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Simple Organization Solutions For A Cluttered Bathroom

September 8, 2020

Today I am sharing simple bathroom organization solutions for our cluttered master bath! After living in our master bathroom for a year, I identified a handful of areas that needed improvement to function for our family. These simple solutions have decluttered our bathroom and improved the daily function of the space..These quick fixes are affordable and will change the feel of your space without undergoing a major renovation. Below are the main problem areas that needed improvement in our bathroom.

Problem Areas:

  • Towels everywhere
  • Cluttered cabinets
  • Too many bottles in the shower
  • Non-functioning medicine cabinet
  • Messy vanity

Here is a quick reminder of our master bathroom before my mini makeover.

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The design was dated and the lack of function prevented the room from ever feeling “put together”.

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After fresh paint and applying these simple bathroom organization solutions, it feels like a brand new space!

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Check out our major master bathroom makeover where we turned the tiny bathroom into a massive master suite!


Simple Bathroom Organization Solutions

Towel Hooks

In our bathroom, I really disliked all of the towels hanging on our doorknobs. There were no hooks to hang anything and our toilet ended up being the main spot we laid our towels when showering.

The solution was simple, add hooks all over the space! I added a double hook next to the shower to easily grab after washing up.

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I added another set of simple, white double hooks behind the shower door and behind the vanity door.

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The original placement of the towel rack did not make sense in the vanity room, so I installed it over the toilet where it can be reached from the shower.

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The placement makes so much more sense.

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I added one more hook on the wall next to the vanity to hang our hand towel.

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This simple update gave us 7 more places to hang our towels instead of on a doorknob, yahoo!

Medicine Cabinet

It is important to maximize the function of what you already have. For me, our light fixture was too big and did not allow our medicine cabinet to open up. I changed the vanity light which gave us full access to the large medicine cabinet. This helped us to organize our bathroom items tremendously. The 4 shelves are now filled with medicine and items we use daily.

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Storage Containers

The cabinets and drawers in the bathroom were all a mess. Here is a peek at one cabinet before the makeover:

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The first step I took was to pull all of the items out and determine what needed to stay in the space. Next, I sorted each item into categories and put them together in clear containers. I have one container that holds all of the cleaning supplies for the bathroom. In another bin, I have shower products and in another, I have my makeup. Everything is now in the right spot and can easily be accessed and found.

Small Tray & Bowl

After organizing the medicine cabinet and vanity cabinets, I was able to declutter the top of the vanity. I had used a basket as a catch-all for frequently used items and random odds and ends. Here is what it looked like before:

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I sorted through the basket and put everything in its proper place and swapped it out for a pretty tray. The tray is big enough to hold a small vase and flower, our perfume, and a small bowl to hold my jewelry at the end of the day. The tray looks SO much better than a cluttered basket while still holding items we use every day.

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Shower Organization Hanger

When we first moved into our home, the first change we made to the shower was removing the old doors. The framing was bulky and the doors had swans etched onto them.

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We had bottles all around the edge of the tub and would constantly knock them over while showering.

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I did not want a shower hanger over the shower head and found a perfect, stainless steel hanger that sticks to tile.

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Matching Bottles

I purchased matching bottle pumps for the shower that can be refilled. One for shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. The matching bottles in the hanging rack made the shower look so much more clean and organized. Along with the bottles, my husband and I agreed to buy fewer shower items to decrease the number of plastic bottles we had laying around. We now use the same type of body wash and I use conditioner to shave. Our shower went from having 6 bottles lining our tub to three bottles and a small container of face wash.

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I hope you found these bathroom organization solutions helpful and can bring a sense of calm to your own bathroom.

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