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Creative Bathroom Shelf Ideas to Maintain a Clutter-Free Space

Creative Bathroom Shelf Ideas to Maintain a Clutter-Free Space

Studies have shown that people who are most satisfied with their homes are also the most organized. They find strategic ways to store their possessions to minimize clutter.

This isn’t always easy to do in small rooms like the bathroom. Tight spaces tend to fill up with clutter quickly, and this area is typically the smallest room in the house. 

Too much clutter and disorganization in a room this important can create significant damage. If it hides moisture buildup, you could end up with wall damage, mold and mildew infestations, and even issues with the plumbing.

When it comes to organizing the bathroom, you don’t get much space to work with.  The average bathroom is about forty square feet. That’s not a lot of room once you subtract the basic fixtures of a tub, sink, and toilet. 

But there’s an incredible area that most people forget to take advantage of — vertical wall space!

By getting creative with shelving, you can reduce clutter and keep your bathroom clean. Use these bathroom shelf ideas to improve your home’s organization and your overall satisfaction!

1. A Multi-Functional Cubby Shelf

If you have a wall sturdy enough to hang a cubby shelf, it’s the perfect organizer for your towels or even stashing your hair products in.

The doors close, protecting your things from moisture and keeping any clutter hidden from sight. Then you still have the flat space on top for baskets or a cute flower pot.

The critical thing to remember when you’re choosing a cubby shelf is that not all materials hold up well in a humid bathroom setting. 

Mold especially likes to grow on wood surfaces. If your cubby is any kind of wooden material, make sure you wipe it down regularly to prevent moisture buildup.

2. Shower Shelving

Showers are typically where the largest flat surface areas in the bathroom are, but we don’t use the space entirely. It makes sense, to a degree, because everything we store in there has to be able to handle getting wet.

With strategic shelf placement, you can store all your bathing and hygiene necessities out of sight in your shower.

For standalone showers, corner stands offer a lot of storage without compromising on the room you have to move around. 

Those with adjustable tension poles keep the shelving steady from floor to ceiling. This places everything in easy reach. Other options, like bamboo shelves you often see in spas, take up less room in the bottom corner.

Other common shelving ideas are over-the-showerhead racks. 

With a cubby that hangs in the shower, you get the benefit of keeping everything eye level and easy to reach. They don’t take up much space. But the drawback is they shouldn’t hold too much weight, or you could risk breaking your showerhead.

3. Over-the-Toilet Stands

The space over the toilet typically goes to waste. If you only use the top of the water tank — you’re not maximizing on this storage area.

Sure, some stylish racks sit over the toilet. But, if you invest in an almost floor-to-ceiling option instead, you have a lot more storage room.

Many of these shelves are inexpensive, especially if they’re metal or laminate wood. They’re not quite as sturdy as other options, but they do the job!

If you need something heavy-duty, though, check out the solid wood over-the-toilet shelves. They usually come with more storage capacity, since they can handle more substantial weight.

4. Shelves with Wheels

Sometimes the extra space in your bathroom is below eye level instead of above. Other times, there simply is not enough room for you and your stuff. Maneuvering around becomes a game of Tetris in action.

You can still organize with minimal space in the bathroom if you use carts on wheels. These portable shelves hold just as much as their on-the-wall counterparts. But with the added bonus that you can slide your storage in and out of the room as necessary.

When you’re in the room, you can move the cart out of the way. When you leave, slide it back in its place. Simple and efficient!

5. Over-and-Under the-Sink Shelves

Over-the-sink shelving organizers hide your little necessities. More importantly, they keep your things from sitting in accumulated moisture. 

Whatever you use frequently, such as your toothbrush and toothpaste, should be easily accessible. If you don’t have a way to organize them, though, they can end up in a clutter-filled mess.

These shelves don’t have to be big and bulky. In fact, the lightweight, porous organizers work better because they dry faster.

You’ll find that grabbing a shelf is extra helpful when you have corded appliances. Electric razors, toothbrushes, and Bluetooth devices are popular in bathrooms today, but dangerous. When you have a shelf dedicated to your plugs, you can pay careful attention to how wet it’s getting.

Under-the-sink shelves let you make use of awkward spaces around bathroom plumbing. Instead of shoving everything haphazardly in this space, you can organize it neatly and fit more.

This area is prime for pull-out wire shelves or plastic drawers, depending on what you need to store. If space allows, you can even use the cabinet doors to hang cubbies!


The bathroom is easy to overlook. When you neglect it, it’s also the room that will cause you the biggest problems. 

From plumbing nightmares to mold and mildew, if you don’t catch the problem early, it’s going to be a headache. Keeping the area clutter-free and well-maintained with proper storage nips this in the bud quickly.

Limit your clutter and add style to your space by using these creative shelf ideas.


Ryan Sundlingis a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over ten years of experience in the student housing industry and works with Sakara on a daily basis to grow their online presence.

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