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A Professional Organizer’s Guide to Organizing Bathrooms

It’s no secret that bathrooms can be a tricky area to organize. Between oddly placed pipes under the sink and narrow vanity drawers, it’s not always so simple to squeeze everything your client needs into the space. While simultaneously making it as tidy as can be, of course.

The good news is that there are plenty of products on the market that maximize the space, especially for small bathrooms. Did you know that Sortifi can go a long way in taking the trial and error out of planning both the supplies and the space? Use the following guide anytime you have an upcoming bathroom project to save time, headaches, and, potentially, a trip to make returns.

You can also find many of these tips on our Instagram page!

The Design

Focusing first on the overall design of the space will make the process of using Sortifi even simpler. Are you working with one vanity drawer or eight? Is the cabinet under the sink a decent size or is it practically non existent? Does your client’s current bathroom contain all of the contents of a CVS? Or are they more minimalistic with their products? Once you have a bird’s eye view of the bathroom project, it’s time to divide and conquer.

Sorting like with like and creating zones is going to make all the difference in your client’s daily routine. And, as we know, no two routines are exactly the same. Once you have a rundown from them about the products they use the most often to the least often, then you can establish the zones.

FYI you can build templates around typical categories to avoid recreating them with each new project.

Psst! One way to get ahead in your design is to create a draft in Sortifi based off of photos that your client sends. From there, you can print it and bring it with you onsite to add in the dimensions.

Check out more design tips on Instagram

The Measurements

We already know the challenges of measuring bathrooms, particularly under the sink. We compiled a few tips to help …

Under the Bathroom Sink

  • Always measure the width from inside door to inside door and take any hardware into account if applicable.
  • Always round down to the nearest half inch i.e. if the width is 20.33″ round down to 20.00″.
  • Don’t forget to measure the height from the bottom to the top of the cabinet.
  • Carefully measure the area around the plumbing:
    • From left to plumbing
    • From right to plumbing
    • From the front of the cabinet to the plumbing
    • From the cabinet floor up to the bottom of plumbing

Check out more under the sink measuring tips on Instagram

Here’s an example of under a bathroom sink design within Sortifi:

And here are the after photos:

Bathroom Drawers

  • Don’t forget to measure the height of the drawer’s clearance, rather than just the drawer sides.
  • Account for any hardware that takes up space inside the drawer like the inside of knobs or handles.
  • Always round down to the nearest 1/2″ i.e. if the width is 12.67″ round down to 12.5″ to ensure that any organizers will fit properly.

Check out more drawer measuring tips on Instagram

See an example of a bathroom drawer design within Sortifi:

And the after photo:

The Products

Here’s a list of our favorite products that we’ve used time and time again when organizing bathrooms:

Under the Bathroom Sink Organization

Think stackable to utilize the height you have and easy to reach to combat the dark, deep space. 

1 The Home Edit Clear Drawers

2 The Home Edit Narrow Bins

3 Like-it Modular Drawers

4 mDesign Turntable

5 MadeSmart Turntable

Bathroom Drawer Organization

Think customizable, small compartments to accommodate your client’s ever changing needs.

6 NEAT Drawer Organizers in Bone

7 Neat Drawer Organizers in White Oak 

8 STORi SimpleSort Drawer Organizers

9 mDesign Acrylic Bins for Deep Drawers

10 mDesign Drawer Dividers

If you haven’t tried out Sortifi yet for your professional organizing business, sign up for a free one week trial HERE and simplify your design process.

*Disclosure: We only recommend products we would use ourselves and all opinions expressed here are our own. This post may contain affiliate links that, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission.