How to Organize Your Bathroom Cabinets Without Spending a Fortune
Do you find yourself wishing you had more bathroom storage space? No matter how small your bathroom, there are simple, inexpensive solutions for maximizing your space. Here are three fast and easy ways to add storage and save time and money.
Declutter First, Then Organize
If you’re like most people, your bathroom cabinets are cluttered with products you no longer want or need. Get rid of items that have outlived their expiration dates or don’t look or smell like they did when new—especially makeup, which can harbor bacteria. Properly dispose of unwanted and expired medicines. Look for a take-back program in your area or pour liquids into a sealable plastic bag and mix with kitty litter or coffee grounds so that the medication cannot be pulled from the trash and taken. Do the same with pills or capsules, adding water to dissolve.
Remove everything from your bathroom cabinets and drawers and sort into categories such as hair care, skin care or first aid. That way, you can see exactly what (and how much) you have. If you bought new items to replace ones you didn’t like, they’re officially just taking up valuable space. Toss them in the trash or recycling bin. If you have a habit of overbuying toiletries, try using up what you have before buying more.
Take shelf life and your normal usage into consideration when buying bathroom essentials. If you don’t plan on using a lot of pain reliever or cough syrup often, then the larger container may expire before you can finish it. Smaller sizes may be a bit more expensive per unit, but you’ll spend less up front and may save in the long run.
Maximize Under-Utilized Space
When deciding what to store where, keep accessibility in mind. Make it easy to get to the things you use most often by storing them at the front of cabinets and drawers. Things you use less frequently, such as heating pads or ice packs, can be stored in the back.
Jodi Holzband of Sparefoot recommends evaluating your bathroom cabinets first. “You want to make sure the vanity comes with enough shelves and drawers so that you are using all of the potential space, and if not, the ability to add shelving later,” she says. “Another option is to add a lazy Susan inside bathroom cabinets to make small items easy to access without having to dig around and create a mess.”
To maximize storage space in your lower bathroom cabinets, adjust the shelves to accommodate the contents. Position shelves so that taller items such as toilet paper rolls and bath towels can be stored on the bottom shelf and shorter items on an upper shelf. If your shelves are not adjustable, make better use of the vertical space within your cabinets by stacking things whenever possible.
If your bathroom cabinets still don’t provide enough storage space for your needs, look at your walls. What if you added shelving? Good options include shelving that incorporates a towel rod or hooks for hanging wet towels, a ready-made shelving unit that stands over the toilet or an over-the-door rack with a towel bar or hooks.
Re-purpose Items as Organizers
Professional organizers often suggest getting your cabinets in order by re-purposing items you already have, including organizing products that aren’t being used.
Try organizing drawers with an old cutlery tray, empty baby wipe boxes and even checkbook boxes. In lower cabinets, use labeled shoe boxes as containers for various categories of toiletries. In your medicine cabinet, corral medicines by use or family member in clean leftover food containers (minus the lids). These homemade solutions may not be as pretty as the store-bought kind, but they do the trick in a pinch.
Baskets, totes and zippered bags make it easy to retrieve and put away things like makeup and daily toiletries that may be cluttering your countertop. If you do nothing else, clearing that clutter will give your bathroom an instant makeover.