Your physical world is just as important as your digital one, so to kick off your year of organization, we’ve teamed up with Audible to offer you the New York Times bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo audiobook for free.
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Well, I’m sick. Sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching … you know the drill. Unfortunately, this isn’t the best time to figure out that I don’t have an organized medicine cabinet.
Apparently, it’s been a while since we have had a bad cold around here because my cough medicine is just a little bit expired. Actually, it expired in 2014. In my defense, it was tucked way back in the corner of the fridge.
That brings me to my challenge for you this week… Clean out your medicine cabinet. When I say medicine cabinet, I am talking about all of your medications and first aid supplies (no matter where they are).
Expired medical products can be less effective or risky due to a change in chemical composition or a decrease in strength. Certain expired medications are at risk of bacterial growth and sub-potent antibiotics can fail to treat infections, leading to more serious illnesses and antibiotic resistance.
Get rid of anything that you no longer use.
We’ve all done it at one time or another … tried a new brand or bought that new miracle cure. Sometimes new isn’t better. Unfortunately, when we go back to our tried and true products, the “new and improved” gets shoved to the back of the cabinet.
As you are going through your medications and first aid supplies, ask yourself if you will ever use this product again. If not, get rid of it. You want an organized medicine cabinet, so don’t clutter it up with useless junk.
Make a list of supplies that you need to replace.
If you’re like me, you now need to replace a few things. Before you run to the store to get replacements, ask yourself if you really need a particular product. Don’t forget to check for coupons! Health and beauty products often have coupons available.
Your First Aid Kit
This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a central location for things you might need quickly. Some of the items that I have in my kit are band aids, antibiotic ointment, cotton balls, and gauze pads.
I used to have mine in a plastic box with a hinged lid. Actually I bought it as a fully stocked first aid kit. It worked ok for a while, but it didn’t fit right and was a bit inconvenient. Because of the odd shape and size, it usually got pushed to the back of the closed or moved up to the top shelf.
Now I use a mini three drawer storage unit like the one shown above. I keep this front and center on the middle shelf of the closet so we always have easy access to it.
I love January – it’s refreshing, a slow pace, and a great time for resolutions and fresh starts. This year I’m going to be doing a little declutter challenge for the month of January here on the blog and on Instagram. I want to keep the challenge simple and helpful with the most important goal (read more…) The post Simply Clean – Declutter Challenge appeared first on Clean Mama .
If your goals for the new year include getting organized, a great way to stay motivated is with an organizing challenge.
A Bowl Full of Lemons has an organizing challenge starting on January 7th.
“The highly anticipated 2017 Home Organization Challenge will begin on Saturday, January 7th. Get prepared for a labor of love. Over the next 14 weeks, we are going to turn our homes upside down and give them the attention they so desperately need.”
Stay Focused and Challenge Yourself
I love the idea of an organizing challenge. A challenge provides the structure that many of us need.
I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to start strong and fizzle as time goes by. I also tend to start with the rooms that are already organized. Unfortunately, that leaves a couple of rooms that never I never quite get to. I would love to hear what your organizing goals are for 2017. My goal for this year is simple, I will get those neglected rooms decluttered and organized.