Day 26: Medicine Cabinet
If you’ve ever rummaged through your medicine cabinet searching for headache relief and come up with only empty bottles and expired prescriptions, you know how important it is to keep your medicine cabinet organized.
It’s been said that medicine cabinets are merely closets… in miniature.
And closet organizers have a simple rule they follow, each and every time.
We’ll look at some helpful advice, apply the same organization techniques we’ve applied to every other area of our home, and look forward to a fresh, clean and organized medicine cabinet — where yes, everything will have a home.
How to Organize Medicine Cabinets
“So how do you find a place for everything and keep everything in its place in a medicine cabinet? Well, follow the same advice closet organizers have been selling for years: Get rid of anything you’re not using. “Most of us are pack rats,” says designer Lori Carroll of Lori Carroll and Associates in Tucson. ‘Go through the medicine cabinet every six months and throw out stuff you don’t use.’ That means discarding tubes of used-up lipstick, rusty nail files, and empty Band-Aid boxes.”
Medicine cabinets are only so big. It’s important to keep only items in the medicine cabinet you use regularly. Keep occasional use items, like hydrogen peroxide or aloe in another location, drawer or under the sink.
2. Determine to Stay Organized
Resist the urge in stuff more little bottles into the medicine cabinet in a rush to clean up after a hectic morning. It will multiply faster than you can imagine.
Prescription drugs are not advised to keep in a medicine cabinet because humidity and heat can cause some to lose potency. Consider finding another location.
4. First Aid
“Keep your first aid supplies together so you can find them easily in case of an emergency. You might consider reserving one shelf for emergency supplies such as aspirin, first aid cream and gauze. Or buy a small emergency kit to keep on the medicine cabinet shelf and store the larger boxes of Band-Aids and tubes of antibiotic creams in the linen closet.”
Organize items by use. Everyday items, including toothbrushes, should be at eye level. Infrequent use items should be organized on a higher shelf. Repackage bulky items into small containers (cotton balls, q-tips, etc). Maximize space by using shelf risers and grouping like items together. Small tubes should be in small upright containers.
Objective: to reclaim the medicine cabinet for healthcare and first aid items
• Completely empty contents of the medicine cabinet.
• Wipe out the cabinet, clean and sanitize all surfaces.
• Sort through products and discard any expired, empty or unusable products.
• Create usable containers for items that will remain, eliminate bulky packaging on frequently used items so it fits in the cabinet — see Inspirations below for ideas.
• Determine if there is another location for prescription drugs.
• Inventory the cabinet and make a note of any items that will need to be replaced soon.
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Medicine Cabinet Organization Ideas
Add a Door Pocket
Convenient in tight quarters, it can hold things like scissors, razers, tweezers and nail clippers.
Keep everyday use items on the bottom shelf, less used items at the top.
Make it Pretty