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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Organizing the Medicine Cabinet

Happy Thursday! Back to organizing...
If you are just joining us, we have been getting organized using Jennifer Ford Berry's Organize Now book.


It has some great info and tips on organizing various parts of our life and home. You can see past posts here:

Week 1 about Organizing Your Mind and Life Vision HERE,
Week 2 about Organizing Your Priorities HERE,
Week 3 about Organizing Your Schedule HERE
Week 4 about Organizing Your Cleaning Schedule HERE.
Week 5 about Organizing Your Personal Information HERE. 
Week 6 about Organizing Your Finances HERE. 
      Week 7 about Organizing Your Bill-paying System HERE.
        Week 8 about Organizing Your Receipts and Taxes HERE
Week 9 about Organizing Your Files HERE
                             Week 10 about Organizing your Magazines and Newspapers HERE.
                                               Week 11 about Organizing Your Email HERE
                                                Week 12 about Organizing Your Mail HERE
                                         Week 13 about Organizing Your Child's Toys HERE.
Week 14 about Organizing Your Crafts HERE.
Week 15 about Organizing Your Photographs HERE.
Week 16 about Organizing Your Purse or Wallet HERE. 
 Week 17 about Organizing Your Vehicle HERE.
                                                  Week 18 about Organizing Your Pet HERE.
Week 19 about Organizing Your Books, CDs and DVDs HERE.
Week 20 about Organizing Your Entryway or Mudroom HERE.
                           Week 21 about Organizing Your Family Room or Living Room HERE.
Week 22 about Organizing Your Kitchen Countertops HERE.
Week 23 about Organizing the Kitchen Cabinets HERE.
Week 24 about Organizing the Pantry HERE. 
Week 25 about Organizing the Refrigerator HERE.
Week 26 about Organizing the recipes HERE.
Week 27 about Organizing the dining room HERE.
Week 28 about Organizing the Laundry Room HERE.
Week 29 about Organizing the Bathroom HERE.

This week we are organizing the medicine cabinet. Not too big of a task, so hopefully it won't take you long to do. For me, it was pretty easy this week as we don't even have a medicine cabinet! Our house was built 9 years ago and I think that newer houses don't really have these. 

Jennifer points out that it is important to organize your medicine cabinet so you can find things when you need them quickly. It's also important to clean it out so you do not use expired medications. Coming from a pharmacist's wife, I have heard this one before! It can actually be harmful to take expired medications and they also don't work as well when they are past their due date. Lastly, Jennifer says that you know that there will a curious guest who will take a peek once in awhile, so keep it organized! :)

This Week's Goals:

1. Take everything out and clean the cabinet well. Toss out any expired medications, antibiotics, etc (both prescription and non-prescription). Get rid of things you don't use anymore as well as old razors. Check with your local poison control center about disposing of your old medications safely.

2. Group things together and organize by height to maximize space and keep it looking neat. You can rearrange shelves to make it work best for you.

3. Place most frequently used items up front. Make sure child-proof caps are secure.


1. Add a magnetic strip to store tweezers, scissors, nail clippers. How clever is that?? 

2. Be sure to read labels each time you take an over the counter medication to make sure you take the proper amount within a 24 hour period. Since switching to Shaklee supplements, my family has not had to take too much medication. If you or your family is continually buying medications and antibiotics for various reasons, I could share more about what we use if you are open to it. Feel free to is a picture of my family's "preventative medicine cabinet":)

3. Don't stuff your medicine cabinet full. Keep some space for future purchases.

I hope this post has been helpful to you. Do you have a medicine cabinet? How do you organize it?

Next week we are headed into a new section of the book: Personal Spaces. First up - Your child's clothes and closet! 

Thanks for reading! Have a healthy day!!



  1. Great ideas. We do have a med. cabinet in the bathroom but don't keep a lot of meds in there. My hallway closet (which isn't huge--it's a *very* old house) has most of my meds. I do periodically go through & take out things that have expired.

    My dad, a retired pharmacist, told me that most OTC meds are okay for about 6 mos. past expiration date. It's always nice to know what you have anyway so you don't end up spending money on things you already have!


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