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Organized Medicine Cabinet (take 2!)

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Aloha friends!  Popping in from Maui to say hello and I hope you all had a great week!  We have officially become one with this island and never want to leave!  We’ve had such a great family trip – one of our best yet – and I’m incredibly bummed that our time in Maui is winding down.  It’s never easy to leave this beautiful island!  I’ve been getting lots of questions on Insta and e-mails asking about our favorite things to do when we vacation here so I’m working on a post that will share our Maui favorites!  If you have a favorite Maui activity or restaurant let me know in the post comments or on IG!  I’ll try to include your suggestions along with mine.

(Details on what I packed for this trip in my last fashion post here.)

So.. like I said.. more on Maui later. :)  Today I want to share my organized medicine cabinet.  Take 2!

You might remember the first time I organized this medicine cabinet.  So organized!  So beautiful!

So NOT functional.  Ha!  This is what my beautifully organized medicine cabinet looked like 6 months later.  I shared these pictures in what might be one of my favorite organization posts ever – 5 Reasons You Can’t Stay Organized and How to Fix It!  I talked in that post about how sometimes we don’t recognize and fix systems that aren’t working for us.  This medicine cabinet organization was clearly not working for us!  So I analyzed what the main problem was.  Clearly I had organized neatly what we had at the time, but I didn’t think ahead about where I would put new medicine when it was added.  When everyone got sick last winter and we started accumulating more medicine there was no space for it!  So I gave up on trying to keep things in order and just started stashing things.  Happens to the best of us. ;)

This is what my medicine cabinet looks like today!  Ahhh.  So organized!  So beautiful!  And so very FUNCTIONAL.  Now I know it doesn’t look that much different than the first organized medicine cabinet, but I’ll tell you the simple changes I made that will make all the difference and ensure that I can keep this baby clean.

First things first.. First Aid. :)  I moved our First Aid kit to the top cupboard.  I’m happy we have it for emergencies, but it’s not used often so it was silly to have it taking up prime lower cabinet space.  Moving it up to the top gave me more room to work with.

The labeled bowls were actually working well so I kept them and just added one more bowl labeled “cough drops” so I could toss all of the cough drop packages in the trash that were taking up too much room. I plan to toss these cough drops each season and buy a new pack to refill the bowl.

I cleaned out everything that had expired (which was a lot – a good reminder to go though this cupboard more often!) and then made my biggest change.  I bought this fabulous Expandable Shelf Organizer to hold all of our medicine.  Right now I don’t need it expanded.  But when I do..

I can pull it out further to accommodate more medicine.

If needed I can pull it out to fit the size of the entire cabinet!  Plenty of room for any and all new medicine and NO excuse to let this cabinet get so messy again.

I’m happy to say that I think I’ve fixed this broken system and am on my way to enjoying an ‘easy to keep organized medicine cabinet’ from now on.  YEA!  Puts a smile on my face. :)

Really simple changes that make all the difference.  A lot of times that’s all it takes to create spaces in our home that are easy to keep clean and organized.  As soon as I get home from summer trips (I’m out of town again next week with El for a dance competition!) I plan on working on all of my paper systems.  I really want to get on top of all things paper before a new school year starts.  You too?  Let’s plan on talking paper systems together sometime this summer for sure. :)

Below are sources from this post!  I’m also including links to a few of my favorite things that are on MAJOR sale this weekend!  Like all of PB’s outdoor umbrellas!  And my favorite rug is at an all time low!  And so are the lamps in my master bedroom and my favorite summer drink dispenser that’s perfect for entertaining.

I also found a few cute things on sale to wear that I own and love (like this darling metallic tee – I have it in gold and silver!) and a couple of things I’m debating ordering (like this cute white dress I’ve had my eye on) so I’ll share links to those too.

Have a great weekend friends!  Off to enjoy our last day in Maui with my crew. :)

xoxo, Erin
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23 thoughts on “Organized Medicine Cabinet (take 2!)

  1. Love that picture of your family. So glad you are enjoying your stay. Looking forward to hearing a little about your adventures. Thanks for sharing your medicine cabinet revamp. Great ideas! Good to see how you adjust to things not working quite the way you anticipated. Great post! Enjoy the rest of your trip!! (as if you need me to say that. snort). :)

  2. I love, love, love this post! It is so true that organizing isn’t always something you get right on the first try. Sometimes you need to use systems for a while to see their flaws and then fix them. Thanks for this great post.

  3. I am having the hardest time getting pictures organized. I am trying to keep up and actually print my photos rather than just have them digitally. Do you print your photos for albums and if so, how do you keep up with it and keep them organized?
    Thank you! I LOVE your blog! Your DVD organization system gave me back an entire closet! :)

    1. Hi Erin! Thank you so much! Your sweet comment made my day! :) I used to be so good about printing my photos and putting them in albums! Then life got busy and I haven’t done it in a while. I don’t have a system I love right now and need to figure something out! If I do I’ll definitely share it on my blog. :) If you want to see the system I used to do (and would love to keep up if I had time!) you can check out all of my Project Life posts below. Hope that helps! xo

  4. Great solution! There are so many beautiful organization pictures on Pinterest, but the reality is if you can’t keep up with the system, it’s pointless. I’m glad you found something that works for you! It sure looks nice too.

  5. Hi Erin! Enjoy your last day in paradise! Thanks for sharing your medicine cabinet. What color are your lamps and lampshade that you have in your master bedroom? Also, is your bedding still white? Thanks sweetie!

    1. Hi Shari! Thank you! I have the jade lamp (such a pretty green!) and it comes with an ivory shade. And yes! White bedding. It’s killing me that I haven’t had time to photograph my bedroom yet! Sometime this summer for sure. :) Enjoy your weekend sweet friend! xo

  6. So glad you had such a great family holiday love checking me email to see if u have posted anything new
    Funny just cleaned out our medical cubbard too everything is in baskets with handles so I can just grab the basket we need.
    Can’t wait to see your mast bedroom loved koles bedroom and bathroom am slowly going through organising room by room

    1. You are so sweet Tess! Thank you! Love that you cleaned out your medicine cabinet too! Baskets are smart. Love that idea! So glad you liked Kole’s bedroom and bathroom! Master is coming this summer! As soon as I’m home long enough to take some pictures. :) xo

  7. Great idea! I need to do the same in my medicine cabinet!
    And as for Maui, we haven’t been in 11 years, but we are going next month! Last time we were there we loved snorkeling in Napili and a good breakfast at the Gazebo restaurant there at Napili Shores! We also really enjoyed watching the sun rise atop Mount Haleakala and biking back down! Absolutely amazing! Now we are taking our kids so I can’t wait to hear your favs!

    1. Oh SO much fun Melissa! We’ve biked down the volcano too and it’s a blast – and so gorgeous! Your kids will love it! :) xo

  8. Clean and perfect! Did I miss the BHG magazine with your pantry and kitchen featured??! I don’t know if you posted the date and I missed it. :) Love all your organization posts totally my FAVE!

    1. Oh you are such a sweetheart! Thank you! :) You haven’t missed it! I don’t know when the feature will come out but they are going to tell me when it does and I’ll make sure to mention it on my blog! And lots of fun organization posts are coming soon. ;) xo

  9. I was wondering if the height of the shelves might also be a hindrance to keeping a space organized? Your medicine cabinet looks like the shelves are adjustable and yet very spread out in height even though the height isn’t needed for the items on the shelves, especially the ones with the bowels on them. Would moving those shelves down a bit help with making the emergency kit more in reach be helpful for the kids when maybe they need a bandaid or burn cream? Otherwise I agree it looks amazing! I have also found myself having to reorganize areas I thought I did a good job on organizing only to find out that the space doesn’t function. Sometimes this is hard because I’m not always sure how to fix it. From your posts I think the answer is I need to purge more. Thank you!

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