You might not feel the same urge to organize a bathroom as you do your guest bath or other parts of your home that guests are privy to – but think about it like this: your main bathroom is a critical space to organize in homes.
Since you need to brush your teeth, shower, put on makeup, or whatever else in the morning, being in the bathroom is part of your morning routine. If you are having to dig to find items daily, it will disrupt your morning and often carry throughout the day.
Bathroom organization ideas from the pros
'My goal is organizing a bathroom by telling clients they should basically be able to sleep walk through their morning routine because everything is so easy to grab and go,' explains Kim Jones, Founder of Lock and Key Home. 'Clients always gravitate toward a spa-like feeling that you may find in a hotel and I always recommend recreating that same feeling in your own home.'
Wondering how to take your bathroom ideas from organized chaos to, well, actually organized? Below, we reached out to a handful of organization experts to get their best tips on how to organize a bathroom.
1. Categorize everything!
The first step is taking everything out of your bathroom space and categorizing everything by item: hair, lotion, makeup, etc. People easily accumulate a lot of these items without realizing that a lot of products only have a shelf life of less than a year. Jones suggests taking the time to check the bottom of these items and it will show how long they last. 'I always write in a sharpie either expiration date or purchase date to be able to easily identify when products are no longer good,' she adds.
2. Get creative with less used space
If you are short on drawer, cabinet space, don't overlook vertical space that you can use as bathroom storage. 'For items not used daily, place those items in lower drawers or higher shelves in a closet,' suggests Jones. 'If you like to have certain products on the counter, use a lazy susan to keep items contained and appear more decorative than clutter laying on the counter.'
3. Consider labeling baskets and bins
“Once all items have a home, the icing on the cake is to carefully label any bins, baskets so that you can easily identify where everything goes,” says Jones. “Not only will this make your bathroom super functional, it will also be aesthetically pleasing where you will look forward to getting ready.”
4. Take advantage of the inside of your doors
You can also gain extra storage by using the inside of the cabinet doors or behind the main bathroom door. 'You can purchase over-the-door organizers to store small items such as deodorant, toothpaste, or hair blowers,' explains Edward Jones, Founder of HomeCareHow. 'Hooks are also ideal if you have cleaning cloths and face towels. By using your cabinet doors, you can easily access your items and hide them.'
5. Get drawer dividers
It can be easier to organize your drawers with the help of drawer dividers. 'A good set of drawer dividers can make it quicker to store your items and easier for you to find them,' explains Jones. 'You can use plastic or acrylic dividers to help you avoid storing items together or on top of each other.'
6. Use toilet paper as decor!
Whether you’re trying to keep your small bathroom as clutter-free as possible or you’re using it for storing extra items, you never want to be in a situation where you run out of toilet paper and only realize once it's too late. 'To avoid embarrassment, keep an extra toilet paper roll or two near the toilet,' says Sherri Curley, Home Organizer and Founder of The Practical Sort. 'No vanity? Use a decorative basket or floating shelves within reach.'
7. Hide your trash
Curley also suggests stashing a small trash bin for sanitary supplies behind the toilet. 'If there’s scant room, look beyond traditional waste bins for a slim receptacle that can fit between the toilet and the wall to tuck alongside the toilet brush,' she suggests.
8. Store your cosmetics separately
For tiny bathrooms or bathrooms that see many users, Curley suggests considering personal totes for shampoos, conditioners, haircare, deodorants, and fragrances and storing said totes in bedrooms or within the other hallway storage ideas you have in place. 'Hallway shelves near the bathroom featuring decorative baskets can also serve as storage for personal care items or use decorative hooks to hang the baskets,' she suggests.
9. Consider floating shelves
If cabinet space is an issue, Elise Hay, Founder of Organized Sanctuaries, suggests you consider installing floating shelves, adding baskets to keep things dust free. This creates additional storage out of nothing and can actually look pretty aesthetically pleasing if you’re intentional about the baskets and storage you opt for.
10. Your bathroom is for bathing, not storing
Finally, Mel Carruthers, Founder of More Organised, points out that you don’t need to store all your beauty and self care items in the bathroom -- one of each type of product is more than enough. The rest, she says, can be stored elsewhere in the home as “backstock”, ideally where you have more space such as in a linen closet or utility room. 'This way you can shop your own home when you need to replace a product which has run out,' she explains. 'The same goes with towels, additional toilet paper, etc.'