DIY Projects

Organize Your Medicine Cabinet

My mother always told me that if you want to know more about a person, check out their medicine cabinet. I'm cringing as I write this because my medicine cabinet is the biggest disaster zone in my entire home. I plan to tackle this project next weekend (I keep saying that!), so I went looking for a bit of inspiration. This is what I learned:
1. Declutter. My personal rule is to keep anything hygiene-related out of the medicine cabinet, as your bathroom cabinets are perfect for storing toothpaste, hairbrushes, etc. Keep prescriptions, rubbing alcohol, band-aids and first aid kit items in the medicine cabinet. Anything else should be designated a separate area, as you'll more than likely access them more often. Note: There's a great list for organizing the medicine cabinet that tells you what to keep and what to ditch.
2. Hide. Take the bathroom items that you haven't used in at least six months and hide them in a shoebox outside of the bathroom. (I think this is the very reason attics were built!) Be sure you mark the date on the outside of the cardboard box, including a brief list of all items inside. Chances are that you'll completely forget these items ever existed until you run into them when searching for that bin of missing Christmas ornaments. If it's been three months since the date on the cardboard box, (unless of course the item is "seasonal"), ditch the box or donate any unused items to your local thrift store. Trust me, you won't miss them.
3. Contain. I have a pretty large affinity for The Container Store, and one of my favorite tricks are these SUPER affordable pharmacy boxes. I have at least five of each type, and they've saved me time and again from total disarray. Tip: They're also fantastic for traveling!
4. Streamline. I like to stick to a "no brand name" policy in the bathroom. I remove all labels from my bottles to streamline the aesthetic. If the brand packaging can't be removed (Q-tips are tricky!), I place them in a few apothecary jars and feel instantly more organized. Note: I also utilize recycled glass bottles and have countless Debranded Home labels, in case you were wondering how I keep my body wash separate from shampoo!
5. Get creative. From here, your inner instinct can run wild. My dear friend Benita is a master at creative organization, and I love her tutorial for homemade first aid kits. The sky is truly the limit, and personal touches/homemade solutions create some of the best organized spaces I've seen.
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Tags: Organize, Cleaning

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