7 Chic Ways To Keep Your Vanity Organized

Julia Millay Walsh
Bathrooms are breeding ground for all manner of clutter-causing odds and ends. With bottles in every shape and size, tangled cords of hair tools, and bobby pins that tend to lose their way, it may just be the most difficult place in the house to keep in check. That said, there's one easy way to keep all your bathroom and beauty essentials organized: containers, for basically everything. To that end, we've curated the chicest options for beautiful bathroom storage, so click through to see and shop now._1 Open baskets are ideal for storing frequently used items, like hair dryers or oversized products, such as body lotion, that may not fit in a box or a small drawer. It's best to store these not-so-pretty items in your bathroom cabinet, where they'll be out of sight but still easily viewed when you open the door. You can also use open baskets to store better-looking items like towels or rolls of toilet paper for easy access and a spa-like effect.
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Metal Wire Basket, $70, Wayfair Storage Basket, $10, H&M Nantucket Bins (Set of 3), $58, Serena & Lily
_boxes No matter how organized they are, sometimes little odds and ends can still look disorderly. Things like nail polish collections, travel kits, or excess makeup, which you may not use daily, are great candidates for boxes. You can stack your boxes out in the open or tuck them away in a cabinet; they'll look sleek and chic either way.
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Seagrass Storage Boxes, from $29, Restoration Hardware Paper Nesting Boxes, $45, Kate Spade Saturday Surf Boxes, from $23, West Elm
_3If, like us, you tend to take off your jewelry when you're washing your face or hopping in the shower, it's smart to keep a small catch-all around; that way you'll never wonder where you left your favorite pair of earrings or your best watch. Keep one near the side of your sink or in your medicine cabinets.
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Ovate Trinket Dish, $10, Anthropologie Small Form Bowl Set, $90, Tom Dixon Small Malachite Dish, $35, L'Objet
_4 Cups are great contenders for beauty items like Q-tips, bobby pins, and makeup brushes that you use regularly and want to keep on hand. They come in all sizes, of course, so consider the height of the item you're organizing.
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Hand-Thrown Ceramic Cup, $35, Nordstrom  Verdigris Julep Cup, $24, Terrain Wire Pencil Cup, $26, Furbish Studio 

You can make bottles of lotions, fragrances, and soaps on your countertop appear more orderly by corralling them on a tray. While you're at it, store those cups and bowls there as well, and keep everything in one place. Consider adding a pretty plant or a favorite candle to glam it up a notch.

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Hay Small Kaleido Tray, $34, Barneys New York Oscar de la Renta Cadiz Small Tray, $395, Bloomingdale's Mirrored Vanity Tray, $148, Anthropologie
_6For items like cotton balls, bath salts, or bar soaps that you want to protect from moisture, jars are a must-have item. Apothecary jars are a favorite, but if they're too traditional for your aesthetic, you can play with everything from mason jars to ceramic containers.
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Biba Black and Gold Jar, $33, House of Fraser Stacked Apothecary Jars, $34, West Elm Godinger Crystal Cotton Ball Jar, $37, Kohl's
_7If you're a makeup maven, the items above may not suit your extensive collections of eye shadow palettes and mascara tubes. Pick up an acrylic container that has spaces designed especially for all of a beauty queen's essentials.
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Format Stacking Boxes, $30, CB2 Acrylic Makeup Organizer, $35, The Container Store  Ava Acrylic Organizer, from $29, Frontgate

How do you organize your bathroom? Share your best tips in the comments below!

Photographs: Better Homes & Gardens (1, 2, 3, 6, 9), Emily Anderson for Rue, Beautylish, Aaron Fallon for Domaine, Arianna Belle, HGTV, Ikea, Remodelista, Woodnote Photography for Domaine

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