Yesterday I was determined to start getting my house organized! We worked on taking down all the Christmas decorations, and I focused on cleaning the kitchen and laundry rooms. I was also inspired to tackle my medicines/first aid supplies bin.
This bin is where I store all those medicines we pick up at the drugstores – cold/flu, pain relief, children’s medicines, and more. It had really gotten out of control. I had no idea what was in there any more. I’m glad I decided to tackle this project.
1. Checked and removed every item. Expired items were thrown away, items were sorted, and cataloged.
2. The bin was cleaned thoroughly. It looks like I’d managed to spill some pink cough syrup in there and it had all settled toward the bottom! EW!
3. Small items were grouped and bagged. I had some Ziploc storage bags handy (thanks WinCo for the sale and tearpad coupons!), so small items could get a new home within a home. For instance, loose bandages/gauze got a bad. I also discovered I had two tubes of Neosporin and a Neosporin spray! Those all went into a bag together.
I found this to be a really helpful task. Some items I thought we were good on were actually low or non-existent, and a few items I realized we really did have a good number of, and there would be no need to stock up further.
In order to keep things tidy for 2012 (and beyond), I decided to make an inventory list. I noted for each item the category, description, quantity, and expiration date. I also created a column to note if I need a particular item.
I just made one very simply on Excel so I can go back and update it as need be. I’m actually thinking of going through a similar process for health and beauty items and household/laundry, and maybe even a modified one for food. What do you think?
If you wanted to do something similar, I made you a quick worksheet you could download and jot down your own inventory!
Stockpile – First Aid Inventory Worksheet (free pdf download)
I’ll keep you posted on my progress on other parts of my stockpile!