Bathroom storage is one of the key areas of the home we always seem to need to work on, whether it’s by decluttering bathroom storage drawers or whipping the whole space into an organised piece of paradise.
When it comes to establishing order and functionality within your bathroom, it’s the least considered spaces that provide the best bathroom storage ideas: Think the back of bathroom storage units, behind bathroom doors, and the like.
Robyn Amott is a professional organiser, declutter specialist, owner of Bless this Mess and member of the Institute of Professional Organisers. She says it’s also vital that items housed in the bathroom have a purpose in this space. “If it’s utilised elsewhere, relocate it to where it does have a purpose,” she says.
She adds: “The majority of personal care, make up and hair products only have a shelf life of six to 12 months, so chances are that blue eye shadow from the ’80s is well out of date.”
Here, Robyn shares 16 epic bathroom storage ideas that are bound to whip your bathroom into shape.
1. Use drawer dividers
Drawer dividers are a great way to create mini zones within drawers for like items.
2. Opt for stackable acrylic containers
Stackable acrylic containers allow you to visually see the contents inside the storage solution. In particular, acrylic make-up organisers protect your drawers from leaks and spills – and they’re easy to clean. Bonus.
3. Consider the plumbing in bathroom storage units
The plumbing under the sink can often make bathroom shelves and storage difficult. Remove any potential wasted air space and avoid stacking items under the sink by using slide-out bathroom storage drawers that allow ease of access.
Or, go with a custom design by storage solution company InaDrawer – they can work the drawer around the plumbing to ensure you get maximum bang for space.
4. Use pull-out baskets with handles
If you have bathroom storage shelves available, use handy pull-out organisers to group like with like items together.
5. Label bathroom storage drawers
Give each bathroom storage drawer a purpose or name, i.e., make-up drawer, hair drawer, shaving, lotions, etc. This will help you connect with your zones and ensures you know exactly where to find and put away items, keeping things organised for longer.
6. Vertical storage is a thing, you know
Using the inside of bathroom storage units and cabinets is great for small bathrooms. Attach baskets to the inside of cabinet doors and store items there that you need easy daily access to.
7. Keep the counter top clear
Incorporate a glass shelf above the sink or mount light-weight bamboo sectionals for a winning and attractive bathroom storage solution.
8. Add hooks behind the bathroom door
Hooks on the back of the bathroom door are great for bathroom towel storage, hanging shower caps or keeping a dressing gown handy without the visual clutter.
9. Use a shower caddy
They’re not just for the shower, you know. Use a shower caddy inside a tall cabinet or behind the bathroom door – it’s great if you’re seeking small bathroom storage ideas.
10. Add bathroom storage shelves under the sink
By doing so you’ll remove all that wasted air space while ensuring you can access items independently, i.e., you won’t have to move stacked items to get to what you need. It will also mean you’re more likely to use and put away items.
11. Install bathroom storage furniture
If you’re short on storage, install a slim cabinet on a blank wall with narrow shelving. Install a mirror on the door to reflect light, too, as this will create a sense of added space and give the illusion of a bigger bathroom.
12. Repurpose used items
Apothecary jars or old candle jars can be repurposed to create a touch of class, while still having a purpose.
13. Keep medicines out of the bathroom
The heat and steam can greatly affect the validity of your products; rather store them in a cabinet above the fridge or in a high pantry shelf.
14. Recess it
The cavity space between your walls is the perfect spot for installing small bathroom storage shelves or cabinets.
15. Toothbrush storage
For electric toothbrushes, install a powerpoint inside your medicine cabinet so you can keep toothbrushes off the counter top. Or utilise the inside of the lower or upper cabinet door for manual toothbrushes.
16. Donate it
Whether it’s a skincare pack you got for your birthday, a goodie bag sample, or hotel shampoo bottles, donate any unopened items