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Tis’ the Season!! And no, today I’m *not* referring to the upcoming holidays.
Somehow it seems that we always forget that the busiest, most festive, and most fun time of the year brings with it all sorts of nasty germs. Add on top of that chronic or surprise conditions, like heartburn, pregnancy, or a newborn, and life can get complicated quickly!
That’s why I’m encouraging you to set aside just 30 minutes of time this week to take care of and organize your medicine cabinet. Trust me, you will absolutely be thanking yourself later when you do NOT have to go fight the holiday crowds just to pick up Nexium® for your after holiday heartburn or Advil® for that splitting headache!**
Here is the brilliant way to organize your medicine cabinet, as well! When you are sick or in pain the very last thing you want is to be digging for 15 minutes past expired vitamins to find the one relieving product you need. Here’s where to start!
How To Organize Your Medicine Cabinet
The first thing to do is clear your medicine cabinet out completely and take stock of the space that you have.
Every house will have a different setup, and whenever you move you’ll need to readjust and reorganize. Whether you’re organizing in small spaces or have a nice, big area, this system will work! Using a tape measure, see how much space you have so you’ll know what size of containers to purchase. Remember that you’ll want to leave extra space to easily slide them in and out and that if you’re going to purchase a container with a lid the top lip is usually the widest part.
In our new home, we have a nice large cabinet over the toilet and smaller one in the guest bathroom that we put up ourselves. I store all of the kid’s medicine and personal care products in the other bathroom and all the adult products in ours.
The next thing to do is to sort through all of the items you already have and toss anything that is expired.
I pride myself on staying pretty organized, but with how crazy our lives have been I was shocked to find how many items we had multiples of, half-used and expired! This new system will help ensure I won’t be tossing out 6-year-old medicine ever again! As you throw items away make a list of what you need to stock back up on, and what is missing from your stash.
Now it’s time to head to your local Walgreens to stock back up on all those essentials! I was so thrilled that when we moved to our new town I have a Walgreens just right down the road. I pass it every day when I drop Amber off for school, which makes it oh-so-convenient for trips like these! Ever since learning how to coupon and do match ups from Thrifty Texas Penny I’ve been in love with Walgreens and use it when I need to get us medicine cabinet essentials!
During this trip I stocked up on:
- Advil® Liqui-Gels® **
- ThermaCare® Back Heatwraps**
- Nexium® 24HR Tablets**
- Preparation H® Medicated Wipes for Women**
You’ll also need containers to organize everything in. You can purchase these new, or use some you already have some around the house. You can go really pretty and do baskets or cloth containers, but I’ve found that plastic bins with lids & handles are the simplest and easiest to haul out when you’re not feeling your best!
Now it’s time to label them! Depending on your families needs and items, break them into similar categories. For our family, I came up with six that covered all the products we own and use.
- Colds, Cough, & Flu
- Stomach & Digestive Help
- Pain Relief (Fevers & Aches)
- Vitamins, Supplements, Oils
- Pregnancy & Postpartum
How you label them will also depend on the containers that you purchase. I used large, fun labels that I had in my craft supply. Using a dark marker I wrote the different category names. I then used packing tape to secure the labels to the boxes and to also protect them against wear and tear over the years.
Now fill the buckets back up with all the products that fit into those categories!
With all the delicious food coming up for the holiday, it’s important to make sure that you have heartburn medication on hand! Many people hold back from enjoying some of their favorite foods because they are afraid they may experience heartburn. But no one should have to miss out on the foods they love! By keeping Nexium® 24HR stocked in your cabinet you’ll be able to enjoy all the holidays have to offer!** Just one pill a day provides all day, all night protection from frequent heartburn – no matter what triggers it*
*Nexium® 24HR may take 1-4 days for full effect. It is not immediate relief.
It seems like every time I turn around another friend is announcing a pregnancy or birth on Facebook and I’m absolutely loving it! If you’re in this amazing, crazy, and complicated stage of life then you absolutely need to have a bin dedicated to pregnancy and postpartum!
Some essentials you might not know you need in this bin are vitamin B6 and Ginger supplements, Iron supplements, Vitamin D drops, and Preparation H® Medicated Wipes**. As always, check with your Doctor before using anything during pregnancy or postpartum, but do your research on these items–they’ve been lifesavers for me through my two pregnancies and crazy deliveries!
Once you have all of your items into the bins it’s time to organize them into your cabinet.
Now, stand back, admire your beautiful work, and pat yourself on the back. Your future self is thanking you right now!
Do you have any amazing products you can’t live without or some amazing organization tips I missed? Leave me a comment and let me know!
**This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Use as Directed.