Open Storage in the Master Bathroom

It’s Why Not Organize Something Wednesday again.

We don’t have a lot of storage in our bathroom. These 4 drawers and 2 cabinet doors are it. So I needed ways to have storage in the open but also have it look decorative and attractive.


We started by adding 2 shelves over the toilet area. The top shelf originally had towels and washcloths on it, but they have since been moved. The picture on the top shelf is one my mom painted. It’s always been my favorite painting and after bugging her for years, she finally gave it to me. Thanks Mom!


Under the top shelf, I added hooks for my necklaces. I don’t have the patience to untangle my necklaces and I like the decorative touch it adds. I also like all the colors and the way they look hanging there, plus I can find what I want quickly.


On the silver tray, I keep my watchbands. My daughter made these for me.


This egg crate holds some of my necklace pieces, bracelets and charms. The one on the other side holds my post earrings and rings.


I put a piece of screen in this oval frame and attached a ribbon to the back to hang my other earrings from. It hangs on the wall beside my sink.


These boxes hold other bracelets, pins, tie tacks and jewelry my younger kids have given to me. They’re on a shelf above the little table.


I love this little table. It fits perfectly beside the tub and the towels look great on it.


The glass jars hold cotton balls, q-tips and make-up rounds. They sit on a tray I bought at the Dollar Store.


This is the only bar soap we buy and we buy it in bulk. I love displaying it this way.


We hang all our towels by hooks, rather than bars. It looks neater in my home, because no one ever hangs them on the bar correctly.


So what’s your preference? Do you like open storage or do you like everything packed away behind closed doors? Next week I’ll show you the storage behind the doors.

I’m linking to:

Works For Me Wednesday at Rocks In My Dryer

Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage

Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple

Friday Fun Finds at Kojo Designs

Victory of the Week at Design-Aholic

Make It For Monday at Cottage Instincts

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple

DIY Project Parade at The DIY Showoff

Tip Me Tuesday at Tip Junkie
Bathroom Organization Link Party at Beneath My Heart
Keep Calm and Organize On Link Party at A Thoughtful Place

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{ 25 comments… add one }
  • Bella March 2, 2010, 11:13 pm

    Oh perfect! I have been REALLY wanting to organize my jewelry –currently I have necklaces hanging on my wall, but with push pins. Ha ha. And, my earings are a tangled mess in a jewelry box.

    So, you got me thinkging and gave me some great ideas!
    Your master bathroom –looks so clean, organized — Fabulous!


  • Jess March 3, 2010, 6:11 am

    I have 1 hook in the bathroom for the towel of the person currently bathing. Then when the towel is done being used, it is hung on a hook on the back of the users bedroom door. This way there are not multiple bath towels in the bathroom to be used for things that they are not supposed to, such as cleaning up potty accidents.

  • Laura Ingalls Gunn March 3, 2010, 6:41 am

    Oh I adore the egg crate idea!

  • Amy A. March 3, 2010, 6:56 am

    What kind of soap do you buy? I love your bathroom!

  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife March 3, 2010, 7:10 am

    I love open storage when it looks as great as yours does! Fabulous! And I love your earring holder. Super cute!

  • Creative Decor by Brooke March 3, 2010, 7:38 am

    I usually have to have things behind closed doors because I’m not as neat as you. I do like to have towels out folded nicely for the color.
    I love the glass jars on the tray.

  • Becca March 3, 2010, 12:56 pm

    I love the oval frames in your bathroom. I may have to try that. I’m a new blogger. I plan to do lots of organizing projects on my blog. I hope you’ll visit me!

  • Whitney Ulrich March 3, 2010, 1:37 pm

    Your bathroom is so pretty I can’t wait to see your new pretty table. I am cooking the creamy chicken crock-pot recipe that you put on here for tonight. I can’t wait to try it when I get home from work 🙂

  • Sherry March 3, 2010, 3:28 pm

    Wow! Love these ideas! Love the earrings in the frame! 😀

  • Kari March 3, 2010, 9:14 pm

    OK your bathroom shots could be in a catalog – so pretty. Love the open storage! If our entire master bathroom wasn’t the size of a single sheet of drywall I’d copy a whole bunch of your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessa March 3, 2010, 9:38 pm

    I love the bath-side table and the display of soap. Great ideas!

  • robyn March 4, 2010, 9:16 am

    WOW, I LOVE your storage ideas. That frame with the screen is just BRILLIANT! ANd the apothocary jars and jar of soap just scream SPA! I’m in love, thanks for sharing!

  • robyn March 4, 2010, 9:17 am

    ohhhh and the side table…SWOOON!

  • Eos Mom March 4, 2010, 11:09 am

    I like how you’ve displayed the bar soaps.

  • Kim@cheapchichome March 4, 2010, 11:39 am

    I love the soaps in the glass container. I was going to do that at my mom’s house, I completely forgot I could do it at my own!

  • kirstin March 5, 2010, 11:01 am

    Oh, I love this. I was just thinking- my jewelry is out. of. control. You’ve inspired me to organize!
    If you’re interested, we have a friday fun finds party and we’d love for you to link to this! 🙂

  • Treasia March 5, 2010, 4:45 pm

    I love how you’ve used and displayed everything on the open storage. We only have a very small vanity under the sink which holds all the extra things like cleaning supplies and what not. Everything else is open storage in our bath. We use a shelf which has a picture leaned against the wall on top of it with my collection of perfume bottles and the hooks hold our towels after use. Another couple of shelves holds all of beauty accessories, make up and hair sprays and cosmetic bags. Another shelf holds our colognes and perfumes we use.

    I can’t wait to get a larger vanity and do away with the shelves as storage and use them only for decorative purposes. That will be happening this summer.

  • Heidi@TheCraftMonkey March 7, 2010, 7:31 pm

    such great ideas! thanks for sharing!

  • Kaysi @ Keeping It SImple March 7, 2010, 9:41 pm

    Those are all great ways to store things and so stylish!

  • Heather March 7, 2010, 9:46 pm

    Love your bathroom, it’s so well appointed. Thank you for sharing!

  • Bonnie @ House of Grace March 8, 2010, 6:59 am

    Great job!!!!!!! I found you from Make it for Monday. I am your newest follower!!! I can’t wait to see what you do next!

  • Brenna @ The Neglected Nest March 8, 2010, 10:36 am

    Wow. So many great ideas in one post! I’ve been hunting for ways to display my jewelry and I think I’ve found it. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Liz@HoosierHomemade March 12, 2010, 7:56 am

    Thanks for the inspiration! I need to spruce up our bath some!
    I’m visiting from Tip Junkie!

  • MarytheKay March 15, 2010, 11:31 am

    I love it!!! I would love to find some egg crates like that…do you mind telling me where you found them? They are perfect for little bracelets and earrings.

    Great ideas!!!

  • Courtney {a thoughtful place} July 27, 2012, 4:14 pm

    We have matching egg crates! Well done. Thanks for sharing.

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