When you come down with a cold, the flu or other aches and pains, the last thing you want to do is rummage through your medications to find the right bottle or packet. To get your medicine cabinet, closet or even your medicine organizer in order, check out our tips below.
How many times did you reach for the over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever in your bathroom cabinet, only to realize it was stashed away in a box with other medications? Organizing your medications takes care of the clutter and makes it easier for you to find what you need.
1. Clear out the shelves. One of the easiest ways to organize your medication is to start with a blank slate. Pull out all of the contents of your medicine cabinet and any medicine from anywhere else in your home, and gather it all in one place. If anything is expired, throw it away immediately.
2. Keep items you use the most front and center. If you don’t use antibiotic ointment or peroxide on a daily basis, there’s no reason to keep those items in the front of your cabinet. Instead, place items you use frequently, such as OTC pain relievers and prescriptions you take daily, within easy reach. Everything else can go behind these items.
3. Downsize what you can. Items like cotton swabs and cotton balls tend to come in large packages that won’t fit in your medicine cabinet. If you need more space, use smaller containers to keep a handful of each item and then restock them as you need it.
4. Keep first-aid items together. Ideally, you’ll have a first-aid kit at the ready in your closet or medicine cabinet. If you don’t, though, you should at least keep those items (such as antibiotic ointment, adhesive tape and cut cleaner) together, so you can be ready in case of emergency. Also, check occasionally to see if anything is out of date.
5. Consider if you can keep unrelated items elsewhere. If you keep your medication in a hallway closet, you may have them stored amongst items like toilet paper, shaving cream and shampoo. This can create the feeling of clutter and disorganization. Decide if you can keep the other items in another location or at least a different shelf, so your medicine feels more organized.
6. Keep medication you use daily in a medicine organizer. A medicine organizer — also called a pill organizer — can help you keep track of the pills you need to take each day. This can also free up space in your medicine cabinet; you’ll keep bulky pill bottles on a closet shelf, while one dose of pills can sit neatly in your medicine cabinet.
7. Use labeled trays to organize types of medication. If you have a multitude of bottles, lozenges and packets for a variety of treatments, use labeled trays. This way, you can keep track of what medications treat colds, flus and general pain and which bottles are just daily vitamins.
Crampt believes in keeping a well-balanced and well-organized home, which is why we do what we do. When you begin to feel the walls of clutter closing in around you, we can help. We’ll bring our Crampt Crates right to you, and we’ll even help you pack if you need it! You’ll never have to worry about losing track of your items, either, as we put a barcode on every Crampt Crate to keep your items neatly organized.
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