How to organize a medicine cabinet?

What’s the best way to organize your medicine cabinet? The key to keeping your bathroom looking like it’s straight out of an interior design magazine is in the details, and I’m going to help you master them with this step-by-step guide on the best way to organize your black medicine cabinet. It might take some time, but I guarantee it will be worth it when you don’t have to hunt through your cabinets to find what you need before work or school in the morning. Let’s get started!

Over-the-Counter Medicines

Medicines like ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen are meant for everyday aches and pains. Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can help relieve mild pain from headaches or toothaches and help you stay healthy while traveling. In addition to helping ease minor aches, many OTC medicines also include cold, flu relief, eye care treatments, allergy relief, and sleep aids—so have a look at what’s in your medicine cabinet and choose wisely.

Be sure you understand when it’s okay to take some of these medications on their own or if they need to be mixed with other drugs—many medicines cannot be mixed without consulting your doctor first.

Prescription Medicines

These medications should be kept in a safe place, preferably locked and out of reach of children. Do not store these items in your bathroom or kitchen. When it comes to medications you’ll only use for an infrequent ailment (like cold medicine), look for a spot that’s well-lit, secure, dry, and cool — but easily accessible when you need it.

A high shelf near your front door is ideal if you have young children who play outside or if you live in an area with frequent break-ins. In addition, keep an extra supply at work or on vacation so that you always have some on hand if needed.

Health Supplements

I always find it difficult to keep my medicine cabinet organized. It’s not that I can’t reach all of my medicines. It just seems like there are so many! Many people don’t think about how or where they organize their medicine cabinet until they are in a hurry and can’t find something. Having your medicines organized will save you a great deal of stress.

Here is what you should do:

Purchase a clear plastic tub with a lid. This is probably already part of your black medicine cabinet.

Organize all of your medications by days in sets. For example, if you take pills daily Monday through Friday, put them in one set, and if you take them on Saturday and Sunday, put them in another set. Then label each day with a sticker, so you know which day is which without opening up each box.

Store your medicines in alphabetical order inside each day’s box or baggie.

Lastly, clean out expired medicines and dispose of them properly (don’t flush them down your toilet). If any medicines have been opened but haven’t been used for long, consider throwing them out since they can lose their potency over time. Now that everything is organized, it should be much easier for you to find what medicine or vitamins are needed at any given moment!

Hair Products

It can be tough to keep track of your hair products. After all, you might have dozens of bottles for styling and maintaining your hair, along with various other products (shampoo and conditioner, for example). To make things easier:

Stick all your hair care in one place.

Arrange your items by category on open shelves or use clear empty

containers labeled with each product name so you know where to find everything.

Just remember: it’s not enough just to put it in an easy-to-access location; if you don’t use it often enough, you may forget about it entirely!

Bathroom Tissues and Toilet Paper

Do you wear cologne? Many guys do, but sometimes they don’t know where and when. Even worse, they grab that little tester vial from inside a department store counter and spray it there. I mean, sure, it smells nice…but how do you know if that same scent will mix well with your natural body odor? After you shower, the best way to try out a new fragrance is to put on some clean clothes and spray 2-3 squirts in the air. Step into the mist, take a deep breath, and let it settle on your skin for about 10 seconds (the time between scents). You’ll find what works best to move around without smelling like a walking advertisement or reeking chemicals.

Cleaning Items

A clean bathroom sink is not only more pleasant and inviting, but it’s also healthier. Keeping your bathroom counter clear of clutter makes cleaning fast and easy. Please do a full re-organization once or twice a year; at least put items back where they belong as you use them. When you get a chance, stock your medicine cabinet with all the necessary cleaning products (soap, toilet paper, etc.). You don’t want to spend time rummaging through cabinets when you need supplies quickly.


Fragrances can be purchased as perfumes or colognes. The latter is a fragrance mixed with water and alcohol. Eau de parfum has 15% perfume oil in it, eau de toilette contains 10%, and eau de cologne has only 5%. But it’s not just about how much oil is in a bottle; it also comes down to product concentration. For example, if you have a 4-ounce bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume, that means there are more than 300 sprays of Eau de parfum inside, which means each spray will contain more aromatic compounds than those found in an 8-ounce bottle of eau de cologne like Ralph Lauren Polo Red Extreme.

Beauty Tools

You probably have many makeups, hair tools, and skin-care products in your medicine cabinet. To make sure you always have what you need when you need it. Create a schedule for replacing things every six months, recommends New York City-based professional organizer Sharon Richter. For example, she says that if I use mascara thrice per month and it costs $30, then that’s $90 per year.

So if I were to replace it at $90 per year, I would want to ensure I was replacing my makeup every six months. If you start running low before six months is up—or if something breaks—make a note of it so you can buy a replacement when needed.

Bottom Line

A well-organized medicine cabinet can serve you for years. Properly labeled containers allow you to find what you’re looking for when you need it while storing your most often used medications in front makes them easy to access. The key is getting started: Once all of your meds are cleaned and organized, adding new ones becomes a breeze. It’s time-consuming work, but with these steps and a bit of dedication (and a little help from some mini bins). You can quickly learn how to organize your medicine cabinet.

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