“Red looks scary!” That’s the first thing my husband told me after I finished organizing our medicine cabinet. I couldn’t blame him, red does look scary! Looking at all the red containers lined up on the shelf reminds me of a report card with red marks for “fail”. But what can be scarier than having to find that cold and flu medicine in between sniffing and misery in a chaotic pile of bottles and supplies, only to find out that it is expired! Let’s face it, medicine cabinets are often forgotten. Unless you have a fever, cough, or runny nose, the medicine cabinet doesn’t come into mind. However, it is necessary that we make sure everything in our cabinet is current and easy to find. It should be cleaned out often as drugs expire or worse it might get into the wrong hands; i.e., curious toddler!
Like everything else in our house, I’ve rearranged our medicine cabinet a few times already as items start to pile up. So just recently, I decided to update and organize it again.
So here’s a few tips to help you get through it.
- Containers from Dollar Tree
- Label maker
- tags and twine
1. Empty the cabinet
Just take them all out! You will see how much space is available for you that way. And you will be able to envision more clearly how you want your cabinet to look. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to spray down and scrub those shelves.
2. Sort and toss
The first time I ever organized our cabinet after moving in to our house, I found medicines that expired before I came to America, which was four years ago! So it’s important that we start a sorting and tossing session. Put similar products together; e.g. cough medicine together, cold medicine. And toss anything that is expired or questionable.
3. Categorize medicines, organize and label containers
I organized our medicines into eleven main categories. You can do it your way too.
- Dad’s medicines
- Mom’s medicines
- Kids’ medicines
- Cold/Flu/ Cough (because of lack of space, I had to put these three together)
- Fever/ Pain
- First Aid (Epipen, First aid booklet, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol etc.) Bonus: Efficascent Oil, the famous VICKS and other Filipino oil and balms you don’t wanna know. 😂
- Medicinal Tools
- Other Meds (Diarrhea, Sleep aids etc.)
- Extra items (Medical masks, gloves, hot and cold pack, extra medicines)
4. Arrange containers in the cabinet
I only had three things in mind when I arranged the containers in the cabinet. First, that Dad and Mom’s medicines should be within sight so we don’t forget to take them. Second, that the First Aid basket can be grabbed easily for emergencies. And third, that the kids’ medicines are out of reach especially if you have a ninja toddler in the house. As for the other containers, they can go wherever, as long as they fit, they’re good.
We dedicated one cabinet in our kitchen as our medicine cabinet. Our main thing is that it needs to be available for everybody when they need it but at the same time not too accessible that young children like our toddler can abuse it. If you know what I mean. Organizing medicine cabinets or any area in the house for that matter can be overwhelming. However, working on one small area at a time, always works for me. It also helps when we try to commit on maintaining the cleanliness in our house. Maybe make it a habit to inspect our medicine cabinet once a month to ensure that it’s still in good shape? Or making sure that we all put things back in it’s dedicated space after using them? Remember, change doesn’t happen overnight. Goodluck!
How do you organize your medicine cabinet? I would love to hear from you! 😊
KC & a truckload of hugs and kisses💋
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