My master bathroom cabinet organization is a project that I delayed too long. The doors had a child safety lock during my son’s toddler years, so it was more like a dump room for extra toothpaste, deodorant, and hand soap.
But not anymore. I am so happy to have done this simple project because it brings me one step closer to being finished with my master bathroom organization.
Because it was bad…
The first thing that stands out is the small 3 drawer cabinet on the left. I purchased it a few weeks ago, planning to use it in this bathroom cabinet organization project.
Before, I thought that setting up a couple of deep baskets under the sink would work, and maybe they did at some point. But, I also think that when the baskets are too wide and too deep, they just hold too much stuff and you just start hoarding and accumulating unnecessary things.
That definitely happened to me in this bathroom, and under the kitchen sink cabinet, too.
How to organize the bathroom cabinet
Every organization project starts with making a bigger mess. So don’t be afraid to dump your entire bathroom cabinet contents on the floor. This is crucial to help you with the sorting process.
- Empty out the cabinet
- Toss or donate anything that you have not used within the past 3 to 6 months. Chances are you don’t need it at all.
- Sort your items into groups: hair care, nail care, personal care, first aid, etc.
- Organize the cabinet with what fits best. I hope my own cabinet organization can spark some ideas!
Here is what I did. There was some serious decluttering; an entire garbage bag was filled with old facial creams, anti-cellulite cream (pfft), a leave-in conditioner that is supposed to leave blonde highlights, and ‘perfect curls’ styling cream.
Old, old, old. Garbage, garbage, garbage.
- The small blue stacking baskets I had leftover from my dollar store under the kitchen sink organization
- Two tin buckets that I had removed from my office
- A penny candy jar, from my kitchen cabinet.
I have always loved this idea found on Pinterest of storing nail polish in a candy penny jar. Although I do not have nearly as many to fill it up, I think it’s not only pleasant to look at, but also practical.
After that massive cleanup, I honestly didn’t have much more stuff left to store. I placed a few toiletries such as deodorant, hand soap, dry shampoo, hairspray, body lotion, toothpaste, bar soap, and nail polish remover, in the blue stacking bins.
The tin buckets were truly just thrown in there for an easy ‘grab and go’ of travel-size hand lotion (another hotel room find!), and for my three types of hair serum, which I don’t think I will use in a lifetime.
The plastic mini-cabinets are just perfect to contain and define zones.
The mani-pedi tools (from this closet) were relocated inside one of the drawers. A small skinny basket inside the drawer defines an extra zone for nail clippers, files, toes separators, etc.
I found two at-home acrylic nails kit, that I am not so sure I will ever use, but I saved them since they’re still in their original packaging.
Every time a family member comes from Colombia, I ask them to bring me cotton balls. Yes, Colombian cotton is so soft and pure. So, those long packages that were over the baskets, now fit perfectly inside the bottom drawer of the bigger cabinet.
I and my husband are kind of obsessed with hotel goodies 🙂 – I used a drawer to save some of those sewing kits, shower caps, shoe polish, etc. That kind of things that ‘you’ll never know when you are going to need’… and to be honest, I had room to spare! Even the top drawer says ‘First Aid’ because I found two band-aids. Two! I definitely need to stock up on first-aid essentials.
Finishing Touches in the Bathroom
To add some final touches, let me show you how easy it is to display things you love and mementos without feeling you are amassing clutter.
We love these little soaps from Disney hotels, and they smell so good! But they do nothing inside the wrapper, inside a basket, inside the cabinet. I have also saved for years a couple of soaps shaped like a seashell from our trip to Cat Island, Bahamas.
So, I made this vignette with a mason jar, a mirrored silver tray, and some coral rocks we picked up when we went snorkeling in Cat Island, too.
I also found this tiny little rock and paper, that came in the pocket of a pair of Lucky Brand jeans, and I have kept it for years. I love to have it in plain sight.
How easy and inexpensive was this bathroom cabinet organization? Really, it doesn’t take much time or effort. The ‘hard’ part is to start. Once you start cleaning and sorting, you gain momentum and I assure you, you won’t stop.
Here is a last before and after comparison of my bathroom cabinet.
Hope you can find some time this week to clean out your bathroom’s under the sink cabinet, or any other cabinet where you store your bathroom essentials!