5 Essential Tips for Decluttering and Reorganizing Your Medicine Cabinet


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While it is true that Adam and I are going to be busy with work all summer long, we also have some really fun plans in the making for some road trips, date nights, and weekend getaways in the works! Summer is everyone's favorite time to relax, travel, and enjoy delicious food with friends and family outdoors. With all of that excitement and indulgence, we often find ourselves needing a little bit of extra help when it comes to controlling an upset stomach.

We always find ourselves wanting to prepare for our summer fun well before it starts which is why last week we took the time to go through and clean, declutter, and reorganize our medicine cabinet. Before you go on your family summer vacation, make a trip to the beach, or go to your family cookout, be sure to inventory your medicine cabinet and grab your Pepto Bismol before you head out the door to enjoy your summer plans. 

Today, we are sharing five essential tips to help you declutter and organize your medicine cabinet for summer! 


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5 Essential Tips for Decluttering and Reorganizing Your Medicine Cabinet

#1 Check expiration dates

The first thing you should be doing when you want to clean, declutter, or organize your medicine cabinet is to check the expiration dates on all of the products you have.

Any medications, topicals, liquids, or chewables that are expired should be thrown away or recycled, according to your local rules and regulations. If I am being completely honest, the last time I decluttered and reorganized my medicine cabinet, about half of what I had in there was already expired and needed to be tossed. Some unused or expired medicines should be flushed down the toilet, and there are also some medications that are a part of a take-back program to return medications to the pharmacy. If you are unsure of how you should be disposing of unused medicine, you can read more information on the FDA website here. The bottom line is: do not keep expired products in your medicine cabinet.

#2 Categorize by symptom

Whenever we can find a product that can tackle multiple symptoms at once, we always make sure to get the biggest size of it we can and always keep it in stock in our medicine cabinet. 

Products like Pepto Bismol are essential to our medicine cabinet since we can always turn to it to help provide relief for 5 different symptoms, including nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, and diarrhea. Pepto Bismol is a key essential for our medicine cabinet all year long, but especially during the summer. Between all of the cookouts, spicy taco Tuesdays, and those cold and indulgent sweet treats we enjoy throughout the summer, having Pepto Bismol on hand for life's more indulgent moments helps everyone feel and get back to their normal selves -- fast.

Other reasons we reach for something in the medicine cabinet include headaches, muscle pain, allergies, and minor cuts. We tend to keep the products and medications that treat each of these kinds of symptoms grouped together, so everything is easy to find and grab in a hurry. 

#3 Evaluate remaining items based on price point vs. commonly used

Do you really need three different flavors of cough syrup? If you're not finding yourself or your family members reaching for an item in the medicine cabinet more than a couple of times a year, chances are you do not need it. 

The only time I would say you should consider keeping an item around that you may not use very frequently is based on a higher price point. For instance, we have a digital thermometer and a high-performance ice/heat pack for sore muscle pain that we store in our medicine cabinet. Thankfully, while neither of us has needed to use either of those in the last year. But since these items cost more than what we'd normally spend during a trip to the pharmacy and we have room for them, we keep them around. 

#4 Combine duplicates when applicable

Sometimes I end up buying a two-pack of pain relief pills whenever they are on sale at the store, so I always end up with two or even four different bottles of the same pain relief pills with the same expiration date. Instead of having a handful of bottles of the same medication floating around the medicine cabinet, I will combine them into one original container with the expiration date marked to save space and make our medicine cabinet more efficient. 

With some over-the-counter medications and other products, I find that I like to keep different forms of one item on hand. For my go-to allergy relief product, I like to have both the pills and the nasal spray. For anything to do with relieving an upset stomach, we keep both Pepto Bismol liquid and the Pepto Bismol caplets on hand. Now, Pepto Bismol has convenient and portable LiquiCaps that provide rapid relief that's equally as effective as Pepto Bismol liquid. 

The new Pepto Bismol LiquiCaps are great for on-the-go, and I will be keeping them in my purse all summer long. This way, whenever Adam or I need fast relief while we're out enjoying our summer plans, we have something that will work fast and be more convenient than carrying Pepto Bismol liquid in my handbag every day. 

#5 Store items in containers

Contrary to belief, you do not need to go out and buy expensive containers to organize your cabinet. 

If you want to save some money, you can look to your pantry and use empty boxes and canisters in lieu of going out and buying something. In the past, I have used empty coffee canisters to organize items in my closet and cabinets, as well as cutting pasta boxes in half vertically splitting the original box into two smaller boxes with edges to help reduce clutter on my shelves and in my utensil drawers. Additionally, items that already exist around the home that could be ideal for medicine cabinet storage include clear food storage containers and mason jars. Both of these are clear so it allows you to see what is inside without the mess of everything rolling around in your cabinet without a place to be put back once it's been used. 

It may seem unnecessary to store your items in some form of a container, but in the long run, it will help you stay organized as well as give you an understanding of what you have in your cabinet already when it comes time to needing something or before you go out to the grocery store and end up buying duplicates of something you already have. 










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28 comments

  1. It's so funny I just did this! I found out I get a savings plan with my health insurance where I can purchase over the counter stuff we use so I just restocked everything from emergency kits to mouth rinse. (Rena)

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  2. I recently went through my medicine basket and got rid of everything that was out of date. It's so important to check those dates. Great tips!

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    1. So important! Glad you went through your medicine basket!

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  3. I really need to do this myself as I have to admit I often forget to check out the old when I bring in new items. Which is so silly.

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    1. Hope you get a chance to go through it soon!

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  4. I have never thought about organizing my medicine chest. Mine needs it too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  5. My medicine cabinet is a mess. I know I need to go through it and toss out lots of expired products. I'm sure there's so many in there, getting rid of the outdated bottles would probably make it look 100x better! I just need to find the motivation to do it.

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  6. I seriously need to clean out my medicine cabinet. It is such a mess right now. There's a very good idea to check out all the expiration date on my medicine.

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    1. I think it's something we could all do for sure!

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  7. I try to go through my medicine cabinet every 6 months or so. It is amazing how many duplicates we end up with sometimes.

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    1. Yes! I feel like when my medicine cabinet is organized I am less likely to buy duplicates because I have a better idea of what I actually have in stock in my cabinet.

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  8. Having the medicine cabinet in order is so important especially when you have an emergency and you need to find the right medicine!

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  9. I need to reorganize our medicine cabinet, it has been way too long since I did this! It is a great idea to do this to keep any expired medications out.

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  10. Thanks for the tips and for the reminder. I just realized I do need to declutter our medicine cabinets.

    -Lynndee

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  11. Love these tips about reorganizing a medicine cabinet. I did this in our home and was surprised that almost half of our medicine were either already expired or near expired!

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  12. We don't have a medicine cabinet but a medicine box that we can bring and carry anywhere in case needed. I always keep it tidy at all times.

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  13. Oh wow! Such a huge help! Organizing medicine cabinet is a good idea. Will do this weekend! Thanks for sharing! ♥♥

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  14. I recently went thought my medicine cabinet... I noticed we had some medicines tucked back that expired years ago!!! :-O

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  15. My mom suffers from heartburn. She can't live the house without anti-acid medication.

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  16. Great tips. I need to do this to our for sure. Stuff is always falling out when I open the door.

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  17. There’s a reason Pepto has been around so long. Definitely a must have in the house and travel bags.

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  18. I am huge on decluttering spaces. I feel like everything should have a rightful spot and if it is too cluttered up you can't find a single thing!

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