Medicine Cabinet Organizing Tricks
Clear the Decks
There’s only one way to approach organizing 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.
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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: Umbra White Grassy Toothbrush Holder, $9; containerstore.com.
Reload for the way you live. Why is that hydrogen peroxide front and center? Use prime real estate for medicine cabinet 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: XFasten Flexible Strong Magnetic Tape, $20 for ten feet; amazon.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: Ventura Small Canister, $15; cb2.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.
Combine Beauty Essentials
Streamline First-Aid Staples
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: Large Micro Mesh Pouch, $5; containerstore.com.