18 Creative Bathroom Organizing Ideas

Organized under sink bathroom storage

Breathing Room Organization

Bathroom organization is attainable for all baths, regardless of their size. Small bathrooms often 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.

Here are 18 bathroom organizing ideas that address small bathroom storage, organizers for large baths, and some tips to help you maximize any space.

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    Add a Shelving Unit Above the Toilet

    over-the-toilet shelving

    Bless'er House

    Many companies sell shelving units that are made to fit around standard-size toilets. Stylistically these units often look pretty basic. So 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 home decor style.

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    Use Cups or Jars for Storage

    using jars to store toiletries

    The Spruce / Candace Madonna

    This medicine cabinet became much more functional with the addition of three mason jars. By storing items vertically inside a cup or jar, 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 cotton balls, one for cotton swabs, and another for miscellaneous items.

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    Use a Label Maker to Beautify Basic Containers

    labeled bathroom containers

    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 storage containers, baskets, and apothecary jars that work well together. However, before you purchase organizing products, first sort through all your bathroom items to determine how you want to categorize them, so you can buy containers tailored to them.

    Free Printable Labels That You Can Type in Text and Edit from The Creativity Exchange

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    Coordinate Bottles to Cut Down on Clutter

    diy shampoo bottles


    Showers and tub surrounds are often cluttered with multiple shampoos and soap bottles. One way to encourage a minimal approach to bath products is to coordinate your bottles. Transfer your shampoo and other products into a matching set of bottles. You'll be so caught up keeping your bottles looking photo-ready that you'll be less tempted to buy any unnecessary products.

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    Add a Tiered Organizer if You Have Extra Floor Space

    tiered bathroom cart

    The Spruce / Sydney Brown

    Any bathroom with a little extra floor space could benefit from the addition of a tiered organizer. Some people use small rolling carts, which have the added benefit of being easily mobile to move supplies to where you need them. Stock the top levels with items you use regularly, and store infrequently used items, such as extra toilet paper, on the bottom. Plus, a smaller tiered tray would work well for storage on the bathroom counter.

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    Attach Everyday Makeup to the Wall

    makeup holder on the wall

    Instagram / @yourpersonalorganizer

    Think about the items you reach for every day when you get ready in the bathroom. If you do your makeup 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 can damage the wall underneath, so you might be better off drilling a few small holes for a cleaner patch job if you ever want to remove the organizer.

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    Stack Toilet Paper in a Basket

    baskets holding toilet paper and toiletries

    Trinette Reed / Stocksy

    One of the most obvious places to keep extra toilet paper is on the back of the toilet. But that can give off a rather cluttered and unappealing look. So there are several ways to make this storage spot more attractive. For instance, simply find a basket that fits the top of your toilet, and stack a couple of rows of toilet paper inside and out of sight.

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    Use a Freestanding Cabinet for Linen Storage

    A white armoire in a large bathroom

    Calimia Home

    If you have a bathroom with enough floor space, consider adding a freestanding piece of furniture, such as a decorative cabinet, for additional storage. This extra furniture can be a brand new or custom-built piece. Or you can also repurpose an old sideboard, armoire, or dresser to suit your needs.

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    Use Clear Bins to Organize Underneath the Sink

    under sink organization

    Instagram / @househomelove

    To maximize the space under the sink, acquire some clear plastic storage bins in varying sizes to organize products into categories. Label each bin with categories, such as skin care, hair care, dental care, and more. If you don't have shelves under your sink, find bins that are stackable or purchase a unit with drawers. Make sure everyone using the bins adheres to their labeled purposes to maintain organization.

    Under the Sink Organization from Home House Love

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    Divide Vanity Drawers Into Sections

    A vanity drawer divided into sections

    breathing room organization

    Don't allow your bathroom vanity drawers to look like junk drawers. Instead, purchase drawer dividers and group like items together to make the drawers functional and appealing storage spaces. 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 drawers with commonly used products that make sense for your household.

    Bamboo Drawer Dividers from Breathing Room Organization

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    Create a Place for Dirty and Clean Towels

    a place for new towels

    The Spruce / Letícia Almeida

    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, you can roll some clean towels and store them on top of the hamper. Just be sure to keep them neat for a spa-like appearance.

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    Use a Lazy Susan in a Bathroom Cabinet

    Lady Susan and bins used in a bathroom cabinet

    breathing room organization

    A turntable or a lazy Susan works well for storing lots of small products that you want to remain accessible. Instead of needing to reach over something to get to an item in the back of a cabinet, you can simply turn the lazy Susan. If you have multiple types of items to store, consider adding more than one turntable if space allows.

    Lazy Susans from Breathing Room Organization

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    Lean a Ladder for Towel Storage

    ladder holding towels

    The Spruce / Sydney Brown

    One of the most straightforward ways to hang towels in a bathroom is to add some hooks or a towel bar to the wall. However, many designers also incorporate ladders into modern bathrooms for hanging towel storage that maximizes vertical space. Plus, you can hang hooks and baskets from a ladder to store washcloths and other toiletries.

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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 cabinet doors. To take advantage of this space, attach clear bins to the doors in which you can store items you use often. Label each bin, and add dates to items that have an expiration. That way, you'll know where everything is, and nothing will go to waste.

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    Carve Out Some Space for a Hair Dryer

    inner cabinet basket holding a hair dryer

    The Spruce / Sydney Brown

    Not every bathroom needs storage for several hair tools. However, most bathrooms will contain at least one hair dryer that you'll have to keep somewhere. And that can be easier said than done, as hair dryers are generally an odd shape. So this bathroom organizing idea uses an over-the-door rack that is designed to fit wider items, including hair tools. The best part is you don't need to drill any holes to hang it.

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    Organize Bath Toys in Waterproof Bins

    bath toys storage

    Style by Emily Henderson 

    If you have young children, they likely have some bath toys that need storing when not in use. Niches in the wall are a great spot to store such toys in a small plastic bin. But if you don't have a niche, you also can hang a small bin from strong suction cups in or near the bath. Plus, you can hang an extra shower curtain tension rod along the back wall of the tub and add hooks to that from which you can hang toy bins.

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    Keep Stylish 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 some of your most-loved and visually appealing items. These should be items that you like looking at and that you also reach for often. Some products to consider include perfume, makeup brushes, jewelry, and hand lotion.

    Another H&M Haul from Kate La Vie

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    Create a Shower Caddy Using Suction Cups

    dollar store bathroom organizing ideas

    Homemade Ginger

    This bathroom organizing idea is easy and inexpensive. Fix strong suction cups or adhesive hooks to the shower surround. Once they're secured, hang lightweight baskets in which to store bath products. Make sure you test the strength of the hooks before you load up the baskets with lots of extra weight. Hook packaging often will list a weight limit.

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