Two weeks, not even two whole weeks of school before I heard it – that dry hacking cough in the middle of the night. Followed shortly by “Mommy, my throat hurts”. I stumbled to the medicine cabinet for Motrin and was greeted with this
I guess we haven’t needed anything from here in a while – that’s a good thing. But at 3am I was cursing as I was digging through the mess and dropping stuff all over the floor in my sleepy search for the open bottle of Motrin. Once I located the sticky bottle, I vowed that I would tackle this mess today. Later today – hopefully after a few more hours of sleep.
I keep most of our medications on a high shelf in our linen closet upstairs. I do keep a spare Tylenol and Motrin in the kitchen along with Band-Aids for emergencies. But all of our other medications are kept on one shelf. I know I organized this shelf last year, but looking at it now you’d never know. I guess it was too many tired nights of just shoving bottles and boxes on the shelf any which way.
The first thing I did was empty the shelf and lay everything out on the laundry room counter.
Next I separated medications into categories so I could inventory what I have. Turns out I really have a thing for kid’s allergy medicine – 3 open bottles and 3 brand new ones!
Then I had to decide how to organize all this stuff. I think last time I separated all the medications into several small bins – cold medicine, stomach medicine, allergy pills. I think the containers were too small and everything just got jumbled and lost. So, I am going to try a simpler solution this time. I have one tray for open kid’s medications and one for open adult medications.
I made a separate area on the shelf for all the boxes of Band-Aids. I will never need to buy another Band-Aid as long as I live. Seriously, a toddler would be in heaven with this stash! And all those medicine cups – I corralled them all in one bin. How is it that I can never find one of these when I need one – I must have a million!
At the bottom of the bins I discovered a whole bunch of random loose pills. I sorted everything by type and placed the loose pills in plastic bags. Those bags are in the front of the adult medication bin – hopefully to be used first.
I ended up throwing away a whole bunch of messy, sticky, almost empty bottles and expired meds, as well as empty boxes. I cleaned all the bins thoroughly with Clorox wipes – yucky germy hands are often in the medicine cabinet! I made a list of what I need – and actually already restocked the DayQuil and NyQuil at Costco this morning.
What do you think? It looks so much better – I can see what I have in here now. My only concern is all the sealed boxes of medicine in the back. I feel like they might get hidden again and I’ll go buy more allergy medication. Only time will tell how this system works. Anyway, I better grab my Clorox wipes and start wiping down all the doorknobs and light switches.