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Medicine Cabinet Organization and Organized First Aid Supplies

These smart medicine cabinet organization ideas will help store first aid supplies and medications in a safe and tidy way!

How to Organize Medications and First Aid Supplies

One of the categories that has been on my list to organize for a while now is our medications and first aid supplies. I knew it would be a fairly quick and easy project, but for some reason I kept putting it off!

I finally buckled down and got our medicine cabinet organization all figured out recently. I’m so glad I did. It has already made a big difference!

Organized pantry with decanted baking items, pasta, and spices

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Our Not So Organized Medicine Cabinet Before

Ever since we moved into our house several years ago, I have been using this skinny cabinet in our kitchen to store our medications and first aid supplies.

Medication Storage in Kitchen Cabinets

It was an okay solution. But it was really hard to reach the medications on the top two shelves, which was a pain. The narrowness of the cabinet was also limiting.

Medications Before Photo

It didn’t take long before we had outgrown the skinny cabinet. So medicines started to overflow into the corner cabinet next to it, which I really did not like.

Unorganized Medications

I wanted to find a new spot to store all of our medications and first aid supplies and get them really neat and organized while I was at it.

Sorting Out Medications and First Aid Supplies

The first thing I did was take everything out of the medicine cabinet. I checked the expiration dates on all of the meds. I set aside anything that was expired to be disposed of safely.

Then I separated the rest of the medications by type. I put all of the pain relievers together, all of the digestive medications together, all of the cold and flu medicines together, etc.

Medications Sorted by Type

Once I could see exactly what I was working with and how much space I would need, I started looking around our house for a new spot to store our medications.

Choosing a New Spot for Medicine Cabinet Organization

We don’t have a medicine cabinet in any of our bathrooms. And even if we did, the humidity of the bathroom keeps it from being an ideal place to store medicines.

I also wanted to try to find a spot on our upper level, rather than the lower level where the meds had been stored previously since we spend a lot of our time on the upper level of the house. Keeping the medications on that level made more sense, then, because they would be easier to grab when we need them.

I also wanted the medications to be in a spot that is out of the way of our kiddos, just for safety purposes.

I ended up having two free shelves in our primary bedroom walk-in closet that I thought would be perfect for storing our first aid supplies and meds.

Empty shelves for storing medication and first aid supplies

With my location decided, I took some measurements of the shelves so I knew how much space I had to work with. Using those measurements and knowing how many meds I had to store, I started looking for the perfect storage bins!

Empty shelves for organizing medicines and first aid supplies

Choosing Storage Bins for Organizing Medications and First Aid Supplies

It is always tempting to start an organizing project by going out and buying a bunch of pretty bins. But our system can be doomed from the start if we don’t take the time to measure and figure out what we’re working with before we start choosing bins!

Once I had gathered all of the information I needed, I ended up choosing these tall aqua storage bins and these shorter aqua storage bins for my medicine organization project.

(Note: I know in the listing for the taller bins, the bottom part is clear and the lid is aqua. That is what I ordered. But they sent me the bins with an aqua bottom and clear top (shown below), which is actually what I preferred! So if you purchase the bins linked, I’m not sure if they will sent the clear ones pictured or the aqua ones that they sent me. It’s so odd!)

Storage Bins for organizing medications and first aid supplies

The aqua bins were the perfect fit for the space I had. And they allow me to keep the different categories of medications separated into individual bins.

Adding Labels to Medicine Storage Bins

I love adding labels for my organizing projects because it makes it easy to tell what goes where! I have used many different types of labels over the years. But one of my favorite types is the adhesive vinyl labels I make with my Cricut Explore cutting machine. (You can see how I make those labels in this post.)

Cricut Explore with Mat and White Vinyl

I like this type of label because I can create the exact size and design I want in my Cricut software. Then I can cut it out of whatever color vinyl I choose. After the machine cuts my design, I can go ahead and apply the labels to the bins. I’ll then fill them with the medications and first aid supplies!

(If you have a Cricut machine and would like to use these labels to organize your medications, you can get my project in Cricut Design Space here.)

Medications and First Aid Supplies Organized in Storage Bins

As I mentioned previously, I decided to separate our medications by type, labeling each bin so it’s easy to tell what is inside of each one. (The font I used is a Cricut font called “High Tide.”)

3 Big Bins for Organizing Medications

The taller bins hold all of our pain relievers, cold and flu medications, digestive meds, and all of our kids’ medications.

Since these items were bigger and could be neatly lined up in the bins, I didn’t feel like they needed any additional separation within the bins.

Organized Medications in Aqua Storage Bins

The smaller storage bins hold little items like band aids and bandages.

Small storage bins for organized medications and first aid supplies

Since these items were smaller, I ended up using these divided trays within the bins to keep everything neat and tidy. I love how everything has a designated spot!

Small bins within bigger bins to organize first aid supplies

You’ll notice that our “extras” bin is completely empty! I always like to make sure I have some room to grow when I do an organization project. Inevitably, we’ll acquire more items and will need a place to put them.

“Medicine Cabinet” Organization in Our Closet

Once the bins were filled up, I slid them onto their designated shelves, and my medicine cabinet organization project was complete!

Closet with shelves for organized medications

It is so nice to have our medicines organized in a convenient spot so we can grab them whenever we need them. And I’m thrilled that our kitchen cabinets are no longer cluttered and overflowing with meds!

organized medications and first aid supplies in aqua storage bins

The huge before and after transformation projects usually get all of the glory, but quick and easy projects like this one can also make a big impact on our overall organization!

Medicine Cabinet Organization Sources

Here are all of the items I used to complete this organizing project:

How do you approach medicine cabinet organization in your home? I’d love to hear your favorite tips and tricks in the comments below!

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The Best Way to Organize Medications and First Aid Supplies

Looking for a few more quick and easy organizing projects? Try these:

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10 Comments

  1. LavaidaVandelia says:

    Very neat! I love that the medications require adult help.
    But in our life, the bandaids need to be accessible by our kids (4) and on both floors. A boo-boo outside requiring a trip in and then all the way upstairs, or a kitchen injury; wouldn’t work for us. We have a smaller first aid and vitamins station in our kitchen.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      That’s a great solution.. thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  2. I always look forward to reading your email/blog every weekend ! I also love how you highlight other bloggers in your email. Such a kind thing to do and sets such an excellent example of how we can build each other up instead of tearing each other down. Thank you also for sharing your wonderful printables! I love them!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      You are too sweet. Thank you so much, Nancy! I’m so glad you enjoy them…love to hear that! Hope you have a great week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  3. We have a first aide kit upstairs and downstairs. They are in plastic carrying cases as we live out in the country and may have to go to the injury site rather than wait. Both have a first aide book. This way we can easily grab one to go camping, road trips, etc.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Having one on both levels is a great idea! Thanks for sharing, Beth! Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Thank you so much for taking time to do a step by step video of both big and small projects. I love it! It keeps me motivated. I also really appreciate the links for where you get bins and how you label bins! You do an awesome job!!

    Trying to get organized,

    Jan

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thank you so much, Jan! I’m so glad it was helpful for you. Hope you have a wonderful week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  5. Hi, loved the post. The medical cabinet is such an important but overlooked place in our homes.
    I would just switch the tall boxes up an band aids and bandages down. I would prefer to have them easily accessible as when there is blood (and even small cuts could look scary), one would like just to grab the box and go. On the other hand, the pain relief is often needed but a minute or two could be spared.
    And kids cold than help them self with band aids but not with medicines.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Ivana! Have an awesome week! <3

      ~Abby =)

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