Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Blessing #182 - Medicine Cabinet

In January, I got hit with the shelf paper bug, and I shelf papered all of my kitchen cabinets (and maybe the walls).  As I shelf papered my cabinets, I worked on the organization of the cabinets too.

One cabinet I focused on was our medicine cabinet.  I don't have a picture of the cabinet before, but I had the medicine stored in open containers.

Collin is getting bigger and smarter and he already pulls the stool over to get him a snack from another cabinet.  I was afraid he would get into the medicine.

After a trip to the Dollar Store, here is my medicine cabinet.

It doesn't look too bad, but you know me, I have a problem labeling things.  Here is the cabinet after I labeled everything.

When Shad saw the cabinet all labeled, he said, "That's a little over the top. I'm surprised you didn't peel off the label to the peroxide and make your own label."


But not only did I label the peroxide, I used the chemical formula to label the hydrogen peroxide! My inner nerd is so happy right now!

Because Shad very rarely gets sick, he really has no idea what medicine is what.  The has an immune system made of steel! Many times when the boys are sick, I am also sick and very much out of it (I am a terrible sick person).  I wanted to make the medicine cabinet very easy and user friendly for Shad for those times when I am sick and out of it.

First, to protect my curious two year old, the medicines are on the top shelf in boxes with lids. The bins are color coated green for the boys, pink for me, and blue for Shad.

Now when the boys are sick, Shad knows to go right to the green bin.  I used some left over labels from my spice rack, and labeled all the medicine.  I wrote what the medicine was for, and the dosage for each boy.

On the second shelf, we have our boo boo station.  I bought the little black drawers for $3 to use for Kcups in the coffee station....but it didn't work.  The drawers are perfect for holding first aid items.

In the past, when one of the boys got hurt, I would have to hunt down the band aids and peroxide.  Now, it will be calmer knowing where all the first aid items are.

In the cream drawer, I wrote a quick note on each cream letting Shad know what they are for.

Also on the second shelf, I store my nebulizer in the thirty-one little carry all, and extra medicine for it in the tub below it.

On the bottom shelf, I keep daily vitamins in a basket.  I also used another Dollar Tree container as our sick caddy. I saw this idea at A Bowl Full of Lemons, and I thought it was great.  When I get sick, I always need these items, tissues, hand sanitizer, cough drops, and chap stick.  Next time I get sick, I won't have to run to the drug store and get anything, and I'll be able to carry it from room to room.

I love the look of our new cabinet, and I really love how easy it is for Shad to use now.  He hates asking me where stuff is, and this is going to make things a little easier on him and me.

I'm sharing this post with A Bowl Full of Lemons and The House of Hepworths.



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  2. Wow! This is great! First time  to your blog, and loving it! Can't wait to read more.

  3. This is fantastic!  I hav e a new Silhouette Cameo that I got for Christmas; and I think our closet and cabinet storage could use some vinyl labels like this.  Fantastic!

  4. loved this post! First time visiting, made me laugh outloud when I read a few things you wrote. I feel I have found my twin organizer. I will for sure be coming back to visit.

  5. Two men walk into a bar. The first man says "I'll have a glass of H2O". The second man says "I'll have a glass of H2O too". The second man died!

  6. I love this, found you from bowl full of lemon.  I just learned that peroxide can cause more damage to the cut.  Hydrogen peroxide slows down wound healing by destroying white blood cells that are involved in skin repair. At the same time, it damages the tissue surrounding the wound - which is not what most people want.   I guess running it under water or even soap & water is best.  Isnt' that crazy?  We've always used it, I was shocked when I learned this the other day.

  7. That's AWESOME! I love that you went with dollar store stuff AND that you went with the H202 (can't figure out how to make the subscript on here) for the hydrogen peroxide... so cute! Just found your blog from ABFOL and can't wait to explore more... : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist