How to Organize Medicine in a Kitchen
Today we are going to talk about how to organize medicine in a kitchen so you can streamline what you take so you keep up with your health. Another great area to have set up in your kitchen organization toolbelt.
If you’re like most people, your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where you cook, eat, help with homework, and hang out with family and friends. But did you know that it’s also a great place to store medicine? By following a few simple tips, you can keep your medicine organized and easy to find when you need it. Plus, you’ll be able to keep track of expiration dates and save money in the long run. So what are you waiting for? Get organized today!
Get a dedicated storage container for your supplements.
This can be a box, a drawer, or even a cabinet. The goal is to be sure you have a set location for things you take daily, things you take routinely, and things you take when an issue pops up. Do not be tempted to keep everything all together because the confusion of the clutter may have you frustrated when you may not want to be. Sort things out into smaller sections so you can quickly find what you need and get relief fast.
I love the idea of using a spice rack to organize bottles of medications. You can set up one for each person in your home to keep things streamlined in the safest way.
Label everything clearly.
Labels are important but nowhere more so than with medication or supplements. Use labels or stickers to clearly identify what each supplement is and when it expires. You can also include information such as side effects specific to each family member, how to take medication so it works better, and what the medication is specifically meant to help.
You can use these stickers so you know the lifespan of each medication and/or supplement. Instead of initials, you can use that column to make any notes.
If you have medication that is prescribed to certain individuals you can label a container with that person’s name and keep their medication safely stored inside. This will help to ensure it does not get taken by anyone else and it will also help each person find their medication quickly.
Use a Pill Organizer
This was a game-changer for me. When I began using a medication organizer I found it so much easier to keep up to date with routine medications I was on. I recommend trying out a simple one found at the dollar store first before investing in a more complicated container.
Set up a Medicine Cabinet
If you have quite a few medicines for colds, flu, and prescription you may want to dedicate an entire cabinet in your kitchen to house these items. You can use a shelf riser so you can see what you have more clearly. Set up each level for a different category so you can find what you need more quickly.
A few ideas are:
- Eyes and Ears
Check expiration dates regularly.
Set a reminder on your calendar or phone to check the expiration dates on your supplements every few months or seasonally. This is a great way to customize your shopping going forward as well. If, for example, you purchased a large container of cough drops from Costco and at the end of cold and flu season you found most of that supply untouched, you can make a note in your calendar file for next year. This will help you to buy only what you need so you save money in the long run.
Use first in, first out.
When you get new medication or supplements, put them at the back of the storage container and move the older ones to the front. This way, you’ll always be sure to use them before they expire.
D/M Pro Tip: Whenever you throw out medicine or anything for that matter, be sure to add it right then and there to your shopping list. This will ensure you always have an up to date list so you are not caught without something ever again.
Don’t forget about your pets.
If you have pets, make sure to keep their supplements separate from yours such as in a pet hub in your kitchen. Remember to always be sure to check with your veterinarian before giving any supplements to your pet.
Bonus Tips for Storing Medicine in the Kitchen
- Keep any medications or supplements away from the steam from the sink and dishwasher.
- Keep any medications or supplements away from the heat of the stove and oven.
- Set a weekly routine for filling medication organizers. Be sure to check your inventory when you do so you are more aware of your supply.
- Use a travel case made just for medications and supplements. This will help you to organize your trips and ensure you are keeping up with your bills.
By following the tips above you can help to ensure that your medications and supplements are well organized and easy to find when you need them. You’ll also be able to keep track of expiration dates and save money in the long run by only buying what you need. Don’t forget about your pets when organizing your kitchen space and always check with your veterinarian before giving them any supplements.
Do you have tips on how to organize medicine in your kitchen? Share in the comments below, we would love to hear from you!