Organize Your Bathroom Vanity Like A Pro!

 Organize Your Bathroom Vanity Like a Pro! (click through for tips) OK, OK, I don’t have a degree in “Bathroom Organization,” but I do feel pretty confident about my organizational instincts, so just go with me on this one. As much as I love keeping an organized space, it just doesn’t always stay that way in the real world, and every so often I need to regroup and give myself an organizing intervention. I realized I may have come to that point in our master bathroom when every time I needed an item, I would end up literally digging through drawers/cupboards that had become layer upon layer of different items. Also, when you are trying to straighten your hair and there is no open space on the bathroom counter to even set your appliance, well, that means a change is in order. If you are feeling like me and need a little motivation to get your bathroom space in order, then follow along and let’s get to it!

Organize Your Bathroom Vanity Like a Pro! (click through for tips)1. Clean out your junk. I mean it. This is actually my favorite part of organization—the throwing away part! Of course, you can find new homes for any unwanted items that are still in good condition (what friend doesn’t like looking through another friend’s “giveaway pile” and getting a better hairdryer than the one they have?), but the goal here is to remove all the stuff that you don’t use on a regular basis. That nail polish you thought would be cool but makes your skin look green? It’s gone. The curling iron that never seems to get hot enough (and your hair won’t hold curls anyway)? It’s outta here. That eyeshadow from 2007 that makes your eyelids puff up (but it was so expensive so you kept it)? Bye-bye. I know you may not believe me, but you don’t need eight kinds of body lotion. Pick one and go with it. You can see that I don’t have a giant vanity space, but I got rid of four grocery bags worth of stuff. FOUR BAGS. You should have seen my husband’s eyes when I showed him how much I had removed. They were as big as dinner plates. Very big (but very proud of me) dinner plates. There will probably also be a lot of items that you are keeping, but simply need to move to a more appropriate spot elsewhere in your house (like your medicine cabinet or cleaning supplies shelf). Leave everything you are keeping on the floor and clean and wipe out each drawer for probably the first time since you moved in. Ahh, feels better already.

Organize Your Bathroom Vanity Like a Pro! (click through for tips) 2. Separate by group. Now you’ll want to separate all your items into piles: haircare products, hair accessories, appliances, nail care items, nail polish, makeup, dental items, feminine products, etc. Keep like-minded items in the same drawers when possible to keep a coherent system (e.g. all my nail care items and polishes are together).

Organize Your Bathroom Vanity Like a Pro! (click through for tips) 3. Everything needs a home of its own. This means there should be no “stand alone” items that don’t have a drawer/bin/or container to call home. I would say there are a few exceptions to this rule (like a soap dispenser or cool perfume bottle you like to keep out for looks), but you really want to make sure everything has a contained space to live in and this will really help with counter clutter. For me, anything I want to keep on my counter has to fit in the 3-drawer makeup holder or metal basket next to the sink. Otherwise, it has to find a new home elsewhere. This step is where those plastic dividers and drawer bins come in handy to separate and keep each category visible (and only one layer deep) within your drawers. They make bigger systems that fit in the space under your sink, and I really like the slide-out feature of this one.

Organize Your Bathroom Vanity Like a Pro! (click through for tips) 4. Use makeup bags for small collections of items. I had a few categories that felt too loose to keep in a bin or open container. I bought a few extra makeup bags (you can find really cheap ones at places like Forever 21) to hold my headbands, extra sets of hair pins, or any other group that felt like they would end up floating around in a drawer if not contained. A couple of cute bags in a drawer feels a lot less cluttered than several loose collections of smaller items. 

Organize Your Bathroom Vanity Like a Pro! (click through for tips) 5. Get items off the counter. This is where a little bit of wall space can save the day. I made this copper cup organizer specifically to keep things that are usually on my counter up and out of the way, but still within arms reach. You can use shelving or other pre-made hanging organizers to achieve the same results, so you don’t have to make this part a DIY project unless you want to. 

Organize Your Bathroom Vanity Like a Pro! (click through for tips) Organize Your Bathroom Vanity Like a Pro! (click through for tips) I felt like I was twenty pounds lighter (or at least four grocery bags lighter) when I looked at my finished bathroom. It felt so much more simple, clean, and streamlined than when I first started. So far, I love living with my new system and it’s been really easy and fast to find everything that I’m looking for. Plus, there’s always something about a major clean that makes you want to do all the other trouble spots in your house. Looks like I have a few cluttered closets to tackle next! xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • Definitely using these tips. It is amazing how messy my wife can make the bathroom with all of her stuff. This should help. Thank you very much for sharing.

  • Love the copper cup organizer. I don’t have much counter space, no drawers and very little space under my sink so things like that would be perfect.

  • So pretty and tidy!
    Wish I had such a cool space to organise all of my makeup !

  • Wow! that looks so pretty and tidy! Wish I had such a space at home to keep my make-up organised!

  • I actually just did this myself! It was amazing (mildly disturbing) the amount of stuff I threw away! Great tips!!!

  • Thank you for motivating me to clean out my medicine cabinet and underneath my sink. Those areas look way better now!

  • Love this! Definitely going to use these tips. My bathroom vanity has the same exact layout as far as counter space and drawers and cupboards.

  • The colours are amazing! Love the blue and the rose gold brush holders!

  • Neat, but it looks like you have thrown away a lot of stuff to make it look so tidy and organized.
    Me –

  • Awesome tips! I love the blue mini drawers, they’re adorable and so practical!

  • This is a definite for me. The thing is, I have known I need to do it but had no idea how. Here you go,now I have great options. I can do this! Lol.

  • A key to getting it organized is having the space to put things,

  • I love all the structure you added. Lack of subdivided structure is what often leads to a disorganized bathroom. I’m a big fan of “up off the counter” as well:)

  • They are linked here:

    Get yourself some!

    Laura 🙂

  • I don’t even want to think about all the junk below my bathroom sink. It desperately needs a clean-out! Maybe I’ll dedicate a day this weekend to a little organization project!

    lauren / lipstick & lacquer

  • I looooove these “cleaning sprees” lol
    And, Laura, you always do things in great style!

  • Makeup in bathrooms are so easy and nice – that is why I just made a post about RED LIPSTICK x.

  • I’m pretty sure that I’m in love with your vanity. It has so much storage space! I also disagree with the fact that you only need 1 body lotion – I’d say, 2. I usually apply a heavier lotion/body cream at night after my shower, and a lighter lotion in the morning. But all of these tips are wonderful!

  • Something I use is a shoe organizer. I have it hung on the back of my bathroom door and keep most everything I use on a daily basis in it. It helps keep the clutter off of my vanity.

  • Great!
    I love organizing… love when each thing has each place

  • So cute! Hopefully sometime there can be tips for those of us in rentals with pedestal sinks?

  • Being organized is one of the best feelings isn’t it? Love the copper cups that you are using…


  • Wow, loooooove your bathroom! And those containers are fabulous!

  • Great post, I really needed to see this, so I can stop using excuses for my messy bathroom closet. 🙂

  • I definitely need to clear out my Vanity table for real. I have tried so many times but never like this. Thanks.

  • Love the mirror! I wish I had a bathroom with a bit more space. I have to store all my stuff in my bedroom or in the hallway!

  • Girl! I need your organizational skills in my life! This is a great post. You break an overwhelming process down into manageable steps. I feel inspired to tackle my bathroom cabinet! 🙂

  • This is so weird- I was going to send something to talk asking for yall to do a bathroom organization how-to. I thought of it actually this AM and didn’t read the blog till tonight!! Awesome- thank you!

  • Oh wow, I love everything about this! Thanks for the tips! Our master bathroom is my next organizing project!

  • Love the organization, but I’m totally digging the mirror!

  • Wow this helped alot!!! What great information! And that DIY cup holder looks gorgeous!! Wonderful job!

  • I wish I was more organised, the copper cup organiser looks gorgeous

  • I needed this post so much!!! just the past week I thought “I should organize my bathroom” but I didn’t know how or where to start.
    PS: I love you Laura, I love your style and of course, I love cats too!

  • I would literally adore to have a bathroom this organised, but alas I have a tiny toilet next to my bedroom that is poky and I have little space to store things (story of my life) but this has motivated me to at least try and organise my things a little better so I’m not scrabbling to find the things I know I have but have mysteriously disapparated..


  • Yes yes yes! I love organization and I love my girly getting ready tools, so naturally they must come together at some point. It’s super important to gather things together, rather than having them floating around with no defined space. It’s obviously a plus if the container that the items are gathered in are organized too, but even just gathering them is a great first step and looks organized from the outside.

  • Hey Laura! I really, really don’t want this to come off as overly critical, so I hope it doesn’t sound that way. But you should know that storing makeup in hot, humid climates (ahem, bathrooms, especially after a warm/steamy shower) dramatically shortens their shelf life. Makeup, like anything else, goes bad after a while, caused by bacteria that it picks up from your skin and its surroundings. Obviously bacteria LOVES warm + wet, so it will thrive in those conditions. You might want to consider keeping your products in a cooler, drier place (like your bedroom).
    Anyway, awesome job on the organization. Again, I hope I don’t come off as rude at all, but makeup can be pricey and I’m all for extending the longevity of investment items as long as possible. xoxo

  • You can see how I made the mirror here:

    Glad you like it!
    Laura 🙂

  • I just organized part of my bedroom vanity last month…and it already feels so good to get ready everyday… yet to tackle the bathroom vanity..soon!


  • Makes me wish my student dorm bathroom had even a hint of a shelf, cupboard, or surface! Your bathroom is so beautiful.
    At the moment I solve my own bathroom problems with wall mounted (sucker fix) hanging baskets. It’s not the prettiest of solutions, but it works.

  • It’s linked in the post, you should get one, it’s great!

    Laura 🙂

  • Aw, thanks Jen! It is a real bathroom and I do love my toothbrush!

    Laura 🙂

  • I think Janae took it from a low enough angle that she was just out of frame 🙂


  • Although I do agree you don’t need eight body lotions, I would like to insist you need two. Ha! I like to have both a “light” and “heavy” lotion to use depending on my mood. I’m dying to finish up the lotions I’m using now though because I tried a sample of the Honest Body Lotion and it is so wonderful. I love how the copper looks in this space. I always feel so refreshed after a clean up.

    Kindness is the best accessory,
    Rebecca –

  • whats the slide-out wire box that you have for under your sink?? I need one of those – i can never reach things I’ve put in the back, so I feel like that just turns into a collection place of all the things I never use… 🙁

  • I love it! And this post it’s just in time since I’m thinking about changing some things in my bathroom!
    Thank you!

  • I always struggle with space in my bathroom, particularly cupboard space. I find it really therapeutic having a good clear out every once in a while and chucking out bottles past their best.
    Claire x

  • Thank you for showing a real bathroom. A lot of the bathroom makeovers and such seem to have a bathroom that no one actually uses. Who doesn’t keep their toothbrush on their counter next to their sink? Yours looks nice and neat, but still real, so it seems obtainable and not just a pinterest dream.

  • These are such great ideas, I have been planning out my bathroom organization for a while now, trying to figure out the best configuration to house all of my stuff! I really like the under the sink organizer you have here!

  • Great post – I love the copper cups as brush holders!

  • Thanks for all of these tips, Laura! I’m really struggling to organize my bathroom and keep it in check right now. I’m lucky because there is a huge, vintage claw foot tub in my little rental, but it takes up 80% of the bathroom and there’s hardly room for anything else. A key to getting it organized is having the space to put things, so I’m working on finding some unique solutions. Your copper cups are great and I still want to give them a try!

    xx Kathryn

  • Yes! This is perf, especially for those who live in small spaces (oh, the struggle was real). I keep my everyday makeup in one of those containers with the drawers and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made! It makes SUCH a difference when it comes to clutter!

    Neha //

  • Neat, but it looks like you have thrown away a lot of stuff to make it look so tidy and organised.

  • Oh, love your mirror!!! And the organizing tips are so great, thanks for them.

  • Great tips! I definitely need a makeover for my bathroom vanity and that “before” messy cabinet reminds me of my own :).

  • I did exactly the same today!! And you are so right about all the others trouble spots!!

  • Love it! Man, I wish I had all that cupboard space, we have absolutely none in my place. The only thing I would recommend is not keeping beauty supplies and medications in your bathroom, since the wet heat from the shower tends to breed bacteria and make things go bad quickly.


  • How on earth did you get that first photo without a reflection of you or a camera? Great tips, btw!

  • Those dividing containers are soooo useful! I’ve found great acrylic ones at Target for cosmetics. It’s also so important to just streamline what you have (do you actually use it? If you only use it once a month can it go somewhere else?)

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • I loved all the tips. Who doesn’t need a little help with organization on this crazy life we live?

    And yes, OMG, this mirror!!! I’m looking for a mirror to buy this week. My dressing table is without one.

    Where is this from? I was think about a DIY project for the frame.

    xo, Deborah

  • The hardest part for me is throwing away beauty products, but at the end of the day, products expire and expired products can cause a bad reaction to the skin or hair. That’s the time I know it has to go!
    The after looks so much better, especially under the counter!

    M – Mocha and Moccasins

  • What a great idea! My vanity is almost identical to that one, except is not as organized!

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