Some days you don't know if you're coming or going. I know. I really do. Maybe pencil-in an appointment for yourself for an hour or two and make your "someday-catch-up" today! ...Or tomorrow, but this week. We've got to make it easier for ourselves.
I'll start with the medicine closet because we know that can turn into a costly mess. Pretty soon little Susie has a fever and we "just knew" we had some fever-reducer somewhere, but we can't find it when we need it. So, what do we do? Well, as nurturing mommies, we purchase more of what we couldn't find.
Several weeks later, however, we sure enough happen upon two half-gone bottles of fever-reducer in that same closet while we're searching for cough drops (because, of course, the illness is still travelling through the home). That makes three ... by now also half-gone bottles of fever-reducer. But from whence did they come?
We've all done it. Heck, we've all tossed out-dated meds. Today, enough is enough! It's time to make it easier on yourself.
First, buy, or recover, what you need.
For instance, I use more Excedrin® Migraine so I know I'm saving money when I purchase the large bottle. However we don't use much ibuprofen so the smaller bottle is better economy for our family. Medications have expiration dates and, though we hear that most just lose their potency as they age, this is certainly not a blanket statement. Fact is, you and I don't know. Better to stick with directions on this one. When in doubt, throw it out!
I'd had these bins around for quite some years, using them for everything from rubber stamps to crayons and markers to Legos. A few summers ago I had almost donated them. I don't know what prompted me, but I recovered them from the donation pile for this purpose and have used them in this way ever since.
Of course, in years past I've used boxes and baskets, which is perfect as long as everything is returned to it's designated place, aka. organized. In our home, that idea worked until the kids were old enough to
I often see such bins sold in the dollar stores (one of the boxes in the photo is about ten years old and from a dollar store) and with this life of relative ease, why spend more?
Here's how I organized our closet:
1. Pain Relievers
TYLENOL®, ibuprofen, aspirin, Icy Hot®, Orajel®
Thermometers, pill-spitter, dosage cups
2. Cold Care
cough drops, decongestant, vapor rubs, antihistimines, lip balm, dosage cups
3. Itch Relievers / Digestive Care / Sleep Aids
calamine lotion, diaper rash ointment, hydrocortisone cream, acid reducer,
milk of magnesia, antacids, Chiggerex®, meletonin
4. Oral Care
toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste
5. Deodorants / Razors
deodorants and razors
My husband's old label-maker was a nice asset, but not necessary. In days past I used my share of Sharpie® and masking tape. You may find a need to organize differently for your family, the key is clear labeling.
There you have it. Organizing is, indeed, a stitch in time that can save your caboose and your pocketbook. Frugal is sexy! Just ask hubby...