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15 Cheap and Easy Ways to Organize Your Makeup in a Small Bathroom

If you have a tiny bathroom, finding space for your makeup and other beauty supplies may be an issue.

The solution is easy: create more space!

In this post I will share 15 cheap and easy ways to organize and store your makeup in small spaces.

If you need inspiration, keep scrolling below!

15 Ways to Organize Cosmetics in Your Bathroom

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1. Separate makeup into containers and label them.

Reuse plastic jars and other containers and label them with the makeup up tool’s name.

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2. Use clear, acrylic shelving to store and organize makeup on your bathroom wall.

Use acrylic shelving to neatly organize your makeup alongside your bathroom wall.

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3. Create a magnet makeup board for cosmetic storage.

Create a magnet board to store and organize your makeup. Using a pretty frame will make it look classy!

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4. Spray paint mason jars for pretty makeup brush storage.

Spray paint mason jars for a beautiful, yet cheap and easy way to store your makeup supplies.

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5. Turn a simple sushi mat into a makeup organizer.

You can create a simple,portable makeup organizer using a sushi mat. How cool is this?

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6. Store your lipstick and other beauty supplies in a candy jar.

Use a candy jar to simply store your favorite makeup supplies. This is a genius idea!

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7. Use stick on pods to organize makeup on the inside of your bathroom cabinet doors.

Stick pods make it easy to store and organize your makeup and other bathroom supplies.

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8. Use a door shelf to organize makeup and other beauty essentials.

A hanging door shelf in your bathroom is perfect for storing your cosmetic essentials.

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9. Use clear containers and decorative sand to store your makeup brushes.

Decorative sand and clear glass containers will give your bathroom a glamorous aesthetic.

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10. Use a small vanity or cookie jar to store makeup sponges.

A small cookie jar is a neat way to store your makeup sponges.

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11. Use glass canisters to neatly organize your makeup and other beauty supplies.

These canisters look really cool and a great way to organize your favorite makeup items.

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12. Repurpose an old tea set to organize your makeup essentials.

An old tea set can be repurposed and used to store your makeup brushes and other items.

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13. Instead of using a potholder for plants, use it to store your beauty supplies.

An Ikea socker pot holder is perfect for organizing your makeup brushes.

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14. Use an Ikea Raskog cart to store your makeup must-haves.

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Use an Ikea Raskog mobile cart to store your makeup. This can be easily rolled into a closet when not in use.

15. Use a shoe organizer to store makeup on your bathroom door.

A simple shoe organizer can help solve the problem of not having enough space in your bathroom.

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The One Makeup Storage Mistake You’re Making That’s Ruining Your Precious Products

Figuring out the best system for how to store your makeup collection can be difficult. Do you want drawers or baskets? Should you organize by brand or by color? But when it comes to where to actually keep your beauty products, there’s one makeup storage mistake to be sure not to make. And that’s keeping everything in the bathroom. I know it seems like common sense to store your makeup, makeup brushes, and even perfume in the bathroom. That big mirror and flattering lighting make the bathroom an ideal spot to primp. But all of the other things you do in there make it a place your beauty products should avoid.

For one thing, all of that showering and bathing you do in your bathroom releases a lot of heat and humidity into the space. And that hotter and wetter air does nothing to help your products stay fresh. In fact, it can actually make them go bad faster, as it encourages mold and bacteria to grow and spread on your makeup and makeup brushes. Gross. Those higher temps in the bathroom will also make your perfume age more quickly, corrupting the smell. But the side effects from your shower aren’t the only reasons to keep your beauty products out of the bathroom.

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In addition to the bacteria that can form because of the humidity, there could also be bacteria lurking on your products from the toilet. Uh, what? Yeah, the toilet. If the lid is up when you flush the toilet, whether you feel it, see it, or not, some water from the bowl is sprayed into the air — water with fecal matter. If you keep your makeup brushes near the toilet, some of that spray is bound to land on them. And if your brushes are contaminated, that means the products you use with them, and your face, are probably coming in contact with fecal matter.

So if you really feel like you need to keep your beauty products in the bathroom, just make sure to not keep them on the sink counter, where they are most vulnerable. But even though storing your beauty products, say, in the back of a linen closet in the bathroom (where the humidity and toilet water won’t reach as well) would be better than leaving everything out on the sink counter, it’s still best to store your makeup collection entirely out of the bathroom. A darker, cooler environment (like a vanity or drawer system) is ideal.

Need some makeup storage and organization inspiration? Whether you want to upgrade your current situation, prefer something a little different, or enjoy a good DIY, there are plenty of cute and effective ways to store your beauty products so that you won’t have to worry about the damaging effects of the bathroom. Your makeup and your face will thank you for it.

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Bathroom Storage

Create a Functional Bathroom With Storage Solutions From Lowe’s

Want to maximize space in your bathroom with medicine cabinets, over-the-toilet storage and other bathroom storage solutions? At Lowe’s we have everything you need to bring function and style to your space.

The best place to start is with bathroom cabinets. From linen cabinets to drawer cabinet banks, a cabinet is a great place for large everyday items and bathroom towel storage. Medicine cabinets are another option and are ideal for small personal items like toothbrushes, makeup and hair products. A medicine cabinet mirror adds functionality and looks nice above a vanity or pedestal sink. We carry a range of styles from rustic medicine cabinets in wood to modern medicine cabinets in glass and stainless steel, plus vintage medicine cabinets and recessed medicine cabinets.

Prefer to have your items visible instead of inside a cabinet? Bathroom shelves can be added above the toilet or on other walls. Over-sink shelves are a good option for storing hand towels and other small items. We carry shelving with towel bars as well as tiered bathroom shelves. Depending on your bathroom’s style, we have options in glass, wood and more.

No matter what you’re looking for — from a large bathroom sink cabinet to a small caddie for your shower — our storage solutions give you the function you need and the style you want for your bathroom. Make shopping for bathroom storage easier by making your purchase online and then picking it up in store.

You spend a lot of your life in the bathroom. So why not turn it into an oasis of organization? Whether you have a spacious master bathroom that needs a little tidying or you’re looking for ideas on how to make a small bathroom seem bigger, these bathroom organization tips and DIY storage hacks will help!

Declutter Your Bathroom

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The first step to achieving the organized bathroom of your dreams is to toss or donate things that are just collecting dust in your medicine cabinet or under the bathroom sink. Start by getting rid of expired medicine and duplicate products. If you have unopened products, donate them to local charities or shelters that need them!

Use Door Racks for More Storage

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Don’t have counters, under-the-sink space, or a linen closet in your small bathroom? Get creative and use the available space on your bathroom door! Adding hanging door racks or shelves provides more storage in your bathroom and makes it easier for you to organize your products.

Invest in Good Shelving

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If you have an open wall over your toilet, take advantage of the vertical space! You can hang a shelf above the toilet with a rack for towels, or you can invest in bathroom storage furniture with adjustable shelves so that it fits perfectly over the toilet.

Repurpose Office Organization Supplies

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Recycling other household items for bathroom organization is one of the best organizing tricks and storage ideas. Two hooks and an old file holder is all it takes to turn wasted space into extra storage for products, styling tools, magazines, or extra toilet paper!

Add Hooks to Your Counter

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Curious how to make the most out of a small bathroom? Tiny spaces call for more creative organization ideas. Add hooks to your sink or the back of a shelf to increase storage space for bath towels, hand towels, or robes.

Try Leaning Storage

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Is an old radiator hindering your storage options? Purchase a leaning towel stand or build your own to add organizational options to otherwise unusable space. Learn how to turn an old ladder into a rustic towel rack with this tutorial from 12 Oaks!

Go Simple with Counter Organization

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No matter how big or small your counter is, it can go from cluttered to cute with the simple addition of a wire bin, wicker basket, or an antique tray. This bathroom counter organizer idea is great for storing washcloths, makeup, perfumes, and more!

Think Vertical, Not Horizontal

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Counter space is precious real estate in a tiny bathroom. That’s why one of our favorite small bathroom storage ideas is to make the most of vertical space with tiered baskets and bins. This helps free up your counter space while still adding more storage!

Use the Toilet Tank for Storage

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The top of your toilet is an ideal place to get more with a bathroom organizer. Whether you need to stash toilet paper rolls or toiletries, the toilet tank can easily double as an extra shelf!

Maximize Space Between Sinks

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Just because master bathrooms have a lot of space doesn’t guarantee you know how to organize your bathroom counter most effectively. Adding shelves between sinks is the perfect way to keep clutter off the counter, store frequently used items at eye level, and add style!

Use Extra Baskets as Shelves

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If you need bathroom towel storage but don’t have room or the budget to add furniture, try repurposing baskets as shelves! This is a cheap bathroom organization idea that’s great for anyone organizing on a budget. Take your pick of baskets and storage bins, and transform them into shelves with this simple DIY hack from TheKimSix Fix.

Build or Buy Drawer Organizers

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A bathroom drawer organizer or divider is an easy way to make getting ready a little quicker in the morning! Purchase small plastic bins, use an old silverware organizer, buy an organizer specifically designed for your drawer, or build your own! This custom drawer organizer from Diva of DIY looks amazing and can be assembled without a hammer.

Utilize Corner Shelves

Small bathroom storage is possible! If you’re low on wall or counter space, make use of every inch with a corner shelf that can hold toilet paper, beauty products, and more! Want to learn how to build a corner shelf? We love this quick do-it-yourself custom shelving idea from House of Rose.

Try Corner Shelves in the Shower

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The space-saving power of corner shelves shouldn’t just be reserved for bathroom walls—install them in your shower! Maximize underutilized shower storage space by making your corners work harder!

Repurpose Mason Jars

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Have extra glass jars lying around? Create your own mason jar bathroom organizers! A little paint can transform old jars into the perfect containers for accessories, toothbrushes, and cotton balls. Spruce up your old glass jars with these decorating ideas from Mason Jar Crafts. Low on counter space? Mount your newly decorated mason jars to create even more bathroom storage with this smart DIY organization project from Lolly Jane!

Don’t Forget About Floor Space

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Don’t get fixated on your lack of shelving and forget to focus on the bathroom storage space you do have! You can easily store towels and cleaning supplies in plain sight with cute wicker baskets or decorative bins that don’t take up too much room.

Rethink Your Toilet Paper Holder

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No built-in toilet paper holder? No problem! Transform extra toilet paper into a sleek statement piece with a cute and functional basket holder that also doubles as additional bathroom storage!

Make the Most of Your Medicine Cabinet

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Wondering how to organize your bathroom vanity? Clear containers, recycled cups, and fabric bags will help you group like items together, so you can take advantage of this convenient storage space!

Include Safe Storage for Hot Tools

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Create your own bathroom counter organizer specifically for styling tools! Make sure your bathroom counter stays extra tidy with a designated place to keep your straightener and blow dryer. This budget-friendly DIY hot tool storage idea from Thrifty Fun only requires a PVC pipe and an oven mitt!

Invest in a Makeup Organizer

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Bathroom counter organization ideas can be simple. Keep makeup from overtaking drawers and consuming your entire counter with a sleek makeup organizer. Have a hanging shoe organizer you don’t use anymore? Repurpose it in your bathroom as a super convenient way to store makeup and body products vertically on the door!

Arrange Items by Frequency of Use

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Whether you’re organizing items in a linen closet or under your bathroom sink, try putting things you need more frequently at eye level with lesser used items stored farther back or higher up.

Give Clear Containers a Try

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One of the best ways for organizing bathroom closets or under-sink cabinets is with clear storage bins. Use a black marker on the outside of the container to make note of what’s inside.

Or Try Plastic Organizers

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If you’re looking for cheap bathroom organization ideas, plastic containers work just as well as glass jars or decorative baskets. Budget-friendly bins help you create bathroom storage and group like items without breaking the bank!

Use Organizers with Different Levels

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Bathroom organizers are most effective when you can quickly find items. Investing in an organizer with levels helps you store more without losing sight of the toothpaste, medicine, or beauty products you need to grab in a hurry.

Add Shelves to Closet Doors

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Create even more storage space in your bathroom linen closet by adding hooks or hanging racks on the inside of closet doors for hand towels, wash clothes, and small toiletries.

Try a Rotating Rack Under the Sink

A Lazy Susan isn’t just for your kitchen! Using a rotating rack as a creative under the bathroom sink organizer will make digging through piles of supplies a thing of the past.

Install Pull-Out Cabinet Drawers

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This bathroom cabinet idea isn’t just for small bathrooms! If you’re tired of sitting on the bathroom floor and knocking over half of the supplies under your sink in the process, installing a rolling shelf will make it easy to find exactly what you’re searching for! This slide-out cabinet drawer from Remodelaholic looks great and is easy to make!

Add an Under Sink Bench

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A pedestal sink doesn’t mean you can’t have great bathroom sink storage! Adding a low bench or shelf is a clever organizing idea for your small bathroom, and it’s perfect for storing towels close to the sink!

Group Cleaning Supplies

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Don’t let cleaning supplies take over the space under your sink or in your linen closet! One clever storage idea is to use a shower caddy or similar storage bin to keep all bathroom cleaners together and out of the way.

Now that you have a plan to declutter your bathroom with budget-friendly organizing ideas and DIY bathroom storage projects, your dream of a tidy and trendy bathroom is possible! Ready to tackle bedroom organization, too? Check out our guide to an organized bedroom!

Most of us begin and end our days in the bathroom — so having an organized space can have a huge impact on your day. While organizing everything at once can seem overwhelming, it really only takes four steps to make sure that everything is in its right place.

  1. Purge:Start by taking out anything not essential to daily life out of the bathroom. Dispose of expired makeup and medications, and remove anything that you don’t actually use.
  2. Regroup: Try organizing like things with each other — keep toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss in one spot, and keep all the hair tools together in another place.
  3. Relocate: Once you’ve regrouped everything, put it in the spot that makes the most sense — for example, put makeup in a space near the drawer, keep spare toilet paper near the toilet, and keep wash cloths near the sink or tub.
  4. Maintain: The hardest step can be maintenance — but if you always keep everything in the same place, you’ll be able to save plenty of time, since everything will be where you left it.

To help get a jump start on the organizational process, Lifestyle Expert Elizabeth Mayhew stopped by TODAY with recommendations to help achieve the spa-like bathroom of your dreams.

Places to Organize

Chances are you aren’t taking full advantage of the space offered in your bathroom. Even if your counters are cluttered or your drawers full, there are plenty of places where you can find some extra bathroom storage space.

Under Sink Organization Starter Kit

Maximize counter space by installing an under-the-sink organizer. This four-piece kit makes the most of your space with a hanging set of shelves and several organizational bins.

Stackable Under Sink Organization Kit

This essential kit includes several clear stackable bins, which allow for easy organization and provide plenty of room for odds and ends.

Adhesive Command Hooks

If you have a vanity, try putting these hooks on the back of the door and using them to hold tools like brushes and hair dryers. Sturdy and able up to five pounds, this multipack of hooks is great for making space quickly.

Elfa Utility Bathroom Door and Wall Rack Solution

This heavy-duty rack from the Container Store gives you plenty of extra room for essentials, and it’s easy to install.

Over-the-Toilet Storage Cabinet

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The space above your toilet is valuable and oft-neglected storage real estate! Try this cabinet from Wayfair, which helps give you plenty of room for bathroom necessities.

Floating Wall Shelves

If you don’t want to do a full cabinet, try these stylish wall shelves. Organize them with cute baskets to cut down on the clutter!

Monogrammed Towel Hooks

Try replacing towel bars with hooks to increase the amount of wall space available. We love these monogram options, so you can assign a hook to each family member!

Monogrammed Towels

These glamorous white towels bring the bathroom to a whole new level, and you’ll always know who left their towel on the floor instead of the hamper.

Tension Shower Caddy

This shower caddy is easy to install, giving you plenty of room to store soaps and shampoos.

Cabinet Organizer with Drawer

Try putting one of these organizers in your medicine cabinet to help corral loose items.

Flexible Magnetic Tape

If you’re looking for a more DIY solution, try installing strips of magnetic tape to the inside of your medicine cabinet. Small items like nail clippers, tweezers, and hair pins will stick to it, helping declutter shelves and drawers.

Things to Organize

Sometimes, it can be hard to find room for various odds and ends like makeup, medication, and bathroom supplies.

Expandable Makeup Organizer

This organizer takes up as much space as you need it to, and its wide, easily-accessible shape is perfect for making sure your daily makeup is within reach.

Shallow Drawer Organizers

For those with bigger makeup collections, these organizers can help divide up even the most cluttered drawers.

Hair Tool Station

This wooden storage unit is great when you’re looking to store bulky or awkward items like curling irons, brushes, sprays, and gels.

Under Sink Hair Tool Storage

This under-the-sink door caddy has a specific spot to hold a hair dryer, while still leaving room for other styling tools and products.

Apothecary Jars

Things like cotton balls and bobby pins can be hard to store, so try displaying them in glass jars like these to add an elegant touch.

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Try these nine easy tips to organize the bathroom for smoother mornings and a more spa-like atmosphere!

This post is sponsored by InterDesign, one of my favorite suppliers of organization products. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

I’ve never been a morning person, so I’m all in when it comes to anything that will help make our morning routines run smoother. Having an organized bathroom can really help to speed things up when it comes to getting ready and it makes cleaning up so much easier. It’s also much more relaxing to start {and end!} the day in a clutter-free, calming bathroom space. And who couldn’t use a little more relaxation in their day?

I used a number of products from InterDesign to re-organize the boys’ {and my husband’s!} bathroom last month. They have a ton of awesome organization products for every room in your home. I’ve included Amazon affiliate links to help you find the specific items, but you can also purchase InterDesign products at Bed, Bath and Beyond, HomeSense {I’ve found some great deals here!}, London Drugs, and other home stores. Or check out the InterDesign blog or website for more info. I wouldn’t be surprised if you find some products that you already own!

You can also find some free printable bathroom organization labels at the end of the post to help organize your space. Just download them, print them on clear sticker paper, and stick. Now let’s get organizing!

9 Easy Tips to Organize the Bathroom

I find that the bathroom is one of the easiest rooms to organize and can also have one of the biggest impacts! If your bathroom could use a little organization help, follow these easy tips to organize the bathroom and create your own spa-like retreat.

1. Declutter First.

Organizing the bathroom should always start with a good decluttering. Before you move on to the actual organizing, be sure to read this post for 20 items to declutter from the bathroom along with some great decluttering tips. There’s no point organizing stuff that you don’t use or need!

2. Keep the Counters Clutter-Free.

Keep as few items out on the counters as possible and use a tray to corral any products that you do want out. This creates a tidier look and makes it easier to clear off your counter for cleaning. Keep any items that you have on the counter confined to the back 1/3rd of the counter space to allow room for getting ready. This foaming soap pump not only looks pretty, but it also saves a ton of soap. You just need to fill it about 1/4 of the way with any of your favorite liquid soap and then add water to fill it up. You can find the free printable labels at the end of the post. 🙂

3. Use the Inside of Cabinet Doors for Storage

You can gain a ton of extra storage in your bathroom by using the inside of your cabinet doors. Use over the door organizers to hold a variety of items or hair styling products. Command Hooks work great to hang face towels or cleaning cloths and can easily be removed if you want to change things up. I love these toothbrush organizers to keep the boys’ toothbrushes out of sight but still easily accessible. They just stick directly to the cabinet door and the main piece pops out for easy cleaning.

4. Use drawer dividers.

There are so many little items that can get lost in those cluttered bathroom drawers! Draw dividers help to give everything a “home” and make it much quicker and easier to find what you’re looking for. Acrylic drawer dividers keep things tidy and keep the space light and airy. Store similar items together so you know where to find everything (and where to put items back!) You can even add some drawer liner if you’d like to add your own touch! NOTE: The toothbrushes, toothpaste, and razor in the photo below are EXTRA, UNSUED items. Obviously, I would not store them together if they were not brand new. 🙂

5. Have a Caddy for Each Member of the Family

I find that having a caddy is such a help – both for myself and for my kids. Each of the boys has their own caddy filled with any personal care items that they use each day. Each morning, they just have to pull out the caddy, do their tasks, and put it back. Everything is all in one place {so they don’t forget any steps!} and it’s quick and easy to clean up. If you need one a little bigger, you could check out this one.

6. Add a laundry bin.

Having a laundry bin in the bathroom specifically for wet and dirty towels makes it quicker to clean up and way easier to do laundry! I like washing my towels separately from our clothing items as much as possible so this makes our laundry routine so much simpler.

7. Hang towels from hooks instead of towel bars.

It’s much easier to hang up bath towels on a hook than it is to hang them on a towel bar. Plus, it allows the towel to dry better. Save the towel bars for hand towels and get some hooks for everyone to hang their towels on – preferably a different hook for each family member. We try to re-use our towels as much as possible to cut down on washing, so it’s nice to know that you’re getting your own towel! If you don’t want to mount anything to the wall {or don’t have the space} try using over the door hooks.

8. Use clear acrylic containers.

These hinged-lid acrylic containers are one of my favorites and work great for so many storage needs around the house. The medium size worked perfectly in our bathroom. Our end cupboards have these awkward bars across them {I’m assuming that the vanity was originally built for drawers} that make it difficult to utilize the space. I added a dish riser to create another shelf space and the acrylic bins fit like they were made for the space! The bins work great for stacking {I use them in our pantry} and the clear design allows you to easily see what’s inside.

9. Label, label, label.

Labels make it easier to find what you’re looking for and, even more importantly, where to put it back. Now your kids {and husband!} can’t tell you they don’t know where something goes! A cute label can also add more interest and personalization to your space. I used some Silhouette Clear Sticker paper for the labels in our bathroom just like I did for our fridge labels. Although the labels can be printed out on an ink jet printer, the ink can start to run if it gets wet. Having it printed on a laser printer {I just took my files to a copy place and had them printed for $2} will ensure that the ink will stay put. If you don’t want to use these labels, you can use a label maker, vinyl cutter, chalkboard labels or even just a Sharpie.


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Remember that organizing your bathroom doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. The main goal is to create a more functional space that is easier to use and simple to keep organized – just a few little changes can make a big difference in your daily routines!

Thanks again to InterDesign for helping me out on this project!


Clear Acrylic Bins – InterDesignBathroom Caddy – InterDesign
Laundry Basket – H&M Home {2 years ago}
Acrylic Toothbrush Holder – InterDesign
Acrylic Drawer Divider – InterDesign
Clear Silhouette Sticker Labels – AmazonFoaming Soap Pump – InterDesignClear Glass Canisters – InterDesign

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