Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday Motivation: Organizing the Medicine Cabinet

 Did you take a careful look around your bathrooms last week?  What types of changes are you planning to make?
This week we'll tackle an easy chore - the medicine cabinet.  This should really be done regularly to help keep your family safe.  Medicines and first aid supplies expire after a year or two and should be disposed of properly. 

Below is a post I originally published in August of 2009 when I was just beginning to blog.  I couldn't improve on the process, so I just decided to post it again.  At that time, I only had 9 followers, so I'm sure none of you have read this blog post yet (LOL)!


This is an important chore that needs to be done regularly to keep your family safe. Today, I want you to tackle your medicine cabinet. I want to assure you that this should not take longer than 1/2 hour.

Here's how to do it:

1. Open the cabinet door.

2. Remove everything from one shelf.

3. Check the expiration dates. Throw away any item that is expired, discolored, unlabeled, unnecessary, or belongs to someone who no longer lives in the home.

4. Set what you have decided to keep into a box.

5. Follow the procedure in steps 3 and 4 for each shelf or section of your cabinet.

6. Replace the items you are keeping (from the box) according to the type of item it is. Cold meds, first aide supplies, pain reliever, etc.. I like to place like items together in a container. The dollar store is a good place to pick up small, lightweight containers.

7. Place any items you are throwing away into a plastic bag, tie it up, and throw it into the trashcan where it cannot be torn into. DO NOT flush meds down the toilet. It has been proven that this leads to pollution of our waterways. Some pharmacies will accept old medication for disposal.

This simple chore can prevent harm coming to your family by ingesting a medication that has expired or is no longer safe.


Now that you've gotten your medicine cabinet cleaned out, go around your home and find all of the places you've stashed extra first aid supplies and meds that you don't use regularly.  Put them in your newly spacious cabinet so you can find them when you need them. 

If you have young children, be sure to keep meds locked up.  Also, be careful about what kind of meds you keep in a medicine cabinet that is accessible to visitors.  I have a friend who had pain medication taken from her medicine cabinet during a party she was hosting in her home.  Be aware and be wise.

1 comment:

  1. My bathrooms on hold until I find a shelf system that will fit under my cabinet. I did go through everything though. Who knew getting rid of stuff could be so fun! LOL


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