When you’re rushing around in the morning, a messy medicine cabinet can be a major holdup. Who hid the deodorant? What happened to the Q-tips? Streamline that situation, and your routine will fall into place. Here’s how to take back your medicine cabinet—and your morning.
The problem: Your cabinet’s crammed full, which means you’re constantly spinning bottles around, pushing them out of the way, and accidentally knocking them off the shelf to get to the one you need.
The solution: First, toss some stuff. That too-greasy lotion. That sunscreen past its expiration date. That old gooey nail polish. Second, place risers on some shelves to hold shorter bottles. Voilà, double the surface area.
*Time saved each morning: Two minutes (more if you did a really thorough toss-it session).
The problem: Doing your hair requires daily battle with an unruly tangle of hairbands and clips.
The solution: Placing each type of accessory in its own cute container will let you grab and go with ease.
*Time saved each morning: A minute and a half—we can streamline your blow-dry routine later!
The problem: You already have stuff stashed in boxes and vessels, but you don’t really keep them organized and never really know what’s in them.
The solution: Opt for total transparency. Lucite or glass containers let you see the contents at a glance and will encourage you to keep them tidy(ish).
*Time saved each morning: Approximately two minutes.
The problem: Your stuff’s all over the place. One day your toothpaste is on the vanity by the soap, the next it’s on a shelf by the lotion. The hairspray hops from under the sink to the side of the tub. And the floss? MIA. Maybe it fell behind the toilet.
The solution: Group like items together, using dedicated vessels whenever possible. Think in combos: Toothpaste, brush, and floss. Hairbrushes and combs. Cold medicine and cough syrup.
*Time saved each morning: Three minutes (less if your kids and hubby are simultaneously jostling for bathroom time).
The problem: You have no room for big bags of Q-tips, cotton pads, and make-up sponges, so they wind up somewhere inconvenient, like the hall closet.
The solution: Stick a handful of each in its own vessel. Kitchen ramekins work wonders here.
*Time saved each morning: A minute and a half.
*Time saved is based on a totally unscientific polling of our most morning-frazzled friends.