Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Expired medication

Last month A Bowl Full of Lemons hosted the 21 Days to Getting Organized Challenge. Since I did so much decluttering and purging last year, I didn't need to complete all of the challenges (luckily because I couldn't have done a challenge a day.) I did check out the challenges and redid some of my areas.

One of the challenges was the linen closet. In my linen closet I keep more than just linens. I keep towels, sheets for the master bedroom and spare bedroom, medication and first aid supplies and a few miscellaneous things. Not long ago, I decluttered my linen closet. The part I still needed to declutter was the medication.

I have two bins that I keep meds in. When I need something, like ibuprofen, I take out the bin and dig. More often than not, I have to dig through lots of expired medication to find what I need. That's why I needed to sort through my meds.

I looked at every bottle and box in those bins. This is what I was able to get rid of. It may not seem like a lot but it took up a lot of room in those bins.

What I realized was that when I looked in the bins, even after purging all the expired medication, I still couldn't tell what was in each box or bottle. This is why there were several meds I had doubles of. To remedy this, I took a Sharpie and wrote on the cap of each bottle and box. I wrote what was in the bottle or box and if was a prescription, who it was for.

I'm linking up to Works for Me Wednesday and Organize with Sandy.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for linking up to my Organizing Mission Monday! Since you did the medicine cabinet I am also going to post your link on the next day where I did organizing the medicine cabinet!
    Good idea to also write the name of the med on the lid!