Unstuffing the medicine cabinet

February 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Our medicine cabinet isn’t one of those mirror-fronted, wall-mounted numbers; it’s an actual cabinet, tucked into the eaves at the top of the stairs. It’s large enough – and particularly deep enough – to be dangerous; there’s a tendency for things to get lost toward the back of the shelves. Some of of those things are still useful, but many are not. What came out of the medicine cabinet that didn’t go back in?

To be donated to a local shelter (33):

  • 8 toothbrushes (our dentist gives each of us one at each 6-month cleaning, and we’ve somehow gotten behind in swapping them out)
  • 14 small containers dental floss (see above)
  • 2 small tubes toothpaste
  • 6 bottles hotel shampoo/conditioner/lotion
  • 2 bars hotel soap
  • pair of socks from airline travel

To be discarded (36):

  • 7 rolls bulky gauze bandage (if you wonder why we bought these by the case back in 2004, see here)
  • 4 boxes disposable contact lenses (expired)
  • 4 bottles contact lens solution (expired)
  • 2 contact lens cases
  • 7 bottles/tubes old lotion/cream
  • 11 mostly empty bottles hotel shampoo/conditioner
  • Loving Care temporary hair coloring (tried coloring once or twice, but decided to let the gray have its way)

To be discarded safely at our local drug store (18):

  • 5 expired prescription medications (nothing fun)
  • 4 bottles assorted vitamins
  • 2 bottles aspirin (exp. 2005, 2007)
  • 3 bottles OTC cold and flu meds (exp. 2006, 2008)
  • 4 boxes OTC antihistamines/decongestants (exp. 2003,  2004, 2005)

After the unstuffing, and a little rearranging, the containers that were beneath all the top shelf clutter are again visible, and their contents organized by system (digestive, respiratory, teeth, skin). The bottom shelf, without any organizing system other than careful stacking, is a disaster waiting to happen (again). I’m sure we have containers around here somewhere that would be useful for this; now I just have to find them.

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