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8/30/13

Organizing: Medications

I've always wished my medicine cabinet looked like the perfect ones I've seen in magazines and on other organizing blogs. If all OTC medications came in the same size & shaped bottles then maybe it would be an attainable goal.

Trying to organizing 60 different sized bottles is hard, so I stopped worrying about it looking perfect and focused instead on containing like medications together. I came across these great storage boxes with adhesive pocket labels and bought 6 of them, one for each category of medicine: Pain Relief, Cold & Sinus, Stomach, First Aid, My Meds and My Husband’s Meds.


To Create this in your home:

Step 1: Gather all of your medication; I found bottles in almost every room of my apartment! {Having a clearly marked home for each medication will stop that from happening in the future}

Step 2: Go through and separate your medications and categorize them into groups: Pain Meds, Cold & Sinus, Stomach, etc.

Step 3: Go through each item in the box and check the expiration date, if you don’t use them or they are expired toss them. I was surprised to find that most of the medications I recently purchased had already expired. {Note to self buy smaller bottles!}

Step 4: Properly label each box and decide where you want to keep them. Medication should be stored in low humidity and at a room temperature lower than 77°F. So a pantry is preferable over a bathroom, I keep mine in my 1/2 bath only because it is colder than the rest of my apartment and the humidity is relatively low.

It’s nice knowing where everything is and not having to dig through several drawers every time I have the sniffles!

Do you have any tips for keeping your medications organized? I would love to hear your ideas.

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9 comments:

  1. I don't know if it's a tip for organizing meds, but it's a good routine that my husband and I have gotten into. We're both on several different types of meds; some taken in the morning, some in the evening. Rather than getting into the bottles every day, we both have weekly pill boxes with spaces for am & pm meds each day. Every Sunday evening we have a standing date to refill our weekly pill boxes.
    Besides taking time out to sit down together, it's also helpful in knowing which of our meds need to be refilled that week. Both of us get familiar with each other's meds and can remind each other about getting the refills.
    We've been keeping our med bottles in the plastic bags from the pharmacy, so we'll be incorporating your labeled boxes idea into our routine as soon as I can find boxes that will work for us!

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  2. Hi,
    Where did you get those boxes from? What are the measurements? can you post a link?

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