15 Minute Organizing – The Medicine Cabinet

There are so many small organizing projects that you can do quickly. To give you some ideas for quick projects, I am starting a series of posts that will get you more organized and then maintain the order.

The Medicine Cabinet

Medicine cabinets are small storage spaces in your home. So small that I think many people neglect to use them. What’s in yours? You’ll probably find some very old stuff (check expiration dates) that you don’t want anymore. Making space inside your cabinet will allow you to find space for items you use all time and clear some bathroom counter space.

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A while back I wrote about re-organizing my medicine cabinet and what I did to save some time. I have a mirrored medicine cabinet, so I placed magnets on the back of the door which holds many of my “most used” items. It saves me time by not having to search for those items.

Here are some more medicine cabinet storage ideas from Pinterest.

A little creativity goes a long way in a small space. But if you are not ready to “decorate” your small space, just organize it. Decluttering this small space with make room for items you use every day and also make it easier to use on a daily basis.

Sort, Purge, Group, Contain, Maintain.

What’s in your medicine cabinet? Read this past post of mine for some ideas for your inventory.

 

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Janet Schiesl

Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization.

She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client.

Janet is a Past Board Member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO were she has been named Organizer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Janet Schiesl

Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization.

She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client.

Janet is a Past Board Member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO were she has been named Organizer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

8 Comments

  1. Linda Samuels on November 7, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    Your post is so timely. Recently, when looking for an over the counter med in my cabinet, I noticed it was expired. That got me on the ‘hunt’ for other items that were also expired. Since I don’t take medicine frequently, some products in stock rarely were used. So guess what? I took 10 or 15 minutes and did a clear out. I was surprised by how many items went.

    • Janet Schiesl on November 9, 2022 at 5:36 pm

      Great job Linda. I quick project you’re more organized!
      I have had the same thing happen to me. I’m rarely sick so when I am the meds are expired. I’ve learned to buy small bottles.

  2. Katherine Macey on November 7, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks for the reminder to check the expiration dates on my medications! This is such a valuable post. When you need the medicine cabinet, you need it to be easy and safe to use!

    • Janet Schiesl on November 9, 2022 at 5:43 pm

      You’re right Katherine.
      It’s a quick project and safety is important.

  3. Seana Turner on November 8, 2022 at 6:27 am

    I don’t have a medicine cabinet, but I think that would work so well. I’ve seen a similar idea for storing spices in the kitchen. Whenever you can hang something up in plain sight, I’m a fan!

    My medication is spread across a couple of different cabinets. I think it’s probably time to go look at expiration dates – it’s been awhile!

    • Janet Schiesl on November 9, 2022 at 5:46 pm

      Yes. It’s time for an update. Time flies so you may have some expired meds.

  4. Julie Bestry on November 8, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    Definitely timely. I don’t have a medicine cabinet, just a giant wall mirror from the counter to the ceiling light fixture, but I do have a section of my bathroom cabinet that I use for First Aid stuff. However, I have a section of the kitchen cabinet with a divided container for meds, far from the heat and humidity of the bathroom. I have no meds that aren’t used to completion, but for OTC meds, they are front-and-center so I can check dates quickly. And I’m completely envious of your magnets.

    • Janet Schiesl on November 9, 2022 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks Julie. I like things front and center too.

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