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Organizing Your Bathroom Counter

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Bathroom counters are prone to being filled with various products. It can be difficult to find a way to organize these things in manner that makes the products you use daily easily accessible, and also keeps the area to looking tidy. This is a guide about organizing your bathroom counter.
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October 26, 2009

Because we have a couple of our adult children living at home, I find there are too many different bars of soap lying around the bathroom. To keep them tidy and also to give a pretty look to the room I found a way to organize the sudsy mess!

I simply used a country looking container (I like enamelware, so I used a small enamelware piece, you could use a decorative square or rectangle "plate" or a pretty glass piece that you want to display, pewter, etc.) I laid pretty river rocks on the bottom (the bigger ones) on the bottom of the enamelware, and lined the soaps on top of the rocks. They are great for keeping the soap dry and look so nice!

By Joynchocolate from Landisville, PA

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January 14, 20130 found this helpful

That is a pretty idea and I am going to do it too, I love rocks so much! Any new way to incorporate them into my life is a plus for me! Thank you so much for posting!

Blessings, Robyn from Tennessee

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January 14, 20130 found this helpful

Super idea! Easy to keep clean too.

Marg from England.

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January 15, 20130 found this helpful

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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January 15, 20130 found this helpful

What a great idea. I secured my Xmas tree in a beautiful bucket with marble chips and it worked wonderfully. The "chips" are really small rocks. When I get my tree down (soon), I'll use some of the marble rocks for soap dishes! Thanks so much for sharing.

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April 24, 2012

I had an extra silverware holder so I put it in the bathroom to organize things laying all over the sink.

By Coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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April 24, 20150 found this helpful

I just found a shelf idea here tonight and this would work right with that. Good idea.

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January 28, 2012

Individual items don't look like clutter if they are gathered on a tray or in a basket. Look around your home to see what you can find to use for that purpose. You may decide to include a candle or ribbon to dress it up a bit.

Years ago people often had a tray on their dresser to hold their comb and brush. Often the tray included a mirror. Perfume bottles were somtimes included as well. Maybe you will find a mirror or glass filled picture frame to use in your bathroom.

Don't be afraid to try new things!

By Carol from Wyoming, PA

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December 4, 2011

Yes, all those bottles! I still use one of the old chrome and metal mirrored bottom trays with chrome pipe sides. They are easy to clean and all the bottles, tubes and such are contained in a small area. I think you can still buy the trays at bath stores and I have seen them at resale shops, too. You can spray paint to match your taste.

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By Shelly from Florida

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February 3, 2007

I have a small bathroom with limited space on the countertop. I have a cabinet under the sink but no drawers. Any ideas on how I can organize my things? My counter is cluttered with toothpaste, floss, combs, mouthwash, etc.

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February 3, 20071 found this helpful

A few ideas:

Contain like items in cups/flowerpots/baskets (we have a frosted cup that holds our toothbrushes and toothpaste, another that holds DH's shaving cream and razor)

See if you have room for a tall shelf unit (we have a 12"x12" square unit that sneaks in between the door and the corner -and i have plastic baskets on each shelf - one for each family member. Mine holds comb/brush, hairdyrer and makeup.)

Measure your under the sink cabinet and see if a plastic drawer unit will fit inside -sometimes they will if you take the wheels off. Or build shelves inside that cabinet to hold your baskets. You can use the ventilated wire shelving also.

A shoe organizer hung on the back of the door can catch lots of little things in those clear vinyl pouches. You can also hang one of those from the wall, or I have seen people hang them from the shower rod.

Hope this helps!

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 19, 20071 found this helpful

I hear a lot of suggestions to "buy" a solution. If you are like me and are trying your hand at less consumerism at big box stores, try repurposing something. I often have a lot of plastic kitchen storage containers that no longer seem to have their lids. These work great to hold small bathroom items under the cabinet or on shelves. I use a tea mug in the bathroom for toothpaste tubes, a bud vase for our toothbrushes and an old creamer for the hand mirror. We found an interesting (like-new) small shelf unit at a rummage sale for $2.00. I use an old basket that I had for the back of the toilet to put combs, powder, creams, etc in. They stay neat and organized this way and I can quickly access what I need in the morning. I hope I have stimulated your creativity to reduce, reuse, recycle things that you may already have to solve your organizational needs.

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February 3, 20070 found this helpful

Build (or have built) some simple shelves. Mine are a board for the top and two for each side (legs). Looks kinda' like an upside-down squared-off "U." That gives you the bottom of the cabinet and a shelf above it. Get some plastic rectangular storage baskets from Big Lots or the dollar store. They will slide in and out just like drawers. Fill them with what you like. I also put a couple of tumbler/toothbrust holders on the inside of the door and fill the tumblers with my brush, comb, toothpaste and whatever else.

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February 3, 20070 found this helpful

you can buy lazy suesan shelves at lowes or home depo . you can get them 3 or so high.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 3, 20070 found this helpful

We have several small bathrooms and purchased vanity mirrors with storage shelves built behind the mirrors. Those have given the needed space for all the essentials. One bathroom allowed shelving above the toilet, and we purchsed the prefinished shelves and adjustable wall-mounted brackets at Home Depot. Check some of the thrift stores in your area, because these items frequently are donated there.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 3, 20070 found this helpful

You can get those wire hanging baskets (made for onions, potatoes, etc.) and hang it in the corner (if there's one free). Use it to organize all your stuff like brushes, makeup and hair things

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February 3, 20070 found this helpful

Go to you local Dollar Store aka Dollar Tree and purchase some cheap CLEAR storage for shoes. They come with lids on them so things won't fall out and they are STACKABLE. Be sure to label each where you can read the contents when the boxes are on top of each other. Examples: Mark them:

Daily Use=for things you use every single day

Hair care=brushes,combs,etc(I even used small baggies inside also for scrunches,hair ties,etc)

Nail Care=Polish,Remover,etc

Cotton Balls(self explanitory)

Emergency Med Kit=bandaids,etc that small children couldn't get hurt if they got into it

Feminine Care=Self explanitory

Bathtime products=Self explanitory

ALSO=You can get a "bag" that hangs on the outside of your shower curtain to put things in as well. I saw one yesterday at WalMart. Just one more idea for you.It was made of mesh(easy to wash) and had pockets to put bathroom stuff in. I am going to get one to use for my shower products so they don't fall into the tub when I accidently bump them with my arm when in shower.

This is just some ideas that I used. Hope they help you. The best part,you can reuse the containers if you ever do get some cabinet space or drawers. You also could get one of those storage holders that hangs on the back of the bathroom door too. Or you could use a shoe holder (that would work the same as the thing I saw at WalMart for on the shower curtain rod)

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 3, 20070 found this helpful

Hi...You could try putting baskets on the wall next to your sink. My daughter did this and it looks really nice. She bought three rectangular baskets and nailed them up like this ----

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lol..didn't know how to explain it...need to use your imagination with this drawing...hahaha. Hope this works for you...she also put square hankerchiefs in each one, but like in a diamond shape, not square.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 3, 20070 found this helpful

Use a shoe pocket on the back of the bathroom door! It was a lifesaver during my small apartment days. Each pocket is great for brushes, toothpaste, moisturizer, makeup or whatever. And usually you can find them pretty cheaply at Walmart or the dollar store.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 3, 20070 found this helpful

All those ideas are great. I have a small apt. size bathroom and I put a behind the toilet cabinet. Mine has open and closed shelves and I store nearly everything in there. Surprised no one suggested this. Got mine at Walmart. Only problem, have to put it together....can get metal or wood like look.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 3, 20070 found this helpful

You can buy different size plastic-coated kitchen accessories which attach to the wall with two screws. I am not sure what to call them, but they are wire, coated with white plastic (?). Attach them to the walls of the cabinent underneith your sink. They will hold bottles, hair combs and brushes, cans, etc. You can even attach one to the inside of the door. Just be sure the screws are short enough not to go completely through the door. Also, you can buy the ones that are like little shelves with legs....then small items will go underneith them, and taller items on top. Just one idea. Hope it helps.

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February 4, 20070 found this helpful

I have a small bathroom with a pedestal sink and a family of 5. I put a "curtain" around the sink and can store under it. Lucky you for having a counter (lol). Anyway, some things I've done for storage: Shower hanger and corner shelves for all those shower things (shampoo, soaps, etc), a "johnny cabinet" above the toilet (shelving unit/cupboard), Baskets, bins and boxes (I like the clear ones too so I can see what's in it at a glance), and you can buy tiered shelves and pullout drawers for under your sink/counter at any store like Wal-Mart, Home Depot... that kind of thing. Good luck.

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Anonymous
February 4, 20070 found this helpful

I bought some stacking plant stands and put baskets in them to put beside my large bathtub; these baskets hold shampoo, conditioner, baby oil, bubble bath, bath sponges and loofahs and other items.

These stacking plant stands could be stood by your sink area and filled with items; you could use baskets or plastic boxes that can be found at local dollar stores.

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February 4, 20070 found this helpful

I find that the plastic drawer units work well. You can find at most any discount store. Wal-Mart has them. They come in different sizes. Usually they have 3 drawers. Can be placed on the vanity counter for brushes/hair items, make up, etc. You could also look into some pull out drawer units to install inside the vanity.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 4, 20070 found this helpful

I had the same problem. But, if you have any space above your toilet like I did, put stacked shelf in above it. It's a tad high, but it worked out well. Also, if you have a little room for big wicker basket, you can store some towels in there. Maybe just another week's worth of a change. I could suggest more if I knew the dimensions of your bathroom. Best of luck.

Kat

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 4, 20070 found this helpful

You can buy a small plastic drawer from Walmart or biglots and put that under your cabinet. And use one of those over the toilet organizers. Also you can buy a shoe organizer (the one with pockets) and hang it on the back of your door and put stuff in that.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 4, 20070 found this helpful

I have found that keeping my makeup in an "old vintage" style overnight suitcase works well. The type I use is the hard kind that has a handle on top and mirror on the inside. These are really great as they old all of my daily make up and my hair care items as well. It saves space in the bathroom and then when I go over night I am already packed and just put my tooth brush and paste in it. I am good to go! you can paint these or look for one in a color that compliments your bath. You could even cover them in wall paper or fabric it you reallly want to dress it up!

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February 4, 20070 found this helpful

I have discovered shelves that go over the back part of the counter. Over the sink more or less. It is called a space saver. I have one in each restroom and over my kitchen sink as well.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 4, 20070 found this helpful

I bought a small cabinet from K Mart and it has 3 shelves. Works great for handtowels and washcloths. I put a basket on top for meds, toothpaste, etc.

Also if you have room to hang a shelf on the wall for toothpaste and personals, that would work great too.""

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 5, 20070 found this helpful

Can you possibly build any partial shelves inside the cabinet? They may have to just run down the side if the pipes are in the way of one running all the way accross. Then you could get a couple baskets or plastic containers and group things like toothpaste and face wash in one, hair stuff in another. I also use a small vase for my "long" make up stuff - mascarra, lip and eye liners, brushes, tall lipgloss, etc. which I do sit on the counter. My other make up is in a nice case that color coordinates with the bathroom.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 5, 20070 found this helpful

First go to Lowes or Home Depot for under the counter space savers. Very inexpensive and no tools/drilling required! Secondly I find that Mason Jars can be used for anything. You can get them at Wal*Mart for near nothing and decorate them up yourself w/ ribbons..etc. You could even look at yard sales for old ones w/ different hues.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 9, 20070 found this helpful

I bought two plastic drawers and placed one on each side of the pipes beneath the sink. This creates a shelf on the top of the units. I can slide out the drawers to put items inside. It really works for me.

good luck

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February 10, 20070 found this helpful

RE: Organizing a Bathroom Countertop

Post By Jonnie Cambron (Guest Post) (02/04/2007)

Sounds like a "train case" to me.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 16, 20070 found this helpful

I had the same problem until I hung one of those shoe holders on the bathroom door. The pockets are clear, so I can see what I'm looking for right away.

I read about this idea, but it was suggested to keep extra towels, soaps, toothbrushes etc for guests. But I found that this worked best for me as a place for the things that I use on a daily basis.

I have one row for dental things (mouthwash, toothpaste, floss, toothbrush, teeth bleaching kit), one for hair stuff like brushes, gel or hairspray, combs, hairties or barrettes (I even use one pocket as a "holster" for my hair dryer), one row for a lotion, powder, perfume, another row for make-up, etc. I even have a row with air freshner and crosswords puzzles with pens for those longer toileting visits :)

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November 5, 2010

I have a tip for those of us that still like to do dishes by hand. I was tired of looking at the bottle of dish soap on my sink, so I decides to get a cute pickle dish with 3 sections at the dollar store and place my sink items I use every day in it. I also got a lemon squirt bottle for my dish soap. That way you don't waste as much and no big bottle at your sink. You can use ketchup/mustard any refillable smaller bottle.

I know I could put it under my sink, but, with everyone using the sink, it's easier for us. I hope some one can use this idea!

By diva53d from Foymount, Ontario

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November 6, 20101 found this helpful

Super idea. Thank you

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November 6, 20100 found this helpful

Great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

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November 7, 20100 found this helpful

I really like this cute and simple idea! Love this sort of thing. Thanks for sharing.

Darlene, St. Louis, MO

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November 7, 20100 found this helpful

Good idea.

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November 8, 20100 found this helpful

What a great idea. I'm going to scrounge around in my cabinets and see what I can find to do the same thing! Thanks!

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November 9, 20100 found this helpful

Great idea. I going to look for a pickle tray too. We just moved into a farmhouse and love cute ideas like this.

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May 11, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks All I hope you all found just the right pickle tray!

Donna, Foymount

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October 8, 20110 found this helpful

What a great idea. Thanks for posting.

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October 8, 20110 found this helpful

Thumbs up! I see we use the same dish sponges. :)

Karen in Salem Oregon

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October 8, 20110 found this helpful

Speaking of something to hold your dish soap, I took an empty bottle from the hand sanitizer type soap and filled it with Dawn Dish Soap. All I have to do is stick my sponge under the spigot, push down and get a little bit of soap on the sponge, enough for hand washing several things. The advantage of this style dispenser is that I don't have to pick it up and squirt soap, I can just add the soap to the sponge one handed while still holding the item to be washed in my other hand. I've never done the fill the sink with soapy water kind of thing. I just hand wash, load in the dishwasher and run the sanitizer cycle.

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October 8, 20110 found this helpful

Ha! I just read the tip under this one in the newsletter. Evidently I'm not the only one who thought of this.

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October 9, 20110 found this helpful

What a great idea! Will be going to the Dollar store my next trip in to town.

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November 15, 20110 found this helpful

I my dish washing liquid in a pump bottle. It is so much more convenient to give it a tap than to have to lift up a bottle of dish soap upside down every time I want some. It probably saves on the amount used too. You can use one you buy or recycle one from pump-type hand soap or other similar bottle.

I also put my cooking oil into a squeeze bottle (recycled dish soap bottles) for use when I only want 1 T. of oil in a fry pan, for example, making oil so much easier to dispense. A pump bottle could also work. But if one wants to measure out more than, say, 1/4 c. of oil, it would be easier to just pour it from the original container.

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November 15, 20110 found this helpful

I really liked your sink tray idea! My sink always looked cluttered, I don't know why I didn't think of that! Thanks Diva53d

I also must say thank you to Halstein & GalThomas for their great ideas on reusing pump bottles for dish liquid & cooking oil, cudos for such frugal & easy to use ideas!

Luv ya!

1cheapdiva

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November 15, 20110 found this helpful

Great idea, but I have don't have enough counter space, so I have to put mine in the cabinet under the sink. :(

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January 13, 20150 found this helpful

I like it! I think I'll go buy one from Dollar Tree and spray paint it oil rubbed bronze just to jazz it up. Thanks for the tip!

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May 30, 20150 found this helpful

Oh, I just love this idea... the width in the back of my sink wasn't large enough for this idea but I still love the idea!

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