How To Get The Most Out Of Your Bathroom Space

I don’t know about you, but by the time I’m done getting ready each morning, my bathroom looks like a war zone—clothes are sprinkled across the floor and the countertop can hardly be seen through the makeup, brushes and hair products…plus this morning’s coffee. (Okay, and maybe yesterday’s, too. Don’t judge me.) Once I’m done and off to work, my husband is then left to fight through the wreckage to finish his own daily routine.

After a few mild (depending on who you ask) freakouts over the messiness, I decided to stop complaining and just fix it. Thanks to a few simple organization and space-saving hacks, it’s so much easier to keep my sh—ahem, stuff, cleaned up and out of the way. Here are a few of my best tips, plus some products I used to help:

Out With The Old

Did you know lotion, nail polish, soap, and hair products have expiration dates? Start by throwing out old products, empty boxes, and empty bottles—including that one with just a tiny bit left in it that’s been in your cabinet forever because, let’s be honest, you’re not going to use it. You’re just trying to not feel wasteful. Consider this your official permission to throw it out.

Serious Storage Solutions

Our bathroom at home is pretty small, so we’re forced to get creative with the space when it comes to storage. I started with one the most under-valued items ever—the over-the-toilet space saver. The possibilities are endless with these things—and there are so many options to choose from. From a simple, sleek metal option for under $20 to a larger wooden one for up to $117, there’s a shelf for any budget.

Grab a few bins to put on your new shelves to store things like spare toilet paper rolls, fem hygiene products, bubble bath, lotion, spare hand towels, etc. I went with these Honey-Can-Do banana leaf baskets—I bought two sets and reserved the smallest ones for the bathroom—one holds my makeup, and one holds our spare toilet paper…when we remember to refill it. (PTL for spouses who you can text from the bathroom to bring you toilet paper, amirite?)

Grab Your Mason Jars

Ah, the Mason Jar. From being a vessel for a trendy mixed drink to being repurposed as soap dispensers, these things have gone far beyond canning. If you’re down for the vintage vibe, use mason jars as a way to store Q-Tips, cotton balls, hair ties, bobby pins, and any other small or loose items that tend to end up junking up your countertop. We even use one as a toothbrush holder!

And, in case you didn’t know, there are so many sizes to choose from.

Ol’ Reliable

Never underestimate the power of the Sterlite drawer. Grab a small one that will fit under your sink to store things like spare toothbrushes, medicines, nail polish, razor heads, and other small items you might not use daily but need to be able to access semi-regularly.

No More Excuses For Wet Towels

I personally like to use two towels post-shower—one for my hair, and one for my body. The problem is that we currently have one towel rack in our bathroom, making it hard for our three towels to fit and dry adequately. Grab an over-the-door hook for towels (if you’re in my position), robes, or hanging toiletry bags.

These tips should help set you up for success—but it’s ultimately up to you to stick to your organization system and keep things clean. (Hey, I didn’t say I was a magician).