Storage space in a bathroom is almost always at a premium. Even more so when you barely have enough room to turn around when the door is shut! Yes, I've had a bathroom this small - where a pedestal sink and a narrow tub barely fit in the room. In my case, I didn't even have a linen (or any other type of) closet anywhere close to the bathroom. I had to be very selective about what I chose to keep in the bathroom and what was stored elsewhere and brought into the room when needed.
If you've read some of my other posts, you know I stress thinking vertically. You have more than just your floor space. Add shelves, if possible. When you do, though, also purchase some containers that fit on the shelves to store things out of site. If you can't put shelves on the wall because the door bangs into them, or you'll hit your head when you get out of the shower, think about adding shelves in the wall between the studs. A wall niche like the one shown here from Amazon can be helpful. Or, you can just build your own. Of course, the shelves would only be about 3 inches deep, but you do a lot with that space.
Don't forget the back of the door. Use hooks here for towels or bathrobes. Or, instead, you could use an over-the-door shoe organizer for extra storage here. Just make sure whatever product you use can be easily cleaned - whether it can be wiped down with all-purpose cleaner, or thrown in a washing machine. Small bathrooms especially are prone to excess moisture, which can lead to mildew if there isn't sufficient ventilation.
If you have a pedestal sink, you can purchase an organizer that wraps around the pedestal. This is open storage, but every little bit counts. To have some closed storage, you might be able to use an over-the-toilet shelf. Sometimes, these won't work because of how close the sink or bathtub might be to the toilet - so make sure you measure before purchasing. Look for units that have doors or drawers in them.
Consider shower or bathtub options, too. You can find storage units that use tension rods from the tub to the ceiling. These can work well - just remember to remove them and clean under and around them. Otherwise, find caddies that hang over the shower head. Most suction cup caddies don't hold enough weight and tend to be more trouble than they're worth.
I feel like I just got the tip of the iceberg here, but I hope this helps! Do you have other ideas? Let me know what you're struggling with in your small space.
Jennifer Raschig loves to share thoughts on creating restful spaces and presenting your best self every day.