Isolation First Aid Organisation checklist
Many of us are already social distancing or self-isolating and lots of others are preparing to do so in the near future. So there has never been a better time to get organised than now! Last week we shared how to organise your fridge and this week we will give you tips on First Aid Organisation.
First Aid organisation
Medicine cabinet / First Aid - This seems like a relevant time to organise with everything going on with Covid-19. There’s nothing worse than not being able to easily find what you need when you have a sick child or loved one. A well organised medicine cabinet will not only save you time and money, but it will also make your home safer.
Here is how to organise your medicine cabinet / First aid supplies.
Take everything out and check dates!
Start with pulling out all your medicines and checking the expiry dates and types of medicine. If the medicine is out of date, remove it from the cupboard. Unwanted medicines should also be removed- such as medication for a previous condition that you no longer present. If it has no label or it has faded off or just doesn’t look right throw them out. The risk of accidental medicine mix ups or poisoning is a risk not worth taking!
Now that you’ve got all your unwanted and expired medicines together, it’s time to dispose of them. To safely dispose of them is NOT in the household bin or down the toilet. To safely dispose of unwanted medicines you should take a look at the RUM website. (Return Unwanted Medicines)
The correct way to dispose of them is to return your unwanted medicines in a bag or container to your local pharmacy. Your pharmacist will put your medicines in a secure bin for collection and safe disposal.
Sort into categories
I find its best to work with what suits best for your household. What works best for me might not work best for you. Then have a think about how you would like to organise your medicines. For example, I like to keep my children’s basic medications in my pantry for easy access. Then we sort all our remaining medicine into categories such as first aid, bandaids, allergy, cold/flu, pain meds etc.
I have included some of our favourite categories that will help you when thinking of sorting your first aid medicine cabinet at the bottom.
Storing your medicines
Choose tubs that are going to suit your space. This is going to be different for everyone. Always consider your space you have first. I use our stackable jars in ours to store cotton buds, cotton wool and cotton pads. Plus it equals as a great space saver. Make sure the items you use regularly are at eye level, those things you use less frequently on lower or upper shelves. If you have small children it is important to always have all dangerous medications out of reach. Store up high and lock if at all possible.
Here we have used the containers from Daiso but I have included some different ideas for you.
LABEL, LABEL, LABEL!!
Of course, last but not least LABEL, LABEL, LABEL! You know how much I love to label. This will ensure the whole family (Dad’s included) will know where to find things and where to put them back in the right spot. Labeling all your tubs Once you have a system in place you can easily find what you need in a hurry. Plus this saves you doubling up on items you may already have. Never underestimate the power of labels in any of your organisational space.
Here is a list we have compiled of our most commonly sold labels for our first aid/medication organisation. All our labels are fully custom so you can personalise these to suit your own families needs.
- Adult Pain Relief
- First Aid
- Stomach Aches
- Dressings & Bandages
- Cold & Flu
- Adult Pain Meds
- Children Pain Meds
- Cream & Ointments
- Sun Protection
- Bums & Tums
- Topical Ointments
- Stomach & Bowels
- Bites & Stings
- Aches & Pains
- Cotton Buds
- Cotton Tips
- Cotton Pads
- Pet Medication
- Sore Throat
- Essential Oils
I hope you have found the start to our self-isolation organising guide helpful.
For 15% off with Pretty Little Designs labels while organising use the code “STAYHOME” at checkout.
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