Welcome to Day 11 of the 31 Days of 10-minute Purging Tips Challenge. Our goal is to eliminate things we don’t need from our lives and home so that we can better enjoy life. Today we’ll be purging our medicine and vitamins to be less cluttered, more organized and to stay healthy.
The start of the new year is the perfect time to go through all your medications and vitamins to eliminate any that are out-of-date. Medications and vitamins that have passed their expiration date can be less effective and can even be harmful. There’s no reason to hold onto expired medications or vitamins. Getting rid of expired medications shows you what items need to be restocked. Since this is the start of the cold and flu season, this is the perfect time to asses what medications and vitamins you need so you can have them on-hand when you need them.
Grab the 6 purging bags you created earlier and a pad of paper and pen so you can make a note of medications or vitamins that you need to restock. Now let’s go through our medications or vitamins and start purging.
Take Everything Out- Keep in mind we’re doing this in 10 minutes. Start with either your medications or your vitamins. If you finish that task in less than 10 minutes, you can move on to the second category. I recommend starting with your medications first. Grab a box to empty all medications into. Carry the box to your kitchen table or a table with good lighting (so you can read those teensy tinsy expiration dates).
Group Like Items Together – Quickly group like items together. Put all the pain relievers together, all the allergy medications together, and so on.
Evaluate – Go through each group you’ve created. Look at the expiration dates on every single bottle. Every. Single. Bottle. If you can’t find an expiration date, get rid of it. It’s not worth keeping it if you don’t know how old it is. Get rid of any medications that you don’t want to keep or don’t like.
Purge – Remove items you don’t need to keep and place them in one of your 5 purging bags. The vast majority of any medications or vitamins you’re getting rid of should be in your trash bag. Be sure to check for proper disposal procedures for medications in your area.
Put Everything Away – Put the items you’ve decided to keep back away. As you put the items away, make notes of what medications or vitamins you need to restock to replace the ones you just purged. Next time you’re at the store, you’ll know exactly what you need to purchase.
Let me share a mom tip about organizing medications. Late one night my “baby” (who was 12 at the time) called out to me because she was ill. I stumbled into her room, determined she had a fever and needed something to reduce it. I went to our linen closet to see what we had. It was late at night, I was tired, it was dark (and I needed to purchase reading glasses, but that’s another story) and I couldn’t read the label to see the dosage or expiration date. I had to ask my sick “baby” to read the label to me so I could give her the proper dosage. Bad mommy moment. I now use a permanent marker to write the dosage and expiration date on the side of the bottle when I bring it home from the store or pharmacy. That way I can always easily read the key information no matter what time of night it is or how tired I am (or whether I have my reading glasses on).
I mark the medication bottles in the same I do when I organize spices in my kitchen.
If you’re anything like me, these tips on How to Remember to Take Vitamins will come in handy.
You can see how I organized our bathroom in our Master Bath Tour and Organizing Ideas.
I shared my easy tips for an Organized Linen Closet and these tips make your linen closet much more functional.
Well, there. We’ve completed purging medication and vitamins. Be sure to take 10 more minutes to tackle the category you didn’t get to today using the same steps. And be sure to stop back by tomorrow for Day Twelve in the 31 Days of 10-Minute Purging Tips challenge. Enjoy your life more by reducing the stuff cluttering your home and life.