How to Organize a Small Bathroom

Bathrooms can be difficult to organize especially when they are small! Check out these easy 3 steps for how to organize a small bathroom!

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Let’s talk about how to organize a small bathroom. Weird topic, sure. Necessary? Totally! Here’s the deal… we have ONE bathroom. If you’ve been around for a while, you know I have four kids (all boys!) and one darling hubby. It makes for a crowded room in the mornings. We’ve been in this house for awhile and I have FINALLY come up with an organization method that seems to be working for everyone. I did this about a month and a half ago but wanted to wait until I was sure this system was working before sharing it. NEVER has my bathroom stayed this clean and organized for so long. I’d say it’s working. Here are my 3 steps to getting a small bathroom organized and keeping it that way!

You can see from the photos below we have one tiny vanity cabinet and have two narrow and tall cabinets where we keep the majority of our things.

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Bathroom 3
How to organize your bathroom

Here’s how I do it.

3 Steps for Organizing a Bathroom

  1. Start by grouping like items.

    Lay everything out on the floor and organize your stuff into different sections based on categories. This will look like a huge mess at first but it will get better!

  2. Sort into appropriate sized containers.

    Once it is all organized and separated, start placing everything in the correct size bin for the group. You can get these containers almost anywhere and they are so cheap!

  3. Label everything!

    Invest in a label maker and it will solve all of your problems! Label all of the containers so it is easily visible for everyone to see.

How to Organize a Small Bathroom

The top shelves hold extra TP and towels. Then I sort everything that needs to be within arms reach.

Step 1

Group like items. I took everything out of the cabinets and made a big huge mess in the bathroom but it has to get worse before it gets better… and it will get better. If there is something you haven’t used in 3+ months, toss or donate it. I got rid of a laundry basket full of stuff we never use, put it in the basement and have yet to go down there to get anything. I obviously don’t need those things.

Sort Like Items

Step 2

Sort into appropriate sized containers. Now that you know what you have and what you use, it’s time to put them away. This is so important when it comes to a small bathroom! I did a lot of container switching until I found what fit best for each group of items. I bought almost all of my organizing bins at Target, mostly in the dollar spot. The dollar store is great place for plastic bins and containers since you mostly just need small-ish ones. Jars work well too! You can see that I used them for our cotton products (Q-tips, cotton rounds and cotton balls) I love having them so accessible.

Hair Products in basket
Cotton products

Step 3

Label everything. Meet my best friend, My Epson label maker. You can purchase one here. It is crazy easy to use and so worth the investment! I used gold on clear label tape (available here*) and it’s pretty much my favorite thing ever. Try it out!

Epson Label Maker

I keep my lipsticks, lip glosses and chapsticks in the vintage bowl, flossers in a mini mason jar and all of the other containers were found at Target dollar spot for $1-3 each!

Bathroom Shelf

The acrylic tray holds my daily makeup (I keep makeup brushes in a jar in my vanity medicine cabinet) and “Hair Tools” like curling iron, flat iron and brushes in this bin.

Hair tools and makeup

These bins are from Target as well. One holds nail products, feminine products, hair accessories and one has extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, etc.

Organized Bins

Next up, the vanity cabinet holds the less than desirable things a bathroom needs but I like to keep these products readily available in the bathroom so there’s no excuse not to keep things wiped down and clean. We keep bathroom cleaner with bleach, glass cleaner, paper towels, toilet brush, rubber gloves and extra lightbulbs for the vanity in here. Oh, usually the bathroom scale is slid in there too. If you have little ones in the house, make sure there’s a childproof lock on cleaning supplies if they’re kept down low, like ours. I also always make sure the bottles are twisted to “off” so kiddos can’t accidentally spray anything.

Cleaning Supplies in the bathroom

And that is how to organize a small bathroom with just those easy 3 steps! Let me know what you think!

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  1. Hi from Durban, SA

    I love your bathroom makeover; you deserved to get it recognised.


  2. I wish I had a giant cabinet like that! The best bathrooms have some form of closet in them, I swear! I’m in desperate need of redoing my storage-less bathroom, though, and am thinking that redoing our plastic shelving will be in order…too much stuff, not enough room!

  3. Interesting you put toilet paper on the top shelf. I usually put it way lower, for when my kids need toilet paper, they can get it themselves. I don’t want to have to walk in there and get it for them.

    1. Hi Guy! Unfortunately, this isn’t an option in our home. I have a 1 year old and a 2 year old that will unravel all the paper if it’s on their level. Looks like I’m reaching up high to refill it for a few years. Thanks!

  4. Thank you so much for this beautiful blog. The step by step organising method is really useful. Also the mirror looks great. My bathroom’s vanity mirror ( ) is the most attractive thing in there. The images you have attached are really beautiful and motivates us to do the perfect organisation.

  5. I love the idea of putting all the bathroom supplies in their own glass jars. That makes it easier to see what is inside them without having to open a box, plus a glass jar looks so much better too. Next time I go to the store I am going to need to buy a bunch of jars.

  6. These are all great storage ideas. I need to rearrange the bathroom and think of way to add some more storage places because our bathroom definitely doesn’t have enough storage place. Thanks for the post! I think that I actually will use the basket idea! The jars are also really cool! Thanks for sharing!

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