hacks where the creators used a tension rod and some baskets to add some storage in their dorm room.
The great thing about this DIY is that you really only need three things, or maybe even zero if you already have these things lying around somewhere!
You will need:
Place your tension rod wherever you want it to go in your shower. Once it is in place and level (you can do that by eye, measuring the height on each side of the rod, or using a leveler), grab the tension rod and GENTLY pull down on it. This is to test if the rod will stay in place. If you see that the rod slides down a little or doesn’t seem like it will hold, remove the rod and make it a little bit longer. By making it a little longer, your rod will have more tension in it and thus will stay in place better.
Once your tension rod is up, grab some S-hooks and your storage! I placed 3 S-hooks for each of my wire baskets, but I think 2 would have been enough! I also placed 2 free S-hooks on the rod. One of them holds a cleaning brush and squeegee and the other holds my konjac sponge.
You can add whatever else you want onto the tension rod. Play around with your storage and the S-hooks! Just make sure all of your things combined aren’t too heavy for your tension rod. The one I’m using says it can hold over 20 lbs, but I am definitely not planning on hanging that much weight. I do think I’m going to add a bit of greenery in the future, though. I have a pothos plant that would look amazing hanging from the rod, but it is currently in a glass jar, and I am way too nervous to hang that. So, I just need to find a hookable, lightweight container for my own peace of mind. I’ve also seen some people hang eucalyptus branches in their showers and that is an aesthetic I aspire to achieve, so I will definitely be keeping an eye out for some eucalyptus.
Well, I hope you all liked this super short and sweet DIY that you can use in your shower, room, kitchen, garage, or anywhere else you can stick a tension rod between two surfaces! Make sure to come back next week for the next blog in the Beginner Sustainable Swap Series! If you haven’t read the first one yet, it tackles the bathroom and pairs nicely with this little DIY.