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In our master bathroom, there is a very small closet with bifold doors. For the longest time, I had it abandoned and cluttered. But I set myself a goal to get it organized, and in just under 45 minutes, it was done. It is not perfect, is not beautiful, but it’s functional. And thanks to the labels, I can find everything faster now.
In all honesty, organizing this bathroom closet was so easy that I almost didn’t write this post. But before and after projects are exciting and inspiring, and I wanted to create the free printable labels so you can organize your bathroom’s closet too!
Here are some tips and ideas on organizing a bathroom closet. And, at the end of the post, you can sign up to download the free printable labels for your bathroom containers!
Our Bathroom Closet Before
I have neglected my bathroom closet for a long time. 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 hairdryer or flat iron.
Yes, it was kind of driving me nuts, but I always closed it really quick and moved on to something else. But finally, I decluttered and cleaned the closet, corraled things in baskets, and labeled them. Now the bathroom closet is organized and functional.
My labels aren’t labels per se, but little chalkboard signs I found at the craft store. I recreated a free set of bathroom labels in printable form for you.
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. Baskets are functional; they corral things, especially keeping small items from tipping over and/or falling through the cracks if you have wire shelving as 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. You probably won’t need to measure if you have a good idea of what you’re looking for and a ‘good eye’ for dimensions. 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.
I have opted to work in ‘sections’ in other cases, allowing me 15 – 30 minutes of decluttering and organization.
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 into four main groups:
When organizing bigger spaces, or entire rooms, I recommend you start on paper first, with this guide!
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 bathrobes. 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 votives and candles. Relocated.
- 1 beach towel. Relocated.
- Makeup mirror with light. I never used it, and never will. Donated.
Now, almost half of the closet contents are 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, Germany, The Netherlands, and 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 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,s and lint rollers on the top shelf of this closet.
I store my toiletries in the cabinet under the sink.
Labeling the Baskets – Free Printable!
I fell in love with these chalkboard clothespins from Michaels. They were on sale, so 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.
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 bathroom labels, a free printable for you to download.
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After printing and cutting, punch a hole and hang them. You can also stick them to the baskets with double-sided tape or, if you’re feeling crafty, replicate the ones I used by gluing a small clothespin in the back.
That was very easy, right? I hope you feel inspired to tackle a quick bathroom closet organization. Enjoy your printable!