Thursday, October 27, 2011

31 Days To a More Organized Life: Day 27 - Take the Pill - Clean the Medicine Cabinet

"Tasks that take 31 Minutes or less... to make your life just a little bit easier!"

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Welcome to Day 27.

Whether we like it or not the holidays are coming.
(Me, I love them!)

And, like it or not we might have snoopy Suzies going through our medicine cabinets. If nothing else, there a good chance that one of our guests along the way will take in a little too much Charlie Brown or egg nog...and need an aspirin.

When is the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet?
Take 31 Minutes today and purge, like we did with our spices and our dreaded junk drawers.

Dump all the expired medicines. Some say not to flush them. Others say not to toss them in the trash. You make the call.

Next day...
Once you've purged, here's how I organize my cabinet.

I start with the tallest items.
Can I store them under the sink?

(Like the giganto-sized Listerine bottle which apparently my husband bought in case Andre the Giant were to come to town for a Princess Bride reunion and need a place to stay. "Sure, Andre, come on over! We'll put you up. Bed? Um, we'll push two together and you can sleep diagonally. Listerine, no problem - we've got you covered!" May he rest in peace.)

Anyway, my giants live under the sink.
Take everything out of the cabinet - including the shelves. (If your shelves aren't removable, now is a great time to watch Princess Bride or help Linus find the Great Pumpkin.)

Consider your stuff.
Do you have lots of little things, makeup, Ben-gay, ointments, that are short? Do you reach for them often so they should be on the bottom shelf? (See how I'm assuming you're short like me?) Or, should the the taller stuff be on the bottom?

Then take the tallest and measure from the top or bottom - depending on what you decided. Put in that shelf and fill it with all the stuff that is the tallest. Then, take the next tallest and do it again. Till your down to the tiny stuff, and that can be on a micro shelf - since really that's all it needs.

Yeah, I realize I keep wavering between first person and second person narrative. I'm okay with

One last thing.
I keep a "Health" container in the pantry.

It's shoebox sized and holds things like cough syrup, expectorants, band-aids, cough drops, pocket-sized tissues. You get the idea. When we start sniffling, I pull out the box. But, when we are healthy, it's put away so we have lots more room in the medicine cabinet.

So, what did I miss?
What tips do you have for keeping an organized bathroom?

Want to catch up?

Day 31 - Creating Your Dream Kitchen and Life!
Day 30 - Keep It Simple
Day 29 - Organizing Your Closet or Coat Rack
Day 28 - Raking It In
Day 27 - Take the Pill - Clean the Medicine Cabinet
Day 26 - Creative Uses For Storage Containers (Part 2)
Day 25 - Grab and Go!
Day 24 - Use What You've Got
Day 23 - No, Really...Look Over There!
Day 22 - Do you need THIS over THERE! (Part 2)
Day 21 - Do you need THIS over THERE! (Part 1)
Day 20 - Wish and Gift Lists
Day 19 - Grace and Rest
Day 18 - Easy Free Ornament Storage
Day 17 - Pantries and Shelters
Day 16 - Do You Have a Blue Box
Day 15 - A Blast From the Past
Day 14 - What would make it WORK?
Day 13 - Filling the Wasted Space
Day 12 - Spice Things Up
Day 11 - Clean out Your Purse and Wallet
Day 10 - Simple Safety Tips
Day 9 - Sorting the Sock Drawer
Day 8 - Creative Uses for Food Storage Containers
Day 7 - The Dreaded Junk Drawer (Part 2)
Day 6 - The Dreaded Junk Drawer (Part 1)
Day 5 - Day 5 - Cleaning and Organizing Your Cell Phone
Day 4 - Getting a Grip on Storage Containers
Day 3 - "Waxing Poetic"
Day 2 - Grab Those Gift Cards
Day 1 - We Dream

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