5 Strategies to Declutter Your Bathroom Countertop

Hair dryers, flat irons, sprays and other products can easily create an unsightly mess on your bathroom countertops. These quick fixes will clear your counters and organize your toiletries.
Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With Dual Sinks and Granite Countertop

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With Dual Sinks and Granite Countertop

Ample sunlight fills this contemporary bathroom that features micro-mosaic subway tile in shades of brown, a granite countertop and warm wood vanity cabiinet. Red accents give the room a pop of color.

By: Lisa Frederick

Gather toiletries on a pretty tray. The great thing about a tray is that it creates boundaries, i.e., bottles and jars don’t migrate over the entire countertop. You can buy trays made just for bath storage, but any model that fits on your counter and has room for your flotsam will work fine. Choose a material that’s moisture proof and easy to clean, and that complements your fixtures and finishes.

Store loose items in canisters. Storing necessities such as cotton balls and cotton swabs in pretty canisters keeps them neat as well as clean and sanitary. Get creative with the containers: apothecary jars, mason jars, vintage tea tins or any other receptacle will work. Don’t want them on display? Choose stacking canisters and stash them in a vanity cabinet.

Make use of drawer trays. Headbands, toe spacers and bobby pins — miscellaneous items such as these tend to get tossed on countertops and left to gather dust. Sort them in divided organizer drawer trays, the same kind used to keep kitchen junk drawers and home office supplies under control. Clear, plastic bins tucked inside a cabinet will work too.

Install wall-mounted holders. Choose soap dispensers and toothbrush holders that attach to the wall rather than sitting on the countertop, which frees up space around the sink. To streamline things even further, buy an all-in-one style that’s designed to accommodate tumblers, toothbrushes and more.



Prior to the redesign, the wall cabinet above the toilet was lacking in style.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Add a shelf. Even in a tiny bathroom, a slim wall shelf makes a huge difference. Add a basket if you don’t want toiletries and other odds and ends out in the open. If you have a stretch of unfilled wall space, such as next to a tub, anchor a full bookshelf to the wall to provide more than enough storage for bathroom needs and even a few decorative items.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Bathroom Organization: Taming Hair Care Chaos

Between sprays and spritzes, bands and barrettes, hair care gear gets out of control in a hurry. Try these tips to smooth out your styling routine.

7 Clever Ways to Store Bath Towels and Toilet Paper

Is your bathroom not giving you the necessary storage you need? These tips will help you get creative with where to keep your towels and toiletries.

5 Smart Spice Storage Tips

Is your thyme's clock ticking? Your rosemary not so rosy? Try these organizing tips to get your spice game in check.

How to Sort Crafting and Gift Wrapping Supplies

With some planning, you can have a user-friendly space in your home for craft projects and prepping gifts.

10 Ways to Maximize Under-the-Bed Storage

Amplify bedroom storage with clever clutter control solutions that sit out of sight below the mattress.

How to Store Cookware, Knives and Kitchen Gadgets

If your kitchen is overrun with unorganized pots, pans and utensils, try these tips that will have your space looking tidy as a Michelin star restaurant.

Reclaim the Dining Table: 10 Ways to Declutter

Has your kitchen or dining table become a catchall for flotsam? Here’s how to retake these valuable surfaces.

11 Ways to Keep Childrens' Toys Under Control

Is your living room overflowing with toys? Try these ideas to keep your kids’ favorites at hand for playtime and out of sight when company comes.

8 Steps to a Paperless Home Office

Keep your home office organized and join the paperless revolution. Here are eight easy steps for going, and staying, paperless.

7 Creative Ways to Store Table Linens

A beautiful tablecloth, place mats and napkins add pizzazz to a dinner party, but finding a spot for them when not in use can be challenging. Here are seven clever storage solutions for your table linens.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.