Use These 7 Bathroom Storage Ideas to Beat Clutter

Small bathrooms come with a whole host of problems, but most lack storage solutions. Without storage solutions, a small bathroom can soon become cluttered, and keeping it clean will be overwhelming.

Adding storage solutions where you can will help the entire family stay organized. Everyone, including your kiddos, will know where things belong and can return them to their proper place when they’re done using them. That’s a win-win for you!

If you don’t have a linen closet in your main family bathroom, you most likely struggle to find a home for everything to make it function as efficiently as possible. Use these 7 small bathroom storage ideas to beat the clutter!

1. Storage Ideas for Under the Vanity

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A vanity cabinet, even if small, can be organized to hold all the essentials you need in the bathroom, including cleaning supplies! Use your vanity cabinet for backup and extra everyday items when you don’t have a linen closet in your bathroom. Items you can store include:

  • Toilet paper
  • Clean towels
  • Soap
  • Hygiene products like soap, deodorant, and toothpaste
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies

Use plastic containers, baskets, or even pull-out stackable drawers to keep everything organized and accessible.

2. Add Storage to the Back of the Vanity Cabinet Door

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Cabinet doors are one of the most underutilized spaces in a home. They are the perfect place for adding storage. You can use over-the-door hooks and baskets to help you stay organized. Use your vanity doors to store these items:

  • Hair dryer
  • Curling iron or flat iron
  • Hand soap and lotion
  • Hair brushes

3. Vanity Drawer Storage

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Having drawers in your vanity is fantastic, but they can quickly become cluttered. Use drawer dividers or small bins and baskets to keep these things organized. Some things you can store in the drawers are:

  • Cotton balls and Qtips
  • makeup
  • hair styling tools
  • first aid supplies
  • washcloths
  • toothpaste, deodorant, body spray

4. Storage on the Vanity Counter

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The vanity counter can be used for storage if it has enough space. You can add stylish storage solutions that match your decor and organize everything. Some things you can store on a vanity top are:

  • Toothbrush holder
  • Soap dish
  • Makeup organizer
  • A basket to hold clean washcloths
  • Magnifying mirror

5. Go Vertical With Storage

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Going vertical in a bathroom is the most obvious way to add extra storage in a small bathroom. It doesn’t take up floor space, and there are many ways to do it.

  • Floating shelves are great above the toilet. They provide a place for clean towels and extra toilet paper. Small decorative containers can hold cotton balls and extra bars of soap. DIY a floating shelf with the plans and tutorial for this floating ladder shelf.
  • Over the toilet organizers can have open shelves, a cabinet, or a combination of both. A closed storage cabinet organizer is ideal for keeping things hidden from view.
  • Medicine cabinets store toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, first aid supplies, and medicine. Your medicine cabinet can be wall-mounted or recessed, depending on its placement.
  • Create a wall niche in between the studs for extra storage. A wall niche is recessed into the wall and doesn’t interfere with any of the space in the bathroom.
  • Over-the-door organizers have come a long way and aren’t limited to those flimsy plastic shoe holders anymore. You can get them with pockets, baskets, or even wire shelves. They’re great for holding shampoo and conditioner, lotion, clean washcloths, and much more.

6. Storage in the Bathtub and Shower

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Storage solutions for the products you use in the bathtub and shower will eliminate the clutter around the bathtub’s edge and help you keep it clean. A shower caddy can be hung over the shower head or attached to the corner of the shower wall for shampoo, body wash, soap, and bath toys!

7. Storage in Narrow Spaces

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There is usually a bit of space between the wall and the toilet or the vanity and the toilet, and it’s a great place to add a narrow rolling cart. Store extra toilet paper, your hairdryer, toiletries, or anything else you need easy access to.

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