Here is the second post in our Kick the Clutter Challenge series. This one focuses on the medicine cabinet.
Are you afraid to open your medicine cabinet because all of those old almost-empty prescription bottles will hit you in the face? Why is it so hard to throw out a few extra pain pills?
Most of the meds in our medicine cabinets have expired. And nowadays most of us are trying to avoid prescription pills altogether. Start your medicine cabinet cleaning by checking the expiration dates of all the prescription pills, liquid potions and over-the-counter pain meds. Toss them into a sealed bag, sprinkle them with kitty litter or coffee grounds and place them into the trash.
Toothbrush and toothpaste stored in the medicine cabinet? Is the toothpaste oozing extra paste from the side? Does your toothbrush have bristles skewing in every direction? It might be time for new toothpaste (without fluoride and added sugars—check the ingredient list) and a new toothbrush.
Organize the loose items, like hair ties or clips, safety pins and buttons, by collecting them in a small box, which you can put back in the cabinet. Now place a few pretty things on the shelves, like your neti pot or maybe a few new essential oils to diffuse in your bedroom (lavender oil is very calming). Include retro glass jars (Mason jars from your local hardware store) filled with sea shells, cotton balls or colored sea glass.
Mason jar photo by Richard Elzey.