Are you dreaming of a bathroom where everything has its place? Turn your bathroom into a clean, serene and clutter-free oasis with these bathroom organization ideas you can use in your current space or when you’re planning your next bathroom remodel.
It’s been a while since I did my last organization post and this will be the first time I’ve done one for a whole bathroom!
Having a place for everything saves you precious time. Having less visual clutter, in turn, makes you feel less stressed. If I can help just one person find more time in their day or feel less stressed, then I’ve done my job. 🙂
Let’s face it, figuring out how to organize a bathroom and keeping it looking clutter-free can be quite a challenge. I’m certainly not the most organized person when it comes to the rest of my house but getting the master bathroom in order was a priority.
A full year before we started our master bathroom remodel, I began gathering ideas on how to tackle the problem areas such the vanity drawers, storage cabinet, and shower stall.
It was a process and it didn’t happen overnight, but I finally get to share with you guys how it all came together!
Hint: I’m saving my favorite part for last. 😉
I’ll start with the cabinet that’s to your left as you walk into the bathroom and I’ll work my way to the vanity.
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1. Bathroom Cabinet Organizers
The reason I didn’t do this post sooner is that I had the hardest time finding the right sized lidded bins to fit inside our shallow built-in cabinet. Well, I lucked up and found these pretty blue filigree baskets. I love that you can sort of see what’s inside but it doesn’t look messy.
Labels take the guesswork out of what’s stored in each bin so I tied on some label holders with hemp twine. Then, I used thick cardstock paper and my trusty label maker. Because a few of the labels wanted to fall through the bottoms of the holders, I put some double-sided sticky tape on the back. Next time, I’ll use thicker cardstock.
I was a little disappointed that a couple of lids arrived bent during shipping, but they straightened themselves out after a few days once I stacked another bin on top.
Above the built-in cabinet, are some deeper open shelves that hold baskets where I can store larger items and extra toilet paper.
2. Shower Stall Organization and Storage
If you have a bathroom with a glass shower enclosure, then you know it’s not easy to hide all the shampoo bottles and soap compared to having a shower with a curtain. One way to hide all that clutter is by putting a hidden cubby in a pony wall.
Keeping the soap scum off a glass enclosure can be a challenge, too. So, I keep a squeegee and a dish scrubber filled with 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 Dawn dish detergent. When the glass starts looking cloudy, I give it a quick scrub with the brush while I’m in the shower. I know. It sounds unorthodox but it works. And I also use the squeegee after every shower.
We installed another cubby higher on the wall for even more storage in the shower. You can see better pictures of the shower enclosure in the master bathroom reveal post.
3. Over the Toilet Storage Shelf
Don’t forget to use the valuable real estate on the wall above the toilet to put some extra shelves. We made a repurposed shelf from shutters we had in the garage. You can see the tutorial here. There’s also a post and a quick video on how we made the metal shelf brackets.
4. Bathroom Towel Storage
Another tip I want to share has to do with something as simple as where you place your towel hooks. Just by hanging them over the vent, they dry faster and they’re warm and cozy in the winter when you get out of the shower. We end up using our Turkish towels more often than our white ones under the vanity because they dry so much quicker.
For the washcloths, I keep a few in this cute striped jute bin and the rest go in one of the baskets beneath the vanity. They have a leather loop on the back so you can also hang them on the wall which is great for small bathrooms.
5. Vanity drawer storage for his and her essentials
What I love about this bathroom is there’s a place for everything. This means I can get ready, go directly to what I need, and then before I leave, I can throw everything in its respective place. My side of the vanity is where I store makeup, facial cleansers, and pretty much all the stuff I need to get ready for the day and ready for bed.
Because I try to keep as much as can off the countertops, there’s less visual clutter in the bathroom.
(left and right) Large 6-section Acrylic Organizers | (center) Small Rectangular Organizers (comes in a set of 6)
On the other side of the vanity is where my husband keeps his things. There’s not a whole lot to talk about here since he’s not a high-maintenance-kind-of-guy (well, except he likes my attention but I’m cool with that).
(center)- (2) 3-Section Acrylic Organizers
6. Vanity drawer storage for hair tools and supplies
Last but not least, here’s what I didn’t know I was missing all my life…a hair tool organizer! My husband, Jason, made compartments to hold all of my hair products and the cords are stored out of the way towards the back. It’s truly my favorite part of the vanity!
If you’re interested in having a custom made hair tool organizer insert made, we have it in our shop.
When Jason built the vanity, he made the drawer front that holds the hair tools 16-1/2″ tall but there’s still another inch of clearance. That’ll give you an idea of how deep your drawer needs to be to do this too.
If you have a vanity with doors, we can make a custom vanity cabinet pull-out organizer.
I hope you found an idea or two that you can use! If you have a tip for how you organize your bathroom, I’d love for you to share it with me and others who read the comments. I’m pretty sure most of us can use some more inspiration and motivation.
Update: I had a reader ask me about the runner rug that’s in front of the vanity that I forgot to mention. It’s a machine washable rug and can be found in this link. It has 2 pieces: the rug and the non-slip cushioned backing that comes off before you throw the rug in the washer. It’s perfect for entryways and for pet owners too.
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