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When you think of organizing, you probably think of paperwork, laundry, storage, even the kitchen or your DVD collection. Does anyone think of their medicine cabinet? I didn’t use to, just had random medicine on-hand and grabbed stuff at the store when we really needed it. Last winter, we learned the hard way that it’s important to plan ahead, and do your best to Stay Healthy This Winter with Free Printable Medicine Trackers!
Last December, the news had reports of an ice storm coming in. Now, it was our first winter in Texas, and we had moved from northern Utah, so we just thought ‘whatever, I bet it’s nothing compared to what we grew up with!’ It’s a little different here, I guess….because when they say ice storm they mean ICE storm! Overnight, we got a layer of ice several inches thick covering the ground outside. There was no stepping outside, because all you did was slip and slide, not able to get a footing on the slick ground. Forget about driving anywhere, or you’d end up in the gutter or worse.
We were stuck….and some of us were getting terrible colds! The quick change in weather must have really hit our systems, because after the first day we were coughing, sore throats, and some fevers. Well, guess what? My unorganized medicine cabinet was missing a ton of the things we needed to help our kiddos feel better….and half of it was expired. NOT a fun half a week of being trapped indoors feeling like crap. Although we did the best we could and made LOTS of fun memories (we also hadn’t grocery shopped before the storm, so created some really interested meals as a family) I would rather be more prepared next time.
Since that painful (literally!) learning experience, I’ve gotten my medicines organized and created a couple cute tracker pages so I can KEEP it organized. First step, head over to your local Walgreens to stock up on the Pfizer products your family uses. If you have a large family, like we do, some items may not last long when a cold hits your household, so more than one may be a good idea. Want to save some money while you’re at it? Grab the November coupon booklet in-store and save up to $10 on select Pfizer products such as Dimetapp, Advil, Chapstick and more!
Don’t forget to include items for cough, cold, allergies, flu, and more! If you do end up sick, you want to find relief fast!
Next, print off as many of these Medicine Trackers as you’d like. I have a large one (two pages) for our medicine cabinet so I can keep track of what we have on-hand, what it’s used for, when it’ll expire, and any notes – such as if anyone’s allergic, side affects (does it make you drowsy, etc.) and other important things.
Here’s mine, just taped inside our cabinet door – please don’t mind my terrible handwriting 🙂
I also use this sheet to keep track of when someone has received medicine, the dose, and what time it can be given again. This definitely comes in handy with four kids that have various illnesses at different times!
Again, I have a sheet for each family member and just tape it inside the door of our medicine cabinet.
Now you’re stocked up for the winter season ahead, know exactly what you have on-hand and when it’s time to discard it, and can record the medications for your family as they receive them. Pretty simple, right? Hopefully none of us get frozen into our homes this year, but if we do, we’ll be ready!