Tips for Bathroom Organization

10 Tips to Better Organise Your Bathroom

Easy tips for a calm and clutter-free bathroom.

The bathroom. A place of both sanctuary and shame. A safe haven where we can relax and rejuvenate or a cluttered mess that causes us nothing but stress. If your bathroom falls into the latter category, it’s time for a change – declutter and organise this space. 

By decluttering and organising your bathroom, you can make it more efficient and easier to maintain. This will free up time for you to relax and enjoy yourself without having to worry about cleaning up after yourself. In addition, by decluttering your bathroom, you can also help to improve its air quality and make it more pleasant to spend time in. But how do you transform your bathroom into a sanctuary? Here are some tips to get you started.

1. Clear Out All Expired and Unused Items

Have you heard of a clutter magnet? Well, bathrooms are known for this. In just a little time, bathrooms can become overcrowded with all sorts of items from toiletries and makeup to medicines and even pet items. The first major step of organising a bathroom is to declutter it completely. 

Dedicate a time and place to do this. You will need floor space or a large table to unpack all items. Go through each item, check the expiry date (if any), and decide whether the item is used frequently, needs to be kept for long-term use, or ought to be discarded.  

set of bathroom essentials

2. Sort Items According to Category

As you go through the decluttering process, place items in groups of function or use. For example, you start to find many hair products like gel, spray, and shampoo, so group these hair products next to each other. Other categories can include makeup, hair, face, body, medicines for cold and flu, child medication, adult medication, first aid items, vitamins and supplements, hair removal, female hygiene, and dental hygiene. 

3. Store Items Based on Frequency of Use

Once you have gone through all your items, use bins to combine each category and find a suitable space to store them. Remember to store frequently used items close to the front of the cupboard or top drawers where you can get to them quickly. If something takes too much effort to store away, we tend to place items on the countertops. Try to avoid this as it creates a cluttered look. 

4. Store Medicines Safely and Accurately

Medicines need a dedicated zone to be stored in, ideally out of reach from children. They should also be clearly labelled and discarded if expired. It is not worth using any medicine after it has expired as you have no idea how it has changed chemically or what its effects may be. 

One unique thing about medicines is that they can accumulate very quickly. You may often buy new medicines when the family is sick and then very rarely use them all up (think: nasal sprays, cough medicines, supplements, and creams). Sometimes, you could also end up with duplicate items because you’ve forgotten what you already have at home

Quick Tips to Organize and Declutter a Bathroom

5. Use Hidden Storage

Bathrooms don’t usually have lots of storage as they are small rooms primarily filled with sanitary ware. If you purchase additional storage for your bathroom, buy closed storage so items can be hidden from view. Too often, I see open shelves or trolleys that have become clutter magnets, resulting in messy bathrooms. 

An organiser for the bathroom will always tell you to keep it clean and hidden. Examples of hidden storage can include wall-mounted cabinets like the ENHET series from IKEA, baskets with lids, and moveable chests of drawers. 

6. Fold Towels Attractively

Storing your towels beautifully can make your bathroom so much more attractive. Ensure you have good towel racks to hang your towels neatly so they can dry properly. When storing extra towels in the bathroom, there are many ways to fold your towels so that they can look beautiful and organised. Two common ways are to roll them or fold them, so the edges are not visible. 

10 Bathroom Organization Tips

7. Keep Surfaces Empty

This is key to keeping a bathroom calm and clutter-free. On your sink countertop, you should only have the items you literally use every day and maybe not even all of those. If a wall-mounted cabinet or drawer is nearby, keep your toiletries out of sight. Using a container with a lid is an option for bathroom storage, too. 

8. Don’t Buy More Than You Need

When you have limited space to store items, you have to be mindful of how much you buy for that storage space. Try to use up all your toiletries before you buy more. Have no more than one extra stock of essential items like toothpaste and shampoo. If you have a large storage area elsewhere in the house, you are fortunate to create a space for extra bathroom stock that doesn’t encroach on the current bathroom storage. 

9. Maximise Cupboard Space

Bathroom cupboards often have a large open space under the sink without shelving, and various bathroom organisers can help maximise this space. One idea is to attach wire racks or clear holders inside the cupboard doors to store items. Another idea I highly recommend is getting shelf inserts or modular, stackable drawers from KEYWAY at Homesmiths. 

Usually, a lot of vertical space goes to waste under the sink. Using a shelf insert, like IKEA’s Variera range with clearly labelled bins, increases the surface area for bathroom storage. Stackable drawers are also a great way to enhance the storage space; each drawer can contain a different category of items. Labelling the drawers will help keep items in order and make it easy to find items quickly.  

bathroom space

10. Calm the Space with Scents and Plants

Calm your home and create that sanctuary spa feeling by appealing to your senses. Think about how you can add fragrance to your bathroom – candles, diffusers, and incense are all ways to bring in a scent you love. Bring plants into the bathroom, too, as greenery makes us calm.

Both real and artificial plants work, as they both add to the atmosphere of being in natural surroundings. Hanging plants in a macrame hanger really suits the bathroom as you are not taking over the bathroom floor area and many corners in a bathroom are usually covered in tiles and very stark. Plants will soften these spaces creating a sanctuary you love to visit every day. 

Fern McGahey is a professional home organiser at Calm the Clutter. Visit @calmtheclutternow or www.calmtheclutternow.com for more information.


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Designing Your Own Zen Home

Peaceful and harmonious living.

So you’re thinking about transforming your home into a Zen paradise. That’s great! Do you often find yourself stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed by your current living situation? Do you crave serenity, tranquility, and greater inner peace? Do you spend more time feeling anxious about your clutter than enjoying your living space? Do you dream of a space that feels welcoming, calming, and rejuvenating – all at the same time?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, then a Zen home may be for you.

What Is Zen Home in Interior Design?

The word “zen” is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word “chán”, which in turn is a Chinese transliteration of the Sanskrit word “dhyāna”, meaning “meditation”. Zen is a Buddhist concept that places emphasis on the practice of meditation with the goal of achieving a state of inner peace and tranquility.

Zen interior design is all about creating a living space that promotes peace, harmony, and a sense of balance. The goal is to create a relaxed and calm haven from all the hustle and bustle of daily life where you can unwind and recharge. A Zen home is characterized by its emphasis on natural textures, simple lines, neutral colours, and an overall minimalism effect. Furniture is minimal, surfaces are kept clear to achieve order and calm, and natural light is important so windows are often uncovered to allow as much natural sunlight as possible. Decluttering your space and removing distractions, as well as, adding relaxing elements such as candles, diffusers, and other natural materials, you can create an environment that amplifies the Zen factor and also conducive to nurturing concentration and productivity.

Benefits of a Zen Living Space

In addition to creating a peaceful and harmonious living space, there are many benefits to practicing Zen design in our homes. Research has shown that incorporating natural elements into our living spaces can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also improve our overall sense of well-being and help us feel more connected to the natural world.

How to Create a Zen Home

A Zen home is a living space that prioritizes simplicity, natural elements, and tranquility, creating a peaceful and harmonious environment that promotes relaxation, mindfulness, and overall wellness. Today, Zen design has evolved to include a wide range of interior design styles that often incorporate elements of natural materials, organic shapes, and minimalistic design. The idea of a Zen home has become a popular trend in interior design, as it can help promote a sense of calm and relaxation in our daily lives.

Less Is More

A well-edited room is more visually appealing than one that is crammed full of furniture and knick-knacks. One of the key benefits of the Zen design approach is that it can help to make small spaces feel larger and more open. When there are fewer objects on display, each one can be given more attention, and the eye is not drawn to any one particular area. In addition, a minimalist approach can also help to create a sense of order and calm, making it ideal for a Zen home.

Neutral Colour Palette

In a Zen home, one of the most important things to be mindful of is choosing a natural colour palette. Colours are typically muted and neutral, like white, cream, beige and gray, creating a sense of simplicity and tranquility. Avoid bright colours like red and yellow which can be reminiscent of Asian themes but are disruptive to the overall Zen flow. Instead, stick to muted tones that will ensure a serene and relaxing space, and if you do need some colour greens and blues can serve as excellent accent colours. Also, consider incorporating natural textures and materials to keep your space from feeling too sterile.

Natural Elements

The modern Zen design also emphasizes the use of natural elements like wood, stone, greenery, and water, that give your space an organic feel to support relaxation and balance. Incorporating such elements does not have to be expensive or difficult and often a few simple accents can make all the difference. For example, placing small potted plants is an inexpensive way to add some nature into your space. You may try adding a bonsai to keep with the Zen look but other plants would also do the trick. Similarly, a clear bowl filled with different coloured stones and water or a water fountain or similar feature, also creates a natural touch to your decor.

Natural Light

Lighting plays a major role in a Zen home, with natural light preferred, as it helps to create an open and airy feeling. With visually stimulating views, we feel relaxed and optimistic, which can greatly improve our overall well-being. Sunlight has a calming effect on the mind and body, and it can also help to improve mood and focus. In addition, natural light is an essential part of the cycle of nature, and it helps to regulate our bodies’ circadian rhythms. For these reasons, it’s important to make sure that your Zen-inspired interior receives plenty of light.

Streamlined Furniture

In a Zen home, furniture, decor, and household items are chosen for their simplicity and functionality. Furniture that is simple and clean in design are perfect choices. Selecting streamlined furniture made with natural materials such as wood, stone, or bamboo with straight lines and smooth surfaces will add to the Zen factor of your space. This type of furniture creates a feeling of calm and serenity – all qualities perfect for achieving a zen state of mind. By choosing streamlined furniture that is low to the ground, you will help keep the visual flow of your room uninterrupted, enabling you to feel more grounded and very much in tune with the Japanese style of Zen. Handcrafted furnishings made with reclaimed wood or rattan can add warmth. We recommend avoiding heavy, closed-off furniture designs to maintain an open and airy look and feel throughout your home.

When it comes to furniture styles for a Zen home in Dubai, you’ll want to focus on simplicity, functionality, and natural materials. Here are a few furniture styles and design elements to consider:

Accents to Add Zen to Any Home

Diffusers, candles, incense sticks, and sage are all great tools to incorporate into your house to create a more Zen-ful ambiance. Here are some tips on how to use each of these items to create a Zen living environment:


Essential oil diffusers are a great way to create a calming atmosphere in your home. Choose oils such as lavender, chamomile, or bergamot to promote relaxation and calmness. Place the diffuser in a central location in your home, or in a designated relaxation space to promote serenity.


Candles can help create a soft, warm glow that promotes relaxation. Choose candles with natural scents made from natural bases like beeswax or soy, to avoid overpowering synthetic fragrances from invading your space. Place candles in areas where you would like to create a sense of ambiance, such as a meditation space or near your bathtub.


Burning incense sticks can help to create a calming and peaceful atmosphere. Choose natural scents, such as sandalwood, or cedarwood, and place incense in an area where airflow is good.


Burning sage, also known as smudging, is an ancient practice that can be used to clear negative energy from your home. Light a sage bundle and walk the smoke around all the corners of your home, reaching the places where energy tends to get trapped. Remember to open your windows in order to let out the smoke.

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The question to really ask yourself is, are you in need of a peaceful and calming living space? Do you often feel stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed in your current home? That’s when you know for sure that a Zen home is just what you need to strive for.

You may even follow your higher sense of self and spot signs such as feeling distracted by technology, constantly playing catch-up with household chores, wishing deep inside for a welcoming and calming home, or feeling overwhelmed or anxious by clutter. These are clear signs pointing you toward the need to create a Zen home for yourself. The results are well worth the effort and the process can be healing too.

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