Most of the time when we see a picture of a bath caddy resting across a tub, it is styled with a glass of wine, a book, and sometimes even a candle. They are often featured on gift suggestion lists for mothers and wives. But using a bath caddy to organize your essentials is as practical as it is elegant.
Lining bottles on the edge of the tub makes cleaning more difficult and rarely looks neat and tidy. Some find it hard not to keep adding bottles to the collection as time goes on. A caddy only has room for so many products and can help people who need to declutter because it will organically set limits.
There are many other shower storage options available that cling to the walls or hang from the showerhead. Many of these are difficult to clean or unsturdy. But worst of all, they're usually ugly and/or yet another giant chunk of plastic that will outlive you and everyone in your family. There's a reason for all those wine glass/book/candle photos of caddies -- they're a more sophisticated option. And there are plenty of designs available that provide practical storage, not just a book holder.
First, of course, you'll need to curate the products you want to store. Your bath caddy will only be as attractive as your display of shampoos, soaps, etc. No one is suggesting you buy your body wash exclusively for its packaging (although that is part of what we're paying for). But be thoughtful about how you arrange the containers. Consider decanting a product or two into plain glass bottles or travel bottles. Most importantly, if you have products that you don't particularly like and don't usually use, stop storing them in your shower. Give them away or find other uses for them. (Any shampoo will do for cleaning makeup brushes, for example.)
A beautifully styled bath caddy with carefully organized products can also make it easier to keep track of what you need to re-purchase and prevent overshoppers from buying too many new products just to try something new. Because they are within easy reach and have an open design, bath caddies are also easier to keep clean. (Caddies made out of wood should be wiped down every week or so with wood cleaner or a little olive oil.)
Tidy spaces are easier on the eyes and easier to enjoy. You might even be inspired to take one of those apparently magical wine/book/candle baths once your shower area is tidied.
If you live in New York City and you'd like personalized guidance with decluttering and bringing a sense of calm to your home, we're always happy to help at The Modern Tidy. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 917.420.4277.