9 Easy Ways to Make Over a Messy Vanity

<p>The large cavernous cabinet under the bathroom sink can easily become a cluttered mess, but these nine storage and organization solutions will have you clearing out your vanity in no time.</p>

Under-the-Sink Shelves

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Who said the space under the sink has to be one large open cabinet? Adding shelves, as Gray House Studio did, to maximize storage area is key to creating organization in the bathroom vanity. Creating a tilt panel that is typically fixed to cover the sink bowl, is a genius idea to store even more, like a hair dryer and brushes. When you're tight on space, use every nook and cranny so everything has a home.

Door Storage

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The inside of a door cabinet door is the perfect spot for introducing storage cubbies for small items like nail polish and nail files, small soap containers, and everyday essentials. Leave the large open cavity of the cabinet for towels and larger bath necessities.

Drawer Storage

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Drawers in a bathroom can be a help or hindrance. Petticoat Junktion made the most out of drawer space by using organizers that divide up the drawer area into smaller compartments. For makeup, combs, and all the bathroom essentials, clear caddies are ideal for easy access.

Countertop Vanity Organization

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Vanity organization doesn't just happen under the countertop. Many bathrooms have cabinet space above or in another spot of the room. To cut clutter, use baskets with decorative labels to not only keep your essentials in order but to also add color and create something pretty to focus on.

Shop at Home for Bins

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Once a plan is in place and only the must-have essentials are left, shop your home for baskets and bins to use for organization before you head to the store. Plastic dollar store bins as House Mix used are the perfect budget-friendly item to label and put to use.

Door Organization

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An essential part to staying organized in the bathroom is to purge the unused, then to create small compartments for all the items you want to keep so they can all be seen and easily accessible. Following that, add labels so the question of where something goes is answered. Using inexpensive containers with adhesive strips, Polished Habitat added labels to take the guesswork out of where things go -- such a smart solution to stay organized.

Add Height

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With a large cabinet cavity, there is often unused space. Maximize storage by using the vertical area of the vanity. Ciburbanity added freestanding shelves so items can be stacked, then labeled the bins using chalkboard-style tape. Now the essentials are easily accessible.

Roll-Out Storage

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A storage component under the sink that rolls out maximizes the storage possibilities and allows you to see and access items easily. Add small puck lights in a cavernous cabinet to provide additional brightness, and use hooks with an adhesive back to hang items like a lightweight makeup bag.

Budget-Friendly Organization

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Don't have the budget or time to go custom or DIY? Try an inexpensive store-bought organizer to add to your cabinet. Graceful Order installed this wire caddy to the inside of the door, which now contains smaller items that would have gotten lost inside the vanity cabinet.

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