A cluttered space can affect your mood and your ability to concentrate, so if your bathroom is perpetually in disarray, it's time to take action. A few white, plastic bins may be all that's needed to transform your bathroom closet into a clean and useable area. If you want to get a little more creative, you can also incorporate some pretty storage solutions like a rattan basket for rolled towels or a cluster of glass jars to display your Q-tips and cotton balls.
A well-organized bathroom closet may be hard to come by, but it's certainly not out of reach. Use the tips listed below to create a storage system that benefits you and your family.
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Add a Couple of Lazy Susans
No one likes digging through their bathroom closet for the missing bottle of Nyquil or the nail polish you only use come summertime. Instead, use a couple of small turntables. One spin, and you've found what you're looking for.Continue to 2 of 24 below.
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Keep It Cohesive
One of the reasons bathrooms can so quickly become cluttered is the myriad of products they're meant to store. Simplify the space with a set of matching storage baskets or bins. If you can find an option with a lid, it will be even easier to keep your bathroom closet looking tidy.Continue to 3 of 24 below.
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Display the Toilet Paper
Who knew toilet paper could look so beautiful? An open shelf closet is the perfect spot to display your toilet paper in a fun way. For instance, this bathroom closet uses a gorgeous rattan basket in the space pictured here. Not to mention, this tip will spare your guests from ever having to search for an extra roll.Continue to 4 of 24 below.
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Label Your Storage
If you're the type of person who keeps miscellaneous items in your bathroom closet, pay attention to this tip. Label your storage bins and compartments. This tip will be especially handy on days when you're trying to get sick kids to bed quickly or hastily searching for a half-empty box of Band-Aids.Continue to 5 of 24 below.
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Pick a Color Palette
Your bathroom closet may feel like a collection of expired toiletries and long-lost bobby pins, but even this space deserves some decorative attention. Before you begin organizing your closet, select a color palette to keep the look clean. Meg of Neat by Meg chose a calming white for this cute closet and added a happy rubber ducky just for fun.Continue to 6 of 24 below.
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Just because you have room, doesn't mean you need to fill it. One of the simplest ways to minimize your clutter is to allow for some empty space on your shelves. Instead of cramming your lotions and soaps all together, try to leave a little wiggle room.Continue to 7 of 24 below.
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Bathroom closets can feel chaotic when homeowners use the space as a catch-all for everything from vitamins to bath salts. To keep your closet neat, give every stored item a proper home. Dividing your products into baskets and bins is an easy way to make sure everything in your closet was put there on purpose.Continue to 8 of 24 below.
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Buy Some Stackables
A great to maximize your storage space without overcrowding is to purchase a set of stackable storage bins. The option pictured here is minimal and practical, and the plastic material makes for easy clean-up in case of any leaks or spills.Continue to 9 of 24 below.
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When in Doubt, Choose White
There's a reason bathroom towels in hotels across the country are overwhelmingly white, and it's not just because of bleach. White is clean, simple, and beautiful. If you're reorganizing your bathroom, or remodeling it completely, consider incorporating white in your design.Continue to 10 of 24 below.
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Utilize the Closet Door
For toiletries you use on the regular, add a storage system on the back of your bathroom closet door. This spot is easy to access and skim for frequently used items like makeup and toothpaste. As with the rest of your closet, be careful not to over-crowd.Continue to 11 of 24 below.
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Sort With Baskets and Bins
A quick tip to up your bathroom's aesthetic is to store everything, and we mean everything, in baskets and bins. Especially for homeowners who need an open shelf to accommodate all their toiletries, place your belongings in a decorative basket or a practical organizer before setting in on the shelf.Continue to 12 of 24 below.
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Stick With Simple Solutions
For many of us, the bathroom closet isn't a space worth splurging on. Instead, stick to a budget and opt for basic storage solutions. For example, this affordable bathroom closet, organized by the team at A Fresh Space, required nothing more than a few white plastic bins and some attention.Continue to 13 of 24 below.
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Select Short Bins for Frequently Used Items
For the products and lotions you know you'll use often, pay attention to the height of your storage containers. Choose organizers that won't take up the whole height of your closet shelf, so you won't have to pull out a bin full of toiletries to grab the item you need.Continue to 14 of 24 below.
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Divide Into Categories
If you're not sure how or where to begin your bathroom organization, start with some simple categories: hair, makeup, lotions, etc. Divide your products up into groups, then sort into labeled bins for easy access.Continue to 15 of 24 below.
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Roll Your Towels
If you're looking for creative ways to make your bathroom closet a little more aesthetically appealing, try playing with the towels. You can fold them, roll them, or try a combination of the two, like the closet pictured here. This is an easy and affordable way to beautify a commonly cluttered space.Continue to 16 of 24 below.
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Hide Busy Labels
Not every bath product needs to be stowed away. However, if you're struggling to decide which products to put in the closet and which to display on an open shelf or counter, keep products with loud or colorful labels hidden. Instead, set out simpler items like towels and toilet paper.Continue to 17 of 24 below.
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Group in Twos and Threes
A good rule of thumb for interior design is to group decor in twos or threes, and this same concept can be applied to your bathroom closet. Especially if you have open shelving storage in your bathroom, separate items like hand towels and bath salts into smaller groups to create an eye-catching display.Continue to 18 of 24 below.
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Toss Unnecessary Packaging
If ugly, bulky packaging clashes with your bathroom closet organization, try replacing them with some more attractive storage solutions. For instance, Q-tips, cotton balls, and the like can be stored in smaller containers like those pictured above to save space and add some visual interest.Continue to 19 of 24 below.
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Add Some Extra Drawer Space
Smaller items like lipsticks and travel-sized toiletries can quickly become lost in your bathroom storage. Create space for these smaller items with a set of clear, petite drawers. Instead of digging through a basket of hairsprays and leftover lotion bottles, you'll be able to spot what you need quickly and move on with your day.Continue to 20 of 24 below.
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Mix and Match
If your style is a little more eclectic, don't be afraid to use a blend of storage solutions for your bathroom closet. For instance, this adorable cabinet doubles as a bathroom cabinet and linen closet and features a blend of wicker and wire storage containers, with products stowed away and on display.Continue to 21 of 24 below.
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Choose Plastic Bins for Easy Cleaning
How frustrating is it to find stained and bubbled shelving from a leak gone unnoticed? Plastic cubbies like those displayed above are a great choice for storing products that have the potential to spill. If they do, just take the products out, give the bin a good rinse, and return everything to their home.Continue to 22 of 24 below.
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Stick to the Essentials
As you prepare to organize your bathroom closet, consider each item's use and frequency of use. Especially for bathrooms with minimal storage space, prioritize your essential, everyday items and toss or hide away the rest.Continue to 23 of 24 below.
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Use What You Have
If your bathroom lacks closet space and you need an easy alternative, try some decorative shelving. This ladder shelf is practical, pretty, and it doesn't take up too much space. Only essential items and a few cute additions are displayed here, to keep clutter to a minimum.Continue to 24 of 24 below.
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Make It Yours
Just as is the case with interior design, not every organizing tip will appeal to every homeowner. Consider the ideas presented above and give yourself permission to pick and choose what works for your space and your taste.