31 Days to a More Functional Home Day Four- Organizing Medications


I spent the morning making omelettes and shooing my husband and kids out the door for haircuts, and then completed another project that I want to share with you.

It’s not easy to have your little one wake up in the middle of the night, crying and coughing so hard that they throw up in their little nest. It’s even worse when you’re stumbling around the house trying to find the cough medicine that you set down in one place, only to have it move three more times and then get lost.

I’ve solved that problem with some simple organization that hopefully will make life a whole lot easier when we’re sick.


This is a small closet in the hallway on our main level, currently painted pink by the previous homeowners and sporting unfinished shelves. I’ll pretty it up eventually, but for right now we’re focused on functionality.

I’ve had the baskets forever, the labelmaker almost as long.

I just gathered up all our medications and sorted them into four categories:

  • pain and fever
  • cold and allergy
  • ointments and creams
  • prescription and supplements

I cleaned up bottles, checked expiration dates and put everything in the appropriate bin.



Here’s another little tip:

Label the tops of the bottles so you don’t have to pull each one out to find the right one. I buy generic OTC medications for the most part, but I label them with what we commonly call them. Ibuprofen=Motrin, Acetaminophen=Tylenol, Acetaminophen and Caffeine=Excedrin and so on. That way if the older kids ask what to take for a headache, I can tell them and then not have them asking what the generic equivalent is.

Medications should not be stored in bathrooms, where the high humidity can affect them. For safety’s sake, I’m going to switch out the closet knob for a locking one, and I’ll just pop the key on a hook right over the door, out of the reach of little hands.

Thanks for coming by again. I’m having so much fun working on organization in the house! See you tomorrow!



About jennifer@contentmentathome.com

♥ Christian wife, momma and keeper of the home. Blogging favorite recipes, home decorating, crafting and snippets of family life at contentmentathome.com, where we believe home should be your favorite place in the world. ♥
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2 Responses to 31 Days to a More Functional Home Day Four- Organizing Medications

  1. Pingback: 31 Days to a More Functional Home | Contentment at Home

  2. weebluemixer says:

    Love this. I’m always trying to find a good organised way to store all our medications. I got a vintage blue tin box with a white first aid sign, that had a removable shelf inside and handles on the side. It looks fab but it doesn’t hold everything! I have a lot of meds I need to take, but also keep a stock of stuff for regular ailments. I have the perfect cupboard I could use but will need to add a an additional shelf!

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