The Medicine Cabinet - An Inspiration

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

This was not my idea. I stole it from Jules at Pancakes and French Fries. She's got this awesome William Morris thing going on, where she is striving to "have nothing . . . that is neither useful or beautiful," per his quote. I am a purge and reorganize kind of gal, so while Hubby was out of town last week, I got inspired.


I copied Jules almost exactly, starting with the area to make beautiful and useful: our kitchen-based medicine cabinet. Once I saw her idea, I couldn't face reaching for another Toy Story Band Aid, while holding the other hand out to catch the falling who-knows-what, again.


Following her advice, I took it ALL out. I made general piles: First Aid, Heat, Kids, and Adult. Then, I looked at expiration dates and tossed a lot.


I found some nifty bins at Target, Sterilite Medium Clip Boxes. They had six, and they looked about the right size. I bought all six. I'm glad I did, because now it says they are out of stock online and you can't buy them in stores. Strange. (And, sorry.)

Thank goodness they fit perfectly in our cabinets, and six was enough to hold everything. You will see that I geeked out and made labels. Of course I did!


This cabinet makes me happy now. The Band Aid box comes out at least once a day, and it is SO MUCH EASIER. No more random things falling down or unboxed Band Aids floating about and sticking to my sweater. No more searching for the "Baby" Vicks Vap-o-Rub (I'm not sure there is a difference) or swearing we've got some Pepto somewhere around here. Now, I know where it is, and anyone who can read can find it, use it, and put it back in the right place.

Also, we are good on Neosporin, hydrogen peroxide, gauze pads, eye wash, and Benadryl for the next five years.



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22 Responses to “The Medicine Cabinet - An Inspiration”

  1. It looks AMAZING. I saw those containers and bought them for my cabinet--but they didn't fit. :( I'm still on the search for the perfect metal/plastic bins, but I'm happy with my photo boxes for now. At least it's clean and organized now!

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  2. Be-you-ti-ful (and the picture of the assortment for boo-boos is great too - totally made me smile). I finally pared down our linen closet and especially the shelf dedicated to medicine cabinety things which always gather an odd assortment of items. Strange how satisfying it is to look into a well-appointed cabinet/closet.

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  3. Loved this!  Pictures are great! You haveinspifred me!

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  4. I'm envious - we don't have a linen closet. I'm sure it would be a mess of lump towels if we did :) And you're right: a well-appointed cabinet/closet is satisfying! 

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  5. Yay! Enjoy cleaning out your cabinets :)

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  6. Ahh, this makes me smile!  I LOVE to organize, and I really LOVE to make labels for my newly organized space.

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  7. Stopping by from Jules' WM Project. "Hi!"  Nice work on your cabinet.

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  8. Stopping in from Jules - looks great!! Love those bins (might have to see if MY Target still has some in stock). :-)

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  9. Stopping by from Jules'. Great job on that project! I keep all my medicines in the pantry on a high shelf. Everything is thrown in there in such a way that there's no way to keep it organized. I'm gonna have to splurge and buy some containers like those. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. I LOVE my label maker, and went through withdrawals when I ran out of printer tape.  The cabinet looks lovely.  

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  11. Love that quote thanks for reminding me...

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  12. These are the times I kick myself on the extra money I have spent on things like bottle #3 of Nyquil and yet another box of bandaids because buying more was easier than finding what we already had. Looks great!

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  13. I totally need to do this! Thanks for posting!

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  14. Wow! That looks so great--and so much more functional!

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  15. It looks great! I saw this yesterday--I am so glad you linked up!

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  16. Jules! I'm so honored that you are here. Thanks for hosting this link-up. It is fun! And thanks for your constant inspiration. Love your work.
    P.S. Did you know that I used to be a lawyer until it made me grumpy, too? I'm at the bar convention this weekend getting all my CLEs, though. Good times.

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  17. May - Yes, exactly. We have 3 or more bottles of many things. At least now I know it!

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  18. Pam - Thanks for stopping by. If you decide to tackle your pantry shelf, good luck! 

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  19. Stopping by from Jules'. Well done! I have much larger version of those bins to store baby clothes, they are great. The tops lock on so well. I should really buy a label maker. They are so satisfying to use!

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  20. Wow!  I am very impressed...hmm, do you make house calls, to help new friends?  (Wink, just kidding)

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  21. I SO need to do this! Found you by way of Jules, actually, and am looking for more organizational inspiration. Not that I need it for the kitchen medicine cabinet, but anyway, you know what I'm saying. :D I think I may need to put it all in a different cabinet though. I only have one shelf- can you imagine?!?! And 1/2 the stuff is there, the other 1/2 is in my bathroom vanity cabinet. And they always flip flop. Especially first daid type stufff. Gonna have to find a better system! Thanks for sharing!

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