02/21/2012 08:41 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How To Be Organized: Medicine Cabinet Remedies

A medicine cabinet can quickly become a dump zone for everything from old medications, empty bottles and long-abandoned cosmetics. And when a dump zone happens, an avalanche is really just around the corner. And by "avalanche" we mean "pounds of junk cascading from the cabinet at the most inopportune time." We don't have to tell you to toss the old stuff -- but if you need some further organizing tips, look no further than these simple tips.

Divide shelves. Place acrylic drawer organizers on medicine cabinet shelves to keep like items, such as nail care supplies, together. Acrylic risers provide extra surface space and put unused vertical space between shelves to work.

Improvise containers. Look to the kitchen or other rooms for creative ones. A wide ceramic mug or canning jar can serve as a container for cotton balls, while a creamer can hold cotton swabs.

Find hidden space. Hang a magnetic strip on the inside of the medicine cabinet door (between shelves), and hang metal objects such as tweezers, nail clippers, and spare shaving blades. Magnetic strips with adhesive back are available at hardware stores.

Use hooks. Add magnetized hooks to hold ponytail holders or scissors. A magnetic notepad holder (usually found on a fridge) can hold brushes and combs or toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Flickr photo by Mr. T in DC

For more cleaning tips, check out What's A Disorganized Person To Do?