Spring cleaning should happen in every room, but we understand leaving the bathroom for last (even until summer’s almost over). While the actual scrubbing part may not be fun, it can be incredibly satisfying to organize your bathroom—and we’ve got some great ideas on how to do it.
Compared to a rainbow hued pantry or a perfectly arranged cookbook shelf, the bathroom may not seem like the sexiest area to organize, but a well organized bathroom can be life-changing. The right bathroom organization can help shave minutes off your daily routine and even save you money by allowing you to see exactly which items you already have.
Are you procrastinating getting your bathroom in tip top shape? Sometimes, all you need are some great visuals to catch the spring cleaning bug. So, if you’re looking for inspiration to get cracking, here are some photos and tips that will make you want to organize your bathroom, ASAP.
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1. Organize Using ROYGBIV
There’s something inexplicably satisfying about seeing objects grouped together according to ROYGBIV (an acronym for the sequence of hues commonly described as making up a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet). Organizing your bathroom products by grouping them according to color is a quick and easy way to add more fun and joy to a cabinet full of mundane items like face cleanser and sunscreen. For inspiration, follow the lead of pastry chef turned beauty blogger @butterandbeauty. Using simple bathroom shelving, she’s arranged her beauty products according to the rainbow to give her bathroom an eye-popping, boutique-like feel.
Seamless Medicine Cabinet, $300 at West Elm
2. Make the Most Out of Acrylic Storage Accessories
If you want your bathroom storage to have a uniform look with minimal effort, acrylic organizing containers are an easy solution—in part because they make these containers in a bunch of different sizes and configurations. These clear plastic storage bins with handles are perfect for corralling towels and larger items. Tired of never being able to see items at the back of your cupboard? These divided spinning organizers (aka, lazy Susans) will help you keep track of exactly which products you have.
Clear Plastic Storage Bins with Handles, $2.39+ at The Container Store
3. Create a Makeup Drawer
Between rogue pencils and powder products to leaky mascara tubes, a cosmetic bag can get gross fast. Moving from a traditional makeup bag to a drawer set up was a huge game changer for me—and might be for you too. Storing your makeup in a drawer using something like these clear plastic drawer organizers allows you to see exactly what you own, saving you time and sanity.
iDesign Linus Shallow Drawer Organziers, $3.99+ at The Container Store
4. Divide and Conquer
Think drawer dividers are just for your favorite cosmetics? Think again. They’re also great for keeping all of your daily essentials like toothpaste, dental floss, and shaving supplies within arm’s reach while keeping your bathroom counters free of debris. Looking to keep your bathroom organization project as budget friendly as possible? An inexpensive cutlery organizer like this mesh tray is an easy fix.
Silver Mesh Tray, $9.99+ at The Container Store
5. Think of Your Favorite Products as Decor
Anyone who’s ever stumbled across Camille Lenore Nichelini’s Instagram knows that she has a seriously dreamy bathroom situation that includes a colorful assortment of products and a skin care mini-fridge (yes, you read that right). If you’re short on drawers and cupboards, follow Nichelini’s lead. Instead of trying to hide items (turning your cupboards into a figurative sardine can), use a metal storage rack like this over the door organizer to display your favorite products as decor. Bonus: it doubles as a place to hang towels.
Neala Over the Door Organizer, $27.99+ on Amazon
6. Label Everything
At first it may seem silly labeling your storage containers—especially when they’re clear and you can already see everything inside. However, when you’re in a hurry labels can help you find what you need in a pinch. Make your own labels using a white paint pen or invest in a label maker.
7. Separate Items in Your Medicine Cabinet by Use
Hate rummaging around your bathroom looking for that emergency stash of cold medicine? Separating your medicine cabinet essentials by use (i.e. “cold” or “pain”) and placing them into labelled containers like these plastic basket organizers (plus bin clip labels) will help alleviate some of the stress of the flu season. Not to mention, you’ll also be able to maintain a better grasp on what you need to stock up on.
Sonoma Goods for Life Woven Plastic Bins $7.69+ at Kohl's
8. Use Baskets to Roll Towels
Whether you store your towels in your bathroom or a linen closet, one of the easiest ways to keep things organized (and create a spa-like vibe in the process), is by using stylish baskets to roll your towels. For a chic industrial feel, use mesh organizers like these wire utility baskets. You can also try mixing in some natural textures. A set of natural seagrass baskets are great for storing other essentials like toilet paper and paper towels too.
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles, $7.99+ at The Container Store
9. Take Items Out of Their Packages
There’s something unappealing about opening up a cupboard or drawer only to find a bunch of half full, torn, or misshapen boxes containing products. Instead, save space by removing personal care products from their boxes and grouping like items together.
Bliss Acrylic Canisters, $8.99+ at The Container Store
10. Don’t Forget Under the Sink
Lastly, using stacking baskets or an under-the-sink shelf is a great way to maximize your under-sink storage. Amazon customers are obsessed with this under-the-sink 2-tier expandable shelf organizer rack. It’s easy to see why. It’s expandable, has multiple shelf options, and even has a cut out for pipes. Or you can get a whole under-the-sink bathroom organizer starter kit at The Container Store.
Bathroom Under Sink Starter Kit, $143.20 at The Container Store
Header image courtesy of The Container Store