How to Declutter and Organize Your Bathroom

Bathroom with storage shelves and containers
Trinette Reed / Stocksy United

If you're looking to cut clutter in your bathroom, one of the best thing you can do is to store less stuff in there. What should you store in your bathroom? The short answer is not much. You want to keep this area as serene and as organized as possible to get you in and out as quickly as possible on a busy weekday morning. It could also be a hazard to have a lot of extra stuff hanging around your bathroom. 

Is your bathroom a big mess? Can't find what you need when you need it? Then use this list of items as a guide to what you should absolutely store in your bathroom, and what items you should never store in your bathroom. 

Store These Items

  • Toiletries: Keep items like toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash, facial moisturizers, face wash, eye cream, contact, and contact solution. Store these as close to the sink as possible, and store extra supplies under the sink if you have room. Toiletries can become bathroom clutter, so make sure you keep them to a minimum. 
  • Towels: Store face cloths and hand towels in a drawer to keep them close at hand and so they don't topple over. Store bath towels in your linen closet. Either way, keep towels close at hand. If you have guests coming over, consider moving them to a more prominent spot so you don't have to answer the question, "Where are the towels?".
  • Shower supplies: Keep razors, shaving cream, body wash, bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, and anything else you use in the shower or tub stored close at hand in the shower or tub. Use a tall shower caddy since they use vertical space so well.
  • Hairdryer, curler, flat iron: Your hair styling products like a hairdryer, flat iron, and curling iron are traditionally stored in the bathroom where they are used. If you can hang them, they will be easier to reach, but many people don't want to actually see their hair styling tools out in the open all the time. Keep yours in a drawer if you have one handy. Many people hang them on the inside of the cabinet door under the sink. Whatever you do, make sure to separate them out so you are not hunting for them among toiletries. The cords can easily create a big mess.
  • Toilet paper: If you have space under your sink, store extra rolls there. If you have room for a basket on the floor, store extra rolls there. We all know there is nothing worse than having to hunt down more toilet paper when you gotta go, so keep your toilet paper as close to the toilet as possible.
  • First aid kit: It may sound super obvious, but make sure you store this in a place that if you're directing someone else they can find it easily. A good tip is to store it in a bottom drawer so you can yell "bottom drawer on the right" if you need someone else to grab it. Why the bottom? This way it's not crowding out the stuff you use every day in your top drawer. 

Maybe Store These

  • Jewelry: You might keep a small tray next to the sink where you put your everyday jewelry like your watch and earrings. 
  • Special-occasion makeup: You may keep all of your makeup in the same spot, but some people have larger collections, and you don't want your special-occasion makeup crowding out the basics you use every day.
  • Linens: If you don't have a linen closet, store bedding and linens on bathroom shelving.
  • Papers and reading material: If you must store reading materials in the bathroom next to the bathtub or worse, next to the toilet, then containerize them! A pile of magazines and books spilling across the floor really adds to the clutter and uncleanliness of a bathroom. Try a wall magazine rack or a small basket.

Do Not Store

  • Medications: Consider moving your medication to the kitchen. When you take a pill, you usually take it in the kitchen because that's where the water is. Secondly, humidity is bad for most meds. Move your medications to a small-ish bin in the kitchen.
  • Non-waterproof electronic equipment: If you like to listen to the news while you take a shower, invest in a waterproof radio or MP3 player. Don't bring your iPod into the bathroom and leave it around the sink or in the shower.
  • Paperwork, mail, bills: This is just a no-brainer, but some people do it. Paper gets warped in humidity and when wet. Do not do it.