Today’s Project: Simplify Your Medicine Cabinet
This is a series in which we challenge you to simplify a different area of your home each month.
We keep it pretty …simple.
If you’re like me, your medical supplies are cluttered and unorganized. I found myself rummaging around and having difficulty finding what I needed.
My inspiration for this project came after some late-night heartburn. I got up, searched extensively for something to help, concluded with had nothing of the sort on hand, and went back to bed.
Days later I found the Tums, which had been thoughtlessly stuck to one side of our medicine cabinet when it wouldn’t fit in its appropriate spot.
Later, during this simplification project, I also found the Maalox, once again unthinkingly placed due to limited space.
Despite my previous efforts at organization, my system was clearly not working well. I needed to streamline and simplify, remove clutter and create space to see what I had.
When I think about it, there are only a few supplies that my family uses with any regularity. Those are what you will now find in the prime location I call my medicine cabinet.
How to Simplify Your Medical Supplies
- Find some sort of organizer. This can be shoe boxes or bins or anything really. I bought these bins at Target for only a few dollars each.
- Spread all your medical supplies out on the floor.
- Identify what needs to be thrown out. For me these were things like expired medicine, out-dated sunscreen, a thermometer that no longer works, leftover children’s Tylenol syringes, random bits that came home from the hospital with us after childbirth, etc.
- Sort the rest of what you have into categories. For us, the categories that made the most sense were Kids Meds, Adult Meds and Wound Care.
- Simplify the contents of each category bin by removing duplicates and little used supplies. Place them to the side.
- These “extra supplies” should go into a separate box or bin labeled as such.
- Label the remaining bins.
The time you put into simplifying your medicine cabinet will more than pay off later with the time saved accessing them.
No longer will I do without because I mistakenly think I don’t have something. No longer will I root and hunt in frustration as a baby wails on my hip.
And it looks nice.