Reorganizing Your Medicine Cabinet

Don't let your medicine cabinet become a vertical junk drawer. Use these tips to keep your important personal items in order.

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Medicine Cabinet Shelves

Here are a few more tips for keeping the medicine cabinet organized:

Medical supply stores have great glass surgical jars for storing cotton swabs and bandages. They keep the items dry and within easy reach.

Only keep the items that you use regularly in the medicine cabinet. Store other items, such as Aloe Vera or extra tubes of antibiotic cream, in a drawer or linen closet.

Decide exactly what you want to keep in the medicine cabinet and don't deviate from the plan. In other words, don't give in to the temptation to cram stray items into the cabinet when you're in a rush to clean up.

Consider moving drugs to a different location, such as a high kitchen shelf. High humidity and heat can cause some medicines to lose their potency. Wherever you store your medicines, make sure they are out of reach of children.

Keep your first aid supplies together so you can find them easily in case of an emergency. You might consider reserving one shelf for emergency supplies such as aspirin, first aid cream and gauze. Or buy a small emergency kit to keep on the medicine cabinet shelf and store the larger boxes of Band-Aids and tubes of antibiotic creams in the linen closet.

Take advantage of the removable shelves in your medicine cabinet and organize items by size with the taller items on the bottom shelf. Use small plastic organizers to store tweezers, combs and nail files in separate upright compartments.

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