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Clutter Busting: Organizing the Medicine Cabinet

Updated on January 29, 2013

Organizing Ideas for Your Medicine Cabinet

Sharing my decluttering journey, from messy to organized home! Join me closet by closet and drawer by drawer as I get my home organized! You are sure to get some organizing ideas for your home as we go!

Today I decluttered and organized the medicine cabinet. It was a complete disaster! My medicine cabinet was crammed so full that when I opened the door, pill bottles would fall out. It was so messy that I could not even store the medicines my daughter and I take everyday inside of it. I had to leave them out on the counter. There was no room for the things we use, because I was storing so much extra stuff!

Time to do some clutter busting in this medicine cabinet! Take a look at the before and after photos!

Clutter Busting: Organizing the Medicine Cabinet - Before and After Photos

Messy medicine cabinet | Photo property of author All Rights Reserved
Messy medicine cabinet | Photo property of author All Rights Reserved

Here is the medicine cabinet during the decluttering process. I forgot to take a shot before I started clutter busting, but I did remember after I emptied the first shelf into the white basket.

Yes, all of the clutter in the white basket, as well as a few of the items you can see out on the counter, were crammed into that itty bitty bottom shelf you see there in the picture of my medicine cabinet. Pretty unbelievable, huh?

The middle and top shelves are bad enough, but the bottom shelf was so full that pill bottles would fall out when I opened the door. It was impossible to find anything. I had tried to organize with little baskets in the past, but since I was trying to keep every kind of medicine we owned in the cabinet at the same time, it just was not working.

I decided to keep only the medicines we need everyday in this cabinet, and this is the outcome.

Organized Medicine Cabinet after Clutter Busting | Photo property of author All Rights Reserved
Organized Medicine Cabinet after Clutter Busting | Photo property of author All Rights Reserved

How do you like this tidy and organized medicine cabinet? I am so pleased with it!

I cannot believe how easy it was once I made the decision only to keep the things we use everyday in this spot. This is going to make our life much easier.

Clutter Busting Poll Number 1

Is your medicine cabinet messy or organized?

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How I Clutter Busted and Organized My Medicine Cabinet

  1. Working on one shelf at a time kept my organizing job manageable.
  2. I emptied the first shelf into the white plastic basket you see in the before photo.
  3. I wiped out the inside of the cabinet with a sanitizing wipe and washed the small plastic basket you see in the after photo.
  4. I returned to the basket the medicines and vitamins that I take on a daily basis. The medicines I only take as needed will go on the top shelf.
  5. I repeated these steps with the middle shelf and the top shelf. On the middle shelf I put a basket with my daughter's medicines and vitamins. I combined her daily medications with her as-needed medicines. There was space to do this without overcrowding.
  6. Turning my attention to the heaping basket on the counter, I threw out empty pill bottles and expired medications. I was left with a bunch of over the counter medicines mostly used for colds and allergies, as well as some extra ibuprofen. I put all of these bottles and boxes into a shoe box, along with a brand new thermometer I found. I secured it with a rubber band, labeled it "cold medicine" and stashed it in my tidy living room closet. Here is it accessible, but not in the way.

Clutter Busting Rule #1: Keep Only What You Use Weekly - Get Organized by Storing Seldom-Used Items Out of the Way

Extra medicines organized | Photo property of author All Rights Reserved
Extra medicines organized | Photo property of author All Rights Reserved

All of our extra medicines were decluttered and then organized into this shoe box.

Medicine box stored in out-of-the-way closet | Photo property of author All Rights Reserved
Medicine box stored in out-of-the-way closet | Photo property of author All Rights Reserved

I secured the medicine box with a rubber band, labeled it with an index card and then stored it in the living room closet. It is easily accessible if we need it, but it is out of the way of our daily living activities.

Organizing Medications - Clutter Busting the Medicine Cabinet

If you are looking for ideas to get your medications organized, watch this video! I love this lady's organizing videos! She has such great ideas and she motivates me to get organized myself.

Here she tells us about how she organizes her family's medications. Great ideas! Watch!

Want to see Lorie's decluttering and organizing website? Click the link below!

Organizers for Clutter Busting the Medicine Cabinet - Get Your Medications Organized!

Don't spill your pills! Clutter bust all of your medicine bottles with these convenient organizers!

Revolving Medicine Organize Storage Center Holder
Revolving Medicine Organize Storage Center Holder

This would not fit into my narrow cabinet or I would have bought one of these. My mother-in-law had an organizer like this for her pill bottles. She was on many medications, but this lazy susan organizer helped her keep track of them all.

 

More Organizers for Your Pill Bottles - Clutter Bust Your Medicine Cabinet!

Copco Non-Skid 2-Tier Cabinet Turntable, 12-Inch
Copco Non-Skid 2-Tier Cabinet Turntable, 12-Inch

This is a handy way to keep medicines organized for two people.

 
Spice Maid Cabinet Organizer
Spice Maid Cabinet Organizer

This organizer attaches to your shelf, then pulls out for easy access without the danger of dropping all of your medicine bottles.

 
Sterilite 16428012 6 Quart/5.7 Liter Storage Box, White Lid with Clear Base (Pack of 12)
Sterilite 16428012 6 Quart/5.7 Liter Storage Box, White Lid with Clear Base (Pack of 12)

Use these plastic shoe boxes to organize all over the house. See-through plastic allows quick identification of contents. You get 12 at this price. What a bargain!

 

Clutter Busting Poll Number 2

How would your life be different if your medicine cabinet were clutter busted and organized?

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Locking Medicine Box - Keeps Your Prescriptions Organized and Safe

If you have children or travel with your medicines, you should consider getting a locking medicine box.

This medicine box will keep your medication safe while traveling, and it will prevent children from getting into medications in the home.

EGI Home Clinic Portable Lockable Medicine Storage Organizer Box Keep Medicine Away From Kids
EGI Home Clinic Portable Lockable Medicine Storage Organizer Box Keep Medicine Away From Kids

Secured by a combination lock. Holds up to 15 pill bottles of various shapes and sizes.

 

What is your system for organizing medications? Is it similar to mine or different? How is it working? Do you have any tips or advice? I love to hear your ideas!

Share your tips for clutter busting and organizing the medicine cabinet!

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      casnider 4 years ago

      My motivation to get the cupboards (including the one for pills) organized was to get the kitchen remodeled. It was so nice to find the place for everything and keep it that way. The trick is to be diligent in keeping it straight once it's done.

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      Excellent! I can't stand clutter...that doesn't mean I always have it under control, though. :)

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      This is a good project because it doesn't take long yet you get to see how well it works everyday. Blessed.

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      ReviewNook 5 years ago

      This is a great lens and comes just in time for spring cleaning and re-organization. Great find! Thanks.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      I have little baskets like you have.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      We finally moved all our supplements and prescriptions to a shelf in the kitchen. Once a week we fill those morning/noon/night pill cases with what we will take daily. Those are kept handy and the rest of the bottles are stashed on the shelf out of sight.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Actually, I can use some of these tips for other areas, even if there are no medications. Sometimes my clothes press gets so disorganized that I can't find what I need. I think reworking it to put away heavier clothes in summer and lighter clothes in winter would help tremendously, so in my spare (?) time, I'm going to work on that. Thanks for sharing your experience with decluttering your medicine cabinet.