How To Organize Your Medicine Cabinet

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Organizing the medicine cabinet is LONG overdue in this house. First off the drawer that houses all of our over-the-counter (OTC) medicines is way too low. My kids are taller and stronger now, so more likely to be able to get into that drawer. Also, nothing really seems to have a place. Lotions, shampoos, towels, medicines, skincare… it’s all randomly tossed onto any old shelf. It’s not okay, and gives me anxiety when I look at it.

Because it’s back-to-school time I’ve decided it’s time to get at the medicine cabinet. My goals for this reorganization are (1) purging expired medicines, (2) putting all medications up high, (3) organizing kids meds and adult meds into separate areas and (4) making the cabinet space more functional as a whole.

The obligatory but painful before picture:

(1) Purging Expired Medicine. Sadly, this was a heavy task. Before we administer anything (which is thankfully pretty rare) we always check the expiration date as well as dosing directions. If I happen to see that it’s expired that med gets tossed and tbh it usually means a trip to the store to pick up a new one. By doing this purge and organizing I can make a list of what we need to have on hand before the school year starts and the cold/flu season is upon us.

(2) Putting All Medication Up High. Regardless of the child-proof caps all meds should be out of reach of little hands. I’m embarrassed I haven’t done this a lot sooner. My kids have never been ones to go anywhere near things that aren’t theirs (unless it’s makeup and my daughter is involved… she cares nothing about boundaries in that respect) but that doesn’t mean they won’t start. There are a lot of things in the bigger part of the cabinet that we never use or that are meant for babies. Seriously. My kids are 8 & 6 and I still have some baby things. That’s how often I don’t go through this stuff.

(3) Organizing Adult Meds & Kid Meds Into Separate Areas. Have you ever been awakened in the middle of the night by a coughing, sneezing, miserable child? Or a husband rummaging loudly in the bathroom? Separation of the medicines will make it easier for everyone to quickly find what they’re looking for.

(4) Making the Cabinet Space More Functional. This is just something that needs done. As much as I love to organize it’s surprising I haven’t touched this space yet. I want to move the towels around a bit and get some of the taller shelf space for shampoos, lotions and skincare products.

The much happier after pics:

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I had to throw out. I found one bottle way in the back from 2009. You can’t make this stuff up =\ It’s much more organized and accessible now. I packed all of the ointments and creams in a gold and purple travel bag and put them on the top shelf. All of the kid medicine is in the middle basket and the adult medicine is in the bag beside it (because I couldn’t find a basket that was perfect yet) and the bigger bottles beside that. A place for everything and everything in it’s place makes me a happy person.

It helps to save some money while you’re replacing all of those expired products and stocking up on new ones. At Walgreens if you spend $30 on Pfizer products, you’ll receive 10,000 Balance rewards points! Look for the endcap (pic below) at your local Walgreens store for products and pricing!

How do you organize your medicines? Leave tips for me in the comments so I can make sure I’ve got all the bases covered!!

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