Is your cabinet overflowing with vitamins and medicines? Then it’s time to get your medicine cabinet in order. These medicines and vitamins are sometimes kept around for a long time by people. Often, it may contain a jumbled and potentially dangerous mix of drugs that have been sitting around for years. And picking up the wrong bottle of pills could put your health in jeopardy.

Here are five steps to organize your medicine cabinet:

Step 1:  Keep your medicines in one place

The first step is to gather all of your medications in one spot and remove everything from your medicine cabinet, shelves, and drawers. Take note of the expiry dates of each drug as you gather them all in one place and set aside any that have passed their expiration date. Rather than throw them away, take them to your local pharmacy who will adequately dispose them.

Step 2: Clean and Organise your cabinet

Once you have cleaned your storage area,  get some plastic baskets that will fit on your shelves or cabinets, and place all of your items in them. Consider the best location for storing all of your medications so that you don’t have to look in different places for what you want.  

Step 3: Organise medicines by category

Organizing your medications by category is also highly beneficial. You’ll be able to see the first ones that are about to expire sooner if you organize them properly. 

Some categories may include:

  • Cough – cough syrups, cough drops, chest rub, etc.
  • Cold and Flu
  • General Pain Relief – acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.
  • First Aid – bandages, lotions, antibiotic ointments, gauze, alcohol wipes, etc.
  • Allergies
  • Prescription Medicines – antibiotics, etc.
  • Kids – all children’s medicines

Don’t forget to label your containers and stack your items in them to make them easier to find.

Step 4: Be organised

Maintain a healthy supply of medications in your medicine cabinet and be sure to replace anything you’ve used. Consider the changing seasons; be prepared for the months ahead.

Step 5: Keep frequently used medications in front of your shelves.

When you put your baskets back in their proper places in the medicine cabinet, place the items that are most frequently used in the most accessible and visible locations.  Put rarely used medicines can higher up or further back.

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