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It’s back to school time! Yes, it’s time to carefully pose my adorable babies in the front yard for must-have back-to-school photos with their new backpacks. One more hug for each child before sending them off to a new journey. If I’m lucky, I will enjoy a few days of peace and stillness in the house.
Then the second week of school begins and, bam! The dreaded back-to-school crud overtakes our house. Coughing and sneezing galore, and we’re all miserable.
This year, I am preparing. I won’t be making the mistake of running out of Children’s Advil at 10 p.m. ever again! (Yup, I learned the hard way.)
First step, head to the medicine cabinet to take note of what needs replenished. And then I run into this mess.
Either a tornado or a really fun summer to blame, but I guess keeping this closet organized wasn’t at the top of the summer to-do list. (Gee — I Can’t figure out why.)
I use storage bins to keep spaces organized. I picked up these bins to hold bottles, towels, bandages and nail polish.
Clear out everything in the cabinet and discard expired medicine. Look at each label carefully. I found that half of this cabinet’s contents were expired – some even with expiration dated back as far as 2009!
My entire stock of children’s medicines were out of date or empty, so I loaded up my little helpers and headed to Walgreens to replenish supplies.
We use a ton of ChapStick in our house, so I let my kiddos each pick out their very own to keep in their backpacks.
I’ve learned over the years that keeping my children’s medicines in a handy carrying caddie is the way to go. I have a fully stocked caddie ready to make rounds this fall. The best part is by taking advantage of Walgreens special deal, buy $30 in qualifying Pfizer products I received 10,000 balance reward points! This basically means that the next time I shop at Walgreens, I will receive $10 off my purchase.
Once everything was spread out onto the kitchen table, I could organize it. I put all of the towels in one bin, nail polish in another, children’s medicine in one… you get the idea.
I never realized how dingy and sticky these shelves were until I took everything off of them. I scrubbed and scrubbed but the yuck just wouldn’t come off.
I decided to line the shelves with some leftover sticky tiles I had from replacing our bathroom floor. I did have to cut a few tiles to fit my shelves. I used tin snips, and had the tiles cut and placed in a matter of minutes.
If you are having trouble getting tiles to adhere to the shelves, you can always hire an adorable boy to sit on them. (In reality the tiles stuck just fine. I however didn’t have the heart to tell my little man that I didn’t need his help.)
After installing tiles, the closet instantly felt much cleaner and brighter. (If you are wondering why there is writing all over the wall to the left of the closet, it is a little family tradition to have a growth chart for children on one wall of the house.)
Simply place the bins in the closet to complete this job.
Our family is now ready for another year of school, even the sneezes and sniffles. And because this cabinet is organized and replenished, I can easily find that bottle of Children’s Advil or Robitussin any time we need it.
I challenge you to organize and replenish your medicine cabinet with Pfizer!