10 Ways to Organize Your Bathroom Cabinets
Start with a good purge.
Shed expired and unused items as well as bulky packaging. Leave everyday essentials — hand soap, toothbrushes — on the counter. Outfit cabinets with handy holders, such as a back-of-the-door rack.
Try a lazy Susan.
Instead of storing cleaning products, extra shampoos and creams by lining them up (this creates unsightly clutter!) try adding a lazy Susan to your bathroom closet. Just rotate it around whenever you need to get to something specific, without crashing over every other product in sight.
Repurpose cute wicker baskets.
The jute basket that just doesn’t fit in your bathroom cabinet might have a purpose elsewhere — like on the walls. Hang two above your toilet to hold rolled up towels and discreetly hide toilet paper in a handy spot. Or use an extra storage bin from the kids’ room or a woven basket to stash hand towels, wash towels, toilet paper or bathroom reading.
Go all out on drawer dividers.
Limit your top drawers to products you use several times a week, if not daily. (Stash special-occasion cosmetics in an out-of-the-way bag.) Drawer dividers further simplify the morning makeup search. Short on drawer or cabinet space? An over-the-door shoe caddy will keep lotions, brushes and the like within easy reach.
Practice “keep, toss, toss.”
Keep only hair accessories that still work (so not those sad, stretched-out ponytail holders). Rein in fasteners with repurposed office supplies: A ring clip corrals hair bands; a paper-clip holder minds pins. Toss expired medicines, baskets of potpourri and too many candles, which just gather dust and take up space.
Rein in the bath toys.
A laundry lingerie bag doubles as the perfect receptacle for your kids’ foam alphabet letters, rubber ducks and mermaid dolls. Just hang the bag from a suction cup hook somewhere in the shower stall so the toys can drip dry.
Lean in to your shelving options.
Speaking of cabinets — skip traditional cabinets and opt for a more casual approach. Try a ladder, especially one with tray-like shelves, to maximize space above your toilet. Jute baskets provide storage, while the exposed shelves make the ladder a perfect spot for a sprawling houseplant. – Ana White
A shallow cabinet with sliding doors adds tons of storage in minimal space. Stick to two sets of towels per family member (assuming you do laundry once a week), plus two sets for guests. No room to store everyday essentials (cotton balls, swabs) out of sight? Stash them in a set of glass canisters. Now there’s more room for makeup!
Add a classic wall cabinet.
Opt for a roomy wall cabinet that has a handy built-in towel bar. If not, consider installing one below.
Store styling tools where they can cool down.
Put still-warm styling tools in a handy five-pocket organizer.