Five Tips for Organizing Your Medicine Cabinet
It's 2 a.m. and you wake up with a pounding headache. Thanks to modern medicine, pain relief is just down the hall. But thanks to the modern medicine cabinet, it may take you a while to find it. From prescriptions to toiletries to makeup to that new face mask you couldn't resist trying, the average medicine cabinet is overflowing with essentials (and, ahem, non-essentials). While clutter is always unnerving, it's especially unwelcome when you already have a headache.
So, how to reclaim those packed, precious shelves? The first step to any organization project is, of course, a proper purge. And when it comes to medicine cabinets, the purge is probably long overdue. According to a 2017 survey by Consumer Reports, nearly 20% of Americans go three years without cleaning out the oft-forgotten medicine cabinet.
Before implementing any crafty storage tips, empty your medicine cabinet completely and take stock of the contents. Is there anything you don't use on a daily or near-daily basis? If so, consider storing these items elsewhere. Unless your cabinet has magical, Mary Poppins-esque properties, it should be limited to the essentials: medications, daily grooming supplies, and first aid. Next, evaluate your actual cabinet. Even after a thorough purge, will it serve your needs? As far as furniture goes, medicine cabinets are relatively inexpensive so it might be worth investing in a bigger cabinet with more generous storage. Two extra shelves can make a world of difference when it comes to toiletries.
Now, ready to get organizing? Read on for easy and affordable tips for tidying up your messy medicine cabinet once and for all. You'll thank us the next time you wake up with a headache.
Keep It Clean
When was the last time you wiped down the shelves of your medicine cabinet? Exactly. While your cabinet is empty, use this opportunity to give it a thorough cleaning.
Make the Most of the Door
With a couple of easy DIY projects, the back door of your medicine cabinet can be transformed into valuable storage space. Use stick-on hooks to corral hair bands, and stick-on pods to hold makeup and other small items.
The shelves are full, but what about the vertical space behind the shelves? Mount magnetic strips to hang slim tools such as tweezers, scissors, and nail files.
Cups and Canisters
Group similar items—for example, makeup brushes, shaving supplies, or dental care items—and place them in labeled cups and canisters. Not only does this increase the vertical space in your cabinet, but it also makes for a much more pleasing presentation.
Use a Pill Organizer
If you take daily medications or supplements, consider combining them in a space-efficient pill organizer and storing the bottles elsewhere. Viola—you now have room for those pore strips that didn't make the cut.