An Australian mother-of-two has shared how she overhauled her medicine cabinet and transformed it into a perfectly organised space.
Steph Pase of Just Another Mummy Blog said it begins with disposing of anything that is out of date and recommended using clear tubs with labels for easy access.
She also recommends keeping items used often at eye level and suggests only buying containers and tubs once the decluttering process has been completed.
An Australian mother-of-two has shared how she overhauled her medicine cabinet and transformed it into a perfectly organised space
De-clutter: Steph recommends disposing of any expired medication first, before purchasing storage tubs
1. Dispose of anything out of date
Steph, 27, recommends using the RUM website [Return Unwanted Medicine] to dispose of any medications.
‘Anyone can return their medicines to any community pharmacy anytime, for safe collection and disposal,’ Steph told FEMAIL.
‘They safely dispose these medicines by high temperature incineration.’
Savvy: In order to make labels stand out, Steph uses clear tubs, black text and white contact paper behind
What are the biggest mistakes people make?
* Buying tubs or containers before you have thrown out what you don’t need
* Not measuring the space before purchasing tubs and containers
Source: Steph Pase
2. Divide into categories
Steph used five large tubs and two small containers to make access to home medical care a breeze.
The blogger suggests using categories such as ‘daily tablets’, ‘pain relief’, ‘scripts’ and ‘cold and flu’ as a guideline, when determining what to store where.
3. Find the right storage solutions for your space
Steph recommends using large tubs, baskets and boxes, if you have a large storage area, or plastic drawers and smaller containers if you’re limited.
For her home, Steph utilises clear plastic tubs with black text, and white contact paper behind to ensure the labels stand out.
‘The biggest error is buying tubs or containers before you’ve de-cluttered and decided what you want to do,’ Steph said.
‘Be sure to de-clutter, get rid of any expired medications and then take a look at your space.’
‘Make sure you always measure your space also, as there is nothing worse than buying storage that doesn’t fit.’
Be specific: Steph says to get specific with labels, and create categories such as ‘cold and flu, ‘allergies’, ‘first aid’ and ‘topical’
How do you simplify the process?
* Look at it task by task instead of the bigger picture
* Set a small task each day to make the process more enjoyable
* It’s not about having the perfect storage area, it’s about feeling happy and calm in your own home
* Once a proper system is in place, there is no up-keep
* Good organisation should make less work for you in the future
Source: Steph Pase
4. Ensure the space is functional
‘You don’t want to be having to reach up high to grab your daily tablets, when you can have them at eye-level,’ Steph said.
Any vitamins, daily tablets, and cold and flu tablets, are kept at eye-level in Steph’s cabinet, for easy access.
Measure: Steph recommends going for plastic drawers if you have limited space, and larger tubs if there’s room to move
Dangerous substances and medications should also be stored up high to ensure they’re out of reach from children.
5. Be specific with labels
Steph recommends being specific when it comes to labelling tubs and containers.
Suggested categories include allergies, cough, asthma, kids medication, first aid, sore throat, pain relief, wellness, bandages and dressings.
At the end of the day, Steph says that the process should be enjoyable.
‘It’s not about having the perfect storage solution, it’s about feeling happy and calm in your home,’ she said.
‘You don’t want to feel like a slave in your house, but rather try to enjoy it.
‘Once a proper system is in place, there is no up-keep. The whole point of organising is creating less work for you in the future.’
Process: Steph tells FEMAIL that the whole process should be enjoyable: ‘You don’t want to feel like a slave in your house, but rather try to enjoy it.’ Pictured with her husband and two children