Below I've gathered several water bottle storage and organization ideas provided by readers, showing practical real world ways they keep these bottles from getting so out of control.
There's a few organizational challenges when dealing with water bottles. The first is that you've got to keep track of the bottle itself, and a lid, and sometimes a few other parts as well.
In addition, they aren't easily stackable normally, are not typically uniform in size if you've got a hodgepodge collection of them like we do in our family, and they easily fall over causing an avalanche when you open a cabinet door, if that's where you keep them.
That's why I recently got this reader question:
Water bottle storage ideas would be great! We run a lot and at races we get lots of water bottles and we always use them, but for the life of me, I have not figured out a functional storage solution for them. It seems to me that it should be simple. Lol.
So I asked readers what they did, and I got many suggestions
The most popular ideas are shown below. I'd love to get even more ideas for organizing these bottles though (we do it as part of the Kitchen Cabinet & Drawer Organization Challenge), so if you have your own suggestions (especially with pictures) make sure you submit them here and I'll add the best ones to the page.
Simple Water Bottle Organization Hack: Use An Over The Door Shoe Organizer!
So the most popular idea provided by readers, and that seems to really work long term, is to put up an over the door shoe organizer on the back of your pantry door and use that to hold the bottles.
I love this idea because they're easily accessible, you can't keep more on hand then you actually have slots for (so you can feel OK with chucking the cheap bottles you seem to get at every function) and the lids stay with them this way!
The picture above was provided by a reader, Tonya.
You can get these organizers here:
Here's similar ideas from other readers who've implemented the same idea. This picture is from Jillian.
Another idea for storing these bottles and travel mugs, is to use a wine rack.
Wine racks can help you store and organize your bottles in many different places in your kitchen, including inside a kitchen cabinet, on a pantry shelf, or even out on the kitchen counter.
The top photo in the above collage was sent in by a reader, Amy, who said, "I use wooden wine racks that match my cabinets! Several are in the sink and not in the rack right now because, well, football."
The bottom photo in the collage is from another reader, Mary Jo, who explained, "I have two small wine racks on my counter."
Keep Water Bottles Filled & Chilled In Refrigerator
One reader wrote in to share this simple storage idea, store your bottles in the fridge!
She explained, "I do not store empty, clean water bottles. Once they are cleaned I fill them with water and put them in the refrigerator. I only have enough water bottles for each member of my family, plus 2."
One of the big problems with water bottles, travel mugs and other types of portable cups is that they fall over in cabinets.
To keep this from being a problem you can place them in a container. Your container could be on a shelf, life the reader above, Anna, showed. She explained, "I keep mine in that red bin on the shelf. I get water bottles at different places I go on vacation. So I went through and put ones I use in there and I am going to find a different place for the other ones."
Or, you can place the container inside a cabinet, just to keep all of the bottles together, but yet it is hidden away then.
The key is to only keep as many bottles as will fit into the container without overflowing, so when you get a new one and it starts to be too full, you will know it is time to get rid of some of the ones you don't like as well.
Here's another photo of water bottles in a wire bin as an example, as shown by a reader, Linda. She explained she recently decluttered hers, saying, "Got it down to 10 from 22. Now they all fit in the basket."
So What Are Your Storage & Organization Ideas For These Bottles?
Finally, this is a photo from a reader, Leslie. She said, "This has saved my life! Ours used to be in a cabinet above the microwave and when I opened the doors I would risk one falling on my face. This is also coffee mugs and protein shake bottles."
Now it's your turn. What ideas and suggestions do you have for storing water bottles? I'd love to hear, or better yet, to see.
Each week in the challenge we tackle a different area or type of item in our home, and slowly, over the course of the year you'll get your whole home organized, along with developing habits and routines to keep it that way!
Are you ready for the challenge?
Photos below, of shoe organizer, courtesy of readers, Denise and Brooke
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