6 Smart Ways To Maximize Your Bathroom Storage

Is it just me or is bathroom storage impossible to figure out? There are either too many cabinets and not enough drawers or vice versa, and I can never figure out what the heck to do with my makeup brushes. Bathroom storage ideas are endless, which is great news because I thrive on an organized and functional space, but choosing which bathroom storage idea to implement is no easy feat.

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Whether you are looking to maximize the little bathroom storage you have or simply make your bathroom storage work better for you and your items, let’s not forget what we learned from The Home Edit on Netflix—start small and trust the process. With that said, we have narrowed down dozens of smart bathroom storage ideas to the six that will help you finally make sense of storing everything from tampons to toothpaste.


1. Utilize the Space Above Your Toilet

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If you have an empty wall above your toilet (like most people do), opt for an over-the-toilet shelving unit or cabinet to hold anything that doesn’t fit in your vanity—think extra hand towels, toilet paper, and feminine care products. Just promise you’ll learn from my mistakes and not drop anything in the toilet when you go to snag something you need.

West Elm

Deco Curve Shelf

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Ballard Designs

Apothecary Cabinet

3 colors available

Urban Outfitters

Lauren Wall Shelf

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2. Add a Shelf

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Add style and storage with shelves to hold the items that you don’t necessarily want on your vanity but don’t mind displaying. Skincare products and tools, perfumes, and everyday “no-makeup” products like mascara, brow gel, and chapstick make open shelving both aesthetic and functional.

Urban Outfitters

Carrie Wall Shelf


3. Look for Creative Space (Even if It’s Small) To Add Storage

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With a little creativity, small spaces can become prime real estate for your bathroom essentials. Look for ways you can add storage (even if it is just a little) to maximize your space and minimize chaos. Things like nail polishes, travel-size items, and products you don’t use as often but refuse to part with are perfect for these tucked-away storage spots. Is there a corner you could hack? Maybe some over-the-door storage containers? Small spaces are an opportunity to flex your creativity and hack your space.

Urban Outfitters

Bathroom Basket


4. Organize The Space You Have

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If you are lucky enough to have a linen closet or drawers, make the most of them with bins, baskets, and/or acrylic organizers. These places are meant to be functional, but you have to figure out how to make them work for you—no matter their size. Otherwise, you will end up with catch-all spaces that are impossible to find anything in. When items are strategically arranged, you will be surprised at what you can fit and how nice it is to be able to actually locate your precious toiletries. 

The Container Store

Vanity Organizer

The Container Store

Under Cabinet Storage

Urban Outfitters

Tub Caddy

The Container Store

Storage Baskets


5. Add Shower Storage

Source: Target

Do yourself a luxurious favor and invest in shower storage. Sure, you can leave your shampoo bottles on the corner of your tub, but why would you do that when you can keep them from constantly falling over? Personally, I have had the exact shower caddy shown above for years (which I love), but depending on the size of your shower and the items you need to store, there are dozens to choose from.

The Container Store

Power Suction Hooks


6. Use Hooks

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No hooks? No problem. They are one of the easiest (and least expensive) additions, and they make a huge difference in the overall functionality of your bathroom. Add a few hooks for hand towels, your coziest robe, and your bath towels, and your bathroom will instantly feel more put together and organized. Plus, you won’t ever have to worry about accidentally warping the wood of your door because of the wet towel you constantly have hanging over it.


Nellie Hook


Botanist Hook


Medallion Hook



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