Vitamin and Pill Organization

Organizing pills and vitamins isn’t something you probably think about too much.  However, coming up with a system and sticking to it can really save you time and frustration every day.  Here’s the system I use personally and why it work for me.

First, I have a small plastic tote with a lid that snaps on.  I keep this under my bed so I can slide it out and access it easily and quickly.  If you had kids crawling or toddling around your room, this wouldn’t be a great storage spot.  However, my dogs aren’t talented enough to unsnap the lid so it works for me.  The tote is clear so I can see what I have inside and because it seals moisture is kept out.

I have two pill containers.  They are large and each one holds seven days of pills.  However, the compartments meant for day and night are so large that I use each one as a full day.  So, two containers really hold four weeks, or one month of pills.  Although I bought these pill containers a few years ago, The Container Store still sells them. Click the picture below to purchase.

Vitamin Org StepsOnce you have the correct containers, it’s time to just sit down and fill the compartments.  I open both pill containers and then, one bottle, at a time, put the daily dosage into the compartments.  It does take a little while.  However, I do take a lot of vitamins and I know they are laid out for me, a month at a time.  I save time every day by having my pills ready to take.

In order to keep things contained at all time, I use binder elastics to keep the pill containers closed.  You can find these at an office supply store for just a few dollars.  They are also great for traveling.  

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Christmas Fun Printable

Christmas Fun

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Christmas Dinner Printable

Christmas Dinner

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9 Things I Found at IKEA to Organize Anything

So I recently took a trip to ikea.  I was there for a single purpose.  However, it was hard not to wander aimlessly through the model homes.  It was amazing to see what they can put into under 300 feet of space.  And it’s also amazing when you think to yourself…hey I could live in this!  (Then you remember that this fictitious person has no camping gear or gym bags.)

I did find some some awesome organizing tools, and while I didn’t record the prices of everything, I tried to get the price tag in the photo when possible.  Here are my picks for items you could use just about anywhere in your home.

Ikea Organization

Top Row

Left:  These shelves are interlocking and can be affixed to any way.  They are adorable and perfect for plants, picture frames or collections of items you’d like to display (cameras, figurines, a child’s toys, etc).  You can use all of one color or mix and match.

Middle:  I’m obsessed with these bags.  I have been for years.  I use them to carry things around my home when doing projects like switching my winter for summer clothes.  I use them to haul holiday decorations, laundry or toys.  They are also awesome to keep as a “to donate” bag at the bottom of your hall closet.  They are perfect for the beach, road trips and anything that’s messy.  While they are super durable, they are just 59 cents each so you really don’t have to worry about them!

Right:  This pail and rail system is shown here set up for the kitchen.  However, I think it would be awesome for a kids’ space….put small toys like Legos in it or art and craft supplies.

Middle Row

Left:  These are metal shelf risers.  They even have an adorable pattern on them.  They are meant to go inside of your cabinets in order to maximize your vertical space.  They are awesome for plates, mugs or even food storage containers.  Once you use shelf risers you’ll never use your cabinet space the same way again.

Middle:  Another pail and rail system.  You can even customize the colors of the pail on this one.  I love the idea of using this in a bathroom for toothbrushes, quips, makeup and so on.  Each family member can have their own pails!

Right:  You’ve heard be talk about plastic shoe boxes before.  They are THE MOST versatile organizing tool there is.  Everything from first aid supplies to tools to of course, shoes fit in these gems.  At about fifty cents each, buy a ton and you don’t have to worry about breaking them.  Because they’re plastic they even wash off easily if they get dirty or something inside spills.

Bottom Row

Left:  These little pails were in the plant section but I picked a few up to hold small things like doggie mess bags, keys and phone chargers while not in use.  These are also great for granola bars, candy, pens, or even hair assessors.

Middle:  These are meant to hold all of this elastic bags you have floating around.  $1.99 each.

Right:  IKEA has been selling these little containers in sets of three for years.  I love them and use them for my craft supplies.  They are super cute and REALLY durable. Get these for kids’ items or to make your own office a little whimsical!

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Gift Buying Worksheet

Staying organized and sticking to a budget this holiday season isn’t always easy.  Not only do we have to balance all of our normal responsibilities, we have to shop for everyone we love AND attend parties, host feasts and decorate our homes.  No wonder you’re stressed out!  Here’s a printable worksheet to make your life (and budgeting) just a little bit easier.

Print this whatever size you need!

Gifts Printable

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Cook Like A Gourmet (In Five Minutes)

The holidays are coming and that means lots of entertaining, house guests and big meals.  I’m setting out to find somethings you can make ahead of time and take out of the freezer when the doorbell rings.  And, if plans get cancelled, no biggies, you just have dinner for another night.

I’ve always wanted to make my own pesto, but I was intimidated and thought it would be hard.  I did a little research online and thought I could give it a try.  I have a food processor and I love using it so I gave it a shot!

This was one of the easiest, tastiest and fastest things I’ve ever made.  It was as easy as getting the ingredients measured out (and bought from the store of course) and grinding them up in the food processor.  You can serve fresh or freeze this delight.

Pesto Steps I used:

3 cups of fresh basil (I bought this in the produce section of my grocery store.)

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup parmesan cheese (I bought fresh)

1/3 cup Pine nuts

3 cloves garlic

Kosher salt and pepper to taste

I served this over baked chicken and pasta and it was a hit.  You can’t go wrong with this.  It’s easy to make and tastes like a meal that took you hours to prepare.

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Wrapping Caddy

If you liked our Christmas Card Caddy, you’ll also love our wrapping caddy.  It’s all about checking your supplies and gathering them before you start the wrapping process.  I find that doing this allows me to pick up anything I need the next time I’m out and about running errands (instead of making a separate trip out).

Wrapping Caddy

I started with a small stackable tray from STorables.com.  You can find it here.

I then added the following supplies:

Twine

Tape (I use a hand held tape dispenser from Scotch)

Twine

Ribbon-Cloth and curling

Some tiny gift bags

Two Sharpies in holiday colors

Washi tape

Gift tags

Gather everything you need and set the wrapping mood with a movie or music and get started!

 

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Christmas Card Caddy

So every year I’m trying to get my Christmas cards done and I sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and put a holiday DVD in.  Then I remember, I want to use a special pen.  Then, I forget to get the seals for the envelopes.  Next, it’s the address labels.  I’ve also been known to not count my supplies ahead of time and have to place an order and wait for it to arrive before finishing this process.  What started as relaxing holiday evening becomes a slightly stressful, lengthy process.

Christmas Card Caddy

This year I decided to make it easier on myself. I dug through my office supplies and fond a small desk organizer that came from Staples a few years ago.  I gathered my supplies:

Washi tape

Gold and silver markers

Stamps and ink pads

Stickers

Cards

Envelopes

Address labels

Stamps

I just simply assembled the items into the organizer and it was ready to go!  It didn’t cost me anything as I had the organizer on Staples Desk Organizerhand.  However, a silver ware tray from the dollar store would also work well.  If you wanted to get a desk organizer, this one at Staples is about $10 and would fit the bill just fine.

This took me about 5 minutes total and that time investment will save me more than that and frustration when I’m ready to sent out my cards.

 

 

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Organizing Tip ~ Do The Difficult First

Do The Difficult First

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