by Susan McCarthy
Do you have so many things in your medicine cabinet that items tumble out when you open the door? Can you never find what you’re looking for, go out and purchase the item, only to find that, yes indeed, you did have it squeezed onto the shelves of your medicine cabinet?
My bathroom is so small I can touch the walls on opposite sides of the room. Without stretching. We have no storage other than the medicine cabinet and a small freestanding organizer that holds a box of facial tissue, a roll of toilet paper, and a roll of paper towel.
Since the medicine cabinet in the bathroom stores toothpaste, deodorant, makeup remover, and my husband's shaving supplies, we actually end up using an odd triangular-shaped cabinet in the kitchen (right next to the bathroom door) to contain things like bandages, pain relievers, and the thermometer.
The moral of my little story - there is no one organizing solution that's going to fit every home's needs. What helps most in these small spaces is keeping them free of excess items and noticing what get's used and what doesn't. A once or twice a year decluttering helps to keep things in order.
Organizing your medicine cabinet is a fairly quick task that can create moments of calm in the morning and evening when you open the medicine cabinet. And, finding what you want in the cabinet can bolster your feeling of being an organized person.
How to Declutter the Medicine Cabinet
When You Need Other Options
If your medicine cabinet is still burgeoning with items that you need to keep in the bathroom, do you have space under the sink or in a corner of the room where you could keep caddies or drawers for each individual who used the bathroom? Limit the medicine cabinet to shared items like first aid supplies.
Another option could be to keep first aid supplies on a shelf in a kitchen cabinet (what I do) or in a case or bin stored in the linen closet. Make certain that everyone in the home knows where the items have been moved!
Key to decluttering and organizing your medicine cabinet is to consider what your expectation is for this small space. Limiting this space to essentials will make it easier to locate items (and can reduce your stress level when you need a bandage, aspirin, or eye drops).
Creating an organized medicine cabinet isn’t about straightening the items in the cabinet. It’s about helping you and others who store items in this small space to have a calmer experience at times of day when you and they may feel rushed, tired, or stressed. It’s about becoming organized.
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