I had been meaning to do this for a very long time.
Like, a ridiculously long time.
Every time I emptied the dishwasher and had to squeeze and push and finagle to get all my cups and glasses into the small amount of space available, I’d shoot a dirty look at the mess of meds and bandaids and vitamins stealing their rightful space.
Unfortunately, they never got the hint.
But the day after Valentine’s Day, I had to at least do something. A search for a last minute Valentine’s box idea had required the temporary sacrifice of the basket I use for our daily-or-mostly-daily stuff.
I emptied the basket into an already-empty-and-on-the-counter-and-therefore-unavoidably-convenient box. But when I went to put things back in the basket (that my daughter actually remembered to bring home after the party, hallelujah!!!), decluttering was unavoidable.
Completely and totally unavoidable. After purging pencils and plastic clips and other such completely-unnecessaries and combining half-used bottles of the same things into one, I got it down to this.
Inspired by my own success (and that years-old knowledge that I needed to do this), I tackled the cabinet above:
Right. It was filled and overflowing with thing we DON’T use regularly.
I went through everything.
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- I combined band-aids and bandages from anywhere and everywhere throughout the cabinet into one full-to-almost-overflowing container.
- I purged all liquid medicines (except for unexpired cough medicine) because everyone in the house can now swallow a pill and no one is going to choose nasty-tasting liquid anymore. Besides, most were expired since we’ve all been mostly-healthy pill people for a long while now.
- I purged completely empty blister packs. (Yes. I was irritated, too.)
- I decided Disney World pins don’t belong in medicine cabinets and realized no one loved it anyway if it was in there. It went in the trash.
- Since I made the decision to purge liquid medicine, I realized I don’t need medicine droppers/whatevers anymore! (There are definitely some perks to kids growing up!)
- AND . . . the mother of all past-their-prime-prescriptions: diaper rash cream. Since no one in this house has worn a diaper in more than seven years.
Much better, don’t ya think?
Without all this:
Now I just have to train my family to actually look on the left side of the cabinet for clean glasses. I told Hubby I was willing to leave the cabinet door open indefinitely to help them learn to look there.
P.S. My aunt emailed to remind me that many towns have programs for getting rid of medicines that shouldn’t be thrown away or put down drains. Check your town’s website!--Nony