An overhead view of a bathroom sink and open drawer

8 Tips for a Soothing and Organized Bath

No. 3 is pretty clever.

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There’s a certain sense of calm and satisfaction that comes from seeing things well-organized.

This can feel downright indulgent in the bathroom, where there’s so much to corral and function often overrules form.

#1 Keep Things Bright, White, and Open

A bright white bathroom with open shelvingImage: Laura Cattano Organization Design/Bones Photography

Space can be tight in the bathroom, but one trick to make it at least feel larger is to keep the color scheme bright and white.

Even better? Install some open shelving. It helps you use — but still see — every extra inch of available space. So things seem extra roomy.

#2 Tame Under-Sink Clutter with Baskets and Bins

Clear organizers with toiletries under a bathroom sinkImage: Horderly Professional Organizing (@horderly)

To keep the cabinet underneath your sink from becoming a toiletries landfill, use baskets and storage containers to keep the space organized and satisfyingly symmetrical.

Clear containers with drawers make it easy to see (and get a hold of) what’s inside, plus they’re a cinch to stack — a great shortcut for making things look neat and tidy.

And if you’ve got some empty space below the cabinet itself, slide some baskets in down there too. It was just a floor. Now, it’s storage space.

#3 Get Creative with Unused Space

Toiletries in baskets and jars under a bathroom sinkImage: Gray House Studio

Don’t have enough space to stash your unruly cluster of styling tools? Yes, you do. Converting the wasted space under the basin into a sneaky hidey-hole keeps them out of sight, but still within easy reach.

No one will ever suspect a thing.

#4 Create Storage Out of Thin Air

A linen closet filled with towels and a wire rack on doorImage: Kelley Nan, KelleyNan.com

And speaking of unused space …

Attach shelving to cabinet and closet doors, which is usually space that gets overlooked. Hanging wire baskets create extra storage out of thin air.

Plus, it helps make all those little bathroom items super easy to find.

#5 Make the Tiny Stuff Easy to Find with Labels

A linen closet with white shelves, colorful storage binsImage: Lauren Tucker (An Organized Life)

A designated medicine bucket or shelf might be good in theory, but when you just need an aspirin, who has time to rifle through cold meds and Band-Aids (and cotton balls and sunscreen, and why are there chopsticks in here)?

Instead, cut down your search time by sorting things into smaller categories so everything is easy to find.

You can even do your future self a favor by labeling your bins.

#6 Spruce Things Up with Symmetry

Two sinks in a shiplap bathroom with shelving betweenImage: @therusticrecord

Aaaahhh, that tranquil feeling that symmetry can bring. It’s a classy touch that can also be instantly calming and super satisfying.

Achieve that visceral sense of calm by using matching towels (or alternating colors), repeating textures in storage baskets, or arranging ornaments like candles in neat rows.

#7 Splurge on Built-Ins in the Shower

A black tiled built-in shelf in a white tiled showerImage: @anthonyclarkcarpentry

Wading through bottles every time you step into the shower?

Nix the awkward rack hanging from the shower head and give your feet some breathing room by springing for some built-in shelves (with their own greenery, if you’re really feeling fancy).

You can even make it a double …

Two built-in shelves in a showerImage: Tiffany Cortez

#8 Pull It All Together for a Bathroom Worth Spending Time in

A hyper organized closet in a bathroomImage: ClosetMaid

A breezy color palette that feels blissfully bright and open? Check.

Peace-inducing symmetry? Check.

Easy-to-find, perfectly arranged essentials? Check.

Yup, storage really can be a work of art. Or, at least, it can help make your bathroom’s official vibe “serene and satisfying.”

Related: Super-Smart Ways to Organize the Space Under Your Bathroom Sink