Use our tidy ideas to clear out and restore order to your medicine cabinet.
By Laura Serino
Lessen the stress of morning bathroom bottleneck by streamlining your stuff. "Empty the cabinet and toss any duplicates. It's the quickest first step to clearing it out," says Marlene Hansen, founder of OrganizeandMaximize.com. Her tips for making the most of a very small space:
To create additional room, use mini acrylic risers (from $4, containerstore.com) for medication bottles or makeup.
Put what you use only occasionally—medicine, eyedrops and first-aid products—up high. Move bandages from their bulky boxes to a small jar to save space.
Check expiration dates. Get rid of anything that's passed its prime. Do this at least every six months.
Keep his and hers products—such as deodorant and perfume—on a separate tray on the middle shelf.
Write a list of prescription meds, including dosage and the pharmacy phone number, and tape it to the inside of the door for emergencies.
Place everyday items—mouthwash, toothbrushes and cotton swabs—on the bottom shelf, where they're easily accessible.
Group similar items. For example, toothpaste and dental floss should be stored together.
Most cabinets are only 3 to 4 inches deep and can house only the bare essentials. Extra shampoo, soap bars and nail polish should be stored under the sink or in a closet.
Originally published in the July 2009 issue of Family Circle magazine.