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3 Essentials for Organizing a Dorm or Apartment Bathroom


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Ah, the good old bathroom. In your early days, it was the place to experiment with wacky hairstyles and play with your mom’s lipstick. In middle school, you learned not to venture into it alone (remember what happened to Hermione?), and it became the place to meet for secret conversations with your BFFs.

Of course, when you got to college, your preconceived notions about bathroom etiquette were probably overturned by your first day. For those of you in residence halls, the initial thrill (or fear) of having a co-ed bathroom wore off in about thirty seconds, and now you try to spend as little time as possible there.

However, as college women, there are plenty of ways for us to stay organized (and clean) in shared bathroom situations. In this article, we’ll list three essentials for dorm room (or apartment!) bathroom organization, (including how to organize your products if you keep them in your bedroom instead) which will hopefully make your daily routine a little easier! Let’s get started.

1. A shower caddy or tote

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It simply isn’t physically possible for me to schlep my shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face scrub, razor, and loofah to the shower  (while keeping my towel on!) without a handy carrying container. Whatever your shower needs are, make sure to buy a caddy that is sturdy, cleverly built, and has drainage holes in the bottom! (Thanks for that tip, mom!)

Lucky enough to have your own bathroom? A shower caddy that hangs from your curtain rod or attaches to the wall is a great storage solution for all your products. How cute is that handy red octopus?

If you’re the traditional student who treks down the hallway in a towel, a shower tote is your best bet. I personally prefer the solid plastic ones, but plenty of people like the flexible mesh ones because of their many pockets!

2. Makeup organizers

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Half the fun of buying nice makeup is getting to show it off on your dresser. Having a makeup organizer also makes it easy to pick out what you want to use every morning, and is an easy way to free up valuable counter space.

Clear acrylic organizers are the most classic, though there are plenty of other options! If you often find yourself getting ready in a friend’s room, keep your makeup in a cute case to make it easy to bring along. Need more space on your desk? Adhesive organizers can go anywhere from the side of your dresser to your wall, and can even double as decor. Find one that suits your needs, and you’ll never worry about locating your mascara again!

3. Containers for bathroom accessories

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One day I’m going to figure out where doctors get those adorable glass jars that store tongue depressors and cotton balls in their offices, buy them all, and store everything in them. (Until then, The Container Store has my back.)

Everything looks better when it’s sorted neatly into a set of containers, whether glass or otherwise, and it’s a simple way to make your bathroom counter look instantly neater… and find what you’re looking for in a flash.

What do you think?

What are your bathroom organization essentials? How else do you keep your counter and medicine cabinets tidy? Do you have any other tips for organizing small items? Let us know with a comment!

Posted on on January 31, 2013 / Filed Under: Dorm Room / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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9 Responses to “3 Essentials for Organizing a Dorm or Apartment Bathroom”

  1. 1
    January 31st, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I like using pretty, decorated teacups to store my cotton swabs and other little bathroom items–they look cute and they don’t take up too much room!

  2. 2
    January 31st, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    For makeup I have a desk organizer thing intended for pencils and stuff and it works great

  3. 3
    January 31st, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I use yogurt containers (the Fage ones work great!) and sometimes shot glasses for Q-tips haha

  4. 4
    January 31st, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I always get pretty mugs from my friends that I like to show off – I have one with my name on it and I use that to display my makeup brushes.It’s nice becuase it’s sturdy and doesn’t tip over. I also saw someone on YouTube use a desktop filefolder holder to hold their coastal scents and other big palettes.

  5. 5
    January 31st, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I use pretty mugs to hold my cottons buds, Q-tips, and makeup brushes. Bonus: dump contents out on dresser, give it a rinse, BAM! Extra mugs/bowls/shot glasses/cups for friends that are over.

  6. 6
    January 31st, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Something I saw on Pinterst was to reuse those jars that candles are in when they are all burned out (like the ones from Bath and Body Works) for bathroom supplies. I’m still burning mine but it definitely seems like a good way to reuse them!

  7. 7
    February 2nd, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I use finished 3 wick candles with the wax popped out to hold my cotton swabs- very similar to the doctor’s office option

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