I finally organized the stuff in my medicine cabinet, which I am very happy about because before it looked like this:
Band-aid wrappers. Open blister packs. A few almost-empty bottles. Some was at the bottom of a closet in a cardboard moving box, and the rest was scattered around the house after various colds and illnesses this winter.
I wanted to have it all in one place so I could find it, and also so I could tell the babysitter where to find the first-aid supplies. I wasn’t even sure what we currently had.
Part of the reason why the medicine was unorganized is because the bathroom looks like this, in half-renovated fashion. There is no sink and no storage. I didn’t have a place to put anything. I’ve actually gotten used to it.
Then Jules at Pancakes and French Fries showed how she puts her medicine in the kitchen. It was so clear and simple. I was just sitting there, thinking, “Oh. So that’s how to do it.”
I even had some empty cabinets at the far end of the kitchen, away from the heat and cooking, and conveniently close to the back door.
I sorted the medicine into three sections: one for medicine that is just for the kids, one for first aid with a few more grown-up medicines tossed in, and a group of supplements such as Vitamin C, enzymes, and the calcium chew-ables that taste like Starburst candy.
What took the longest was deciding to dispose of the ones that were expired. It was hard to do because, basically, I felt like I was throwing away money. In addition to the cost, I was thinking about calamity and how in a disaster, wouldn’t I prefer to have recently-expired medicine instead of no medicine?
Then I realized what I was looking at was not life-saving medicine but stuff like honey cough suppressant and anti-itch cream. In other words: no big deal.
Maybe disposing of unused medicine was good because it meant we hadn’t needed it after all, and when my family does get sick, I will take five dollars to the drug store and buy them some new medicine.
Now everything is easier to find, and it’s also harder for the kids to reach.