Design Series: Organizing a Small Bathroom

Hello beautiful friends!

How To Organize a Small Bathroom - Brandi Sawyer

This week I’m on March break from school, which is the perfect opportunity to work on some posts for the next upcoming weeks!  The spring weather is arriving so I’ve also been doing a little bit of spring decorating – one of my favourite seasons to decorate for.

Today I want to share some tips on organizing a small bathroom.  The bathroom renovation I worked on last year had so much potential, but the biggest issue of all was the lack of space – I’m going to show you what we did to utilize the space we had as well as some additional tips that I used in my small budget bathroom makeover!

CLEAN OUT EVERYTHING

Easy Small Bathroom Organization Tips - Brandi Sawyer

This *obviously* seems like a daunting task if you have a lot of clutter, but the best thing in my experience is to empty out everything, give it a good clean, and then sort through what you really need.  Things to think about:

Is it expired?
Do you like it?
Have you used it in the last year?
Does it need to be stored in the bathroom? – items that are rarely used can be stored in a nearby closet – or if you’re tight for space, finding another area for cleaning products makes all of the difference.

PUTTING IT BACK

Easy Small Bathroom Organization Tips - Brandi Sawyer

Where do you use it?  If you use your hairdryer near a certain outlet – it makes sense to have it close by that space.  The idea here is if there’s multiple people in a bathroom you don’t want everyone reaching over everything just to get what they need.  Make your space make sense for you.

Easy Small Bathroom Organization Tips - Brandi Sawyer

Put similar items together.  In our space all teeth related items went in a drawer, and all face products went in the same drawer.  This differs in comparison to having drawers just for facewash, moisturizers, etc – whatever you use on the daily at once makes sense being stored together.

Easy Small Bathroom Organization Tips - Brandi Sawyer

Much better!

Easy Small Bathroom Organization Tips - Brandi Sawyer
BEFORE  – oh what a mess!

Easy Small Bathroom Organization Tips - Brandi Sawyer
AFTER!

Organizational trays can be your best friend as seen in the examples above and below!  We purchased ours from the dollar store, but you can find all different shapes and sizes online.  Some people even opt to use utensil organizers for jewelry, etc.  Another great tip is using a basic cup or pencil holder.

Easy Small Bathroom Organization Tips - Brandi Sawyer
BEFORE

Easy Small Bathroom Organization Tips - Brandi Sawyer
AFTER

 

Easy Small Bathroom Organization Tips - Brandi Sawyer

We used some plastic drawers (which we put in before the reno) for some more storage.  In here we put brushes and hair-related items.  The top drawer was a drawer specifically for make-up items.

Easy Small Bathroom Organization Tips - Brandi Sawyer

After organizing, it’s highly likely you realized you had a lot of items you didn’t need, or items that are used so infrequently that they could be stored elsewhere.  When we were done, we found we had enough space under the sink for cleaning products.  We added a standing shelf for even more organization and ease of access!

VISUAL & FUNCTIONAL

Organizing a Small Bathroom - Brandi Sawyer

Jars can not only cut down on the storage boxes in your bathroom, but they also serve as pretty decor.  Here, we used two containers for q-tips and cotton balls.  This helps it look appealing and very clean since it’s not taking up a lot of visual space.

Easy Small Bathroom Organization Tips - Brandi Sawyer

Another idea to cut back on visual clutter is being creative with other storage solutions – think outside of the box!  For example, we store our toilet paper in this pretty basket at arm-reach from the ‘throne’. 😉

How To Organize a Small Bathroom - Brandi Sawyer

In the farmhouse, we used this basket as a laundry hamper!

How To Organize a Small Bathroom - Brandi Sawyer

In the farmhouse, we didn’t have any storage cabinets in our small bathroom, so we created simple shelves and used baskets to hide any visual clutter.  This is a perfect opportunity to decorate as well and create something beautiful and functional for a small area.

Easy Small Bathroom Organization Tips - Brandi Sawyer

Easy Small Bathroom Organization Tips - Brandi Sawyer

This one can be done over time if you’re on a tight budget: but try to get quality towels of the same colour.  We switched ours out for white (easy to bleach!), but any colour would do just to create some unison and something easy for the eyes to rest on.  And who says you can’t make your organization pretty?  Some baskets and a faux plant helped top this spot off.

How To Organize a Small Bathroom - Brandi Sawyer

Similarly, you should think about wall space!  Look at how in the farm house we not only used shelves, but we also used hooks and other wall attachments for storage.

How To Organize a Small Bathroom - Brandi Sawyer

How To Organize a Small Bathroom - Brandi Sawyer

We attached this extending mirror to the side of our window for doing make-up!  We often have multiple women in the bathroom, so an additional mirror (with good lighting) is a necessity!

Easy Small Bathroom Organization Tips - Brandi Sawyer

For those little knick-knacks like earrings or the odd button that somehow ends up in the bathroom (haha), get a pretty tray or container.  Everything can have a place.

Small Bathroom Makeover - Brandi Sawyer

 

If you want to see more of the farmhouse bathroom, check out the small budget bathroom makeover post!

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What organizational tips do you have to share?  🙂

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Comments

  1. How I wish our bathroom were like yours. My wife saw the after looks and she loves them. Thanks for giving us an idea.

  2. Can you tell me where you got the mirrored tray? So pretty!

    • Hi there,

      That was a find at a used items/clothing store called Value Village here in Nova Scotia, Canada. However I have seen similar type items at Winners. I think that is your Homegoods store int eh states. Brandi

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  1. […] The bathroom before wasn’t terrible, but it did need an update.  This house as been steering away from older-country colours to a cleaner, cooler pallet.  The bathroom also had an issue of organization and space.  If you’d like to know how we utilized the space in here (and some other great space-saving tips, too) check out organizing a small bathroom! […]

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