Medicine Cabinet Organizing Tricks
Clutter coach Chip Cordelli takes on one of your biggest household headaches. Journey through the looking glass with him, and learn how to make it all better.
Clear the Decks
There’s only one way to approach a medicine cabinet, says Chip, and that’s from scratch. First empty contents into a box or a bin and wipe down shelves. Toss anything that’s expired, useless, or wrecked.
Put Shelves in Their Place
Maximize vertical space by adjusting shelf levels to create ample room for your tallest items, like shaving cream, hair products, and toothbrushes. (Keeping toothbrushes upright behind closed doors is more sanitary.)
To buy: Medicine-cabinet toothbrush and toothpaste organizer, $10, oxo.com.
Reload for the way you live. Why is that hydrogen peroxide front and center? Use prime real estate for essentials (makeup remover, contact-lens solution) and move occasionals up top.
Magnetize the Smalls
Keep bobby pins, tweezers, and nail tools in line with magnets and a stick-on metal strip. It takes a minute to set up and will save you hours of hunting later on.
To buy: Mini Magnetic Strip bulletin board (magnets included), $6.50, seejanework.com.
Downsize Your Stuff
Decant items that come in bulky packages into smaller vessels. Stash cotton swabs in an open container for quick access; store cotton balls in clear lidded jars.
To buy: Wood + glass storage jar, from $16, westelm.com.
Verticalize Random Tubes
Group these (usually) fallen soldiers (lip balm, sunscreen) in clear canisters to keep them upright and to save space.
To buy: Bliss acrylic canisters, from $8, containerstore.com.
Control What Tips or Rolls
Narrow plastic risers double your storage space and act as bookends for roly-poly items, like first-aid tape.
To buy: Medicine cabinet shelf, $7, oxo.com.
Combine Beauty Essentials
A pullout cosmetic caddy for everyday tools makes makeup application easy.
To buy: Medicine cabinet divided organizer, $7, oxo.com.
Streamline First-Aid Staples
Keep bandages and ointments together so that you’re armed and ready for an emergency. Got a little time on your hands? Create custom kits (one for poison ivy, one for colds, one for allergies).
To buy: Godmorgon clear box, $15 for five, ikea.com.
Organize Travel Necessities
Don’t let travel-size toiletries touch the inside of the cabinet. Keep minis in a clear pouch in a bathroom drawer. Come packing time, you won’t have to rummage through the shelves, risking an avalanche.
To buy: Vinyl and mesh translucent pouch, $8, containerstore.com.