I’m sure today’s post title isn’t the most enticing thing you’ve ever clicked on but I do think it’s a topic that plagues many cohabitating couples (though honestly, it plagued me when I lived alone too!). I mentioned in this post that we moved from a huge master bathroom with a double vanity to the teeny tiniest bathroom with one sink, zero drawers, and a door that hits the toilet if you try to open it all the way. So this is an organization project that’s been top of mind for me as we get settled in our new humble abode and, as with any new project, I like to spend some time sourcing inspiration before putting any plans into action. Here are eight ideas I’ve found for making the most of minimal storage and making bathroom as organized as it can be.
- Stock your medicine cabinet with everything but medicine. Growing up, my mom kept all our first aid supplies, aspirin, cold medicine, etc. in a cabinet in the kitchen, not the bathroom, so that’s definitely part of our bathroom organization strategy in this house. It’s funny that for such a small bathroom we actually have two medicine cabinets, so I’ll be using mine to store hair products and skincare essentials. I love the above picture where everything is perfectly color coded!
2. Use clear containers to store makeup brushes, cotton balls, and Q tips on your countertop. Any extras can be stored in their packaging underneath the sink. The clear containers could really be as simple as a couple extra highballs from your kitchen, but we registered for an array of these gorgeous glass canisters (which you can monogram for extra style points!).
3. Repurpose old candles as new storage vessels. Some candles are just too pretty to throw away and this is a favorite way to give them new life. I have probably half a dozen old Diptyque candles just waiting to be repurposed into bathroom storage (or mini flower vases!) but I also love the packaging on these and these.
4. Keep a small lacquer tray on your counter to corral your everyday essentials. Okay, yes, I’m using a picture of my own storage solution from our old house, but I love having my must-haves (at least the pretty ones) out in plain sight. Think of this tray as a place to keep your desert island essentials: sunscreen and tinted moisturizer for daytime, favorite mask and absolutely-cannot-live-without serum for nighttime. If you have a little more counter space than we do, this tiered mirror tray is a great way to double your display.
5. If you’re extra starved for space, place that tray on top of the toilet. Ours is right next to the bathroom counter so it’s a natural extension of the counter and a great spot for a candle, your fragrance collection, and even a small piece of artwork. If you’re willing to splurge a little or to put holes in the wall, this over-the-toilet étagère is a rather chic option and these acrylic floating shelves would make for a retail-like display.
6. Use vessels to keep like items together. In addition to the clear canisters mentioned above, you can use smaller cups and dishes (even borrowed from your kitchen!) to group mascaras, eyebrow and eyeliner pencils, lip glosses, extra toothbrushes, and more.
7. Use drawer dividers to organize your most-worn makeup. If, unlike ours, your bathroom has drawers (seriously, who designs a bathroom counter without at least one drawer?!) these wooden drawer dividers will be your best friend. If you’re trying to keep things organized under the sink, something like this might be more up your alley.
8. If all else fails, create a makeup station in another room. My home office is right next to our shared bathroom and gets great light, so I’m hoping to set up a little vanity area for putting on makeup in the morning and reserve the space in our bathroom for hair and skin stuff that I apply right after I shower. This could also be done with a small mirror and lacquer tray on top of the dresser in your bedroom if you don’t have space for an actual vanity!
Any other tips you have for organizing your bathroom? I’d love to hear from you!
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