Having an organized medicine cabinet in the home is so important. It enables us to locate what we need when we need it. From a scraped knee to lifesaving EpiPen®, an organized medicine cabinet will ensure proper and timely care when your loved ones need it most.
Top Tips for Setting up a Functional Medicine Cabinet
Determine the Best Location
The medicine cabinet does not have to be in the bathroom. In fact, many of our clients prefer to use a kitchen cabinet or pantry area for this concept. Kitchen-based medicine cabinets are easily accessible and generally offer greater storage space. It helps to have supplies easily accessible, but ALL medicines should be stored out of the reach of children.
Start with a Clean Slate
As with any space, you are going to organize, first pull everything out and clean. Use Clorox wipes or spray cleaner to wipe down and disinfect the surfaces.
Start by grouping like items together. Categories might include kid’s medicines, allergy medicines, pain relievers, vitamins, ointments, first-aid, etc. Depending on your family and their needs, it might make sense to have separate bins for each person and be sure to keep pet medication separate. I also like to keep a first-aid kit in my medicine cabinet so I have all the supplies I might need for an emergency in one spot.
Use Small Storage Bins and Labels
I recommend using clear bins to hold each category or person’s medicines. I love these from The Container Store. Clear bins allow you to locate what you need quickly. You’ll be able to see what you have, you won’t end up purchasing duplicates, and you can easily see when you need to replenish before you run out.
Label Each Bin
Try these from The Container Store. Labeling the bins will help you and other family members find what is needed quickly. A clearly labeled system also is vital for babysitters or other caregivers to locate needed items in an emergency.
A thoughtfully arranged medicine cabinet is a fundamental component to smart home organization. It is important to be prepared for emergencies before they happen. You can ensure everything is easy to find and facilitate the timely administration of medicines and vitamins with the strategic arrangement and order of your medicine cabinet. Create an organized and efficient medicine cabinet in your home today for the safety and well-being of your family. Happy organizing!