I got a great idea from Angie at Echoes of Laughter - she has so many of them! She made a kitchen recipe board inside of a cabinet. I had all the things needed to create one of my own - so I made one in the small cabinet of spices and OTC meds that is to the left of my stovetop. I don't worry the spices will age before their time - I use them everyday so I am cycling through them often. If I need just a little of an unusual spice I don't often use, I buy it in the bulk section at Central Market.
A few months ago I made an index card with pertinent info for the meds in the basket on the top shelf - Hubby thought Advil, Motrin, and ibuprofen were three different things...I was worried there would be a dosing error so I made a cheat sheet! I thought the inside of the cabinet would be a good place to post it.
I already had the cork tiles leftover from the Girl's dorm room.
I measured the recess on the inside of the cabinet,
then cut the cork board to fit. It's a pretty fat cork board - all the better to stick push pins into!
It fit as is without glue or tape, but I will probably glue the pieces where they meet end-on-end.
I marked a cut line and used a kitchen knife to cut. The utility blade was too flimsy for this, and the scissors did not cut a straight edge through the thickness.
After scoring it, I folded it and cut along the fold line. Easy peasy.
Here is the meds basket. I keep it up on the top shelf to discourage the kids from dosing themselves. I have harped on them about this so many years - they know to ASK FIRST. I always try to use generic medicine names when discussing meds with them all - the generic name will always be the same, whereas the brand might be different. I encourage them to always READ THE LABEL.
I cut the tops off the boxes so I could easily see what we are running low on. Then I marked the expiration date on each box. I am a BIG believer in expiration dates. I also think that names should be written across the tops of prescription drugs. Yes, I have accidentally taken Bubbie's med thinking it was my thyroid pill. So dumb, I know, but in the mornings sometime, I feel like I am still half asleep...
Then I pinned notes on the cork, which I can amend whenever I need to.
During the course of this project I found several expired items - yikes. Medicine cabinets, just like first aid kits and smoke alarm batteries should be checked often! What about you - where do you keep your over-the-counter meds?