How to Organize a Bathroom Closet the Easy Way!

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How to organize a bathroom closet in 6 simple steps! Discover how easy it is to transform your messy linen closet or medicine cabinet into a perfectly organized space.

I’m going to be honest with you – our guest bathroom‘s large storage closet has always been a mess…

Not only is it a “catch-all” location for medicine, linens, toiletries, etc. But because of the cupboard doors on it, it’s also a place that’s out of sight, which means we’ve never felt the need to organize it! 

Well, all of that changed this weekend when I (ok, really it was Chris) decided we needed to organize, which was well overdue. 😉 

In today’s post I want to share with you the simple process I went through for our bathroom cupboard organization and at the same time, give you some easy bathroom closet storage ideas to implement in your own home.

I hope this basic tutorial gives you some small bathroom closet organization ideas that are easy to implement!

How to Organize a Bathroom Closet

Bathroom Closet Organization in 6 Simple Steps

Before we jump into it, let’s take a look at how our bathroom linen closet looked before we started this process…

Like I said, a dumping ground for whatever needed storing! 😉

Ready to learn how to make it look like THIS?!

I’ll show you! 🙂

STEP 1: EMPTY IT OUT

The first step in organizing ANYTHING is to empty the space you’re trying to organize.

This means you need to start by removing all the items from your bathroom closet. And yes, I mean everything. 😉

I took all of the items out of mine and set them on our dining room table.

Can you believe all of that stuff was in that small closet?!

STEP 2: CLEAN

Next, wipe out your empty closet really well. I typically use basic cleaning wipes or all-purpose cleaner with a rag.

Now you’ve got a blank canvas for organizing!!

One thing I like to do at this point is to measure the dimensions of your closet or cupboard. You’ll eventually be shopping for bins or baskets to fit in here, so it’s easiest to measure when it’s clean and empty.

STEP 3: PURGE

After you’ve prepped your closet, it’s time to go through your items and get rid of the stuff you don’t need.

I chose to dispose of anything we had too many of (think hotel shampoo and conditioner bottles, floss, etc.) and items that were expired. 

The other part of this step is moving items that don’t belong in this particular closet or cupboard to their appropriate homes.

We had quite a few items that had ended up in the back of our closet shelves but belonged in the other bathroom. So, I was sure to put those away in their correct spot rather than back into this closet. 

STEP 4: GROUP LIKE ITEMS

After you’ve put items away that don’t belong in this bathroom closet or disposed of items you don’t need, it’s time to group like-items.

Start by thinking through the categories of items you have in your closet.

For us, we ended up grouping them in the following categories:

  • Appliances (humidifier, defuser, hair-cutter, etc)
  • Large and Small Toiletries
  • Medicine
  • First Aid
  • Dog Supplies
  • Towels
  • Toilet Paper

STEP 5: RESTOCK

Now that you’ve identified what groups of items you’re going to be storing in this closet, take time to restock any of the items you’re low on.

I always like to have all of my first aid stocked in case of an accident and all of the large and small toiletries stocked in case guests need them.

One item I always make sure to have extra of is body wash.

I recently got Dial® Coconut Water Body Wash​ and Dial® Himalayan Salt Enriching Body Wash ​from Target to stock up my closet. 

I love these soaps! The Dial® Coconut Water Body Wash has a refreshing, summery scent and leaves your skin feeling healthy. The Dial® Himalayan Salt Enriching Body Wash has exfoliating scrubbers that leave your skin feeling super soft. And the Kids Peachy Clean Body + Hair Wash is a great option for the kiddos because it smells amazing, and it’s developed with Pediatric Dermatologists! 

If you need some extra body wash for your bathroom closet, you can easily find these on the end cap or body wash aisle at Target. 

Target is also a great place to restock just about anything you may need for your bathroom closet organization and, lucky for you, Cartwheel is having a 10% off deal on Dial® brand products while supplies last.

STEP 6: PLAN AND ASSEMBLE

Now that you have the groups established and stocked, you can put into place a bathroom closet organization system!

Do this by evaluating how “much” stuff is in each group and getting baskets or bins that maximize the space in your closet as well as the space needed to store your like-items.

We actually drew out our full cabinet with dimensions and then drew in what we wanted where and what size of basket or bin we needed for each spot.

For example, I knew we wanted to store just toilet paper on the bottom shelf of our cabinet. So, I took the dimensions of our bottom shelf to the store with me and purchased a basket that filled as much of that shelf as possible!

We ended up getting three hyacinth baskets and two woven baskets to hold our groups of items.

Using bins or baskets is a GREAT way to take advantage of deep shelves – Try getting a large basket that’s full depth and then placing smaller bins inside of it to keep your items separate.

We did this with both our medicine and first aid bins!

If you’re storing towels in your closet, be sure fold them efficiently so you can use the other half of the shelf for a bin or back-stock items!

Not sure how to fold them? You can read my towel folding tutorial (with two methods!) here.

And that’s it! With just a few simple steps, you can have a bathroom closet that is pretty, stores just about anything and makes finding things super easy!

Makes for a pretty awesome before and after, don’t you think?

Now, let’s review some of the key takeaways from this tutorial:

How do you organize a deep bathroom closet?

Use deep baskets with smaller bins inside!

A basket is perfect for maximizing the entire depth because it can easily be pulled out to access items stored all the way in the back. Small bins inside can be helpful for keeping groups of like-items separated.

How do you organize bathroom toiletries?

For ours, we chose to put the larger toiletries (like tissues, cotton swabs and body soap) on the shelf and then store smaller toiletries (like toothpaste and cotton balls) in a basket.

The key to organizing bathroom toiletries is to downsize. Don’t keep too many things. Only stock up on things you’ll need and use, and even then, only keep a few back-stock items.

How do I organize my bathroom linen closet?

  1. Empty out the closet.
  2. Clean the closet thoroughly.
  3. Purge all your unneeded items.
  4. Group like-items.
  5. Stock up on things you need.
  6. Use a diagram of your space and groups of items to maximize the storage using baskets and bins.

I hope these 6 simple steps for how to organize a bathroom closet help you take your bathroom linen closet organization to the next level! 😉

As always, let me know if you have any questions.

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