- Discard expired medication: How long has it been since you've organized your medicine cabinet? If it's been a while, you probably have a lot of expired medication. The FDA has good tips on how to dispose of your medicine.
- Take stock of what you need: Now that you've thrown out the old, it's time for the new. Restock your supplies with fresh ones and make sure you have the basic necessities — aspirin, aloe vera gel, Band-Aids, bandages, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, thermometer, adhesive tape, antiseptic solution or towelettes to clean wounds, eyewash, cough medicine, and instant cold packs.
- Separate your supplies: You don't need to keep all the medical supplies together in one container. You should separate the medication based on factors like how often you need to use it and who the medicine is for (you, your kids, or pets).
- Start labeling: When you're done separating, place them into their requisite containers and label them with things like "first aid," "adults," "kids," "pets," or "miscellaneous."