One Way to Organize Meds


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I must be at least a little bit lazy because I’m always looking for easier ways to do things – my medicine, for example.  I take three pills every night before I go to bed.  Two of the meds come in those annoying foil packs.

medicine - foil packs

The third comes in a bottle.  I don’t mind the bottle but I HATE those foil packs.  For some reason, I have a lot of trouble getting the pills out.

So I went to my local Wal-mart and found this container:

medicine organizer

I proceeded to put my three pills in each compartment.  Then at bedtime, I opened up the correct compartment and removed the pills.  Easy.  Except that a week went by SO fast that it seemed like I was always refilling the container.  Or not refilling it and fighting with the foil packets.

Not one to deal with an annoying situation for long, I went back to Wal-mart to see if there was another option.  There was.  I got this:

medicine organizer

I know it’s designed for morning, afternoon, evening and bedtime, but I’m using it for week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4.  Using it this way, it holds four weeks worth of pills.  I remove the day’s meds and leave the flap open so I know where I left off.

medicine organizer

And when I get to the first blue box, I know it’s time to order a refill.  Awesome!!!

Obviously if you take pills at multiple times each day or have a lot, you’ll have to use this as designed instead of for a month.  But whatever your situation, there are lots of options for organizing your pills regardless of the number or frequency.  And you don’t have to use boxes designed specifically for pills.  Walk through your local craft store, hardware store, container store or kitchen store and you’ll find tons of containers that could work as a pill organizer.   Or you can do like my mom does and use small baggies that are organized and labeled.  Just think outside the box!  Literally!!!

Do you take meds? How do you organize yours?

Other organizing articles are available in the Organizing Index.


  1. homey- good plan, and good example of problem solving. meds are a booger. thought when i got old i would retire, but instead have become a professional patient, very time consuming.
    best wishes
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