Of all the rooms in our home, the one where we want and need the most organization just has to be the bathroom. Think about it. We do so much in there, every task requires various tools, multiple people usually use it, and it’s still the smallest room in the house. We need it to be organized just to stay sane! Luckily, there are all kinds of ideas, tricks and tips to make that organizing easier. Here are 19 of our favorites.
- Adapted Shower CaddyHome Organizing by Alejandra.tv
The best head-smacking, “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-before” organizational tricks start with questioning the way “everybody” does it and the way things are “always” done. Case in point: a shower caddy adapted to hang where it’ll actually help you the most. You can also use this simple trick to hang multiple caddies and double your storage space for a large family or visiting guests.
- Shower Curtain PocketsMAYTEX
Another trick from organizational maven Alejandra.tv? Pockets on the shower curtain liner! They’re perfect for catching and organization kids’ bath toys or smaller toiletries. You can DIY it by attaching pockets to your liner, or just buy one here. You can also simply hang a shoe organizer in your shower, too.
- Washcloth StandClutterBug
Remember how easy it is to make a stand out of plates and candlesticks from the Dollar Store? Use that same idea to create a stand for washcloths that keeps them in easy reach while also adding a spa-like feeling to your bathroom.
- Mounted Magnetic Toothbrush StripThe Family Handyman
One of the most weirdly-difficult-to-organize items in our bathrooms? The toothbrush! Save counter space by making and mounting a magnetic storage strip for regular brushes . . .
- Mounted Broom Clips For Electric ToothbrushesThe Family Handyman
. . . using the grip clips designed for brooms to mount electric toothbrushes on the side of your medicine cabinet . . .
- Cabinet Toothbrush NotchesThe Family Handyman
. . . or cutting notches in your medicine cabinet shelves to keep your toothbrushes both safe from germs and from falling every time you open the cabinet.
- Doubled Shower Rodsimgur via Buzzfeed
When you have a large family using only one bathroom, you can never have enough ways to organize your shower, especially when you throw kids’ tub toys into the mix. One of our favorite ideas is to hang a second tension rod and hang all the baskets you can fit . . .
- Hanging ProductsAlishaMarie via Better Homes and Gardens
. . . or skip the baskets entirely and hang the products directly! Just use clips attached to shower rings.
- Mason Jar StorageLiz Marie Blog
When in doubt, organize by going vertical! This mason jar organizer is a classic idea to make use of your wall space and keep cotton swabs, sponges, hair ties, cotton balls, etc. tidy.
- Planter Box OrganizerThe Polohouse
Repurpose a slim planter box to give you organized compartments in even the smallest of spaces.
- Floating ShelvesGraceful Order via Babble
One of the easiest ways to add some organization to any bathroom? Shelving, of course! Floating or vanity shelves are the way to go for keeping everything within easy reach. (Psst— if you’re a fan of floating shelves, we have a whole list about them right here.)
- Repurposed Kitchen CartCurbly via Babble
Don’t limit yourself to products designated for the bathroom by merchandisers. This Ikea Grundtal cart, for example, was designed for the kitchen, but works super well in the bathroom! Cleaning master Clean My Space loves using carts all over her home.
- Oil BottlesSmart School House via Babble
More items to grab from the kitchen? Oil bottles! Use them to hold things like mouthwash with some extra pizzazz, while reducing the space needed by bulkier plastic bottles. Then head back to the kitchen and grab . . .
- Wire Food StandsGolden Boys & Me via Babble
. . . wire food stands and baskets! Even if they’re designed to hang from the ceiling, you can sit them in your bathroom – or be really innovative and hang them in your bathroom or from the shower curtain rod! – to catch everything from toilet paper to toiletries.
- File BasketsGolden Boys & Me via Babble
Another room to raid? The office! Hang baskets or folders designed for files, and fill them with things like hand towels and toilet paper for easy, organized access.
- Toilet Roll Cord HolderiHeart Organizing via Babble
The number one enemy of bathroom organization just might be power cords. Get them under control and make use of all those toilet paper rolls with this easy upcycling idea.
- PVC Pipe HolsterThe Family Handyman via Babble
Don’t want to save toilet paper rolls, or simply want something a little more solid and permanent? Mount some PVC pipe on the back of your vanity door or on the wall to hold your curling irons and other hot styling tools.
- PVC Pipe Razor HolderThe Family Handyman
Another way you can use that PVC pipe? This DIY razor holder that’ll keep it from falling into the tub every time you shower. Just attach the cut pipe to your existing shower caddy with zip ties.
- Under-Sink Lazy Susans And BasketsGraceful Order via Babble
Don’t let the pipes under your sink thwart your organizational efforts. Use multiple baskets and turntables to corral all those bottles and accessories, and you’ll actually be able to find everything you need whenever you actually need it.
An organized bathroom is a happy bathroom, and a happy bathroom equals a happy family! How do YOU accomplish it? For even more ideas, check out this list from Babble, and some of our favorite past guides: