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5 Bathroom Design Secrets for Maximum Organization

This post is courtesy of Jenna Monen – a talented and experienced Business Manager at Reserve at Seabridge, a new apartment complex in Oxnard, CA.

Your bathroom is an important room.

It’s where you shower. It’s where you get ready for school or work in the morning. It’s the place where you store a lot of things, too, from cleaning supplies to cosmetics.

But, it’s also the prime spot for bacteria to thrive, so you need to keep it orderly.

Plus, when your bathroom cabinets and countertops are disorganized, it’s hard to find what you’re looking for. This wasted time can throw you off schedule and add unnecessary stress to your day.

A neat and organized bathroom lets you come and go as you please, without problems. You get what you need, do what you must, and head out to tackle the day.

No muss, no fuss, even in a small bathroom.

If this streamlined bathroom scenario sounds like what you’re looking for, you’re in luck! These five organization ideas are just what you need to redesign your bathroom for maximum efficiency.

1. Take a Close Look at What You Have in There

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When was the last time you took a good, long look at everything in your bathroom?

If it’s been awhile, now’s the time.

Usually, the bathroom is the place we stash our medicine and cosmetic supplies. Then we don’t look at them again until we need them.

Even though it might seem like an easy storage solution, not everything belongs in the bathroom. This is especially true in small spaces.

Try moving some of your items out of the bathroom and into another space.

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Your cosmetics can go in your bedroom vanity. Your medicine bottles can go into a kitchen cabinet. Your cleaning supplies can go in the laundry room or in the cupboard underneath your kitchen sink.

If you have a lot of extra washcloths or hand towels, consider moving half of them to your linen closet.

It’s nice to have some of these items close at hand, but they take up a lot of space. You can declutter a bit by moving those things elsewhere and limiting your bathroom storage to the bare necessities.

2. Prime Your Shower for Better Use

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The shower is probably where you spend the most time in the bathroom. Why not use it to its maximum capability?

If your shower shelving is limited to a soap bar and the tub rims, you’ve got a lot of room to work with. All of that wasted space is prime real estate for shelves, caddies, hangers, and more.

But before you hit the household goods section at your local department store, start with a deep cleaning. There’s no point in giving your tub a makeover without scrubbing it first.

If you have glass shower panels, use a squeegee to get rid of built-up soap scum and mildew.

If you have fabric instead of glass, clean your shower curtain with bleach and run it through the washing machine. Hang it back up on the curtain hooks to dry.

Once it’s clean, then you can add a shower caddy for extra storage space. Find a caddy with enough shelves to hold your beauty and hygiene supplies. Keep your shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and other goods separated (you don’t want to grab the wrong item when your eyes are closed!).

Also, consider buying a sturdy shower curtain liner with pockets. That’s almost like adding a whole ‘nother shelving unit to your shower!

3. Add More Storage

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You might think your options are limited to what your bathroom currently has, but that’s far from the truth. You’d be surprised how much room the right storage supplies can add to your bathroom space.

Slide-out drawers, for example, will help you keep your bathroom cabinets neat and tidy. They’ll prevent your hairspray canisters and lotion bottles from toppling over so you don’t end up with a mess in your cupboards.

Hairdryers and curling irons take up space and leave dangerous cords exposed. Instead of tripping over wires, store them in a hanging caddy underneath your bathroom sink.

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Another excellent place for added storage is over the toilet. If you can’t mount shelves directly to your wall, grab a freestanding over-the-toilet shelf. A toilet paper holder that hangs directly from the toilet tank is another innovative storage idea.

There are so many bathroom organization accessories designed to help you maximize your space. No matter what type of solution you’re looking for, you’ll likely find it on Amazon or at The Container Store.

4. Use Your Mirrors for More Than a Reflection

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Most bathrooms come furnished with at least one mirror. They don’t have to be wasted space on your wall, though.

Depending on the type of mirror you have, you may be able to use it for extra storage and organization.

For example:

Do you have a bathroom vanity with a medicine cabinet inside it? If so, are you using that space to its full potential?

On the outside of your mirror, that wide expanse of flat space is the perfect spot for a suction cup container. Lightweight items, such as your toothbrush and toothpaste, are just the right size for these bins.

Inside your mirror, use magnetic strips to wrangle those little items that always seem to get lost, like your nail clippers, tweezers, and hair clips.

5. Upcycle Old Containers to Organize Your Accessories

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Small accessories are often the hardest to organize. Things like jewelry and hair ties can clutter up your counter space if they don’t have a place to go.

Luckily, if you’re just a tad bit handy, you can fix this problem with things you have lying around your house.

Decorative trays are unobtrusive and make the perfect storage unit for rings and necklaces. Mason jars can hold your jewelry and makeup brushes, too.

Speaking of mason jars, when it comes to bathroom organization, they may be your best friend. You can use them to hold everything from cotton balls to Q-tips to bath salts, and they look great sitting on an open shelf.

While trays and jars are useful without any help, it never hurts to decorate them. With a bit of DIY know-how and some craft store magic, you can turn your containers into the perfect functional decorations.


You don’t need a degree in interior design to make your bathroom more stylish and efficient.

With these organization tips, you too can be one of those “no muss, no fuss” people as you go about getting ready for your day!

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