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7 Ways to Tame Bathroom Clutter

Try these tips to get the pristine bathroom you've always wanted.


There's no time like the present for indoor organizing projects. An easily overlooked area, but one of undeniable importance, is the bathroom.

Here are some of our top tips for getting and maintaining sanity in your vanity.


1.) Make designated space for samples.

It's hard to resist those cute little trial sizes, but who can ever find them again? Often they turn up as a pile of goo at the bottom of a purse or bathroom cupboard. The only solution is to put them in place straight away.

One way to keep samples straight is by banding them together in categories with color-coded binder clips. You can also get in the habit of storing the packets in your travel case or gym bag, so you have them where and when you need them. Guest bathroom? Cultivate a spa atmosphere by filling a beautiful tray or basket with high-end samples, a candle, and maybe even some cute trial-sized chocolates.



Photo Source: Cult of Pretty


2.) Hang up the hair dryer.

Hanging your hair dryer keeps it within reach yet out of the way. Simply install a sturdy basket or bin on a wall near the electrical outlet and store brushes and other hair accessories nearby. This is also a fun way to add a bit of decoration to the space.



Photo Source: Pinterest


If your budget allows, you can take this concept one (ok, maybe two) steps further by creating a designated hair care center in a deep bathroom drawer.



Photo Source: Houzz - A Cooks Room


3.) Shape up the shower.

If you don't have much, or any shelf space in your bath or shower, try one of these nifty shower curtains with built-in pockets. This is also a fair, economical way to divvy up his, her, and kiddo's space in the bathroom.



Photo Source: Amazon


4.) Maximize space.

For whatever reason, the space under the bathroom sink is like the Bermuda triangle. What goes in may never come out! To keep things tidy and easily accessible, try a two-tiered lazy susan.



Photo Source: By Stephanie Lynn


Most medicine cabinets don't seem to be created for today's consumer—we have too much stuff! Altering small spaces to accommodate the products you need and love can make a world of difference.

One great trick for medicine cabinets is Magna Pods. These are simple, plastic cubbies that magnetically attach to the inside of the cabinet door.



Photo Source: MagnaPods


If drawer space is limited, put the tools you use every day in a cute container on the counter. Many kitchen containers can be re-purposed for the bathroom with nothing more than a little bit of imagination.



Photo Source: Blissfully Domestic


Feeling crafty? It's remarkably easy to make this adorable make-up brush stand. Just buy a piece of craft wood (available at art supply shops) and drill a range of different sized holes in it to fit your brushes. The result not only looks good but is more hygienic than stuffing them all into the same cup.



Photo Source: House of Earnest


5.) Create a chic display.

For a less cluttered look use your products as decor. Find a tray you love (consider something vintage) and put pretty packaging in view on your countertop.



Photo Source: The Life Styled blog


6.) Be smart with shelves.

When space is limited, being smart about wall space is key. Installing one or two shelves with cute bins or baskets can easily do the trick.



Photo Source: Pinterest


7.) Label it.

Nothing lasts forever, even that daring red lipstick you bought especially for date nights. These handy labels from Beauty Alert make it easy to keep track of when you purchased each tube of lipstick or mascara, and more importantly, when you need to throw it away.



Photo Source: Beauty Alert


The same goes for what you put IN your mouth. Dentists say to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every few months, but who keeps track? Bamboo brushes from Izola come preprinted so you know precisely when to throw them out.



Photo Source: Izola



Sara Eizen is a Seattle-based interior designer and home organizer with a passion for helping busy families reclaim style and space in their homes on any budget. In a bi-weekly column for Seattle's Child, Sara shares creative, fun, affordable tips and tricks for clearing clutter, sprucing up rooms with minimal effort, creating systems that simplify family life, and much more.


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