Simple Organization – Medicine Cabinet

Today I’m sharing my messy medicine cabinet and how I organized it for only $6. As you can tell from the pictures below, this is one place in our home that is often very disorganized and cluttered because we have a developed a bad habit of not always returning the medications we use to the same place we found them. As a result, things are hard to find and it’s pain every time we need something. So, I decided something needed to change and came up with a simple plan to get this cabinet in order. Hopefully this simple organization project will inspire you too and you’ll be ready to tackle your own medicine cabinet. Also, if you are following along with Emily Ley’s Simplicity challenge, then you’ll be right on track for tomorrow’s task.

Here is the before of my cabinet….

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To start this organization project, the first thing I did was remove all items from my medicine cabinet.  Then, I began the process of sorting the medications by category.  I came up with 6 categories for my medications, but you may need more or less depending on what you have.

Next, I checked for any empty bottles and was sure to look at the expiration date on every medication to ensure nothing was expired. I then made a list of any medications that needed to be replaced.

Once my medications were sorted into categories, I ran over to my local dollar store and purchased six plastic shoe boxes with lids to house all my medications. If you are doing this project as well, you may also want to purchase some labels and replace any medication that is expired or empty while you are out. Since I own a Silhouette machine, I decided to save some money and make my own labels for this project with some vinyl that I already had. If you don’t have a cutting machine, chalk labels, sticker labels or even a sharpie will work just fine. However you choose to do it, just be sure to label your boxes by categories that make finding medications super easy. For example, Children’s medication, Cold & Flu, Pain Relief, etc. The goal is not necessarily about how it looks, but that every medication has a home and is easy to locate when you need it.

Finally, be sure the cabinet you are using to house all your medications cannot be easily accessed by children. If it is, consider moving it to another location or simply adding a child child-proof lock. I know this seems obvious, but I definitely think it’s good to be reminded of this.

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Well, that’s it. This simple organization project turned out to be short and sweet, but it certainly makes all the difference. I hope this helps you out some or at least gives you  inspiration to tackle a little project that can make your life easier.

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