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10 Ways to Get Organized for the New Year

medicine cabinet

10)    Medicine Cabinet

Like your kitchen cabinet, it’s a good idea to sort through the old medicine cabinet once a year.

Go through the medicine cabinet and your makeup bag and check those expiration dates, setting aside anything that’s expired. To dispose of makeup, empty and recycle (or reuse!) whatever containers you can. Disposing of expired medicine can be a little bit trickier. Check out this guide for tips on how to properly dispose of medications.

You’re almost ready to put everything back! Before you do, though, grab a rag and wipe down the shelves, so you’re starting with a clean, dust-free space.

Now that you have your makeup and medicines narrowed down to just what you want to keep, put things back thoughtfully. Nail polish and remover should go near each other, for example, and you’ll want to group medications, too. Put prescriptions together according to who they belong to, and organize things like cold and headache medicine so it’s easy to find when you need it.

Have you been trying to get more organized for the new year? I’d love to hear how you’re tackling the organizational challenges – big and small – in your life!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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8:51AM PST on Dec 25, 2013

Thank you! These are useful points to organize things not only before New Year, but during the year as well

8:20AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

I already do all of this except meal planning, My medicine cabinet could probably use some love

3:24AM PST on Jan 15, 2013

Good advice :-)

7:33AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Thanks for posting.

7:42PM PST on Jan 13, 2013


4:51PM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Articles like this one are my absolute favorite, since I love organizing stuff. Once a year, on January, I go through all the pens and markers in the house, making sure they still work and getting rid of the ones that don't.

The medicine cabinet is sorted through at least twice a year: packages are recycled and medicines that have expired get sent back to the pharmacy for handling.

10:14AM PST on Jan 13, 2013


10:02AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Thanks for the article.

3:54AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Timely advice - would you believe, just before I logged on I'd decided I should clear up my space, beginning with a complete review/reorganisation of my pantry! :-D

12:27AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

I have several pencil cups around the house--by the phone, the computer, the desk, in the kitchen. Each one has a few pens and pencils in it, plus a Sharpie marker, a small pai rof scissor, a nail file, and nail clippers. This really helps me not search all over the house looking for a nail clipper or scissors in a hurry. And if someone in the family or a visitor asks for one of these I can just say--find a pencil cup!

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