A tiered triangular shelf (Ragrund shelf, $40, ikea.com for stores) sidesteps the plumbing that has always made this spot a disaster while giving a home to spare toiletries. (Keep a bottle of all-purpose cleaner tucked here as well.) Another smart option: a roll-out under-sink drawer ($75, bedbathandbeyond.com) cleverly designed to glide right past pipes.
Boost the Bottom Line
Add pizzazz with nonadhesive shelf paper. (Avoid stick-on papers; glue plus humidity can attract pests.) It will also eliminate scrubbing hard-to-reach nooks: When gunk accumulates, just swap in a fresh sheet.
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On (and Off the Countertop)
Tame Your Hair Dryer
A salon miracle you can replicate at home? Keeping styling tools from tangling and toppling. If you’re blessed with deep drawers, treat one to a bamboo caddy ($70, greatusefulstuff.com), with slots for brushes, flatirons, and more. No room? Hang your blow dryer in a holster on the wall. (Blomus hair-dryer holder, $40, stacksandstacks.com.)
Adjust Your Drawers
Clear, shallow drawer trays (Godmorgon trays, $15 for three, ikea.com) let you neatly layer beauty tools on top of hair ties, bobby pins, and clips—and guarantee that you’ll never again have to call in the hounds to find your favorite night-out lipstick.
Mind Your Workplace
If your vanity is also your “dressing table,” keep makeup brushes and moisturizer ordered and upright in a sleek acrylic holder. (Tubo Countertop organizer by Umbra, $13, containerstore.com.)
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In the Shower
Stick ‘Em Up
So much better than caddies affixed with suction cups (avalanche, anyone?), these sturdy plastic containers ($10 each, command.com for stores) mount with strong waterproof adhesive strips to stay put. And they’re removable if you decide that you want to change their position. Place the containers at waist level so everyone in the family can reach. The bins also make great dispensers for daily (or, ahem, monthly) necessities when attached to the inside of a cabinet door.
Climb the Walls
For beauty-aisle aficionados (or families who can never agree on a single brand of anything), a floor-to-ceiling tension-pole shower tower ($130, simplehuman.com) rises to the challenge, claiming a downright teensy footprint while supporting a dozen or more products.