De-Cluttering the Medicine Cabinet

by Karen Bates
(last updated May 17, 2018)

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It can be difficult to keep the bathroom organized. With all the items that you need in the bathroom it can often be hard or difficult to find places for everything. Often, there isn't a whole lot of storage space in the bathroom, and you may be tempted to pile things up under the sink or in the medicine cabinet. This can quickly lead to a cluttered medicine cabinet.

It is common to find your medicine cabinet packed with things, especially if you have limited space in your bathroom. You might keep lotions, dental supplies, face wash, combs and brushes, and other toiletries in your medicine cabinet as well as prescriptions and medicine. But what do you do when your medicine cabinet is so packed that you can't even fit your medicine in there anymore? If you're having trouble finding the things you need in your bathroom, it might be time to de-clutter your medicine cabinet. To make the process quick and painless, try these ideas:

  1. Remove everything. First, remove everything from your medicine cabinet and set the items on the counter. If you find any empty boxes, old prescription receipts, or empty bottles, throw these away. Also, ask yourself if you need easy access to the items in your cabinet. If you never seem to use a particular item, consider removing it from your cabinet and keeping it somewhere else to make more room.
  2. Check prescriptions. Next, look through prescriptions and make sure they are ones that you still take and that they have not expired. If they have expired, be sure that you dispose of them properly.
  3. Organize by groups. Separate each group of items. Put dental items, similar toiletries, and other non-medicine items in their own groups.
  4. Organize medicine by type. Now, look at the medications and medicines and group them according to type. For instance, if more than one person in your home has prescriptions, organize the bottle by the name on the bottle. Or, just group the bottles according to the type of medication.
  5. Clean the cabinet. While everything is still out of the cabinet, wipe it out and clean away any dirt, dust or spills that may be on the shelves. You might be surprised by how dirty it is in there!
  6. Place by type. Now that you've organized your items, place them in their groups on the shelves of the medicine cabinet. Now things should look neat, organized, and uncluttered!

Remember that if you find old prescriptions that have expired, you will need to properly dispose of them. Don't flush them down the toilet or wash them down the sink since doing so can potentially taint water supplies. Talk to your pharmacist about proper prescription disposal.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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What is five less than 6?

2018-05-18 19:06:46

Reader

Something I read in several places: don't keep your meds in the bathroom. Heat and humidity can affect them badly. Keep them near your bed.


2015-04-01 07:57:10

JJ

I'm all for going green; I don't throw away empty boxes or bottles. The bottles go to recycling, the boxes, if they're in good shape, I use to put small gifts in at Christmas. If not, they get recycled too. "Reduce, reuse, recycle" is the way to live. If we continue to throw out all our recyclables, we're being wasteful of the resources God gave us.


2015-03-31 12:45:13

Sharon

I keep my AM meds on one shelf and my PM meds on another.


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