Updated July 19, 2015

With most people preferring to use a variety of soaps, shampoos, lotions, face washes, and towels, it is no wonder bathrooms get cluttered so quickly, especially if two or more people use the same bathroom area. However, many bathrooms in apartments and older buildings are very small, designed to maximize space outside the bathroom, so any clutter quickly becomes difficult to work around.

Here are some small bathroom organization ideas and techniques you can implement today to make your bathroom a happy, uncluttered place to be.

#1) Purge all unnecessary items in the bathroom

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Most people have old jewelry, soaps and lotions they don’t like anymore and empty containers just sitting around their bathroom. If the jewelry isn’t made of a precious metal and doesn’t have precious stones in it, toss it in the trash can. Same for old products you didn’t like: if you never plan on using them again, get rid of them.

How to dispose of unneeded bathroom products:
  • If you have slivers of bar soap sitting around, you can melt down the pieces and make a complete bar of soap again.
  • Household cleaners you no longer need can be donated to your local environmental agency for safe disposal, along with nail polish, nail polish remover, and aerosol hairspray.
  • Unopened body washing products are welcomed at most housing shelters and assisted housing centers. Body products that have been opened will not be accepted at many places, and are best disposed of.
  • Old towels are welcomed at most animal shelters, and some housing shelters may accept them, as well.

#2) Separate all the items that don’t belong in the bathroom

Make a pile of everything that needs to be moved to its real “home,” and pick it up and put it where it needs to go whenever you’re done organizing your bathroom for the day. Make a mental note of everything that made its way into your bathroom, and be on the lookout for it to happen again, so you can try to prevent miscellaneous clutter from migrating to the bathroom.

#3) Organize everything that remains

There are many storage options designed especially for bathrooms, and can create considerable bathroom storage even in bathrooms that don’t have any built-in solutions. Here are some of the most effective:

  • One of our favorite changes we made in our own bathroom was adding in a wall-mounted soap dispenser. Your shampoo, conditioner, and body soap are immediately neat and uniform-looking, plus it’s attached to the shower wall, so they’re not taking up space on the floor or the edge of the bathtub. A tension mounted metal bathtub caddy can also serve a similar purpose.
  • Metal storage shelves work well for getting cleaners, soaps, cosmetics, and other personal items organized without requiring you to spend a lot of money on actual furniture.
  • If any of your regularly used products need to be out in the open, an attractive box can be a much more stylish way of keeping everything in one area. Try to coordinate colors with other colors in your bathroom.

In general, use bathroom organizers to keep as few things on the counter as you can.

#4) Clean all open surfaces

Now that all the major surfaces are clear, get out some spray cleaner and spray off the counters, clean the bathtub (yes, you have to clear all the gunk out of the drain, too), and give the toilet a thorough cleaning. Use an old toothbrush to get into the crevices around the faucets and inside the toothbrush holder, inside the drain, and along the edges of everything in the bathroom. Try to get all the places that are usually overlooked in a quick cleaning. Bathrooms harbor some of the worst germs and bacteria in your entire house, so you will have done everyone’s health a favor by cleaning up in there. You will feel so much better after the bathroom has had a thorough purging, organizing, and cleaning.

Next, you can update and re-decorate your bathroom with some snazzy bathroom decorating ideas.

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