I am going to show you how to declutter and organize your bathroom.
The people who built our house 25 years ago and lived here first made some really smart decisions, and my favorite choice they made was building plenty of storage in the master bathroom. I have enough cabinet space to store all my old bottles of lotion, bath spray, and makeup, but I don’t. I don’t because I want my cabinets neat and organized so that I can find what I need without having to take things out and move things around. Let’s be honest, we all have stuff in our cabinets that we have not used in years. You are eventually going to throw it out so go ahead and do it now.
Let’s talk about the medicine. It is important for me to declutter our medicines every 6 months to a year so that I can find what I need as soon as possible. When my kids or I am sick in the middle of the night, I do not want to have to take out half my medicine to find what I need. I have figured out that it is so much easier to write what the medicine is used to treat on the bottle or tube with a Sharpee. So when you get the first signs of poison ivy, you know exactly what to use. I also put some things together in baggies to make it easier.
I purchased four storage bins that slide out easily. I like storage bins with straight sides so that the bottle do not fall over. I labeled the bins with the type of medicine that is in the bins. I keep the ones used the most on top. So when my husband gets a man cold, he can pull out the bin labeled “cold” and find whatever he needs. I did not label the prescription drugs or the miscellaneous items. Also, my kids (they are older) do not have to ask me for the medicine, they can easily find what they need without tearing down the house.
Decluttering the Beauty Products
After I have decluttered, I organize the rows into hair products, lotions, soaps, etc. This may seem a little OCD or a lot OCD but it is a technique that I picked up in Culinary School. We kept our ingredients lined up in the restaurant for easy and quick access so I use this technique in organizing my home.
I do coupon so if I have my items where I can see them, it lets me know when to purchase more.
This organizing system works for me, and I have been doing it this way for about 10 years. You know it is all about reducing stress in my life and I promise having an organized bathroom storage cabinet will make you feel so much better. This is how to declutter and organize your bathroom cabinets that work, and I hope you find something that you can use in your home. Be sure to check out my friend’s bathroom storage solutions!
Sherry- love the idea of putting medicines in baggies for quick retrieval. Will be making that a part of my organization! Thanks!
Sherry, I need you to come over to my home to help me get organized! Your home always looks so uncluttered and neat! I love your medicine storage ideas. I’m organizing my linen closet where I keep all our medicine this week, so I may have to use some of your tips!
I use those same bins to store our medicine and absolutely love them. Each one is labeled so our family knows exactly where to go for what ever ailment is bothering them. I love the idea of writing right on the bottle what each medicine is for. Sometimes I forget which one is which and used for what so this would be so helpful. Thank you for sharing!
Lynn Spencer says
OK, that writing on the prescription tip is brilliant! Duh! Why didn’t I think of that!!??? And I swear, you and I were separated at birth…I have all my similar items lined up like you do in my bathroom and pantry…guess that makes you a tad anal like I am!
Nicki Parrish says
Sherry you had some great tips in there for organizing your medicine. I keep ours in our linen closet, and I reorganized it all over break. I love the way I have it now, but I never thought of dividing things into baggies, good call!
Jenny Kavanagh says
Sherry I need these medicine tips!!!!!!! The meds in my out are out of control. Thanks this inspires me!!!!