Have you ever been scrolling through Instagram or flipping through The Container Store catalog and seen those minimalistic, perfectly divided drawers and thought, “Yeah, right. Where’s all their stuff?” Except your disdain actually came from a place of longing and jealousy, right? Just a little? Don’t fret, I’m here to help all your bathroom drawer organization goals come true.
Organizing Your Bathroom Drawer
Before getting started, you must purge and minimize what you’ve got. The simpler your needs are, the simpler your bathroom drawer organization can be — and simple always works best for organizing. Be realistic about what you use, what you need, and where you need it. It’s easier to organize a bathroom drawer when you’ve got less stuff.
Step 1: Purge & Rehome
You know that face wash with an inch of product left that you ignored when you opened a new bottle? Make a point to use the old bottle ASAP, or let it go. And next time, finish one product before you open a new one (<– I said that last part in my best mom voice. Did you hear it?).
Consider every single item in the space. Relocate what isn’t used daily. Remove what isn’t used ever. Really. This is important.
That free sample you got that seems like a waste to throw out, but you don’t love the smell? Goodbye.
Step 2: Evaluate your space.
What kind of space do you have, and how do you use it? Do you have drawers? A tall vertical cabinet? A medicine cabinet? A linen closet? Just because you always keep things in one place doesn’t mean they have to stay there. Our focus today is on drawers, but you can use your drawers more effectively if you are storing your less-used belongings elsewhere.
Now that you’ve moved some items, whittled your belongings down to the essentials and returned any items that don’t belong to their rightful home (like the super cute hair ties pictured right), it’s time for some fun!
Step 3: Measure & Shop
Your next step for bathroom drawer organization is to measure your space and shop for organization products. There are two ways to proceed. Choose whichever suits your personality and lifestyle best.
Method 1: Plan and Measure
Get your ruler and measure each drawer and each toiletry item you want stored there. Purchase drawer dividers accordingly.
Method 2: Fly by the Seat of your Pants (kind of)
Head to your local Container Store and, with your measurements in mind, purchase items you think will work, but then grab some extras just in case. Go back home and play Tetris in your bathroom drawer until you’ve got it exactly right.
Personally, I prefer a hybrid between Method 1 and 2. I go into the store with measurements and items in mind, but I also like to be hands-on and have options. I tend to buy more than what I need, but my purchases aren’t random.
My favorite item to use in drawers are iDesign Linus Shallow Drawer Organizers. They’re sturdy and come in an assortment of sizes. They range in price from $3.99 to $7.99 and go on sale for 20% off every few months, so wait for a sale if you can!
No budget for The Container Store? Walmart has very affordable plastic drawer divider baskets that will work just as well, although they don’t come in quite so many sizes. This set of acrylic dividers from Amazon will get the job done, too!
When organizing spaces, I prefer to keep vertical items, such as contact solution and deodorant, in a medicine cabinet if possible. I also like to keep back stock, such as extra toothpaste, in a closet or cabinet. Always try to use your most valuable real estate for your most frequently used items.
Step 4: Place your items in your organizers
Now that you’ve got all your organizers, it’s time for the fun part. You want to match each item you have to the closest sized container. Why is that important? The closer the bin is to the product you’re storing in it, the more efficiently you can use your drawer space.
All the items that were in my husband’s drawer now take up half a drawer because I used just-right sized containers.
So take each item and put it in the container you think will fit. Keep it if it’s close, try something else if there’s too much extra space or if there’s too little space that it will be a hassle to get the items out
Repeat this sizing process with everything you’d like to keep in your drawer. Hopefully, when you’re done, you’ll have all of your items perfectly nestled inside each organizer.
Pro-Tip: Remove packaging from items so they take up less room and fit into smaller containers.
Step 5: Place your organizers in your drawers
Try each divider out in the drawer. Move the organizers here and there until it feels just right. Use as much of the drawer as you can for the most efficient use of space.
In round 1 of experimenting with this drawer, I found I had several inches of wasted space in the back of the drawer. While I love open space, this just didn’t seem like a smart use of valuable real estate. Moving cotton balls and Q-Tips to the drawer made sense.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
When all your items are in appropriate-sized containers and you’re happy with the layout, it’s time to commit and take the tags off.
One of my favorite features of these iDesign organizers is their little rubber feet that keep them in place, but if you’re an aggressive drawer openers and closer, you may find you need a little Museum Gel or other clear adhesive as additional security.
And that’s all! You can enjoy your newly organized drawer and sleep peacefully at night knowing that you’re using your space as efficiently as possible.
Bathroom Drawer Organization
Everything is easy to see. Everything is easy to grab. Every inch is used wisely.
Could you use this kind of bathroom organization in your life? What are you waiting for? Go organize a bathroom drawer today!
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