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Organizing a Medicine Cabinet

Martha Stewart Living Television

Picture a medicine cabinet with neat rows of carefully labeled medications, elixirs, and eyedrops -- an orderly space where no expired tubes of cream or mascara hide behind other bottles. Fortunately, it's quite easy to organize your medicine cabinet and, with a little effort, to maintain its order.

Review the contents of your medicine cabinet frequently, throwing away all medications whose expiration dates have passed. The safest way to dispose of expired medications is to flush them down the toilet; many medicines break down into harmful substances as they age. Throw out ointments, creams, and lotions that are discolored, hardened, or separated. Never use eyedrops that have been open for more than 6 months, as bacteria that breed in the vials can damage eyes.

You'll be able to find what you need more quickly if short bottles aren't hiding behind taller ones. Place tall items on one shelf, and adjust the other shelves to hold shorter items. Those you use every day should be placed at eye level. It also makes sense to group items by function -- eye medications and creams in one section, skin products in another. And once you've organized your medicine cabinet, be sure to clean and reorganize it every month.

Comments (1)

  • countyourblessings 28 Mar, 2008

    I strongly disagree with the advice of this column, Organizing a Medicine Cabinet. Specifically that ,"the safest way to dispose of expired medications is to flush them down the toilet. " These medications will find their way into our water system. I personally don't want others medications in my drinking water. In Canada one can dispose of expired medications by returning them to a local pharmacy where they will dispose of medications safely.