Monday, July 18, 2011

Monday Minimalist: Medicine Cabinet

When was the last time you went through your medicine cabinet? We moved across the courtyard in December. Since the "bathroom cabinet" is now accessible to Sasha, we never really got the medicine cabinet box unpacked. We do have a shelf in the kitchen that has become the medicine cabinet, but we've only unpacked items as we've needed them.

So this weekend I was hunting for diaper cream (for an adult case of heat rash). I got out the medicine cabinet box and actually looked at the items that weren't what I needed. I threw out some contacts that are about 3 years old. Out went the contact cleaning solution and eye drops for them, too. The two different migraine drugs we were given for Elmo to try that didn't work? Gone. They were probably expired and I haven't been able to find a place where individuals can donate scrips. (Nursing homes can donate them, but not individuals.)

I also found our sunscreen, baby sunscreen, organic bug repellent, and matching bug bite stuff! So I threw away quite a few items and unpacked a few on top of that. So when was the last time you really went through your drugs? I'm no slave to expiration dates, but I certainly won't use drugs that are a couple of years past their date.

If you'd like a nice bite-size space to minimize (so you can complete it in one sitting and have a WIN), try your medicine cabinet. Maybe you have infant Tylenol, but no infants. Perhaps you have expired items. You might be surprised.


  1. I actually went through a few boxes of stuff that used to be in various medicine cabinets about a month or so ago and threw out so much crap! It was a relieving experience.

  2. I did this recently, too, and you're right — it's such a satisfying feeling. I think what helps with medicine cabinet clean-outs is that you're rarely as sentimentally attached to old medicine as someone might be to other things.

  3. I too have cleaned out the medicine cabinet/closet and could stand to do it again. It's refreshing to get rid of it all when you convert to non-conventional drugs and hygiene products!

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