[VIDEO]: How to Organize Your Small Bathroom on a Budget

In this video I show you how I organized my small guest room bathroom cabinet on a budget! I shopped the house, went to Dollar Tree, and Home Goods and turned my “blah” cabinet into a beautifully organized system that maximizes space, is easily accessible, and only cost $19 (I could have actually only spent $12 but I really wanted the $7 over-the-door basket for the bottles I buy in bulk)! I hope you enjoy the video and thanks for watching! :)

Video Details

Hi everyone. So in this video, I’m going to show you how I organized my bathroom cabinet inside of the guest bathroom. So a few months ago, I showed you guys how to organize your bathroom cabinets and I showed you the cabinet in my master bathroom and how I got stackable containers to maximize my vertical space.

Well, it has been a few months since I did that cabinet and I just love it because it’s easy to grab everything. It’s accessible. It maximizes space like the stackable bins just work beautifully. So I wanted to do the same concept inside of this cabinet when I was tackling this space but I wanted to do it on a smaller budget because – yeah, I just wanted to do it in a smaller budget.

Organizing the Bathroom Cabinet on a Budget

So for this project, I went to Dollar Tree and I went to HomeGoods and I shopped the house to try and see what I could find to spend like minimal amount of money. And I did this whole project for $19 and I’m just so excited to share with you what I’ve done.

So let’s open up the cabinet. I’m just so excited to show you guys. So the stackable bins all the way in the backare the same concept I showed you in my last bathroom organizing video where you just stack containers from the floor all the way up to just use like the otherwise dead space which is up here so you just get things off your horizontal space on to your vertical space.

Mazimize Bathroom Stoage with Stackable bins

Mazimize Bathroom Stoage with Stackable bins

I found these stackable containers from Dollar Tree, and I couldn’t believe I found them. I went to Dollar Tree last week and they apparently just came in. They’re brand new. I bought all of them. They come in three different colors, pink, blue, and green and they work great and they’re a dollar. So I bought five for this side and five for this side and I just stacked them and I sorted everything by category.

So inside my last house, I had all of my bulk items, medications, travel products, hair products, all that stuff inside my organized linen closet. But since my linen closet is so small in this house, I had to take everything out of shoe boxes and just figure out a new system. So what I did here was put all the bulk items on this side so like extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, wipes, tissues, plugins, tampons, soap. Store them by category, put them in stackable bins. And then on the other side of the bathroom cabinet, I organized all of the medications by category (cold relievers, cough drops, first-aid, ointments, and then stomach stuff).

And then in the middle of the cabinet, I put all of the medication bottles. They’re just like bottles and not pills or they’re not creams or whatever. And I just found – like this was a Lazy Susan that I wasn’t using in the kitchen so I just grabbed this from my spare organizing section in my house and put that right in the middle.

And then this jar right here is from IKEA. I just reused it from another project, I bought this last year and I just never used it. So I use it to store all of the cotton balls. And I think that was like $2 at IKEA.

Tips for Organizing Medicine & Toiletries

So something else I want to show you is on the medication side. So one of the things that really annoys me is all of the medicine boxes like the box that Tylenol comes in. When it’s an actual box, I feel like it’s just like so flimsy. It doesn’t really stand. It doesn’t really stack. So what I did here was I flattened the box. I taped the sides and then I put all of the medication into a Ziploc bag just like this like what I had in the kitchen, put the cover in the very front and then I did that for all the medications. So it just like takes up less space and then I put them inside of one bigger Ziploc bag just like this.

Bathroom Organizing Tip: Flatten Medication Boxes

Bathroom Organizing Tip: Flatten Medication Boxes

So when one of us is sick, we just come to the cold reliever’s bag and we grab cold medication. And then this just stays nice and compact in one of the stackable containers from the Dollar Store. So this was reused. It didn’t cost anything. Stackable bin costs a dollar. So that just goes there. So it just goes to show, if you just shop the house, you can find things that aren’t necessarily for organizing products but you can reuse them as organizing products.

I did the same thing for all of the cough drops. Flattened the box, put the cough drops in here, put them in a baggy and put them in there. The same thing with the first-aid, I took them out of the box and put them in here. Ointments are the same thing in the back of the cabinet.

I have an extra blow dryer so I’ve been having like a lot of bad luck with blow dryers. They keep breaking on me. So I’m keeping a backup one just in case inside the guest bathroom cabinet. And what I did was I just hang it on the bathroom pipe. So I just wrapped it and then just hang it right here and it’s not really interfering with anything like it has been there for a few months now and it’s not like damaging nay pipes or anything. It’s not too heavy. So that’s just like kind of a built-in hook that I’m using. So I like that.

And then on the doors, I found an over the cabinet door hook which is like so hard to find. I found it at HomeGoods for $2 and I was so surprised I found it because it was a named brand and it’s just a really nice hook. And so yeah, so I just put it right here. I put a little bit of Museum Putty behind it so it doesn’t move, it doesn’t swing, and then I put all of my travel size cosmetics inside of my travel cosmetic bag.

So basically, I just used my travel cosmetic bag as an organizer itself, stored everything inside of it just like this, and then it just hangs nicely on the over-the-door hook right here. And it doesn’t interfere like opening and closing the cabinet. It just stays nicely in the hook and yeah, out of the way. So then you just maximized your door space by adding something right here. So that just opens and closes really nicely.

Bathroom Organizing Tip: Utalize Cabinet Doors for Additional Storage

Bathroom Organizing Tip: Utalize Cabinet Doors for Additional Storage

And then on the other door, I found this over the cabinet door baskets from HomeGoods also and it was $7. So it was a little bit more expensive but it was still less expensive than if you would have paid full price for this. So this is also a named brand. The brand of these two products is Inner Design. Inner Design makes a lot of organizing products, a lot of hooks, a lot of baskets and stuff and they’re all really well-made. They last. They hold up. They’re a little bit more expensive but you can find them cheaper if you shop at like HomeGoods and T.J. Maxx and Marshalls and stuff. So this was $7. It just clips on to the cabinet just like this.

What I did was I put a little bit of Museum Putty. Museum Putty is just a putty that you put behind something or underneath something so it doesn’t move. So now this basket is not going to move because the Museum Putty is in place. And you can buy Museum Putty on Amazon. You can buy it at The Container Store. I don’t think Target has it, The Container Store and Amazon. And then I just put all the bulk bottles like stuff that I’m not using just yet but I bought extra because it was on sale and stuff. So that goes there.

Labeling Storage Containers

On the sides of the stackable containers, so you guys know I love to label things and I love to just like know where things belong so when like this basket or this container is empty, I know what to refill it with. So I want to label everything. But the front of these baskets, they’re not really labelable which means you can’t really stick a label on. I mean you could but I feel like it wasn’t the right size. It’s going to be too small. It’s going to get lost.

So what I did was I added labels to the sides of the baskets in this nice really big font. It’s like hard to miss. And I used a clear tape with a white font so it would just like standout. So now when something is empty, I just look at the side and I say, “OK. The cough drops are right there.” Now I know that I’m out of cough drops and I can go out and buy more if I need more.

So that is everything that I did here. So as you can see, I have totally maximized my space. Like I still have empty space right here, I still have empty space right here, this goes up here. If I wanted to bring in like more bottles or if I didn’t want to buy this because I don’t want to spend $7, I can easily put these bottles in the back of the cabinet like a permanent side to the cabinet and I would still be fine.

Something else I did to keep the bathroom cabinet organized, I put Museum Putty behind each of the baskets so they’re kind of like sealed – not sealed but kind of glued to the back of the cabinet. And I also did it underneath the bin so it won’t move. So for example, when I reach in here to grab like a toothbrush, suppose I’m like shuffling around then the baskets don’t move because they’re puttied down and that like frustrates me when they’re not puttied down and they just like shift and move and stuff. So I did that with all of the baskets so nothing is going to move in place. So it’s just like one way to relieve some frustration when you have bins that easily move.

That’s how I’m organizing my bathroom cabinet inside of the guest bathroom. So it just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to organize your space. So for example, I spent $10 with these stackable containers from Dollar Tree, $2 for the over the cabinet door hook and then $7 for the over the cabinet basket for all of the extra bottles inside the cabinet. So total cost of this project was $19 which means it’s under $20 to organize a whole bathroom cabinet and set up a whole organizing system.

So it just goes to show, you can get organized with a limited budget, you can shop the house, and you can get creative. So I hope this video was helpful. If you want more organizing videos or more organizing tips, you can visit my website at Alejandra.TV. I’ll see you next time. Bye!

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  • About the Author

    About the Author

    Alejandra Costello is a Creative Organizing Expert who shows busy people how to declutter their lives with easy-to-follow (and fun!) organizing video tutorials in her Power Productivity Program and free organizing video series! Alejandra started her company, Alejandra.tv, in 2008 and to date has shared her organizing expertise with millions of people in over 100 countries around the world. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV, Alejandra's creative expertise has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman's Day, Parents Magazine, Oprah, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and CBS. You can connect with her on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and .