Bathroom Clutter Buster: 11 Creative Storage Solutions Revealed!

As an interior designer and dog lover living in Charlotte, North Carolina, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to keep our homes organized – especially our bathrooms! Between multiple people sharing a space, accumulating toiletries, limited storage, and trying to maintain a clean, decluttered look, it’s easy for our bathrooms to become messy catchalls. 

But having an organized bathroom doesn’t have to be complicated! With creativity and forethought, plenty of clever storage solutions can transform even the tiniest bath into a spa-like oasis. Read on for my 11 favorite ideas to make organizing your bathroom an absolute breeze!

Understanding the Bathroom Storage Dynamics

Before diving into specific organizing ideas, it helps to understand some of the shared storage challenges in bathrooms:

  • Toiletries Galore: Between makeup, skincare, hair products, and more, our toiletries can quickly get out of control if not properly corralled. 
  • Lack of Storage Space: Many bathrooms, especially in older homes, need more cabinet and drawer space.
  • Moisture and Mildew: The humid environment can damage items if not stored properly.
  • Multiple Users: When multiple people share a bathroom, finding space for everyone’s articles can be tricky. 

With those challenges in mind, let’s explore solutions! I’ve compiled my 11 favorite storage ideas to maximize every inch of your bathroom.

Install a shelf above the toilet

Over-the-Door Storage

Over-the-door storage is one of my favorite bathroom organizing hacks. Install hooks, shelves, or storage caddies on the back of your bathroom or linen closet door to create more space for towels, toiletries, and hair tools.

Benefits:

  • Maximizes unused space 
  • Easy to install
  • Provides quick access to frequently used items

The back of the door is prime real estate that often goes overlooked! Install hooks, shelves, or organizers over the entrance to neatly store:

  • Towels
  • Toiletries, such as cotton swabs, hair products, and toiletries kits
  • Hair tools, like curling and flat irons

I love the simple chrome hooks from Organize It for hanging multiple towels. Check out clever over-the-door caddies by Zenna Home and SimpleHouseware for toiletries and hair tools.

storage rack for towels

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a gorgeous way to add open, airy storage to your bathroom without overcrowding. Mount these adjustable shelves anywhere on your wall to hold daily-use items or decorative pieces.

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Benefits: 

  • Fully adjustable based on your height preferences
  • Space-saving and airy-looking
  • It can be customized in size, depth, and finish

Floating shelves are a flexible way to add storage without the bulk of full cabinets. Use them to display attractively:

  • Decorative items like candles, plants, or artwork
  • Daily use toiletries, such as soap, lotion, and toothbrush holders
  • Neatly folded washcloths and hand towels

For a clean, modern look, try the Sauder floating shelves. Or go with a rustic wood shelf like this one from Wallscapes. Install at your ideal height and style as you wish!

Hang baskets on the wall

Magnetic Cosmetic Boards

Get crafty with a DIY magnetic board to keep your beauty supplies organized yet visible. Or opt for a ready-made one to mount on your wall—either way, it keeps your makeup, brushes, and more right at your fingertips.

Benefits:

  • Fun DIY project possibility 
  • Keeps makeup visible and accessible

Get creative with your DIY magnetic board for storing beauty items. Simply attach a sheet of magnetic primer to a piece of wood or other surface, then cover it with your choice of fabric. Use it to organize:

  • Makeup brushes and tools
  • Cotton balls, swabs, and other toiletries
  • Hair clips, ties, and accessories 

Need to get into DIY? Companies like Three Posts sell ready-made magnetic boards explicitly designed for cosmetics storage.

toilet paper storage

Ladder Storage 

Ladder shelves lend a rustic or modern vibe while providing excellent real estate storage. Lean one against any bare wall to drape towels, hang baskets, or display toiletries in style.

Benefits:

  • Adds vintage or modern flair
  • Multi-use functionality

A ladder shelf leans perfectly against the wall when unused, providing easy access to stored items. Try using one to:

  • Neatly drape folded washcloths and towels
  • Hang baskets for extra toiletries
  • Tuck away cleaning supplies or bath toys

Ladders crafted from wood, metal, or even PVC pipes work beautifully. I especially like this industrial pipe ladder from Graceliv for a modern touch.

hang showwer caddy

Tiered Trays

Stacked trays instantly add height and visible organization to bathroom counters. Spinning organizer trays are ideal for holding daily-use makeup and jewelry.

Benefits: 

  • Maximizes vertical counter space
  • Easily customized to your needs

Tiered trays are ideal for keeping your most-reached items organized yet visible. Use spinning organizer trays for:

  • Daily makeup, skincare, or dental products
  • Hair accessories like scrunchies, headbands, or barrettes
  • Jewelry such as rings, earrings, and wristlets
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Acrylic cosmetic organizers work well for cosmetics, while pretty ceramic or wood trays nicely corral jewelry. The possibilities are endless when stacking and styling!

bathroom shelf towel

Maximizing Cabinet and Drawer Space 

Now, let’s dive into ideas for making the most of your bathroom’s existing cabinet and drawer storage. Even if you’re dealing with a tiny vanity, there are ways to maximize every inch!

Pull-Out Under Sink Organizers

Don’t let that hollow space under your bathroom sink go to waste! Install pull-out organizers to neatly arrange hair tools, cleaning supplies, and backup toiletries.

Benefits:

  • Make use of dead space 
  • Improve access to items in the back

Many bathroom vanities have ample under-sink space that ends up well-spent. Add pull-out organizers to arrange neatly:

  • Hair tools and styling products
  • Cleaning supplies like sponges and detergent 
  • Extra toiletries and backup supplies

Slide-out trays, drawer organizers, and tiered pull-out bins work wonderfully. Take measurements to find an optimal fit for your plumbing.

storage beneath bathroom sink

Mason Jar Storage

Upcycle mason jars into bathroom storage with vintage farmhouse charm. Group them for toothbrushes, cotton balls, makeup brushes, and other small necessities.

Benefits:

  • A sustainable way to repurpose jars
  • Visually appealing for bath décor 

Reuse mason jars to store small necessities like cleverly

  • Cotton balls, swabs, and makeup sponges
  • Toothbrushes and pastes
  • Makeup brushes
  • Hair ties and accessories

Depending on your aesthetic, neatly lining the jars or creatively clustering them can look chic. Add chalkboard labels if desired.

Shoe Organizer In the Bathroom

Wall-Mounted Baskets

Free up counter space by mounting woven, metal, or bamboo baskets to your bathroom walls. Use them to hold rolled towels, toiletries, plants, and other essentials.

Benefits: 

  • Keep counters clutter-free
  • Easy access to items
  • Stylish accent piece depending on the material

Baskets screwed into the wall or mounted on rails are perfect for tucking away:

  • Rolled-up towels and washcloths
  • Extra soaps, lotions, and toiletries
  • Small bathroom plants or decor

Options range from woven seagrass to metal wire to bamboo—pick whichever suits your style. I’m currently loving these woven water hyacinth storage baskets.

storage above bathroom sink

Behind-the-Mirror Storage

Take advantage of the hidden space behind your bathroom mirror with a medicine cabinet or built-in shelving. Tuck away anything you want out of sight but still easily accessible.

Benefits:

  • Concealed storage that doesn’t take up space 
  • Easy access to items

Take advantage of the area behind your mirror by installing:

  • A cabinet-style medicine chest
  • Mirrors with built-in shelving or cubbies 

Use the hidden storage area to tuck away extra toiletries, first aid supplies, or bathroom cleaning tools. It’s also an excellent spot for stowing “private” items you want out of sight.

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Small bathroom with storage behind the mirror

Rolling Cart Organizer

Take advantage of the hidden space behind your bathroom mirror with a medicine cabinet or built-in shelving. Tuck away anything you want out of sight but still easily accessible.

Benefits:

  • Provides flexible, movable storage
  • Easily tucked out of the way when not needed

A rolling cart on wheels can effortlessly be moved in or out of the bathroom as needed. Use one to hold:

  • Backup toilet paper and paper towels 
  • Extra towels or washcloths 
  • Hair tools that don’t need to stay on your vanity 
  • Kid’s bath toys or shower supplies

Simply roll the cart into a corner or small area when not needed. I love the slim profile of this LuxeDecor bath cart!

Small bathroom with rolling cart organizer

Creative Touches and Display Ideas

Lastly, don’t forget the value of aesthetically styling and displaying your towels, toiletries, and other bathroom essentials. These creative ideas help add decorator flair while keeping things neat and accessible.

Over-the-Tank Toilet Paper Holder 

Bring storage to the toilet with a caddy atop your tank. Keep extra rolls and supplies at arm’s reach without occupying floor space.

Benefits:

  • Makes use of otherwise unusable space
  • Easy installation that takes just minutes

Bring storage to the toilet by placing a caddy on your tank. These are ideal for stashing necessities like:

  • Backup toilet paper rolls 
  • Extra toiletries and supplies
  • Air fresheners or sanitizing wipes
Small bathroom with over the toilet toilet roll holder.

Simple human products and mDesign both make space-saving bamboo over-tank storage caddies. Place whatever you need quick access to while on the throne!

Get Creative with Bathroom Storage Solutions

I hope these ideas have your wheels spinning with ways to add storage to your bathroom—no matter how big or small the space! Creativity and elbow grease allow you to transform even the most disorganized bathroom into a spa-like oasis. 

Remember, storage solutions don’t have to be boring. Have fun with baskets, trays, and other decorative containers to add style while keeping necessities handy. And take time to assess your space and habits to understand what and where you need storage most.