4 Steps to Organizing the Medicine Cabinet

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I’m in the process of reorganizing our kitchen and one of my biggest issues was our collection of medicines/prescriptions. I keep them on a shelf in a low cupboard. The problem was they were just loose and all over the place. Trying to find a certain bottle meant taking all of them out so I can find the one I wanted which was often on it’s side, in the back of the shelf. Not an efficient system at all. I decided it was time to fix this problem.

Here is my 4 step process I took to get these pesky bottles organized –

First, I pulled out all the bottles from the shelf and placed them in a box. Then I wiped the shelf clean.
Next, I went through all the bottles in the box and threw out the empty ones (why we never threw them away in the first place is a mystery) and disposed* of the ones that were expired.
Once I determined how many bottles I had, I needed to find a way to store them on the shelf. I found this cute, striped plastic bin from Target. It fits the narrow shelf perfectly and all my medicines fit in it.
Lastly, I labeled the bin and put it on the shelf.

Now it’s so much easier to access all our medicines. All we have to do is pull out the bin, find the medicine needed and place the bin back on the shelf. No more lost bottles in the back of the shelf.

*Proper disposal of prescriptions – The FDA has a great article on the web about how to properly dispose of medications. You can find it HERE.

Side note: I placed all medicines that need to be taken with water in the kitchen. Medicines like liquid Nyquil, Vicks Vapor Rub, etc. are in a drawer in my bathroom.

Important : If you have small children in the house, be sure you keep all medications up high and preferably in a locked cabinet. I do not have children in my home so I can keep mine on a low cabinet in the kitchen.

How do you organize your medicine cabinet? Please share in the comments.



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  1. I sooo need to clean out the medicine cabinet and throw away the expired bottles!

  2. We have two places where we stored our medicine, and neither place is very organized!

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