Decluttering/Organizing the Kids’ Medicines (Guest Post)

I’m glad to share a decluttering guest post today from Kristi of . . . . IShouldBeMoppingTheFloor.com.
Did you catch that? Her blog is called “I Should Be Mopping the Floor.” I met Kristi at a blogging conference, and immediately knew we’d be friends just from that blog name.  
Organizing kids’ medicines makes it easier when someone isn’t feeling well!
Hi friends! I’m Kristi from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com. 
So delighted to be guest posting over here at one of my most favorite blogs evahhhhh…A Slob Comes Clean. Thanks bunches to Dana for having me over today.
{We met at Blissdom and she’s so super cool and fun in person, too!}
Today, I’m sharing a quick way to corral your kids’ medicines…so you’re not pulling your hair out in the middle of the night searching for the goods when someone doesn’t feel well. {Been there. Done that. Bought the t-shirt}.
 

Against my better judgement, I’m showing you the previous state of the medicine shelf in our kitchen cabinet {let’s keep this our little secret, k?}. There’s even the dog’s medicine up there in the top right… niiiiiice. How in the heehaw did I let it get to this? That Lazy Susan hadn’t spun in years…she had no room to move!



I pulled everything out and sorted the kids’ stuff from the adults’. Found some lovelies like in the above photo. I pitched about half of what was in the deep depths of the cabinet.

I found an inexpensive basket at my Goodwill. I like it because it was synthetic, which meant easier clean up if anything ever spills. I found some cheap plastic bowls at the dollar store and used them for smaller items like eye drops and sprays. The other has all of the little cups and syringes {we don’t use those too much anymore, but for some reason, I hang on to them}.

Then I just filled the rest of the basket with the meds. I used an old Crystal Light container to hold our thermometers; it’s double duty in that it also {somewhat} protects them from spills and such.
I also moved the kids’ meds to their bathroom now. They’re getting older, so I don’t really have to keep everything out of reach anymore {and we bid the cabinet locks farewell a few years ago, too…they grow up too fast}. I like their stuff in here so much better. When someone gets sick, chances are, we somehow end up in the bathroom {bleh}. It’s great to have this handy and close by.

 

I also put my dosing chart on the inside of the cabinet door for easy reference {I cut a few corners on cabinet painting…can you tell?!}. BTW, I’m in no way affiliated with Pedia Care, we just seem to have a lot of their stuff.  

The only reason I added this pic is because I cleaned the cabinet for you! :)
 
Would love to know how you keep your kids’ medicines organized?
 
And feel free to stop by my place anytime. 
Here’s a few of my other organizational posts that you may enjoy as well: 
 
      
 
Thank you again for having me, Dana!

 



Comments

  1. Great job! And greeeeaaaatttt – another cool blog to go get lost in for a few hours. Thanks for the connections!

  2. This rocks. I LOVE clean, tidy spaces and this hit the nail on the button! How awesome..super job girl!

  3. I absolutely adore the pretty basket and colorful bowls. This should come in handy! ;( Don’t you just luv those Crystal Light containers? Anyways, I wanted to be the horrible person that points something out….medicine should not be in the bathroom. The humidity and heat in a bathroom causes them to deteriorate. That being said, my husband is a Dr. and he stores his daily medicine in the bathroom. So…go! Do what you want! LOL ;)

  4. What great tips and ideas! Love it!! Kristi is amazing!
    Thanks for sharing. Pinning…

  5. GREAT ideas Kristi! Off to do some organizing of my own now :)

  6. Love the basket idea. Having it in the bathroom seems logical to me too, though I wouldn’t be able to store it under our bathroom sink, too much pipe sweat the moisture would ruin medications (maybe) and dispensers but having it portable in the basket is the real key! So much better being able to see what you have and access it easily when anyone is sick and you really need it. Thanks!

  7. So important to remember those expiration dates! Thanks for the reminder!

  8. Great Ideas I love the crystal light idea!

  9. This is on my summer to do list for organizing! I know we have expired vitamins and medications that could be pared down and organized. Great ideas!!

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

  10. I need this organization in my life. Our medicine cabinet is a mess! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love this! I don’t keep the kids’ medications organized, and I couldn’t tell you what all I have for them, or how old any of it is. Need to make time to do this.

  12. The baskets you are using are my favorite! Love them for the kitchen pantry, too!

  13. Great ideas for organizing- but since you asked how we store this kind of stuff I will tell you, I bought 2 clear plastic shoe boxes from the dollar store- one for adults, one for kids. I used my label maker to mark them & store all medicine, first aid & other “health related” supplies in them. They stack on top of each other & are easy to pull out and move around if needed. Keeps a tidy medicine cabinet.

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