How To Organize A Small Bathroom

how to organize a small bathroom


It can be a tricky to organize your small bathroom in a way that is conducive to your daily routines, especially when space is your enemy. However, with a little creativity, organizing a small bathroom can be a cinch.

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Hi, I’m Ryan

I’ve lived in a tiny house for the past 10 years and have had to be really intentional with the way I organize my rooms. I’ve learned to organize my tiny bathroom in a way that works for my morning and night routines and leaves me feeling refreshed.

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Simple Steps To Start Organizing Your Small Bathroom

Steps To Start Organizing Your Small Bathroom

In a small bathroom, it’s easy for things to become cluttered quickly. With so many medicines, bathroom and shower products, and toiletries to keep track of, it can be tempting to just throw it all in our cabinets and drawers without a second thought.

However, it’s truly worth it to set yourself up for success each day by organizing your bathroom in a way that works best for you. I like to have the items I use every day right at my fingertips to make my morning shower and shave routine a breeze.

Step One: Start With Your Bathroom Countertops

Start With Your Bathroom Countertops

Take a look around your small bathroom — what items are stacked up on your countertops and creating excess clutter? It’s likely that you don’t have a lot of natural counter space built in.

This means it is going to be super tempting to fill your counter space with those bathroom essentials. Don’t do it! Countertops are not storage, and filling them up with products will only make your small bathroom feel even smaller. When organizing, take everything off of your countertops and start from scratch.

clear your bathroom counter space

Step Two: Dig Clutter Out From Bathroom Cabinets And Drawers

Dig Clutter Out From Bathroom Cabinets And Drawers

Now it’s time for the fun part: going through all of those bathroom products, makeup containers, random bobby pins, and old medicine bottles shoved in the back of your bathroom cabinets and drawers. Like I said before, it’s so easy to let a small bathroom become a mess incredibly quickly.

Take everything out of the your drawers and cabinets. And yes, I mean everything! You won’t be able to fully organize your small bathroom effectively without getting everything out of those nooks and crannies.

small bathroom cabinet drawers

Step Three: Declutter The Bathroom Products You Never Use

Declutter The Bathroom Products You Never Use

Once you have everything sorted, dive into the decluttering process. It’s important to get rid of everything you never use before you start to organize to give you optimal room in your small bathroom.

You definitely don’t need to keep empty bottles, old makeup, expired medications, and other outdated products around. This is also a great time to declutter accessories you never wear and products you just don’t use in your daily life.

When I was decluttering my small bathroom in my tiny house, I used the Four Box Decluttering method. I love this method because it is always effective yet so simple to make happen.

four box decluttering method

Step Four: Categorize Items By Their Purpose in Your Daily Routine

Categorize Items By Their Purpose in Your Daily Routine

This is vital to making your morning and nightly routines stress free, especially if you’re limited by space.

I’ve found that the best way to categorize items in any room is to [BOLD] sort your items by the specific purpose they serve. That way, when you go to look for your favorite face wash or hair product, you know exactly where to look and don’t waste any time.

Step Five: Intentional Placement Of Items In Your Small Bathroom

Intentional Placement Of Items In Your Small Bathroom

Once you have everything in your small bathroom sorted into categories that make sense, you’ll want to work on the placement of your items.

Put items together that serve the same purpose and keep them in locations that make sense. If you use a product every single day, put it in the most accessible spot. Items you keep around for guests can go farther from the front of your cabinet. You get the picture.

Placement Items In Your Small Bathroom With Intention

Organization Guide For Each Room Of Your Home

home organization guide

Tips And Tricks For Organizing A Small Bathroom

Tips And Tricks For Organizing A Small Bathroom
When trying to organize your small bathroom, it’s important to think about the little things you can do to be creative with the space you do have and make the most of your morning and nightly routine.

1Try Doubling Your Shower Rods

This is one of my favorite tricks ever for bathroom organization. Invest in two shower rods for your shower and use the front rod for your shower and liner, while using the back rod to hang items like a foot scrub, a loofah, or a lightweight shower caddy. You can literally use the air as storage with this method.

2Use The Back Of Your Bathroom And Cabinet Door

Utilizing the backs of doors is one of the best ways to make the most of a small space. Whether it be hanging towels on the back of your bathroom door or hair styling products to the back of your bathroom cabinet, the backs of doors are vast spaces to use when low on room.

3Be Strategic With How You Store Your Towels

Towels can take up a lot of space in a small bathroom. Just a couple of thick, stacked towels can take up an entire shelf in a bathroom cabinet! When it comes to storing towels, try back of door rods, corner baskets, ladders, or even shelves over the door to take up less space.

towel hangers on door
use a wicker basket for towel storage
bath towel storage on drying rack
bathroom towels stored above door
store towels on unique wall hanger
store towels on wall hanger

4Use A Small Hutch For Outside Storage

If your small bathroom is next to a larger living room or hallway, take advantage of that. You may not have enough room in a tiny bathroom to store all the essentials you need. Invest in a small hutch or hanging cabinet to go outside the bathroom for the items you don’t need to get to every day.
Small Hutch For Bathroom Storage

5Hang Floating Shelves And Baskets On The Wall

Floating shelves and baskets are definitely going to be your friend in a small bathroom. Invest in shelves and baskets to store bathroom essentials you need easy access to, but don’t want to let clutter your countertops and the inside of your bathroom drawers.
floating shelves for small bathroom

6Use A Standing Ladder To Hang Bathroom Essentials

Standing shelves can be large in width and take up a lot of room in a tiny bathroom. To stay away from bulky shelves and storage, try using a decorative standing ladder to hang baskets or bathroom essentials.
Standing Ladder To Hang Bathroom Essentials

7Invest In Cordless Styling Tools And Products

Cords might not be something you initially think of when it comes to bathroom clutter, but there are a lot of items we use every day to get ready that have a cord. Hair dryers, straighteners, toothbrush chargers, curlers, and even an extra phone charger.

It’s worth it on the front end to invest in cordless products to clear your counterspace, especially when those items are often plugged in right next to your sink.

8Install Magnetic Storage Strips

Using magnetic strips is a must in a small bathroom. You can slap tweezers, razors, scissors, nail clippers, and more right on the wall instead of letting them pile up in your makeup bag or bathroom drawers.

Inspiration For Organizing A Small Bathroom

Inspiration For Organizing A Small Bathroom

When you don’t have a ton of space in your small bathroom, you have to be creative with the ways you maximize space. These organization products can help you stay organized in the space you start and end your day in.

Bathroom Countertop Organizer

Invest In A Countertop Organizer

This toothbrush stand is ideal for a small space. It’s a three-in-one holder, with room for your toothbrush, toothpaste, and rinsing cups.

Floating Wall Shelves

Add These Floating Shelves To The Wall

Making use of wall space is essential in any small bathroom. Try these floating shelves to store lotion, face wash, perfume, or any products you need to use every day.

Organization Jars

Decorate With Organization Jars

Small countertop organization jars are not only efficient for storing things, but they’re also aesthetically pleasing. These sleek canister apothecary jars are a valuable addition to your tiny bathroom space.

Cups For Makeup

Use These Cups For Makeup And More

If you are in need of a space to store makeup besides just your drawers, the extra slim design of these cups are great for corners or other in between spaces in a small bathroom.

Metal Back Of Door Holder

Invest In A Metal Back-Of-Door Holder

It’s crucial to make the most of back-of-the-door storage when you are in a small space. This metal holder includes a rack as well as spherical holders to help keep hair styling products in place.

Narrow Bins For Bathroom Storage

Buy Narrow Bins That Fit Around Sink Pipes

Bins that can fit around your sink pipes are one of the best things you could possibly purchase for underneath your sink in a small bathroom. Bulging sink pipes can easily suck up all of your ideal storage space in a small bathroom, but investing in bins that fit around that can be a space saver.

Lazy Susan In Your Small Bathroom

Use A Lazy Susan In Your Small Bathroom

A lazy Susan is a great product to use for storing makeup products in a small bathroom. It takes up just as much room as any rack, but it spins, giving you extra space and easy access to all of your daily belongings.

Narrow Trash Can

Slide A Narrow Trash Can Under Your Sink

Trash cans can easily take up space in a small bathroom, so using a slim trashcan when you don’t have a ton of space is crucial for making room in your small bathroom. This trash can is built to be nestled between small spaces.

Bathroom Drawer Organizers

Use Organizers In Your Bathroom Drawers

Keeping the inside of your drawers organized is a wise way to keep clutter from piling up in a small bathroom. This drawer organizer set has six compartments and lots of storage space.

Makeup Caddy

Try A Makeup Caddy

This makeup caddy is perfect for keeping your beauty products as neat and organized as possible. It’s also easy to transport when you need to.

Hanging Bins

These Hanging Bins Keep You Organized

If you need organizer bins to hang from the backs of your bathroom door or bathroom cabinets, try these organizers. Store and organize makeup, grooming tools, and more in these bins.

Storage Cube For Makeup

Use A Storage Cube For Makeup

If you’re searching for a product that can help you keep all of your makeup necessities in one place, try out this storage cube. You can also stack this storage bin vertically to help create more space.

Minimalists Checklist When Organizing A Small Bathroom

Minimalists Checklist When Organizing A Small Bathroom

Organizing your small bathroom in a way that works for you is always possible, despite having a limited amount of space. With just a few strategies in place, it’s easy to make your space your own.


Sort Items In Your Bathroom

  • Sort items by purpose
  • Place daily items nearby
  • Clear countertops
  • Put away what you use least
  • Clean out bathroom drawers
  • Make a pile to discard

Organizing A Small Bathroom

  • Give everything a place
  • Use your wall space
  • Organize shower caddy
  • Hang on backs of doors
  • Use drawer dividers
  • Add floating shelves

Design Your Small Bathroom

  • Design your bathroom
  • Remove large items
  • Maximize space
  • Countertops are not storage
  • Be intentional with placement
  • Remove nonessentials

Use Space Organizers

  • Use a lazy susan
  • Try a makeup caddy
  • Install magnetic strips
  • Invest in hanging bins
  • Utilize a hutch for linens
  • Buy a toothbrush stand

Your Turn!

  • What tips will you use to keep your small bathroom organized?
  • What steps will you take today to create more functional bathroom space?

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