Do you keep supplements and/or meds in the pantry, or utility closet, or in a designated medicine cabinet in the kitchen or mudroom? Wherever they may be, chances are it is an area that becomes unruly quickly. Small bottles, awkward packaging, and measuring tools don’t rest well on shelves.
We have a few tricks for keeping the meds and supplements in good order. First we recommend separating children’s meds from adult’s, using the right containers for your shelving size, and generously applying labels. So if you have 30-minutes to “conquer the cabinet” here is what we recommend.
We especially like these as a go-to container for the Rx cabinet (from the Container Store and Bed Bath & Beyond):
The shape, the handle and the clear plastic makes these easy to access, to view, and to label.
There are a lot of ways to categorize meds, but we find these labels apply to most:
- Pain Relief
- Allergy and Cold–don’t forget the thermometer! Also good to have measuring cups and spoons to dispense with.
- Supplements. If supplements are used heavily, you may want to separate by person or gender.
- Wound Care, such as bandages, peroxide, Neosporin, etc.
- Rx. We always separate the Rx bottles from the over-the counter. Depending on the situation we sometimes separate them by person. This helps you track refills and review dosage. It is good to keep a pill cutter and pill box here as well.
- Children’s in their own container.
- And don’t forget your pet meds too!
So set the thirty-minute timer, and give it a shot! Start with reviewing expiration dates and discarding any old medicines, and you will quickly be on your way to a tidy home-remedy area.