December 27, 2023

Refreshed Spaces: Water Bottle Storage and Organization Ideas

These days, we know how important it is to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is one of the best things we can do for our bodies! 

Therefore, to ensure you and your family consume enough water throughout the day, you’ve probably invested in countless water bottles over the years. Yes, you have water bottles to bring to school and the office, water bottles for recreational activities like soccer games and gym sessions, and water bottles you keep around the house, like in your living room and bedroom. 

But when you think about it, that means roughly three or four water bottles for each person in your household, meaning your kitchen is likely overflowing with all your drinking receptacles! 

Just because you have a lot of water bottles on your hands doesn’t mean you have to toss them all, though. However, it does mean you should start looking into some DIY water bottle storage ideas. And that’s where we can help you out. 

In our guide on how to organize water bottles, we offer all the best advice on finding proper storage solutions for your collection. Follow along for the top tips and tricks to help ensure your family members always have a water bottle on hand whenever they’re thirsty!

The Importance of Proper Water Bottle Storage

Why is it important to learn how to store water bottles? Well, without a proper water bottle storage solution, there’s a good chance you’ll lose track of those you have. 

For example, your favorite water bottle you take hiking might end up tucked away in the back of your pantry, while the one you always bring to the office might get hidden behind the coffee mugs in your cabinet. Of course, this also makes it easy to lose straws and lids along the way. And when you can’t find what you’re looking for, you may end up purchasing more water bottles to replace those you’ve misplaced, leaving you with twice the number of water bottles. 

It doesn’t make sense to keep buying new water bottles when you probably already have a perfectly good collection, so it’s important to figure out a place for storing your water bottles. This way, you’ll know exactly what kind of water bottles you have and where to find them when needed. Not to mention, you won’t have to keep buying new ones!

Preparing for Water Bottle Storage

Before addressing some of our favorite water bottle storage solutions, let’s show you how to prepare your bottles for storage. 

Start by sorting through your collection of water bottles. This is your chance to go through all the water bottles you’ve collected over the years and decide which ones you want to hang on to. Inspect each one, and ensure they all have appropriate parts like lids and straws. If it’s missing a piece or has a broken handle, it might be time to say goodbye and toss it in the trash. 

Next, be honest about which ones you’ll actually use again. Do you have water bottles you haven’t touched in 10 years? Or are there some bottles your kids have outgrown? And if so, do you or your family members plan to use them again? If not, consider donating them or adding them to the toss pile. 

Once you’ve gone through each bottle and know which ones you want to hang on to, give them a deep clean. After all, you don’t want to store dirty bottles, which can grow mold, mildew, or even bacteria! Run them through the dishwasher, and if they have straws, manually brush them to remove any buildup.

After you’ve cleaned and dried your water bottles, the last step involves categorizing them. For instance, place the water bottles you take to the gym in one pile, the ones you like to have around the house in another pile, and those your kids use in another pile. This way, you’ll have a clear idea of the kinds of water bottle storage solutions that will best suit your needs.  

Water Bottle Organization Ideas

Now it’s time to get inspired with our list of water bottle storage ideas! From racks and shelves to dividers and bins, we cover all the best water bottle organization ideas below.

Invest in a Water Bottle Organizer

You might be surprised to learn that there are storage options designed specifically for water bottles! Do some research, and you’ll come across all kinds of storage solutions like racks, trays, and shelves with grooves to keep your water bottles in place. Once you select your favorite one, place the bottle organizer in your cupboard or the corner of your kitchen countertop. 

Use a Wine Rack

Wine racks are perfect for storing wine bottles, so why wouldn’t they be suitable for storing water bottles, too? Convert the wine rack you already own into a space for your water bottles, or invest in one specifically for your collection. You can find vertical and horizontal racks, along with ones made of different materials and in different styles, so you’re sure to find one that suits the look and feel of your kitchen. 

Pick up Some Baskets and Bins

Baskets and bins are another handy water bottle storage solution and are simple to implement! If you want them to match your decor, search for decorative ones like a wicker basket, woven bin, wooden crate, or wire box, and then place them on display. For example, artfully set a vintage crate with your bottles in the corner of your kitchen or create space for a hand-woven basket on the shelf in your walk-in pantry. 

Stock up on Some Plastic Bins

Plastic bins might be the best storage option if you’d like to keep your water bottles under your sink or inside a cupboard. Simply place your water bottles inside clear plastic bins, secure them with lids, stick labels on the bins so you know what’s inside each one, and then store them wherever is most convenient.

Hang Over-the-Door Organizers

For those with limited water bottle storage space, you might have to get a little creative. And that’s where over-the-door organizers come in handy. You can easily find one made for pantries, but you could also experiment with shoe organizers. We love the idea of using one of those over-the-door shoe organizers with clear plastic pockets because they’re the perfect size for tucking a water bottle into each slot! 

Turn to a Lazy Susan

If you’re wondering where to store your water bottles so that they are hidden but accessible, consider a lazy Susan. We like this option because you can easily spin the table to find the exact water bottle you were looking for. Place the lazy Susan on a shelf, inside your pantry, or inside a cabinet for easy access. 

Create a Spot in Your Fridge

For those of you who only have a few water bottles on hand, you could always designate a spot for them in your fridge. Fill up your water bottles, then line them up on a shelf or place them in a drawer, and you’ll always have chilled water on hand.

Place Drawer Dividers

Would you rather keep your water bottles in a drawer? If so, designate a drawer or two for your water bottles and then place drawer dividers inside to help organize your collection. For instance, the bottles your kids take to school can go on the left side of the drawer, while the ones you keep at home can stay on the right side, separated by the divider.  

Make Room on a Shelf

Shelves make great storage options for your water bottles. For this idea, clear an entire shelf in your cupboard or install a shelf specifically for your water bottles in your kitchen. From here, you can neatly line up your water bottles by size or type.

Rent a Storage Unit

Can’t free up space in your home? It might be time to rent a climate-controlled storage unit for the excess water bottles you don’t use daily. During summer break, you might store your kids’ school water bottles in your off-site storage unit. Or, you could keep the ones you only use on camping trips in your storage unit until it’s time for your next adventure. This way, your water bottles are out of sight and out of mind until you decide to retrieve them from your unit.

Learn More About Stor-It Today

If you’re feeling overwhelmed when it comes to moving or storing your belongings, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Stor-It, we’re the oldest and largest storage facility in the state of Idaho, so we offer the best moving and packing tips around! Whether you have questions about the differences between long-term and temporary storage or want to know more about how to store things in your storage unit, we’re here to help! Contact us today to find out more.