This bathroom closet organization project took me a little under 45 minutes. I literally just sorted everything out and corralled it in medium size storage baskets. In all honesty, this was such an easy project that I almost didn’t write this blog post. But, before and after projects are exciting and inspiring, especially if the project is quick, easy and inexpensive.
Keep reading to find quick tips and a free printable!
I have neglected this closet for 7 years. Yup. Don’t judge. Don’t ask. In my defense, I only open it twice or three times a week when I need to get -or put away- clean towels and when I need my hair dryer / flat iron. So, yes it was kind of, sort of, driving me nuts but I always closed it really quick and moved onto something else.
It was bad! Looking at the before picture literally gives me a different perspective. When you are standing in front of the closet, you don’t see the problem ‘as bad’. But, when you see the ‘whole picture’ -no pun intended- you realize how this closet was really screaming for help.
Storage baskets are my all time favorite items for organizing. I probably have more baskets at home than items to store in them. Not really. Baskets are functional, they corral things, especially keeping small items from tipping over and/or falling through the cracks if you have wire shelving like I do.
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this picture of the glorious morning when I walked into Michaels and found all stock of baskets ‘buy one, get one free’.
When buying baskets, think of the function you’re giving them and always measure the space to ensure it’s a good fit. If you have a good idea of what you’re looking for, and a ‘good eye’ for dimensions, you probably won’t need to measure. I knew I wanted deep baskets to fit as many towels as possible, but they also had to be narrow in order for them to fit in the tight closet space.
The Decluttering Process
My rule number one of decluttering and organizing, is to empty out the space and start with a clean slate. I definitely can not work around the mess. I am not sure if this is a pro or a con when I am organizing, only because I tend to leave things for ‘later’ because I rarely have 2 or 3 hours straight -perhaps more- to spare, to empty out a space and start from zero. But, this mini-makeover was so simple that I was able to tackle it all in less than an hour.
In other cases, I have opted to work in ‘sections’ allowing me 15 – 30 minutes of decluttering and organization. You can read more about my 15-minute organization system here.
Go ahead, maybe you can judge. I am happy to say, I conquered that mess!
So, I placed the entire closet’s
junk content on top of a bed and sorted all items in four main groups:
This is a very small closet and it was an easy project to tackle, so I sorted all items in minutes. However, if you have a big closet (or room) to tackle, you may want to use my free printable home organization guide.
Organizing a Very Small Closet
I truly believe that the more space you have, the more stuff you accumulate. So, I stopped complaining about space and started decluttering more often.
This closet had way too many things I didn’t need and some other things that did not belong in there. Let me give you some examples of what I found, maybe one of them will ring a bell 🙂
- 4 bath robes. Donated 3, kept 1.
- 3 washcloths that have seen better days. Tossed.
- 5 towels that we never used because apparently, they shed after the first wash. Donated.
- 3 old makeup bags. Those seem to multiply. Tossed, donated.
- Decorative votive and candles. Relocated.
- 1 beach towel. Relocated.
- Makeup mirror with light. Never used it, never will. Donated.
Now, almost half of the closet contents is gone. I limited the closet to:
Towels (hand, bath, washcloths, guest towels)
hair styling gear – in the STUFF basket 😉
Mani-pedi tools stored in a Caboodles box I have had for 20 years! That is one item I can not part with (obviously). This thing traveled the world with me. From Colombia to the Philippines, to Germany, to The Netherlands, back to Colombia. And now we both call the USA, our home sweet home.
See it peeking behind the stuff basket?
My Caboodles On The Go (affiliate link) is perfect for storing all of my mani-pedi tools, and a rather big collection of nail polishes. I think I am just addicted to color because I rarely have my nails polished.
I also store some cleaning products upstairs for quick cleanup. I keep disinfecting wipes, multi-surface cleaners, carpet cleaners, fabric deodorizer and lint rollers on the top shelf of this closet.
In case you are wondering, I store my toiletries in the cabinet under the sink.
That’s another project in queue.
Labeling the Baskets – Free Printable!
In one of my many trips to Michaels, I fell in love with these chalkboard clothespins. It was a sale, so right there I had two reasons to purchase them. Are any readers out there drooling over the Make Market line from Michaels? It’s all industrial-chic. I love it.
I also purchased accent pillows from this line and the cashier looked at me like I pulled those out of my sleeve. She called another associate on the radio and asked: ‘Since when do we sell pillows?’. I thought it was funny. Michaels is definitely coming up with beautiful designs for home décor too.
So, labeling these baskets was a piece of cake. But, because I can not give each and every one of you a package of these, I figured I would make similar labels for you to download. For free, of course! After printing and cutting, you can punch a hole and hang them, you can just stick them to the baskets with double sided tape, or if you’re feeling crafty, you can replicate these I used by gluing a small clothespin in the back.
Click here to download my Neat Bathroom Organization Labels. Want more printables to help you stay organized? Stay up to date!
Can’t download now? Pin now, come back later!
That was very easy, right? I hope you feel inspired to tackle a quick bathroom closet organization. Enjoy your printable! and please, always keep in mind my TOU.