Spring Cleaning is in full swing in my house. I have been cleaning out the closets, going through the cupboards and sorting my stuff into keep, store and donate piles. When it comes to organizing the medicine cabinets I find I put it off until the last possible minute because it can be a time-consuming task. Since I don’t have a traditional medicine cabinet, or even a proper vanity in my bathroom I have had to find other places to store everything which means my pharmaceuticals are spread out in various cupboards and cabinets throughout the house. I have my vitamins near the plates, the most often used medicines above the fridge and a box of less used, but still necessary items in my entryway/bathroom closet.
Step one – Gather everything in one place. I like doing this while the kids are out-of-the-way so that I don’t have to worry if I need to step away for a minute to get the phone or take a bathroom break. The kitchen counter or table is a great place to do this.
Step two – Check all the expiration dates on prescription and over the counter drugs. I include vitamins in this as well. Gather up all the expired products and set them aside in a bag making sure that they are in a safe place out of reach of little hands. Bring them into the pharmacist for proper disposal when you go shopping for replacement items.
Step three – Organize your medicine according to what you use most. I have the items we use on a regular basis above our fridge for easy access in the middle of the night or when fevers hit. The less used items go in to a Rubbermaid bin in my hall/bathroom closet.
Step four – Go shopping and replace the items that have expired or that you are low on. Head over and check out the G+ photos of my #cbias shop at Shoppers Drug Mart and see what I needed and how much I saved.
Step five – Un-package the new medicine(s) and place them in the appropriate bins then step back and admire the beauty that is an organized space.
Final tip – Replacing all the medicines at once was made easier on the pocket-book by choosing Life brand products which saved me an average of $2.50 per bottle. If you read the labels you will find that they contain the same active ingredients as the brand name medicines and having used them many times I can say they work just as well. When you are looking at replacing even just a few items the cost adds up quick so save money where you can.
On this particular trip I needed to restock 4 items and pick up 2+ new items. I was very happy with my final bill, even though I wasn’t eligible for the Double Double Optimum Offer – I saved $16.50, collected Shoppers Optimum Points and was even able to find some items that I was sure I would only be able to get at a Health Food store, which always increases the costs. Thank you Shoppers Drug Mart and Life Brand for keeping me healthy and saving me money.
On a side note what do you call it a medicine cabinet/cupboard/chest?
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