20 Creative Bathroom Organizing Ideas

Bathroom in New Luxury Home with Two Sinks and Dark Blue Cabinets
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Bathroom organization is attainable for all baths regardless of their size. Small bathrooms might face more of a challenge because they need to pack a lot of utility into a tiny footprint. However, there are basic organizational principles every bath should follow.

Ideally, you need a space that can store toilet paper, towels, toothbrushes, and other everyday essentials while still looking nice and decluttered. We've collected several bathroom organizing ideas that address small bathroom storage, organizers for larger baths, and some tips and tricks to help you maximize any space. 

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    Add a Shelving Unit Above the Toilet

    bathroom open shelving
    Bless'er House

    Companies sell shelving units that are made to fit around standard sized toilets. Stylistically, these are pretty basic looking. However, another option is to build custom open shelves above the toilet for additional storage. Doing it yourself provides more of an opportunity to match the shelving with your style. 

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    Use Cups or Mason Jars for Medicine Cabinet Storage

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    @thetransformation_project / Instagram

    This medicine cabinet became much more functional with the addition of three mason jars. By storing items vertically inside a glass, you can make better use of the vertical space inside the cabinet. One bathroom organizing tip to consider is to try to keep like items together. For instance, one jar could be for dental care, one for razors, and another for miscellaneous creams and ointments. 

    Medicine Cabinet Storage from The Transformation Project

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    Use a Label Maker to Beautify Basic Containers

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    The Creativity Exchange

    Labeling isn't just for function; it's for style too. When you use streamlined containers with an attractive label, everything looks more appealing and put together. Experiment with a mix of containers, baskets, and apothecary jars that work well together. However, before you purchase any organizing products, sort through all your products and pick out categories first, so you don't buy more than you need. 

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    Change Out Shampoo Bottles to Cut Down on Clutter

    diy shampoo bottles

    Showers and tub surrounds are infamous for getting cluttered with multiple shampoos and soap bottles. One way to encourage a minimal approach to bath products is to coordinate your bottles. You'll be so caught up keeping your bottles looking photo-ready that you will be less tempted to buy that extra bottle of body wash. 

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    Add a Tiered Tray if You Have Extra Floor Space

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    @thefarafix / Instagram

    Any bath with a little extra floor space could benefit from the addition of a tiered tray or tiered basket organizer. Some people use rolling carts for this purpose, but a tiered tray is an elegant and welcoming option. Stock the top two levels with items needed for bathing and store some extra toilet paper at the bottom. A smaller, two-level tiered tray would work well for storage on the bathroom counter. 

    Tiered Bathroom Shelf from The Fara Fix

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    Attach Everyday Makeup to the Wall

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    @yourpersonalorganizer / Instagram

    Think about the items that you reach for every day when you get ready in the bathroom. If you do your make up there, consider attaching some removable storage containers directly to the wall. You can either make a custom caddy or purchase ready-made organizers for this purpose. Just be aware that some stick-on organizers may damage the wall underneath, so you may be better off drilling a few small holes. 

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    Stack Toilet Paper in a Basket

    bathroom toilet paper storage
    Bre Purposed

    One of the most obvious places to keep extra toilet paper is on the back of the toilet. However, there are several ways to make this storage spot more attractive. To make this bathroom organization idea more blog-worthy, find a basket and stack a couple of rows of toilet paper inside. 

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    Use a Free Standing Cabinet for Linen Storage

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    Blake Hill House

    If you have a bathroom with enough floor space, consider adding a freestanding piece of furniture for additional storage. This extra cabinet can be a new piece like you see here, or you could also repurpose an old sideboard, armoire, or dresser. 

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    Use Clear Bins to Organize Underneath the Sink

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    @househomelove / Instagram

    To maximize the space under the sink, find some clear plastic bins in varying sizes to organize products into groupings. Label each bin with categories like skincare, hair care, dental care, etc. If you don't have shelves under your sink, find bins that are stackable or purchase a unit with drawers. 

    Under the Sink Organization from Home House Love

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    Divide Vanity Drawers Into Sections

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    @nicoleloit / Instagram

    Opening a bathroom vanity drawer that looks like a junk drawer is not a fun experience. Instead, purchase drawer dividers and group like items together. The drawer you see here stores items that are used every day and any excess products are stored under the sink. Remember, no two drawers will look alike. Curate your vanity drawer with commonly used products that make sense for your family. 

    Bathroom Drawer Organization from Nicole Loiterstein

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    Create a Place for Dirty and Clean Towels

    organizing bathroom towels
    A Place of My Taste

    Bathrooms are easier to keep clean and organized when there's a spot for everything. If possible, designate a small spot for a hamper, so clothes and wet towels don't end up in a pile on the floor. To save space, roll some clean towels and keep them on top of the hamper. 

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    Use a Lazy Susan in a Bathroom Cabinet

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    @organizedforlife / Instagram

    A turntable or a lazy Susan works well for storing lots of products that you want to access often. Instead of needing to reach over something, you can simply turn the base of the stand. If you have multiple types of items to store, add more than one turntable if space allows. 

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    Lean a Ladder for Towel Storage in a Modern Bathroom

    towel storage in modern bathroom
    Love Create Celebrate

    One of the most straightforward ways to hang towels in a bathroom is to add some hooks to the wall. However, many designers are incorporating ladders into modern bathrooms for hanging towel storage. You could also use hooks and hang baskets from the ladder to store rolled up washcloths and other toiletries.  

    Modern Bathroom Reveal from Love Create Celebrate

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    Store Items on the Inside of a Cabinet Door

    Bathroom shelf door organization
    Polished Habitat

    After you put everything away under the sink, chances are there is still some wasted space on the back of the door. To take advantage of this space, attach clear bins to the door and store items you use often. Label each bin and add dates to items that have an expiration date. 

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    Make a Cabinet Out of an Old Window

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    Liz Marie Blog

    In small bathrooms, the space above the toilet is an ideal place to add in some extra storage. If you're having a hard time finding a cabinet that fits or that you like, make your own by repurposing an old window. Since the door is see-through, the trick here is to make your bathroom storage also look like decor. 

    DIY Bathroom Cabinet from Liz Marie Blog

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    Implement a DIY Toilet Paper Holder

    diy tic tac toe toilet paper holder
    @specific_love_creations / Instagram

    Toilet paper storage is a bathroom necessity, but who said you couldn't have fun with it? Create a toilet paper holder that is one part storage, one party childhood classic game. If you aren't a fan of woodworking projects, there are some ready-made holders you can purchase online. If you're up for a challenge, there are video tutorials you can follow. 

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    Carve Out Some Space for a Hair Dryer

    Over the door hair dryer storage rack
    A Bowl Full of Lemons

    Not every bathroom needs to store several hair tools. However, most bathrooms will have at least one hair dryer that you'll need to put somewhere. This bathroom organizing idea uses an over the door rack that is designed to fit wider items like hair tools. The best part is that you don't need to drill any holes. 

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    Organize Bath Toys in Water Proof Bins

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    Style by Emily Henderson

    Most people aren't in a position where they can design a bathroom from scratch. If you are designing a child's bathroom, consider a deep enough niche to neatly store bath toys. If not, there are other options to consider. You can use some strong suction cups and hang baskets that way to store toys. You could also hang an extra tension rod or shower curtain along the back side of the tub and hang toy baskets from there using hooks. 

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    Keep Your Most Loved Items on a Tray

    bathroom tray storage
    Kate La Vie

    Want to add some personality to your bathroom? Decorate a bathroom countertop with a stylish tray that holds your most loved items. These should be items that you like looking at and that you also reach for every day. Some products to consider include perfume, make up brushes, jewelry from the day, a hand lotion, and so on.

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    Create an Inexpensive Shower Caddy Using Suction Cups

    dollar store bathroom organizing ideas
    Homemade Ginger

    This bathroom organizing idea can be completed in under $5 with a trip to the dollar store. You can use strong suction cups or adhesive hooks. Once secured, hang lightweight baskets and store bath products inside. Make sure you test out the strength of the hooks before you load up the baskets with a ton of extra weight. 

    Dollar Tree Bathroom Organization from Homemade Ginger