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Recycled Ideas for Bathroom Organization

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve looked for ways to repurpose and recycle items. It makes me crazy happy to find ways to repurpose items to use for organizing around my home. Repurposing is a wonderful practice for several reasons and taking better care of the earth is the main reason for me. April is Earth Month, with Earth Day on April 22nd, and the perfect time to incorporate recycled ideas for bathroom organization in your home.

clear container with blue and white strips holding toothpaste and toothbrushes and blue hand towel on counter

If you come to my house and open a cabinet or drawer, you’ll find that I use many repurposed items to organize my home. As a military family, we move every one to three years. Using recycled items to organize is the perfect frugal organizing solution for me. (Can you image how much it would cost to purchase new organizing items when we move every year or two?!!) I love the challenge and satisfaction of using recycled items to organize.

Why Use Recycled Items for Organizing

  • Saves Items from the Landfill
  • Saves Resources Needed to Produce New Items
  • Saves Fuel Needed to Produce and Transport New Items
  • Saves Money
  • Provides a Creative Outlet
  • Provides Flexibility – You can recycled it if your organizing needs change (or the military reassigns you, again).

Recycled Ideas for Bathroom Organization

clear jar and soda bottle on white wood table with rolls of washi tape scattered around

Using recycled glass jars and plastic bottles are my favorites for repurposed organizing because I have many of them, they’re easy to clean and come in so many different sizes.

clear jar with roll of black and white polka dot washi tape being applied

Adding decorative washi tape is easy to do and allows me to match my decor. It also allows me to change my decor in seconds and for just pennies. 

Use glass jars to organize:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Cotton Balls
  • Hair Bands and Clips
  • Make-up Brushes
  • Make-up
left image - jar holding toothbrushes, right image - 2 jars holding cotton balls and  cotton swabs

It’s also easy to cover a cardboard box with shelf liner or wrapping paper to organize larger items.

box covered with white and grey paper holding hair appliances and hair brushes

When organizing a children’s bathroom I prefer to use plastic recycled containers. My friends call me Safety Susan and it definitely applies. I worry about my children breaking a glass or ceramic container in the bathroom if they knock it over. Using plastic containers takes that worry away.

hands holding clear bottle with exacto knife about to cut the bottle

A 1-liter plastic bottle is the perfect size to hold a variety of items. I cut the bottle so it is 4 1/2 inches tall. Be careful in cutting the bottle with a utility knife. I use scissors to trim the cut edge and I use my trick to remove sticky label residue naturally to clean the bottle up. 

clear container with blue stripes holding 2 toothbrushes and toothpaste with blue hand towel nearby

Add some decorative washi tape or stickers to match your children’s interests. Recycled plastic containers clean up easily so they’re perfect for messy organizing jobs like holding toothbrushes. 

Thinking about recycling and Earth Month got me to thinking about clean eating and choosing more natural items for my entire family. I was happy to learn that Tom’s of Maine “Luminous White™” Toothpaste Clean Mint is made with biodegradable or mineral-derived ingredients and no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. It fits perfectly with my earth-friendly bathroom organizing. It’s reassuring to know that while Tom’s of Maine Luminous White will help me have whiter teeth in just two weeks*, it’s also safe on my enamel. (*by removing surface stains vs. regular fluoride toothpaste)

Right now there’s an Ibotta offer so you and I can earn $.75 with the purchase of Tom’s of Maine® Luminous White Toothpaste. That makes now the perfect time to pop over to Walmart and pick up a tube Tom’s of Maine “Luminous White™” Toothpaste Clean Mint. I found it on the toothpaste aisle in the personal care section of the store.

2 jars with washi tape stripes holding toothbrushes with yellow towel nearby

Are you feeling creative and in the mood to save? Try these recycled ideas for bathroom organization and be sure to check out the Ibotta offer on Tom’s of Maine® Luminous White Toothpaste.

More Recycled Organizing Ideas 

Free Tips for an Organized Kitchen

neat and organized white and black kitchen with blue lights

Organize Your Kitchen for Free with Repurposed Items

collage of repurposed items holding items in kitchen cabinets and drawers

Free Tips for an Organized Refrigerator

neatly organized refrigerator shelves

Easy Upcycled Buckets for Bathroom Organization

2 white and colorful striped buckets holding cotton swab and cotton balls

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8 Comments

  1. I never thought about using a plastic liter bottle for a storage container; it’s a great idea! I’ve never tried Washi tape but it looks like a nice decorating tool. I do use boxes covered with leftover scrapbook paper for storage, though.

    1. I love covering repurposed boxes to use for organizing, too, Brenda. You can pick up washi tape for a dollar or two a roll. I promise you’ll love it.

  2. I have lots of followers who enjoy creative and attractive ways to use recyclables for getting organized. I always start with “what’s on hand”… you can go back and invest in decorative containers laters if you wish. Love the washi tape – looks so pretty!

    1. I am so-ooo with you, Seana. When I help people organize. I always have them live in the space first using boxes or containers they already have. Then if they like the space the way it’s set up, and only then, we go out and purchase containers.

  3. I have been looking for a way to store my children’s toothbrushes, and I love the mason jar! (I also love the upcycled bottle – so smart!).

    We love Tom’s of Maine! It’s the only toothpaste I will use for me or my children. šŸ™‚

    1. You know how I love to repurose jars and bottles, Andrea. šŸ™‚ Glad to meet another Tom’s of Maine fan.

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