I have never been one to put much stock in large, luxurious bathrooms. It’s just not me and I would always want to have that extra space in other parts of the house like the kitchen or the family room. But we are a household of five, with three teenagers, so I do agonize on a regular basis at the state of our bathrooms. (And yes, I realize that it is a total privilege to have more than one bathroom, to begin with.) This is why we have come up with a list of bathroom storage ideas that will help you keep your bathroom clean and organized!
I will admit that over the last few years, I avoided going into the kid’s bathroom as part of my strategy. The bathroom is small, there were *always* towels on the floor, toothpaste smeared all over the counter, counter strewn with teenage destruction, and the garbage was, of course, invariably overflowing. But during the pandemic, as the five of us have been cooped up together pretty much 24-7, I decided to do something about it. I started looking around at storage ideas for small bathrooms, strategies for under the sink storage, and organizers that would make my small bathrooms more functional. Because let’s face it, THE MOST stressful hours in the day for any family are the hour in the morning, getting ready for the day, and the hour in the evening getting ready for bed.
Short of remodeling a small bathroom, how should you approach this project? Two questions to ask yourself when trying to organize and create more storage in a small bathroom are:
1) what bothers you the most about this bathroom and how can you change it and
2) how can I utilize space that is currently not being used?
Here are some of our favorite ideas for small bathrooms:
- Most likely, the vertical space in your bathroom is not being used to its fullest potential, especially if you have high ceilings. Try installing a shelf above the door to store extra towels, toilet paper, and bath soaps. Add shelves and hooks on the wall above the toilet or above the tile in the shower stall. Add hooks in the ceiling to hang baskets that can hold supplies that are not being currently used or not used often.
- Perhaps you have a small corner area in the bathroom that is empty? Add a rolling cart with shelving units to store toilet paper, hairdryers and curling irons, and extra hair products.
- Wall cabinets are a must for any small bathroom because they can be hung where ever you have a little extra wall space and come in so many sizes and depths. Pro tip: choose a cabinet with sliding doors that are mirrored to save space when opening them and provide the optical illusion of more space with the mirror.
- Storage baskets and fabric bins can be a great way to use small spaces to store bathroom accessories because they come in so many different sizes to fit your space. For instance, meori has 4 sizes of fabric storage bins and our Mini Foldable Boxes fit and utilize small spaces such as small shelves, window ledges, on top of the toilet, and small side tables, giving you endless options for storage.
- Using a single color palette for walls, tile and floor can make your bathroom feel more spacious. Think about extending the color of your tiles to the walls and ceiling and the bathroom accessories. Choose one accent color, not multiple. Shades of blue look great with metallics and create a calming, clean effect in any bathroom.
- Installing a simple glass wall instead of a shower curtain will make the room feel larger. And adding a shower caddy either hanging from the showerhead or attached to the corner of the shower stall will help organize your bath products.
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Bathroom Storage Ideas Under The Sink
Finding the right bathroom cabinet storage or under the sink storage organizer is key to keeping your bathroom organized and using space well in a small space. Everything stored under the sink is at your fingertips and yet helps to keep your counter space free and tidy. With more stored under the sink, your bathroom will look cleaner and tidier.
Measure your space first and decide what you plan on putting under the sink before you buy storage containers. Consider color-coordinated containers in different sizes to give it a clean, organized look.
And under the sink pull-out caddy is one of the best ways to store lots under the sink and make it easy to see and retrieve those items when you want them.
Another great idea is to use an over-cabinet hair tool caddy or storage basket that hangs on the inside door of the under the sink cabinet and holds all those things you use on a daily basis but don’t want to leave cluttering up your counter space. Pro tip: Where ever you store your hairdryer, install an electrical outlet so you can keep it plugged in all the time where you store it.
Consider a Lazy Susan or stacking acrylic storage boxes to keep cosmetics and bath products stored so that they are visible when you need them.
Bathroom Cabinet Organizers
Well-organized bathroom cabinets are the key to keeping your bathroom tidy and clutter-free and the stress level in the mornings to a minimum. Whether you are looking to add new cabinet space on a budget or just better organize the cabinets you have, here are some clever ways to do it.
When looking to add more cabinet storage, over the toilet storage towers are a no-brainer because you can instantly expand your storage without sacrificing valuable floor space. First, decide if you want open shelves or cabinets over the toilet. Open cubby shelves are perfect for storing candles, tissues, or rolled-up face cloths, while closed-door cabinets are great to stash away toiletries and bathroom supplies. Then, measure your space. After that, decide what materials and color you want your storage shelf or cabinet to be. If you are looking to add a pop of color or textured baskets, consider an open shelved unit and then add fabric storage bins or stylish baskets.
Are you are looking to clear off the floor? Think about adding a tucked-away garbage mounted to the inside of a cabinet door.
If you are looking for other ways to maximize your bathroom cabinet storage, look for risers that that will allow you to create more space underneath small items stacked on the risers. This is a great way to organize your medicine cabinet.
Install a tiered pull-out shelf system and stock it with small storage bins and trays to organize just about anything including hair accessories, nail kits, cleaning supplies, and other toiletries.
Do you hate the look of your cabinets? Think about removing the drawers and adding fabric storage bins or attractive baskets to make for easier access to your towels and toiletries and add the color scheme that coordinates with the rest of your bathroom.
Bathroom Storage Containers
A word about choosing the right bathroom storage containers. Before you go out and spend a bunch of money on things you aren’t then satisfied with, think about these questions: What are you trying to achieve with the storage containers – is it just function or do they need to look good and coordinate with your decor? What do you want to put in them and how visible will they be? Do you want to label them? Does each person in the house need one or more dedicated storage bins? If so, how big will they be and where will you store them?
Bathroom storage cubes are a great way to add color to the room and store things away that you either want somewhat protected or hidden from view. Store towels, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and extra bath products in these containers. Give each person in the family a different colored cube for their things and label it.
Stacking storage bins are a great way to store a lot of things in a small space that isn’t needed every day. Medicine and first aid items, extra toiletries, and hair accessories can be stored this way and see-through storage bins are a great way to quickly find what you are looking for.
Bathroom Storage Ideas For Towels
In an ideal world, there is a large linen closet in the hallway outside the bathroom that stores all of those extra towels, sheets, and blankets that we have collected over the years. But oftentimes, that just isn’t the case. So what to do about storing your towels? One of the benefits of storing towels in the bathroom is that they are easily accessible to anyone taking a shower who forgot to get their towel ahead of time.
If the bathroom cabinets are full and there is no space for towels, try the following ideas.
- Consider a wall-mounted metal hook system that holds rolled-up towels.
- Use open fabric storage bins and rather than stack the towels horizontally, roll them and store them in the storage bin vertically.
- Add attractive hooks on the wall to hang fresh towels for each person in the family.
- Use S hooks to hang towels from a single towel rack that would otherwise only hold one towel.
- Add a door mounted towel rack or over the door set of hooks to hang towels on the back of the door.
- Look for a towel stand that you can place near the tub or shower to hold fresh towels when stepping out of the tub.
Bathroom Counter Organizer Ideas
I can’t decide what bothers me more – the difficulty in cleaning the bathroom counter when it is full of tiny little cosmetics, jewelry containers, lotions, and potions or, the look of all that chaos on my bathroom counter when I enter the room.
Either way, the most important element to having a clean and tidy bathroom that works is finding a way to keep the bathroom countertops clear of clutter and chaos.
To narrow down the items that you need for your daily routine and then put all the other things away in cupboards or drawers that are not right at the sink. For the items you need daily, decide whether you are going to put them on your counter or in a drawer or cabinet that is close by. Then measure your space and determine the size of the storage container you need to hold those items.
For makeup organization, consider choosing dividers that fit in the drawer next to the sink. If you don’t have that space, find storage bins that have little dividers that will help you sort your makeup items so they are easy to find and well organized.
Consider using wall mounts (with or without hooks for storage containers) next to the bathroom counter for storing and organizing small items such as cosmetics and jewelry. Some wall mounts can then be used to hang storage containers in different sizes depending on what you are storing.
Consider a tiered Lazy Susan or tiered stacking baskets to organize and display perfumes and soaps to maximize small countertop space.
If your having trouble keeping your bathroom or home clean then check out this article on the 10 Daily Habits For Keeping Your Home Organized And Easier To Clean.
For storage ideas for every room in your house, check out our comprehensive Home Storage Ideas blog post here.
Conclusion – Bathroom Storage Ideas
We would love to hear from you on what is your favorite bathroom storage ideas, particularly your ideas for creating more storage space and clearing those bathroom countertops. What solutions have you found?
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