Every Tuesday I will post a tidbit from my home … a small sampling of something I did in my home to help me get organized. Hopefully this tidbit will help you get organized. Visit back each Tuesday to see another tidbit.
I wasn’t going to use this for my first tidbit…but with flu season in full swing and the sickies in our house right now, I think the timing is good.
This is a cabinet above our kitchen desk that I have designated as our medicine cabinet. It used to contain boxes, bottles and containers of medications in a mix of hodge podge. When I needed to find something I was always having to move something out of the way and boy did I hate it when I finally found the Jr Motrin only to find one left when I needed two.
With flu season approaching, I wanted to be prepared, so I did two things, I inventoried and I organized. First, I sorted all the medications by type (pain, childrens, cough, cold/flu, stomach, first-aid and yes, pet). Then I checked each one to see if it had expired and if it had, I added it to my shopping list and disposed of the expired medication. I also checked how much was left to see if I would soon need a refill. Because I had sorted the medications by category, it was also easy for me to see if there was something missing that I had forgotten to replace previously.
With my shopping list in hand, I stocked up on all the medications I thought I would need for this flu season and our other everyday ailments.
The tin containers you see I purchased from Target this past summer… LOVE the dollar spot. I labeled them and placed the medications in their appropriate container. Now, when my husband has a headache (okay, those of you who know him, know that he has NEVER had a headache in his life, whatever with that!), he can just pull down the ‘pain’ container and get what he needs.
On the door of the cabinet I have placed a Tylenol dosage chart from my pediatricians website (we have a 6 month old in our house), business cards for all doctors (vet included), Urgent Cares and Emergency Rooms as well as Poison Control and the Nurse Hotline provided by our insurance company. Everything we need is now in one place.
I hope seeing this tidbit of organization in my home helps you. With flu season fast approaching, take 15 minutes to inventory your medications to make sure you have what you need is on hand, because you know, when you need it and don’t have it, it is usually 2am!