Friday, March 2, 2012

Organization for Medicine/First Aid

Preacher Man was getting very frustrated with the situation of our medical supplies. If he wanted a band-aid, he had to look in three different places to find one. If he wanted an aspirin, he was never quite sure which cabinet it was in or if he should just dig in my purse. It was all a big jumble because I never had adequate space to organize and store things properly. This is compounded by the fact that I'm a bit of a natural health guru and I have lots of herbs, homeopathic remedies, tinctures, salves, etc... Those kinds of things don't fit neatly into the typical bathroom medicine cabinet.

Maybe you find yourself in a similar situation?

medicine cabinet

Now it's all in one place!

I found this great three drawer system at a garage sale for a couple of dollars and it works wonderfully! I keep it on top of the fridge because it keeps these tempting little bottles out of sight/out of mind from the Littles. At least they haven't attempted climbing on top of the fridge yet. (I sure hope I didn't just jinx myself!) The downside is that I have to stand on a stool to get what I need, but the drawers are easily taken out and put back in so it isn't too bad.

Here's how I organized my stuff:
Top Drawer = Natural Remedies
  • bulk herbs
  • homeopathics
  • Emergen-C (GREAT STUFF!)
  • essential oils
  • cough drops (they are herbal)
Middle Drawer = Skin Care/First Aid
  • Thermometer
  • Snot Suckers (hey, that's what we call them!)
  • Medicine Droppers
  • Bandages
  • Skin Salve
  • Betadine solution
  • Aloe Vera gel
Bottom Drawer = Rx/Traditional Meds
  • Pain meds
  • Fever reducer
  • Prescriptions
  • Eye Drops
  • Allergy Meds
  • Vapor Rub
  • Tummy Meds

Probiotics are in the fridge and I keep my vitamins on my desk so I take them at least once a month. :P Seriously, I'm terrible about taking them!

How do you store your medicine and sundries?

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  1. I like snot suckers. We called them brain suckers.

  2. My kids always wailed if I had to get out the snot suckers. We try to never use them unless absolutely necessary.

  3. i have it ALL in one clear rubbermaid... well except for my materials to MAKE home remedies... the already made stuff is in with the rest though. the stuff i use ALL the time is on the shelf in my bathroom. i like your way! :) since we're moving soon, i shall have an opportunity to be much more orderly in our new place. i love those little drawer things! so handy! :)

    amy in peru

  4. Oh dear... I think my Preacher Man is beyond getting frustrated with ours. Not "getting" but already there! We have 3 plastic shoeboxes. Similar idea, in theory. Except the contents of ours have been juggled because it's just so much easier to put something away in the top box, rather than move the top two boxes to get to the bottom box, where the item actually lives. Oops. Also, does your PM actually read labels on drawers? You must let us know how those labels work. Way to conquer one more little area that will make daily living happier!

    amy in gua waves hello to amy in peru


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