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Medicine Cabinet Organizer

Martha Stewart Living, January 2006

Make the most of a tight space with these easy tricks. Have galvanized metal cut to fit the back of the cabinet and inside the door. Adhere metal with caulk. (If your mirror has clips, loosen them, and slide the metal behind them.) Attach magnetized hooks, a notepad holder for brushes and combs, and spice canisters for hair elastics and barrettes. Group like items in votive holders and small acrylic boxes; double surface space with acrylic risers.

Comments (33)

  • Bridgetteciaj 19 Jan, 2009

    Craft stores or hardware stores should be able to get you the metal sheet.

  • Jill1703 19 Jan, 2009

    I like this idea. My cabinet looks just about the same in original configuration. But the question is where do I get the sheet metal cut? Is that service available in any of the home improvement stores? My cabinet is more rounded at the top so whomever cuts it will really have to know what they are doing. Good idea, I will have to see what I can work out with this.

  • suzannebransome 18 Jan, 2009

    This is agreat idea BUT use magnetic paint instead!! I have used it and it works like a charm. And you can get it at most paint stores.

  • AFvet 18 Jan, 2009

    vrrusa !!! Can you email me the Item NUMBER and exact name, plus which department you bought the sheets please? My Ikea CS could not help me unless I gave THEM the number or exact name. (NOT helpful, even though I said they are galvanized sheets--she said it could be in bedding LOL!!) How long ago did you get those--recently or have you been holding them for something? THANKS!!!!

  • vrrusa 18 Jan, 2009

    Oh and many of the wonderful pieces can be found at IKEA -- catalogue on line or (lucky girl!) there is one near you!

  • vrrusa 18 Jan, 2009

    Love this! I have a bunch of 16x16 Galvanized sheets that IKEA was clearing out for 10 for a $1 (couldn't pass that up!) and this is perfect for them ALSO I have several vintage med cabinets in other areas of my house that I keep meds, etc.. in since meds and humidity do not mix. They are pretty AND useful.

  • Merryloretta 18 Jan, 2009

    I also am diabetic. The last place I would keep my medication is in a bathroom cabinet or in the kitchen. There is just to much chance of deterioration due to humidity of both of these places. I keep my medication in my bedroom in an upper part of my chest of drawers. It doesn't get any hjumidity there. Stay safe!

  • Marycassells 18 Jan, 2009

    I have diabetes. I am having a hard time organizing my material for measuring my blood sugar. Do you have any suggestions?

  • Daisy1 18 Jan, 2009

    This is an illustration of possible ideas. This is not a solution for everyone nor is it indicated that one should use every single idea shown. If they did not show each idea there would be complaints. Now that each idea is shown , there are complaints. Have common sense and use whichever application is appropriate for your situation.

  • SoMK 18 Jan, 2009

    I especially like the idea of metal and magnets for the pills ! Nice usage of spice canisters ! As for the comment about "it won't work", that will of course depend on the depth of your cabinet. I've got "magnetized" scissors on the inside of mine and they fit perfectly.

  • missjonie 18 Jan, 2009

    my shelves in medicine cabnit are narrow enough for man hands you then add mini shelves for more small objects all I can see is broken glass and frustrated men lol...also my toothbrush doesnt go upright it looks pretty am sure some ideas are doable but I agree with tippytoes there is more bad then good here and its not a practicle solution I have a cupboard that fits over toilet tank and has resolved all the issues thanks for trying Martha you are still number one to me!

  • tippytoes1966 18 Jan, 2009

    This door will not shut because whatever is attached to the door is going to hit the items on that lower shelf. The scissors won't work either and are sure to fall when you attempt to shut the door. BAD ORGANIZING HERE!

  • ceililly 18 Jan, 2009

    I love Dunoon62's idea of using an old jewelry armoir for a sewing cabinet. I just might purchase one to use in my bedroom. I watch TV in there and I am always sewing, crochet, needlepoint, beading or doing something so I won't feel like I am wasting time watching TV. Thanks for that idea.

  • ashleyarsenic 8 Apr, 2008

    you can also purchase the acrylic boxes from hobby lobby (if you're lucky enough to have one). they're super cheap and come in about 10 to 15 sizes.

  • pamperedchefgal 4 Apr, 2008

    My hubby just set up my spices inside of my pantry with the sheet metal. He found it pre-cut at The Home Depot. You may also want to try a metal fabrication shop. Just make sure that the metal is galvanized. Also, if you have it cut, ask them to file the edges for you so that you don't cut yourself.

  • kimgilbride 2 Apr, 2008

    I would like to know where to purchase galvanized sheet metal. I checked Lowe's and they did not carry it, and didn't know where to refer me.

  • beachtar 30 Mar, 2008

    I haven't done this (yet), but wanted to say Thank you to all who commented on where to buy the items. Very much appreciated!!

  • ellen12 30 Mar, 2008

    Unique application of metal providing both visual and functional use. I love it!

  • UJSch 28 Mar, 2008

    Just wanted to mention, that medicines (medicin cabinetts etc) should not be stored in the bathroom. Medicines should be stored at a dry place to keep; a bathroom is unsuitable.

  • lesliearis 28 Mar, 2008

    I love this idea! I live in a small apartment and need all the space I can get!

  • lesliearis 28 Mar, 2008

    I love this idea! I live in a small apartment and need all the space I can get!

  • dunoon62 28 Mar, 2008

    I know these ideas are intended for my medicine cabinet, but I am going to use them for my spice cabinet in the kitchen and my sewing cabinet which I converted from an old jewelry armoire! The jewelry armoire is perfect because of all the drawers and hooks that hold my scissors!

  • allisongrant 27 Mar, 2008

    The Container Store has those acrylic risers (and everything else under the sun that you never knew you needed).

  • cassiecase 27 Mar, 2008

    We are doing a bathroom remodel and I bought an antique medicine cabinet for my new space - this will work perfectly for me; right now the interior of the cabinet is painted a muddy brown. And living in a small Craftsman Style home doesn't always offer as much storage as I would like.
    p.s. you can get those exact magnetic spice tins at Bed Bath

  • sewlady003 21 Feb, 2008

    My cabinet isn't suitable for all of the ideas, but I will be getting some of those little acrylic risers, they'll be perfect for my usage. Thanks.

  • katiehenry 20 Feb, 2008

    where do you get the acrylic risers??

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  • heiditype2 16 Jan, 2008

    CIA, check out They have a wonderful sellection of acrylic boxes.

  • cia 11 Jan, 2008

    I'd like to know where to purchase the acrylic boxes

  • tess_of_st_paul 4 Jan, 2008

    The door in the photo may not close -- but they're showing you a concept to use for organizing, not something you need to duplicate exactly. The notebook holder will work in the cabint (the door doesn't close flush) -- the designer should have put something else in the holder that isn't as tall as the comb

  • lovethefood 4 Jan, 2008

    Your medicine cabinets must be more shallow than the one inspired here.

  • miria 3 Jan, 2008

    You're right about that, marijka. Brushes

  • marijka 3 Jan, 2008

    That door won't close! The notebook holder will run into items inside the cabinet, and the brushes and combs aren't going to clear the shelf. Sure looks nice if you leave it hanging open, though. Duh.