A Smarter Way to Organize Medications and Vitamins

Are you ready for flu season? It’s coming fast and furiously.  I like to think I’m  well prepared if someone gets sick or injured, but  I realized on many occasions I  could not find what I needed. I kept medications and first aid spread out all over the house between two bathrooms and the kitchen.

To further complicate things, I thought it would be a good idea to have a basket for each of

  • supplies
  • vitamins
  • prescriptions
  • first aid and gloves

Well, that didn’t work out as well as planned …at …all.  While I knew where everything belonged, the rest of the family was actually clueless and would toss whatever they had used back in the nearest convenient basket.

Orgainzing The System

I scrapped that idea and started over.

We had a rolling plastic four drawer all-purpose chest.  You see these in office supply stores, Walmart etc.

I emptied out all the drawers most of which was trash took it outside and grabbed my favorite power tool- my pressure washer!

This is one of those grown-up toys that if left to my own devices anything within reach of the sprayer will be washed thoroughly.  A delightful way to take out my O.C.D.

Moving on to the task at hand, I decided to concentrate on cleaning the cart.  Just the cart.  To be honest it was icky.

I came inside and corralled all the baskets, and one shoe box full of miscellaneous medications, Rx and over the counter drugs.

I had a lot of stuff that had expired. In this moment I realized I was overwhelmed and I would be needing coffee to continue…..

ahhhh, much better.

Now after sorting, and tossing. I was down to a reasonable amount of medications, vitamins, and supplements.

  • In the top drawer, I placed over the counter medications, cough, and cold, allergy, pain relief, indigestion and thermometer.
  • The second drawer was dedicated to prescribed medications only
  • The third drawer was perfect for vitamins and supplements because it was larger and deeper.
  • The bottom drawer was ideal for first aid. Burn sprays and gel, band-aids, gauze, and gloves, as well as alcohol and peroxide. A heating pad for body aches is a great addition to this system.


Now for the icing on this cake, I came up with a few ideas that I feel takes this to the next level of excellent organization.

In the vitamin and supplements drawer, place a permanent marker in there to label the lids. like so:

In the Rx medications drawer, include your dispensers and pill cutter and crusher.The last thing to add to the wellness chest is a box of tissues/wipes and a bottle of water to complete system.

Be Ready For Whatever Ails You 

So to conclude this segment, why did I choose a chest with wheels? Because when my loved ones are not well, I can move the cart to their location, be it bedside, couch or recliner.

It’s a good idea to write a shopping list to pick things up now while you’re well.  I hate going to the pharmacy when I feel like death to get cough medicine and tissues.  Then at the first sign of illness, you can be proactive and try to get on top of your flu symptoms before the symptoms become severe.  You may even be able to head it off or shorten the duration of the flu.

Please feel free to leave your kind comments below or let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for stopping by.

I’m Karen with Embracing Aging

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