Task 20 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here).


Follow along on instagram with hashtag #declutter52

View previous Decluttering Challenge Tasks here

My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit


Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks - Task 20

Organise first aid supplies

I keep our first aid in the kitchen on the top shelf of the pantry.  I find this is a central location, easy to get to in a hurry.

I have four boxes for first aid:

  1. Scripts
  2. Kids medication
  3. Adult medication
  4. Bandaid’s bandages etc.

What to put in a Basic First Aid Kit:

  • Emergency contact info for local doctors and hospitals
  • Cold pack
  • Thermometer
  • Medicine cups
  • Pain reliever
  • Cough medicine
  • Antihistamine for hayfever and allergies
  • Bandaid, variety of sizes
  • Bandages, variety of sizes
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Eye wash
  • Antiseptic spray/cream
  • Burn cream
  • Tissues
  • Cotton wipes
  • After sun lotion (kept in fridge)
  • First aid reference guide

Basic First Aid Kit Checklist

available in my shop

{The Organised Housewife} Basic First Aid Kit

Todays task is to:

Go through your medicine cabinet or box and check the expiry dates on all items.  Throw out all medication and that is out of date (good idea to hand them into the pharmacy so they can be destroyed in the right manner).  Check your scripts and note those that have expired so you can get new scripts while next visiting the Dr, throw away all scripts you no longer need.

How many items have you been able to purge today?

I would like to see a photo of your purge pile on Instagram, use the hashtag #declutter52

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Amy Volleberg May 12, 2014 - 9:38 PM

If anyone needs those modular mates I’d love to help them 🙂 [email protected] (my name is Amy, my partner changed my name as a joke and I can’t change it back for 60 days!)

Kylie May 13, 2014 - 8:42 AM

I love all your posts, I always go to my medicine box when I need to and then realise I’m out of things, I need them then and there. I’m going to do a stock up today, thank you!!

Jawaria Mahmood May 13, 2014 - 10:58 AM

How can scripts and notes expire?

debra May 13, 2014 - 7:38 PM

This is a good idea, however where do u store them. As some medications state themust be in the fridge. And ur containers look yo big for the fridge. Thanks

Katrina May 14, 2014 - 9:26 PM

I store all the medications in the pantry except antibiotics that are to be kept in the fridge, usually the chemist gives this to us in a little silver bag.

Cassie August 15, 2014 - 11:45 PM

Could you please tell me what size modular mates you use for storing medication/first aid kit?
Thanks, Cassie

Katrina August 18, 2014 - 9:12 AM

Hi Cassie, I use the big rectangle in size 2 and 3.:)

Sally Lockrey May 9, 2016 - 12:34 PM

Please do not throw out expired tablets and medicines. We don’t need them in our landfill. Please take them to your chemist and they will dispose of them correctly.


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