A beautiful bathroom is a joy forever, but what makes the space so appealing? Is it the use of bold, bright colors, textured mats, or patterned curtains – or is it something else?
Your bathroom is a sanctuary. It’s also one of the smallest and most-used rooms in your home. With such extensive use comes greater potential for bathroom clutter. Hairdryers, flat irons, hairsprays, shaving supplies, and other tubes and bottles can create an unsightly mess on your bathroom countertops – and no one likes a cluttered bathroom counter!
Even the most stunning bathroom spaces can look shabby when clutter takes over a countertop. Finding storage solutions that help stow everyday essentials—from extra hand towels to makeup—is crucial.
But is there an easy way to control bathroom clutter? Sure, there is!
7 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Bathroom Clutter
If you’re looking for some clever ways to clear clutter from your bathroom countertops, Holland’s Custom Cabinets has answers. Here are seven of our favorite functional and inspired ideas to help keep your bathroom organized.
1. Invest in Spacious Custom Storage Cabinets
Since it’s hard to keep ultra-tiny bathrooms organized, you’ll want to go big with vanities and cabinets designed to optimize space. You can boost storage capacity by utilizing custom bathroom cabinets with multiple drawers and built-in dividers that can easily hold towels, cleaning supplies, guest essentials, and more.
The space inside bathroom cabinets is often underutilized. Adjustable shelves can help make cabinet space more adaptable so it can accommodate a wider range of items. For example, adjust shelves so you can store stacks of toilet paper and bath towels toward the bottom, with shorter piles of hand towels and washcloths above.
If you can’t adjust your shelving, add a hanging shelf to utilize the vertical space in your bathroom cabinets better. When cleaning out clutter, you can also include a turntable or lazy Susan to access the deeper pockets of your vanity.
2. Hang a Peg Board
One way to take the pressure off your bathroom counters is to use a peg board to take your storage more vertical. Peg board can be used to hang everything, from mirrors and plants to toilet paper baskets. It’s a great way to free up a ton of space.
3. Get Rid of Leftovers
Most decluttering checklists feature a common theme: throw out unused items now! Cleaning out a cluttered bathroom and keeping it that way is a lot easier when you get rid of stuff you don’t need.
Dedicate time to empty all your drawers and cabinets, or to declutter one drawer over a few days. Group items such as soaps, shampoos, dental supplies, and makeup, ditching unused or unwanted items as you go. What can be thrown out without a second look? How about sunscreens past their expiration dates, dried nail polishes, and makeup pots that have sat in your drawers for years? There’s also a pretty good chance you have duplicate items. Decide which duplicates you want to keep (if any) and discard the rest. It really is that simple.
4. Use Vertical Space
Having personal care items within easy reach is a must, but keeping everything on your bathroom countertop is a surefire recipe for clutter. To avoid this, consider optimizing the vertical space in your bathroom.
In addition to hanging peg board (see #2 above), here are a few other ways:
- Hang shallow baskets for dryers, curlers, hairbrushes, soaps, lotions, and skincare products.
- Install wall-mounted hooks for small towels and jewelry.
- Use multi-tiered racks to air-dry clean clothing.
- Mount shelves around the bathtub to remove bathroom clutter from around the corners.
5. Leverage Hidden Nooks
No bathroom is too small to organize. All you need is a little ingenuity to make the most of hidden nooks and corners.
For example, you can install floating shelves above your doorway to store bath salts and scrubs, or use wicker baskets to stockpile dirty laundry.
To make use of an awkward space, such as a nook beneath a staircase, try adding flat-front drawers that blend with the décor. Swap out off-the-shelf vanities with custom-built cabinets that reach from wall to wall. Because they’re made to your measurements, they won’t leave any dead space to the sides.
6. Get Creative with Under-the-Sink Storage
Whether you have a freestanding sink or one installed within a cabinet, be sure not to miss out on the space underneath it. Under-the-sink storage is an oft-overlooked bathroom essential that can make getting rid of clutter much easier.
If the sink stands on its own, use coordinating decorative baskets to store towels, bathrobes, nighttime slippers – anything you can leave out in the open. For sinks installed over a cabinet, pick baskets that fit inside the cabinet’s interior.
Remember to group like items, but do not turn the space into a dumping ground for cleaning supplies, unused beauty products, and other items that simply don’t belong there (see #3 above).
Here’s a quick rundown on a few things you should never store under your bathroom sinks:
- Paper products
- Flammable products
- Harsh chemicals
7. Add a Cart
For bathrooms with limited countertop space and floor space, a cart can be one of the ultimate bathroom clutter solutions. Choose something small enough to fit in a corner, but spacious enough to hold beauty supplies, potted plants, and other bathroom related items. Place it in front of an otherwise dead space, such as in front of a window, and—voila!—you have another way to minimize bathroom clutter.
Just Say No to Bathroom Clutter
We’ve all let our bathrooms spin out of control from time to time. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to whip a bathroom back into shape. We hope you can use these decluttering tips to regain the reins of your bathroom and restore it to its former, clutter-free state of glory. What’s one thing every bathroom needs? Spacious cabinetry, of course! At Holland’s Custom Cabinets, we create bespoke bathroom cabinets to help homeowners declutter their bathrooms. Our seasoned craftsmanship and premium materials set us apart from the crowd. Reach out to us for a consultation and enjoy your clutter-free bathroom once again.