Many people feel overwhelmed when they think about organizing their home. If this is you, know that you are not alone!
Clutter can get out of hand fast. And if you look the other way, it can grow from out of hand to nearly impossible (at least it feels like that) to bounce back from.
Many professional organizers suggest starting to organize your home in places that will be fairly easy to de-clutter such as your closet. (You know you have some clothes that you could easily get rid of!)
I agree with the idea of choosing an area that’s easy to de-clutter but I have a better place to start than your closet.
Start Here: Your Medicine Cabinet
I believe your medicine cabinet is the best place to start organizing your home for a few reasons.
- It’s easy to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Just look at the expiration dates!
- Depending on the size of your medicine cabinet, it’ll probably take minimal time and effort to complete this area of your home. I’m guessing 10-15 minutes max.
- You won’t be as tempted to go out and replace everything you’re getting rid of. I mean, shopping for medicine is not fun. Not as fun as shopping for clothes!
- It is fairly easy to discard of medicine (we’ll talk more about that later).
- It is actually good for you and your family’s health to discard of medicine you no longer need or medicine that’s expired because you’ll avoid any accidental taking of the medicine – which can be quite dangerous.
- You will have immediate success and feel really great which will hopefully give you that confidence you need to keep organizing other areas of your home.
So, are you pumped up and ready to organize your medicine cabinet? Great!
→ Expired medicine. Bye.
→ Old medicine you don’t use. See ya.
→ Prescription medicine you no longer need. Get outta here.
→ Medicine you bought and just hate. Time to go.
You’ve spent 10-15 minutes sorting through your pile and you are ready to discard of the bad stuff. Now what?
Safe Disposal of Medicine
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has step-by-step instructions on how to dispose of medicine safely on their website. The safest method that they discuss is to bring your medicine to authorized collectors or attend a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Event. For more information on drug disposal, visit the DEA’s website or locate a DEA-authorized collector in your area. Always choose this method if it’s available to you. If this method is not available to you, read other recommendations from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
Congratulations, with minimal time and effort you’ve successfully organized your medicine cabinet. Celebrate your win. It feels good, you know it does.
What area of your home do you want to tackle next?