Bathrooms are one of the busiest rooms of the house. They also have the potential to get the messiest and dirtiest. As we accumulate more and more stuff, cleaning the bathroom can seem that much more daunting.
If you are looking for inspiration on how to organize bathroom cabinets, you are in the right place. In this post, we will share organization ideas and explore ways and methods to help your bathroom be more functional. Check them out and see which ones best fit your bathroom!
Tips for Organizing Your Bathroom Cabinets
· Toss old products
There are unused and abandoned products in everyone’s cabinets. It can be the sunscreen you bought for your last vacation and forgot about, or it can be the hair conditioner that didn’t work for your hair and thus was thrown away, never to see sunlight again.
All of these forgotten and abandoned skin and hair products have expiry dates. Usually, these dates are in the container’s back or bottom. If you look closely, you will see a little jar symbol with a number on it.
This number is the number of months the product is good for. If that time has passed, it’s time to say goodbye. That might seem wasteful, but this is something that wasn’t being used; moreover, now it is unsafe and may cause irritation or rashes. Therefore, it is best to get rid of it.
· Sort products by the expiry date
Gather all of the remaining products and sort them by their expiry dates. If there is a special product you are saving for special occasions, yet its expiry date is approaching, you better use it now before it goes bad.
After sorting them all out by the expiry dates, use them in that order to minimize the need to toss things out needlessly. It will also help save money down the road as you won’t have to replace everything you have thrown away.
· Utilize drawer dividers
Now that all of the products are sorted and decluttered, it is time to organize them all in your drawers. Bathroom cabinets are very rarely customized to fit the needs of its user.
Especially if it is a rental house, therefore, at this stage, using drawer dividers to personalize your storage space will make the organization and the eventual upkeep much easier. You can even reuse and repurpose items you already have, such as unused trays.
· Categorize and store similar items
Storing similar items will not only look more polished and organized, but they will also be much more easily accessible when you need them. You can use acrylic bins or organizer drawers. A pro tip is to put small labels on the bins or drawers so that you can find exactly what you are looking for.
· Don’t forget the door space
You can also use the doors of your cabinets as bathroom storage to maximize space. Hanging a few hooks or small baskets on the doors will allow you to hang or store small stuff.
Moreover, it will be very easy to reach, and you won’t have to sort through the contents of the whole cabinet to find them. It is similar to having the items you use the most right at the front of the cabinet for easy access. Hanging them on the door is even more handy.
· Keep styling tools close
As mentioned before, you can use cabinet doors for hanging space. Styling tools are the perfect items for that. Styling tools such as hairdryers and curling irons have long cords; they can get tangled and very messy if put into drawers.
Therefore, hanging them individually is a great idea. If you don’t want to use your cabinet doors for this, you can also place small adhesive hooks on the sides of your cabinets and hang them there. Make sure to use the less visible side when you immediately enter the room for a more put-together look.
· Use baskets in your cabinets
Baskets are a staple for organizing. They are not only appealing to look at but can also be easily repurposed if you ever decide you no longer need them in your bathroom. They give a minimalist and timeless appearance while being extremely practical.
They come in so many colors and styles. Therefore you can choose ones that fit your specific taste. Choose wire baskets for a minimal look, and try wicker to achieve a boho chic aura. Try and find ones with handles so you can move them easily.
Furthermore, make sure that the bottom of it is sturdy before placing heavy items in it. Baskets are great for storing textiles such as towels, bathrobes, spare facecloths, and more. Fold the towels you don’t regularly use and organize them in the basket. They will take up less space, be easier to manage, and look better in your linen closet.
Employ modular shelving or other free-standing units
You might find that the built-in storage in your bathroom isn’t enough. Your products and cleaners can’t fit under the sink cabinet. Then the best solution is the invest in some shelving units. Using vertical space is an especially good idea if you have a small bathroom with no cabinets.
You can also use the shelves as decoration. Display the better-looking items, baskets, organizers, and other decorative items of your choosing.
Try and find a shelving unit with some closed storage so you can use that area for unsightly items such as cleaning supplies and extra toilet paper.
Keep the countertop bare
Organizing your countertops with so many decorative items and all your most used products might initially seem very pretty and practical.
However, after actually using the space for a few days, it has the potential to look like a complete mess. Keeping stuff on your countertops to a minimum will make future you very happy.
You won’t have to straighten up and organize your countertops constantly; everything will have a place to go in your drawers. Keep visible clutter as hidden as possible for a smarter-looking bathroom. The same rule applies to your bathroom vanity as well.
Pay attention to what works and what doesn’t
While using your bathroom, pay attention to what works and what doesn’t work for you. Even if you have bought an organizer and love the way it looks, if it isn’t practical to use for you, then you should see if there is some other area or purpose you can use it for.
You might have seen and loved an organization idea on social media but in real life, it might not have been a very sustainable solution for you.
At the end of the day, your bathroom needs to be useful for you. Therefore, don’t commit too hard to the first draft of your organization and decoration.
Change and swap things out if you find that they don’t work for you. After some time, you will have let go of everything that didn’t work, and everything left will make up the perfect bathroom designed exactly to fit your needs.
How to Organize Bathroom Cabinets without Drawers?
Stackable containers are a must-have for cabinets without drawers. As they can stack and can be used to store smaller items, they simulate drawers. Alternatively, a turntable can store skin and hair care products. Turntables are especially convenient to store in bathroom wall cabinets.
Some medicine cabinets can be a bit too shallow and can’t fit one. Therefore, we suggest taking proper measurements beforehand.
Although these two tips circumvent the need for drawers, you can invest in some acrylic drawers if they don’t meet your needs. They would be smaller than cabinet drawers. However, they would generally be able to fit most bathroom products.
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How to Organize Bathroom Cabinets under the Sink?
Organizing under the sink cabinets be challenging due to the limited space and depth of the cabinets. However, there are some strategies you can use to make the most of the space available to you. One approach is to measure the cabinet before you start organizing, so you know what size containers and organizers will fit.
Deep containers can be useful for storing tall items like cleaning supplies or extra toilet paper. In contrast, smaller containers and magnetic organizers can help keep small things like hair ties and makeup brushes in one place.
Pullout cabinet shelves can also help make accessing items stored at the back of the cabinet easier. You can use these shelves to store items and products you don’t regularly use or supplies with big containers.
In other words, stuff you need but don’t want at the front of the cabinet or shelf. Pullout shelves make it possible to access things at the back of the cabinet easily.
In short, organizing your bathroom cabinets can be a process of trial and error. You might organize it perfectly only to find out that certain aspects are impossible to maintain in the long run, or you simply fall out of love with other features.
Don’t be frustrated when those things happen because there are so many ways to organize your bathroom! You will surely find the right organization tools and tips for you and your specific needs.
Furthermore, as far as aesthetic appearance goes, there are even more options. You can fill your space with wicker baskets and plants or go for wire shelving units and minimal prints and frames.
When organizing your bathroom cabinets, it is essential to remember that you are the one who is going to use this space every day. So try your best to make it a space you will love!