Hey there! Welcome back to another installment of my series:
I'm going to share with you another hot mess cabinet makeover. I actually did this makeover about 2 years ago and the system is working wonderfully, it is still clean and organized! The best part is that it's simple so it's easy to keep it organized (and of course it was cheap to do too!)
First, where are you keeping your medicine? In the medicine cabinet in your bathroom? That would make sense since it is called the "medicine" cabinet. However, did you know that it's a very big no-no to keep medicines in the bathroom?
So why do they put the medicine cabinet in there?? I have no idea?!
This is a more serious no-no than you might think.
""The medicine cabinet in the bathroom is the worst place (for medicine to be stored)," said Selig Corman, director of Professional Affairs at the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York. Most medicine should be stored at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees, and kept away from moisture. Because the bathroom is prone to high temperatures and humidity, it is a poor place to keep drugs.
"An egg kept at an extreme temperature of heat becomes cooked and that could happen with tablets, with certain gelatin capsules, and that could alter the chemistry of the product." Corman said. "Something as simple as aspirin ... when aspirin reacts with moisture it becomes a different chemical ... something that is sold as a corn remover. You wouldn't want to ingest a corn remover.""
Yuck! I had no idea a bathroom could do so much damage to medications!
Thankfully, I do not store medication in the bathroom but wanted to make sure all of you lovely folks are storing your drugs safely too.
Now that you've got them in a safe place let's get them organized!
Go through all of your meds and make sure to get rid of everything that is expired or wasn't properly stored and could have turned into corn remover. Ummm, gross!
Then get rid of everything that doesn't belong with the medicine. This will vary depending on how much space you have. We have a large enough space that our medicine cabinet includes band-aids, hand sanitizer and a small safety kit.
I am SO completely embarassed to be showing you all this picture of our medicine cabinet. I was very tempted to straighten it up a little bit as to not scare and disgust you but I wanted it to be real, no editing. This is what it looked like at it's worst... those with faint hearts and weak stomachs look away!
Holy cow, we look like druggies!
I went to the Dollar Store and got me some fancy plastic baskets. I then made sure they fit in my weird size cabinet... to my shock, they did! I then prettied them up with dog tags and ribbon...
I made 3 baskets like this and one smaller one to fit in the weird leftover space in the front. Kid's Meds, Adult Meds, and Band-Aids, etc. The small one in the front has everyday meds like vitamins, some chapstick, and a few band-aids for easy access.
The end result is lovely but the lighting of my picture is not, it was a cloudy day.
And, it's actually stayed like this for two years!! Sweeeeeet!! It works! Even the insides of the baskets are staying pretty neat, amazing! I feared that hubs would revert to old bad habits but he puts everything back in the right basket, he loves organization. Guess I need to organize more often! :)
Is your medication organized? Did you know you're not supposed to keep them in the bathroom??