Friday, March 21, 2014

Tackling the Mess of Medicine

When I was a kid, we had a HUGE toolbox that was designated as our family “medicine cabinet.”  It was an awesome idea because it was big enough to hold everything, could be locked to keep kids out, and it had different sections to hold different kinds of medicines.  However, try as my mom did to keep it orderly, she had four kids (three of which were boys…I’m just sayin’ J) so things inevitably got thrown in and not put back in the proper locations.  Many a night was spent digging around trying to find the needed relief in the black hole of our medicine box.

So, when I got married and needed a place to put our medicines, I immediately found an unused toolbox to do the trick.  However, mine was small and our collection quickly outgrew its home.  So, I searched for a new idea, something that perhaps could keep medicines away from kids, yet easily accessible and could keep things generally in their places for easy access. 

This is what I came up with:  Five general categorized “bins” for keeping not only our current medicines, but big enough to hold a backup of everything too!  Now we don’t have to rush out in the middle of the night for more meds when one runs out unexpectedly!  I love that feature, especially with kids!  We store ours in our master bedroom closet shelf so kids can’t reach it, but we can get to it easily.  The best part is, that even when medicines get thrown back in, they are at least in their categorical containers so you don’t have to dig too deep to find them!

The categories:
  • ·      Intestinal
  • ·      Cold, Sinus, & Allergies
  • ·      Bandages, Disinfectants, Antiseptics, & Ointments
  • ·      Pain Relief
  • ·      Other First-Aid Supplies (This is where I put thermometers, rubbers gloves, etc.)

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