Step Into Our Medicine Cabinet

June 14, 2010 at 7:46 pm 6 comments

Medicine cabinets and (washroom shelving units) are often small, catch-all, homes to various personal items (holding much more than medicine). They occasionally act as dumping grounds and are also typically neglected during customary cleaning routines (yes you should have a customary cleaning routine!). Although tiny, they house an array of toiletry miscellanea and should be organized, edited, and cleaned regularly.


Who doesn’t look in other people’s medicine cabinets the moment they lock the bathroom door?!  We’re not condoning snooping but that’s how it goes (and since we both have especially snoopy friends, we ensure our own cabinets are always pristine models of organizational brilliance). On that note, it’s wise to find alternative storage spaces for “private items” such as contraceptives, fungal cream, sex paraphernalia, and illegal drugs. Just a suggestion. And by suggestion we mean find another space.

And, of course, being organized gives you peace of mind. Customary cleaning prevents silverfish. 

Acceptable Medicine Cabinet Items

The Rule: If you haven’t used it in a year – toss it. Medication and toiletries have shelf-lives and expiration dates.

  • Over the counter drugs
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hair products
  • Dental hygiene products (toothbrushes, floss, whitening strips, etc…)
  • Facial potions & lotions
  • Bath and shower products
  • Grooming tools (tweezers, clippers, wax, shaving tools, etc…)
  • Essential Oils
  • Cosmetics and nail care (have a definite shelf-life)
  • Suncreen and bug spray (these items expire and should always be checked when purchasing)
  • First aid pieces (consider a first aid “kit” instead of having miscellaneous bandages and ointments strewn about)
  • Perfume/cologne
  • Air fresheners
  • Prescribed medication (Learn how to properly dispose of expired/unused meds. Bring them to a pharmacy and NEVER flush or throw away – they can pollute and harm)
  • Toilet Paper and cotton balls

On The Cusp Of Acceptable

You can get away with having the following stored in your medicine cabinet. But we’ll judge you.

  • Matches
  • Reading material (Too cumbersome for a cabinet. Find another home in the bathroom next to the, er, toilet)
  • Cleaning supplies (ideally all household cleaners are kept together in one space)
  • Candles
  • Potpourri (it’s 2010 not 1989)
  • Rubber ducks
  • Massage oil

Make It Happen

  • Remove all items
  • Refer to our “Acceptable List” and toss accordingly
  • Clean all surfaces
  • Allocate specific space using shelves (if the cabinet allows) to separate items into categories
  • Compartmentalize wherever possible (containers for nail care, tumblers for dental products, etc …)
  • Clean surfaces once a month.  Edit once a year.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. andrew  |  June 16, 2010 at 11:12 am

    What is “silverfish”?

    • 2. Edit My Closet  |  June 18, 2010 at 10:55 am

      Hey Andrew,

      They’re tiny slimy grey coloured bugs known to thrive in damp and unclean environments. Trust us – you don’t want to see them!

  • 3. amanda  |  June 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Ew, I’ve never seen an actual silverfish and I never want to! Just google image searching it was enough to scar me for life. Definitely not as pretty as the name suggests.

    “Just a suggestion. And by suggestion we mean find another space.
    This made me LOL 🙂

    I’m one of those snoopy people but B, I don’t remember snooping in your medicine cabinet! Will definitely have a look next time I’m at your apartment. 😉 Kidding.


    • 4. Edit My Closet  |  June 22, 2010 at 10:53 am


      You know my medicine cabinet is pristine! You could eat off those shelves 😉


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