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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

31 Days of Organizing Tips: Day 17 (Medicine Cabinet)

Welcome to Day Seventeen of the 31 Days of Organizing Tips series!  I'm so glad you've joined me.  Throughout this series I'll be sharing organizing tips that will help you on your journey from overwhelmed to organized.  I'll include lots of pictures and links for ideas that I've found around the web that relate to the topic each day. You'll find a complete list of all the posts in the 31 Days of Organizing Tips tab above, or at the end of this post.

Today's tip is about organizing your medicine cabinet.  Some people store their medicines in their kitchen, some in their bathroom, and some in their linen closet.  Wherever you keep them, it's important to keep them organized, because you don't need anything else making you feel overwhelmed when someone is sick or hurt!

A few medicine cabinet tips:

  • Regularly go through your medications to ensure you purge items that have expired. 
  • Make sure you are storing your medications at the recommended temperature.
  • Keep your medications up high and locked away if you have small children in the house.
  • Store all your first aid supplies (bandaids, gauze, ointments, etc.) in the same location as your medicines so you don't need to search in multiple places for something you need.
  • Choose a storage system that will work for your space and that makes the best use of the space you've chosen.  

For more on purging expired medications, including how to properly dispose of them, check out this post from the 31 Days of Easy Decluttering series.

Decluttering Expired Medications

Here are a variety of storage options for organizing your medicine cabinet.  Please remember to pin from the original source for all these fantastic pictures!

1.  Lazy susans / turntables.  You can rotate them to easily find what you're looking for.  Plus, you don't have to worry about knocking bottles over when you're trying to reach for one that's at the back of the shelf.  These double decker turntables are great for medicines since the bottles and boxes are often short.

Store More in Your Bathroom

2.  Caddies.  I love how cute this caddy is and it's portable so you can bring it wherever it's needed.  Click the link below the picture for a really cute "Daddy cold caddy" too!

Organized Caddy for Colds

3.  Dishpans (or any plastic containers).  These are great in case any of the medicine spills (you only have to wipe out the plastic container instead of dealing with sticky medicine everywhere).  You can group your medications and label the containers so you (and others who may be helping you out!) can quickly find what you need and return it to its place for the next time it's required.

How to Organized the Medicine Cabinet

4.  Plastic drawers.  These help you keep small items separated and maximize your vertical space.  They are perfect for first aid supplies and small things like medicine cups or droppers.

Medicine Cabinet Makeover

5.  Create your own solution!  I love this system that uses stackable letter trays and drawer organizer bins.  It really made great use of her space and she was able to re-purpose items she had already.

How to Organize Medicine

For Day Seventeen, purge your medicine cabinet.  Then, if it needs better organization, choose one of these solutions or come up with one that will work for you and then make it happen.  Keeping things organized in your medicine cabinet (wherever it is!) will make things less overwhelming when someone in your family is sick or hurt so it's really worth the time it takes to organize it.

{Note:  If you're getting overwhelmed with all the ideas in this series, please understand that is NOT my intention! :)  This series is designed for me to write every day for a month, not for you to completely organize your house in a month.  That thought overwhelms me!  So, feel free to skim and pin/bookmark these tips now and then come back later when you're ready to tackle a particular organizing project.  I'll add a button or tab to the blog at the end of the series that will make it easy for you to find all the posts.  Hope that take some pressure off!}

Tomorrow we'll take a break from organizing various spaces in your home and look at tips to help your kids get organized.  We'll return to some more spaces in your home later in the series.  I look forward to going through this series with you and hearing your tips too!

Where do you store your medicines and first aid supplies?  How do you organize them?  What's the best organizing tip you've implemented?

Have a great day and happy organizing!

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  1. Fantastic ideas yet again! Thanks so much for compiling all these ideas in one place. Megan

    1. You're welcome Megan! Glad you're enjoying them :)

  2. great ideas, but I would highly recommend locked storage for all medications if children live in your home.....I have always struggled with a way to keep meds organized and secured and have never found an organizational tool for that purpose....let me know if you think of any

    1. I totally agree about locking up medications Laur! We use childproof cabinet locks on ours. You can get various versions of them at Babies R Us or the baby department of Walmart, etc. I know some people use a high cabinet in their kitchen that kids can't reach as an alternative too (I guess it depends on the age of your kids). Thanks for your comment!

  3. Great tips, Hilda! Those caddies and paper trays are adorable!
    I have read that storing medicine in the medicine cabinet is not recommended, because the humidity in the bathroom makes the medicine deteriorate faster.
    I am really enjoying your series! Keep up the good work, my friend :)


    1. I've heard that too Kristina. We keep ours in an "over-the-toilet" cabinet in our main floor powder room since there's no shower/bath to cause humidity. The other advantage is that everything is easily accessible no matter which floor we're on :)

      Some people also use the linen closet or master bedroom closet but I don't recommend that if there are little kids in the house since it's harder to lock those.

      Glad you're enjoying the series! Thanks for your encouragement, my friend :)

  4. You've inspired me to go through our medicine cabinets! It's been awhile and they probably could use a sorting! Thanks!!

  5. Where do I find that rotating lazy susan?! I NEEED it!

    1. Melissa here are a few I found online.

      Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Double-Lazy-Susan-White-Diameter/dp/B000KDW2XA

      Solutions (Canada): http://www.solutions-stores.ca/ecommerce/control/product/~category_id=CATALOG1/~product_id=19125

      Container Store: http://www.containerstore.com/shop?productId=10027813&N=&Ntt=double+lazy+susan

      You could probably find them at Walmart or Target too.

    2. You're welcome! I might get one too :)

    3. Don't forget about Kitchen Stuff Plus (here in Canada) They have great stuff similar to the brand name. I was just looking at them the other day!


    4. I love that store Helen! Thanks for the link.


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