Is your Medicine Cabinet SAFE or SCARY?

10.21.15-IMAGE-Medicine CabinetAs Senior Move Managers, we help people sort, downsize, pack and move every day. Over the past 14 years, we have discovered the smallest room in the house contains the most stuff per square foot! This room is… the bathroom!

Even if you are not planning a move, it’s always a good idea to regularly check items stored in your medicine cabinets and other storage areas in your bathroom.

Downsizing Diva’s SIX Medicine Cabinet Tips:

1. Check expiration dates…
You may be surprised at what you find lurking behind the products you use regularly. Check the expiration dates and discard of all expired prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and herbal remedies. If you can’t remember when you bought an item, it’s definitely time to let it go.

2. Dispose of expired medications responsibly…
DON’T throw expired medications in the garbage or flush it down the toilet. Take all containers to your local drug store or household hazardous waste depot for
proper disposal.

3. Pay attention to emergency medication…
The expiration date is even more critical for emergency medication like inhalers, insulin injectors, epi-pens and nitroglycerine tablets. If an emergency arises, you want to know for certain that you can count on your medication.

4. Keep medications away from children…
Products designed for adults can be toxic to small children. Make sure the contents of your medicine cabinet and other storage areas are stored safely and out-of-reach of younger family members.

5. Use common sense…
You know what they say about common sense…sometimes it’s not that common! But it does make sense to replace your toothbrush after an illness, an out-of- country trip, when the bristles are worn or every three months. Cosmetics and perfumes should be discarded when they dry up, change color or have a strange texture and/or odour (six months is a good rule).

6. Store all medications in a cool place away from light and humidity.