How to Organize a Medicine Cabinet

The medicine cabinet is a convenient place to keep all the necessary bathroom supplies in easy reach. Learn how to organize a medicine cabinet with these simple-to-follow techniques.

How to organize a medicine cabinet.
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Whether you already have a medicine cabinet or are starting from scratch, there’s no better time to think about medicine cabinet organization strategies. We understand that organizing can be difficult and confusing; ensuring all your supplies are organized and easy to access can be difficult. 

Many people assume that a medicine cabinet only houses medical supplies, but in reality, this location can be useful to keep a variety of supplies easily at your fingertips. With the start of a new season, it’s the best time to start organizing your home and ensuring all your important supplies are in one spot.

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Clean and Reset

To be successful while organizing, you need to start with a blank canvas. Before you begin organizing, you should clean and declutter.

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  1. Remove everything from the medicine cabinet.
  2. Give the cabinet a wipe-down with an all-purpose cleaner and scrubbing sponge.
  3. Take inventory every bottle of medication, nail polish, makeup, etc., and toss any expired products.

Decluttering while organizing will help maximize storage space and make staying organized a breeze in the future.

Storage Solutions 

Typically, the most difficult part of organizing a medicine cabinet is figuring out how to organize your items. Fortunately, there are many storage solution options that you can use to expand the usable space in your cabinet while storing your items in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Storage solutions like these are excellent options for any medicine cabinet and can make more room for your items. Here are a few solutions to get the most out of your cabinet space:

Shelf Liners 

Shelf liners are excellent to protect your cabinet. You’ll keep quite a few items in there, and you don’t want to risk scuffing or staining the bottom of your cabinets.

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After cleaning out your medicine cabinet, lay down a shelf liner. This shelf liner is easy to install, inexpensive, and provides a strong grip.  

Use Risers to Maximize Space

Medicine cabinets are used to create storage in a small space, but the storage can be limited. To get the most out of your space you might consider using risers.

These can help you store twice as much by providing extra room and allowing you to fit more of your necessary supplies. Maximize your space as much as possible to store more critical items. 

Organizing All Your Items

The average household medicine cabinet holds more than vitamins and pain relievers. Here are some specific organization hacks for anything you might keep in your bathroom cabinet.

Dental Hygiene

Woman placing a toothbrush in a container in the medicine cabinet.
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The bathroom counter can be littered with toothbrushes and toothpaste, or you can keep them contained in the medicine cabinet. Storing them here will keep them in an easy-to-access location. A simple toothbrush holder like this will keep your toothbrush and toothpaste organized and sanitary

First-Aid Supplies

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Bandages and antibiotic ointments are important items to have on hand, especially with young children, but the boxes they come in can be easily damaged and take up tons of space. This three-tiered medicine cabinet organizer has drawers perfect for different-sized bandages with shelves to hold all the first-aid needs in one location.

Q Tips 

Q tips are an easy and affordable item with many uses in the bathroom like cleaning your ears and removing makeup. Keeping Q tips in a small jar or bin will give you space-saving access to this multipurpose tool.


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The bathroom is the obvious place to do your makeup, so your medicine cabinet is the perfect location for your blush, bronzer, and other makeup supplies. This way, they’ll be easily on hand and stored in a location where they’ll be kept in good condition. Utilize small jars or clear containers to keep your brushes, eyeshadows, and lipsticks contained and easy to find


Stocked medicine cabinet with cosmetics.
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Proper skincare will keep you looking young far beyond your years, but all the cleansers, serums, and moisturizers take up ample space. Shelf risers are the perfect solution to keep those expensive creams organized for a streamlined nighttime routine.

Nail Care

Manicures and pedicures are an expensive luxury so many people opt to paint their nails at home. If you are storing your nail polishes and other supplies in the medicine cabinet you need to get creative with storage. Shelf risers will create space for all your favorite colors without sacrificing space for other necessities.

Keeping your medicine cabinet organized doesn’t have to be a frustrating chore. With a few tools and some cabinet organization ideas, all your necessities will be easy to locate and store.

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