It’s not even Halloween, and it’s already cold and flu season at our house! Sniffles and sore throats galore! So today, we’re talking about an area of your home that you don’t really think much about until you need to – your family medicine cabinet! The kids are in school, and the weather is letting us know it’s fall – so let’s get ready for cold and flu season, now!
Do you really want to make a Kroger run feeling like this?
To me, one of the worst feelings is realizing you’re sick (or you have a sick family member), and you’re missing key medicines or the ones you have expired last year. An organized and stocked medicine cabinet is key to making sure that cold and flu season are just a bit less stressful.
Step One: Pull everything out of your medicine cabinet and sort ‘like with like’: cold/flu/cough remedies, children’s medicines, first aid, etc.
Step Two: Set aside any expired medications, both prescription AND over-the-counter. Some expired meds simply lose efficacy, some can actually do harm. It’s just not worth it.
Step Three: Assess what you have, and create a shopping list for what you need to purchase.
Step Four: The two worst things for medications are heat and humidity – consider moving your medication supply to a linen closet, drawer, or other area that will better protect your stash.
Step Five: Most pharmacies will now accept expired and no-longer-needed medications for responsible disposal. Please do not flush any medications!
One last thing that I like to do is consider our individual comfort foods and keep them on hand – for me, it’s anything Mom made me when I was sick, like Spaghetti-Os!
Being sick is never fun, but if you follow these few steps, it’ll be a bit easier on everyone! Keep healthy!