Your medicine cabinet is one of the most important areas to keep clean and stocked — especially in the middle of cold and flu season. I recommend starting this process by clearing out all products and wiping down the inside and outside of the cabinet.
Once everything is out of the cabinet, you need to begin sorting through what you need, organizing what you have and purchasing what you may be missing. Here are some tips:
- Out with the Old
Are items outdated, old or smelly? They need to be thrown out, even if they’re not empty. Expired items will no longer be effective and may even be hazardous to your health. In addition to looking at dates on medicine, be sure to also look for cosmetics that may have expired–if the consistency and/or smell of the product has changed considerably, throw it out.
- Add Cold Weather Medicines
There are certain items you should always have in your medicine cabinet regardless of the season such as basic pain relievers and products that relieve mild digestive ailments (here is a great checklist from Real Simple). However, in the winter months, you will want to add cough medicines, decongestants and a thermometer.
- Manage Duplications
Do you have three of each item crowding your cabinet? Move the extra items to another area such as a linen closet or kitchen pantry. You can continue to keep them organized by creating small bins labeled by type of product (i.e. “Lotions”, “Digestion”). Keep in mind that some medications and cosmetic products become less effective when stored in areas of high humidity or heat and you should always keep items out of reach of children.
- Re-stock First Aid Kit
While you probably use your first aid kit more during the warmer weather months, never underestimate a sledding mishap or a fall on a slippery sidewalk. Your at-home emergency kit should include Band Aids, sterile wash for cleansing wounds, ointment, gauze and burn relief.
- Make it Pretty
For someone who spends a great deal of time working with people and businesses on keeping their environments clean and healthy, I know that the more attractive an area is, the more likely you are to keep it organized.
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