I have a thing for pretty soap dishes. And I don't use a single one for actually holding soap.
I have a soap dish in the bathroom to collect my hair ties and bobby pins. A second soap dish in the bathroom catches all of the nails and screws that come out of Andy's pockets (hey, it happens when you're married to a farmer).
A soap dish in the kitchen serves as a pretty little pedestal for my dish sponge.
I've also used soap dishes to collect my rings and necklaces. Yes, I realize they make actual jewelry dishes for this sort of thing, but soap dishes are often more interesting, bigger, and on sale at TJ Maxx.
A soap dish on my altar politely holds the jewelry I like to keep there.
Which recently gave me the idea to take that soap dish and make it into its own little altar.
I'm very pleased with the results.
This would work well for anyone who is tight on space, needs to keep their altar quiet or, like me, has children and needs to be able to quickly pick it up and put it out of reach.
My new little soap dish altar is lovely on my desk and is indeed easy to put on top of the bookshelf or inside a drawer when little hands become too curious. I already have plans to collect a few more pretty soap dishes (any excuse, really) to use for themed altars: an altar for a specific dream I'm trying to incubate, an inspiration altar for writing and an altar for divination, to name a few ideas.
You can go even smaller and more discrete than a soap dish and use a jewelry or ring box-- which would also be ideal for traveling!
Do you have any tiny altars? I'd love to see them!