10 Organization Hacks for the New Bathroom in Your Home

19 December 2013 by


Blue morningBathrooms are often one of the most used rooms in any house. These small spaces can be tricky to keep organized and clean, but there are plenty of options that will not only optimize your space, but also enhance your bathroom’s décor. Here are ten organizational hacks you can try for your new home’s bathroom or use to makeover your existing bathroom.

Turn an old dresser or desk into a vanity 

Use the drawers as additional storage for linens, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies. Give it a new paint job to accent the colors of your bathroom, add decorative knobs and handles, and place decorative canisters of cotton balls, Q-tips, and other bathroom necessities on top. Place a mirror above it to add depth to the room and complete the vanity image. This piece of furniture can fill an awkward space, provide valuable storage, and create a welcoming environment for guests.

Repurpose other storage tools

If you don’t have much shelf space or a linen closet to store your towels, hang a wine bottle rack or magazine rack on the wall to fold and roll towels to store instead. Not only is this a great space-saving solution, but it is also an excellent way to create a welcoming atmosphere for guests and to use towels to create a color scheme for your bathroom. You can also use a spice rack to hold bottles of lotion and perfume. If you have extra counter space, repurpose a cookie or cake tower to hold jewelry or attractive lotion and hair product bottles.

Stick-on containers 

Place small stick-on containers to the back of your medicine cabinet door to hold and organize small items such as toothbrushes, lipstick, nail polish, or nail clippers. These are small items that usually clutter drawers or medicine cabinet shelves, so use that space more wisely. Add PVC pipe to the inside of cabinet doors to store curling irons and straighteners in hair salon fashion. Don’t be afraid to use the power of magnetic force by placing a magnetic board on the back of a cabinet door and adding small magnet strips on the backs of makeup containers, hooks for hanging small objects, and as an easy place to stick bobby pins.

Put a book shelf above your door 

Often there is enough space between the top of a doorframe and the ceiling to add a bookshelf for some up-high storage. Not only is this out of the way (and therefore the perfect small bathroom solution), but also it makes the room appear taller and you can place decorative baskets for storage on the shelf to enhance your bathroom’s color scheme and style. Use simple storage containers for a subtle look, or draw attention and enhance the room by placing a vine-like plant on the shelf to frame the door.

Drawer dividers 

Often there is precious little drawer space when it comes to bathrooms and that space can get easily cluttered. Do not underestimate the power of some good draw dividers to hold makeup, toothpaste, hairbrushes, and nail clippers. Give everything a divided place, and you’ll be surprised at how much space a little organization creates. If you cannot find dividers that fit your drawers or storage needs, fill the drawer with small baskets and keep them in place with Velcro.

Use the back of the door 

Most small bathrooms struggle for wall space and you may find yourself having to choose between towel racks and some organizational shelves. Don’t forget that the back of the bathroom door is up for grabs too and is a perfect place to add some towel racks for a stacked, simple, and space-saving solution. This would also be a great space to hang a spice rack for hair products and lotion bottles.

Optimize above toilet space 

These days, there is no shortage for attractive storage made to fit above your toilet. This can come in many options from wall unit shelving to freestanding units that fit around the back of the toilet. Make sure you get the correct measurements before buying anything and leave enough room to get in the tank of the toilet when you need to. You can even create your own above-the-toilet storage by stacking floating shelves or decorative shelf cubes.

Save space with built-ins 

It’s often difficult to justify adding cabinets and shelves in an already tight bathroom. Since many bathroom walls are interiors, it’s often possible to turn to built-in shelves and storage as a great solution for the extra space you might need. Add shelving and cabinets between empty stud bays behind the drywall. If you’re not especially tool-savvy, this may be a (worthwhile) project to leave to the professionals. The standard width between studs allows you for storage that’s about 14 ½ inches wide and 4 inches deep.

Optimize space under the sink 

Under the sink storage is often awkward because of pipes and tubes, and therefore is designated for cleaning products and little else. However, under the sink is prime space for some extra attention. Using some creativity and careful measuring, you can easily transform this space into a storage wonderland. Take a look at the handcrafted storage space by Pregnant…with Power Tools and Pink Toes & Power Tools. You’ll be amazed at how much you can organize and add under the sink with a little extra creativity.

Shower storage 

Use internal shower storage for shampoos, soaps, and extra washcloths that can be easily hid by the shower curtain. For a tub/shower, consider adding shelving to the wall furthest from the showerhead to store bathroom essentials. There are plenty of suction cup and storage units to hang from the showerhead for additional storage as well.

What are solutions you’ve found to create perfect organization in your bathroom? Don’t hold out on us! Share your creative organization hacks in the comments section below.

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