Organizing Your Bathroom

Messy Bathroom Counter
With all the use your bathroom gets on a daily basis it's easy for it to get messy and disorganized. Keeping your bathroom organized and clean is the best way to ensure it's comfortable for your family and guests to use. This is a page about organizing your bathroom.


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February 16, 2015

I have posted unique ways to make shelving here before, so here is another cool tip.

Recently, I moved into a home that had 2 white shelves leaning up against the wall. There was a perfect space in front of a window, but I didn't have the ability to use brackets. I went to a thrift shop and got 4 cups, all the same height. I used them for shelf supports. My bathroom is red and black and white so I stayed with those colors. Cool Bathroom Shelving


They turned out nice and are easy to move, leaving no holes in anyone's walls.


Source: Nope. Just a repeat of things I have done before.

Cool Bathroom Shelving
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March 21, 2008

Do less wash, buy each child a towel in their own color. When my 4 kids were growing up, I had a problem with them just throwing their bath towels onto the bathroom floor. I remedied this by buying each child their OWN towel in their own color. The rule was that they were each responsible for their own towel.

They had to use the SAME towel all week long. I'd wash them all every Saturday. If I saw a towel on the floor, I knew who it belonged to. This not only stopped me from yelling about it, it also taught them to take care of their belongings. Believe me, you'll do whole lot less wash!

By Cyinda from Seattle

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January 2, 2012

With regards to children and their washroom habits, I have found from time and motherhood that children and youths have some main things each of them need and it is a little different for each person. If the things are all left sitting in the washroom, there is a mess and other mysterious things happen to some items.

I quit trying to solve the mysteries and came up with this solution. I first color coded each of the people so the toothbrushes were not mixed up. Then I used this code for the combs, brushes, and a container to hold all these washroom needs.


Each child got a container just big enough for the 10 to 15 items that will be used in the washroom. The container was to be taken in to the washroom with them. They did all that is needed and then took the items in the container back to their bedroom.

I had a well lit spot outside of the washroom for the girls to do their make up and not keep the washroom busy too long. Mom and Dad had a dressing table also to do all the last minute prep work before rushing to grab a bite to eat and run out the door.

The family found vacation time easier also because I got them travel pouches with their color taped on it. Trips to a washroom if we went camping were organized and there were less losses of personal items. As my children grew, their collection grew also so they had a few containers with labels on them. This habit is still with them for several areas of their life.


By Carolyn from BC Canada

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December 9, 2005

I have a bad habit of stockpiling toiletries because I never know what I have on hand or I know I have it and can't find it. I hung a pocket shoe bag on the inside of my linen closet and now put new purchases (and those from my stash) of shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. in the pockets.


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September 25, 2009

I was trying to de-clutter the bathroom counter, and looked up to see this towel ring and thought "I wonder if these would all fit?" and sure enough they did!

towel ring


September 11, 2012

I clip my hair clips to the towel rack in my bathroom. They fit perfectly!

Hair clips on towel bar.


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January 16, 2012

I had a lone Dollar Tree hook over the bathroom door facing inside. It was for my robes, but was pretty high up. A friend gave me one she didn't need anymore and boy, has it made life easier.

An over the door shelf for the bathroom.


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December 7, 2011

I love those wire basket shelves that adjust over the tub. I finally found one, but then realized that the oval shape of my tub made it not fit.


Not one to be daunted, I found that it fits over the lip on top and the curtain rod.

A wire bathtub shelf placed on shower curtain rod.


January 12, 2011

Each of our 3 children has a small plastic tote stored in our hall linen closet to take into the bathroom. They keep all of their toiletries in these totes.


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February 4, 2016

I love shower caddies. They are convenient and hook over the shower faucet just perfectly. Except when they don't.


That was the case today when I went to hang mine. The faucet was so far forward that the caddy wouldn't stay put.

Hanging a Shower Caddy


May 11, 2007

I'm a terminal pack rat. One of those people who is always buying stuff and then forgetting where I put it. Recently, I bought a 3 drawer rolling cart at KMart for $10. I use it for all my bought ahead health and beauty items.


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June 6, 2014

To free up some counter space in the bathroom, I purchased a shower caddy and placed it on the mirror. The suction cups hold it on tight and it has worked great for me.

shower caddy on mirror

November 8, 2004

Don't have enough space to store all your toiletries in the bathroom? Hang a see-through shoe bag on the back of the door. Everything slips right in and you can see what you need.


January 20, 2010

I save the plastic containers that shower curtains come in, etc. I put all my hair products in one, all tooth paste and mouth wash and floss in one, all nail stuff in one, all perfume in one, all make up in one, and finally all hand cream and skin cream in one.


April 16, 2009

Assign a different colored nylon scrubbie to each member of your household. No more wash cloths to launder! A scrubbie creates a ridiculous amount of suds thereby reducing the amount of soap used.


August 20, 2008

I have an open wicker bookcase that is oval shaped with three shelves in my bathroom. The shelves are deep and will hold tall items. They have large scarf doilies on them to prevent items from falling through to the floor.


January 26, 2006

Some time ago, I purchased a wire, 3 tier hanging basket for my kitchen with the intent to put onions and potatoes in it. Finding that it was too long for the spot I intended it to go, I found the perfect place to use it, in my bathroom!


May 28, 2005

Keep a funnel in the bathroom to use when draining contents of one bottle into another.


July 9, 2004

Keep sticky notes inside cabinet doors in your bathroom. When you run out or are low on an item, write it down. When it's time to shop, pick up your mini lists and you'll have everything written down.


January 12, 2010

I always found my bathroom counter becoming cluttered with many items from hairbrushes, to deodorant, to body spray, etc. To minimize the clutter, I purchased a clear pocket shoe organizer that hangs over the door.


July 25, 2007

Need more storage space in your bathroom for all of your toiletry items? If you're like me, your bathroom cabinet can't hold all of your beauty items and causes constant disarray.


January 21, 2005

As a Mom to six I was tired of towels on the bathroom floor and everyone claiming that it was not them so I bought each child their own color towels. Now I know who is not hanging them up and they are not sharing towels when feeling ill as well. By Kriss M


January 6, 2006

I have a hook in the corner of my bathroom that holds my robe. When I finish my shower, I put on my terry cloth robe and by the time I dry my legs my body is dry too.


February 24, 2005

Keep a shopping list in the bathroom to keep track of what toiletries and supplies have run out. Put it on the inside of a cabinet door and keep a pen handy. This makes it really easy to check the bathroom list when you are making a grocery list.


March 17, 2015

Christmas cheese and wine hampers are often presented in high quality wooden boxes. I recently took one which has slots for two bottles of wine and two pieces of cheese above them, stood it on end, and used it for toiletry storage in the bathroom.


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January 27, 2011

For extra bathroom storage, add small buckets to hang on hooks under the medicine cabinet.


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January 28, 2011

I need storage ideas for my too deep drawers! My bathroom is incredibly disorganized! It's tiny to begin with, but on top of that, I only have 3 drawers (2 of which are pointlessly deep) and a small under cabinet space. My two biggest problems are organizing my hair stuff (tons of bottles that can't stand up in the drawers) and storing my stockpiled items. Any ideas?

By Jennie from Tempe, AZ


January 29, 20110 found this helpful

Hello Jennie, I feel your pain as my bathroom is tiny, too, but at least you have the vanity with drawers and under sink storage. The vanity is still on my wish list and other stuff is currently in boxes and bins on shelves. :-) I do have a couple of suggestions, regardless.

For hair stuff, get a two gallon sized galvanized bucket to keep under the sink to store all of your excess hair stuff in (including blow dryers and curling irons if you use them.) I use the galvanized ones simply because they match the decor better and don't look as cheesy as the plastic ones should I get rushed and leave it out. Put a dollar store washcloth in the bottom to help sop up the drips and for easy cleanup every couple of weeks.

As far as the deep drawers go, you can't beat a kitchen flatware or utility divided bin that can be pushed toward the back, but easily pulled out to fully examine the contents. (Take good measurements and buy them cheaply at the dollar or discount store.)

Not sure what all you want to store in the drawers but if you are considering OTC items (aspirin, tums, first aid stuff, etc.) consider keeping those items in a plastic bin under the sink. if you have small children, put them high up in the kitchen or pantry. I also have another galvanized bucket (you could put under the sink, I keep mine on a high shelf) that has Windex, paper towels and Clorox wipes, etc. for quick clean ups.

Clean towels can be rolled or folded and placed decoratively on open shelves or within wall cabinets if you have them. I also use wall hooks versus towel rods to keep bath towels clean enough for a few days reuse. The hooks take up less wall space than the rods and if the hooks are at least 3 to 4 inches deep, staggered and at least 5 to 6 inches apart at the base, the towels still dry out well.

Hope this is of some help for you. Good luck!


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January 31, 20110 found this helpful

Buy some plastic baskets at a dollar store and stack them up in the deep drawers.

February 1, 20110 found this helpful

I had a very small bath in our last house and I found a cute spice rack at the thrift store that worked perfectly for bottles of hair stuff. It kept them off the small counter and off the back of the toilet (which always led to the floor).

I didn't have any drawers but a linen closet that was ridiculously deep and tall. I put my stockpiled items in bins and boxes with labels since I couldn't see into most of them. You could put your back stock into the deep drawers since you don't need to get to it daily. Or in another room altogether.

I kept make-up in a caddy with a handle in the closet but you could use your regular sized drawer for the daily use items. I also put up a shelf for curling/flat irons to rest on to keep them off the counter. I also stored a couple rolls of TP on it to be within reach. The only things I put under the sink were feminine supplies and cleaning supplies. I also had a wall mounted hairdryer like you see in hotels, this helped a lot too.

February 1, 20110 found this helpful

The dollar store is a great resource to find organizing tools. Different size boxes with lids or silverware holders can be used. Also look in the children's or infant's area for storage ideas. Another good idea is to store towels in a basket on the floor. These ideas worked well for me.

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January 29, 2012

We are redoing our bathroom and I saw a great idea on TV. They used concrete forms and cut them to desired thickness and placed them on the wall. Then they put face clothes, etc. in them.

The problem: the concrete forms I found were reasonable, but about 3 times as much as I need. Any other suggestions for round/cylinder shapes? The only other idea I have is a baby formula can (cardboard) that I can cut to size.

By M. Lewis

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August 18, 2020

I store my soap dispenser, bathroom cup, and toilet plunger on clay plant pot bottoms. They contain the drips and the water evaporates fast. To clean, I use soap and water and rinse with vinegar or rubbing alcohol to sanitize.

A soap dispenser and a water glass inside terra cotta planter bases.

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