Medication organizers, aka pill organizers, can be lifesavers–literally. For those who have serious health conditions, forgetting to take the right pill at the right time can cause potentially catastrophic consequences.
That’s why having an easy-to-use medication organizing system is crucial, especially if you need to take multiple medications on a specific schedule,
Here are examples of three different types of essential medication organizers:
- Weekly pill organizers. The Seven Day Pill Organizer and Planner lets you organize and store four doses of medications or vitamins for each day of the week. This thoughtfully designed system includes seven pre-labeled spring-loaded pill storage cases, a reminder card for documenting vital information, and a handy carrying case that closes securely with Velcro for safe storage and transport.
- Monthly pill organizers. The MedCenter Monthly Pill Organizer is specifically designed to prevent double-dosing or missing a dose of important medication. It features 31 daily pill boxes that each have four separate dose compartments, a front storage tray to hold that day’s pills, and enough storage capacity for even heavy daily medication regimens. The dose compartments are pre-labeled to organize pills for morning, noon, evening, and bedtime doses. Easy-open lids make it easy to access pills in each pill box, and the boxes have red and green color coding to show when daily doses are complete. A front storage compartment on the organizer holds “Today’s Pills” to avoid confusion and prevent missing a day.
- Travel pill organizers. The Divided Seven Day Pill Organizer consists of a clear plastic case containing seven separate pill containers (each a different color) with compartments for morning, noon, evening and bedtime medications and supplements. Each daily pill box can be managed separately and pops out with a spring for easy access. The compartments and the case have secure closure tabs to keep pills in their place. The organizer is a compact 8 inches wide by 1 inch high by 4.25 inches deep, so it fits neatly in a handbag or carry-on luggage.
For other ideas about medication organizers, read my post on Vitamin and Medicine Bottle Organizers.
It’s easy to accumulate house plants. Finding room for them is another story.
Plants can take up a lot of space inside your home. But since certain indoor plants also function as air purifiers (according to the NASA Clean Air Study), an abundance of them may be justified. Unless, of course, your plant collection has outgrown your space and morphed into plant clutter.
Having efficient house plant storage systems can keep your indoor garden looking tidy. Here are four space-savers designed to help you make the most of your green thumb:
- The Urbio Wall Planter is a magnetic container that attaches to any magnet-friendly surface, such as the side of your refrigerator, or to a magnetic wall board. It can hold up to five pounds of anything (mail, vitamin bottles, office supplies, toiletries) but it works well as a small plant holder.
- The Corner Folding Bakers Rack utilizes vertical corner space, with four ventilated metal shelves set in a wrought iron frame that can be folded away when not in use.
- The Indoor Plant Pole is a spring-loaded metal tension rod that can be adjusted to fit floor-to-ceiling spaces of 7 feet to 8-1/2 feet, with three adjustable arms for hanging up to three plants at a time; each arm can support a 5-pound plant. It’s especially handy for when you need to temporarily bring outdoor plants indoors to protect them from harsh weather.
- The metal 3-Tier Plant Stand features three shelves that fold down individually for space-saving when not in use. The tops of the shelves are made from Travertine stone; the frame legs are flared outwards for stability. The Metal Plant Stand, with slate shelves, has similar features. Both can be used outdoors as well as indoors.
More types of house plant storage stands can be found here.
National Fire Prevention Week is coming up–time to clean out that junk drawer and organize your batteries! Why single out batteries? Because batteries stored in drawers surrounded by metal objects (including other batteries) and flammable items can be hazardous: Battery posts that come into contact with metal are capable of inducing enough heat to spark a battery fire.
So now you know why batteries shouldn’t be stored loose in a cluttered drawer. (There are those who also believe batteries last longer when stored in the freezer or refrigerator, but Everyday Einstein explains why that’s a fallacy.)
Luckily, there are battery organizers that make it easy to store batteries safely and accessibly. Some are designed to hang inside a cabinet door or on a wall; others are made to fit inside a drawer; and some even include a battery tester. There are even battery organizers that have all the above attributes. And there are portable battery caddies too. Here’s a sampling of the different types of battery organizers:
- The Battery Storage Rack (which includes a removable battery tester) can either be stored in a drawer or mounted using the included screws and wall anchors. It has compartments for four 9-Volt batteries, six D batteries, eight C batteries, 39 AA batteries 25 AAA batteries and five button batteries.
- The portable Storacell Original Battery Caddy is a compact, easy to access battery dispenser and organizer. It holds 12 AA’s, four AAA’s, two C’s and one 9-Volt battery. Originally designed for pilots, it allows you to dispense batteries with one hand for safety and convenience. It also provides terminal protection at both ends regardless of how the battery is inserted, and a built-in hook for hanging.
- The drawer-oriented Battery Storage Organizer is also portable, thanks to attached snap-close lid. Constructed from clear polypropylene plastic, it features four compartments sized for 12 AAA batteries, 12 AA batteries, six C batteries, and four D batteries.
There are also similar individual battery storage boxes made for specific sizes of batteries.
More battery organizers can be found here.
Pegboard storage systems are among the most versatile types of organizing solutions. And they’re not just for tools and garages–they’re also effective in bathroom cabinets, laundry rooms, closets, home offices and kitchens. (In fact, one of the most famous pegboard storage systems was in Julia Child’s kitchen–it’s preserved in the Smithsonian!)
Nowadays, the best pegboard organizers aren’t actually made of pegboard since metal (heavy gauge steel) has proven to be a better material. Thanks to metal pegboard’s strength and durability, there are many pegboard possibilities–the basic type with hooks has evolved to accommodate all types of holders, including baskets, bins, shelves, clips and pockets.
Here are several different kinds of effective pegboard storage systems:
- The Pegboard Basket and Hook Station is especially useful for laundry room, home office and crafts organizing–it’s a spacious wire basket with eight large hooks underneath; each hook is capped with silicone for added protection. It has attached pegboard hooks along with mounting hardware.
- Wall Control Pegboards come in a wide variety of styles (even pegboard jewelry organizers) and in eight colors; the pegboards feature slots (for holding brackets) as well as hook holes.
- The modular metal Garage Wall Storage System and Tool Organizer is a hybrid–it’s a pegboard system attached to a frame that also features shelving, wire baskets, hooks and bins. It includes an array of interchangeable and expandable components made from heavy-gauge epoxy-coated steel. The mounting hardware provides a variety of hanging storage options for saws, hammers, screwdrivers, pruners and other household and gardening tools.
For more pegboard organizing ideas, check out the Family Handyman’s Organize Anything With Pegboard.