Organizing a medicine cabinet can seem incredibly useless.  Things keep piling up, and, if your medicine cabinet is anything like mine, it’s your only real storage for your bathroom.  I have to make sure our medicine cabinet is always organized, or things start to make their way to the counter.  When that happens, I know it is time to get things organized!  We have very little counter space, so I like to keep the counters as clear as possible.  When it is time to organize, I always follow these 8 tips for organizing a medicine cabinet.

1. Don’t Store Medicine In The Bathroom

High humidity and heat can cause some medicines to lose their potency.  So, don’t store your  medicine in a bathroom medicine cabinet.  Keep in a high shelf in the kitchen or linen closet, where the medicine is in a stable temperature.  Wherever you store your medicines, make sure they are out of reach of children.

2. Use Cups To Store Smaller Items

Using drinking cups to store smaller items, allows for easier access to items.  Keeping bobby pins, scissors, combs, rubber bands, and make-up brushes in cups and stored in your medicine cabinet allows for more space to store other items, while keeping your medicine cabinet organized.  Smaller items will be easier to find.  I keep all of my husband’s scissors, combs, and nail clippers in a small drinking cup.  He can easily find the items as they are located in the cup, and he uses them a few times a week, so they can stay contained in a cup and not sprawled out on a shelf, taking up precious real estate.

3. Keep Most Frequently Used Items On Low Shelves

Items such as toothpaste, razors, contact solution, and make-up brushes should be stored on lower shelves allowing for easy access.  Items you use less often should be stored on shelves higher up in the medicine cabinet.  I keep all of my husband’s razors and my contacts on the very low shelf.  My deodorant, hair products, and contact solution are on a shelf that I can easily access.

Medicine Cabinet Shelf - 8 Tips For Organizing A Medicine Cabinet

Medicine Cabinet Shelf – 8 Tips For Organizing A Medicine Cabinet

  4.  Only Store Items You Use Regularly

All items you use daily or weekly should be stored in your medicine cabinet.  Items that are used as refills, extras, or aren’t used as often, should be stored in your linen closet, under the sink, or in a different place in your home, as your medicine cabinet is the easiest place to store your daily items.  I keep a lot of our extras and refills under our sink, behind some of my bigger bottles, like mouthwash and hair spray.  I have a separate bin that holds all the extra supplies, and store it in the way back so I can easily find it when I need it, but don’t have to keep it in the front of the cabinet.

5. Attach Hooks Inside Medicine Cabinet To Create Additional Storage

Using hooks, such as 3M Command™ Hooks, to hold your brushes, or toothpaste tubes allows you more room in your medicine cabinet to store other items on the shelves.  You can store these hooks on the door or within your medicine cabinet.  Our medicine cabinet is not that deep, so storing things on our door is not really an option.  But when I was living in Chicago, my apartment had a huge medicine cabinet with plenty of room to store things on the door.  This was a huge space-saver for me, as I was living in a studio apartment with minimal storage.

6. Utilize The Door

Like I shared above, the door space can be incredible storage.  If hooks don’t work, then try magnetic strips to hold things like bobby pins or nail clippers.  You can also attach magnetic strips to your make-up and attach it to your door of your medicine cabinet.  Our medicine cabinet door is a mirror, so I have attached a magnifying mirror to utilize the space.  Now, I do not have a giant magnifying mirror on my counter, I have it inside my medicine cabinet.

7. Adjust The Height Of Shelves

Take time to adjust the height of the shelves for you specific items and needs.  Big bottles, need more space on the shelves, so adjust the height accordingly.  Take your tallest bottle, set it on a shelf, and place another shelf above it, giving you enough room to take the item in and out of the medicine cabinet.  Then, install the second shelf, so you know you have ample room for your largest items.  Also, create a smaller shelf to hold smaller items like toothpaste, razors, etc.

8.  Clean Regularly

Finally, the best tip I have about keeping your medicine cabinet organized, is to clean it often.  Not just scrub it down, but also go through your stuff that you have in your medicine cabinet and check for expiration dates on things.  Also, check to see if you are using products.  For me, I love getting the free samples, so I store them in the medicine cabinet, and weeks go by, and I still haven’t used them.  When I clean out the medicine cabinet, I throw those items away if I haven’t used them, as they are just taking up space.

Medicine Cabinet - 8 Tips For Organizing A Medicine Cabinet

Medicine Cabinet – 8 Tips For Organizing A Medicine Cabinet

By not storing medicine in the bathroom, using cups to store small items, utilizing the door space, adjusting the height of the shelves, and cleaning the space regularly, I know I am able to get the medicine cabinet organized out quickly and efficiently.  I always wish we had a bigger master bathroom, but since we are stuck with this one for a while, I just need to make sure things are organized in order for things to stay clean and tidy.  I just hope that once the medicine cabinet is organized, it can stay like that for a while.  I recently organized under our bathroom sink, and shared some of my tips for organizing that space as well.  Hopefully you can find fifteen-twenty minutes to get your medicine cabinet clean by following these quick and easy tips.

The Organized Mama

The Organized Mama

About The Organized Mama

My name is Jessica and I am the founder and creative director of The Organized Mama, a professional organizing firm and blog. I was born and raised in Minnesota and currently live in Illinois. I graduated Indiana University with a degree in elementary education. My passion is teaching others how to live an organized life. I am a certified professional organizer with the National Association of Productivity and Organizational Professionals (NAPO).

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