We have a small medicine cabinet in the main bathroom but it doesn’t hold any medicines. Our medicine cabinet wasn’t really a cabinet at all but rather an unsightly bin. When I organized the pantry, I also wanted to do something about this:
I started by clearing it out shortly after finishing the pantry project. You know how you’re supposed to throw expired medicine away every so often? Six years might describe our every so often. We were also keeping some interesting items including the rest of a prescribed antibiotic that I’d had caused me an allergic reaction. Why? I have no idea. Around the beginning of this organizing process, we took an unrelated trip to Walmart (which means my husband was in charge. If I’m in charge, we go to Target) and I found a set of three small, narrow plastic bins for just a couple of bucks. I started using them to categorize our medicines: Cold/Sinus, Stomach Ailments, and Kid Stuff. It turned out the bins weren’t quite big enough and I had a few more (although not many as we are incredibly blessed with good health in this family!) categories than I had bins. Here’s what the process looked like midway through:
Since I didn’t have enough bins to complete things, I shelved the whole project by placing our unsightly bin that now contained 3 additional smaller bins back on a pantry shelf. When I was cleaning out and re-doing our refrigerator, I decided to get my organizing supplies at Walmart so I could pick up 3 more additional bins to finish this project. They didn’t have any! It was as if they had never existed. I found it quite frustrating. I opted to finish the project with these bins:
My categories ended up as: Kid meds, stomach meds, cold/sinus meds, pain relief, and vitamins. The idea is that we can now simply grab whatever bin we need as opposed to digging through a giant mash of medicines and dosing cups to find what we need. This should also help me know what we actually need. For example, I can see at a glance that we are out of the children’s cold/allergy medicine that I like to keep on hand. Here’s the final result:
The wider bins held the larger vitamin bottles and square packages better but all the bins didn’t fit on the shelf quite as I anticipated. I still like opening the pantry door and seeing my neatly labeled medicine row even if I had to stack a couple to make it all fit:
Overall, this project didn’t take very much time or effort unlike the linen/hall closet project I began this weekend. That project is in process and I’m hoping to get a post or two about it up sometime this week. It is giving me quite the headache but at least I can easily find some medicine for it! Do you have a medicine cabinet? Does it actually store medicines?