How to Organize your Medicine Cabinet: Ask Shelina Podcast #2

Do you want to declutter your life? “Ask Shelina” is a podcast for anyone who wants to learn how to declutter their house, but doesn’t know where to start. It is hosted by Shelina Jokhiya, Founder of Decluttr Me, the first company in the UAE created to help people organize their lives and Melltoo Marketplace is the official organizer of the podcast series.

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Here is the podcast #2 of “Ask Shelina” podcast series.

140701 Before and After Medicine Cabinet

Each episode brings you useful tips and tricks that you can implement today to become organized and live stress-free.


Sean: Hello everyone, welcome again to the podcast brought to you by Melltoo and DecluttrMe. This week we are going to be talking about decluttering your kitchen, medicine cabinets and cupboards, whichever one you have I’m sure. We have here with us today again, Shelina this week. She was here with us last week, she told us about decluttering. She took us through the process. How they came about, things she has been doing, so far within the past year. And the acceptance level, everything she has been doing which has been great. But this week, we want her to take up a bit more into the process. We want to know Shelina. First of all say hi to the people, let them know you are here, thank you.

Shelina: Hello Sean, How are you doing?

Sean: Fine, thank you.

Shelina:  So yes, today, we are going to talk about a medicine cabinet, a cupboard that I decluttered a few weeks ago. This was for a client who had one child and a husband and they had lots of medicine. Different ones for the kids and for the adults, all of it was in a mess, which you can see in the picture that’s on the podcast page. And they couldn’t find things, they found old cough medicine – and they kept on buying new stuff. They wanted it all to be organized so that they could easily find everything whenever they needed it. So I came in and looked at everything, and worked with the client to get rid of whatever medicine or vitamins that they didn’t need first and then we organized everything.

Sean: Alright, so when you got in and you saw that the whole place was a mess, what was the first thing that came to your mind? What was the first thought you had, like the first thing you could think of to do once you see a situation?

Shelina: Well, first of all, straight away you talk to the client. So you find out are their – if they or their children have any daily medical conditions which will require then that they need the medicine, certain medicine to hand straight away. And then you also find out about how they live in their home day to day. Do they actually need the medicine to actually be upstairs in the – nearer to them in the bedroom, or is it fine in the kitchen? And you ask certain questions to get a grasp of the situation that they’re living in at the moment. And then you go, start going through all of the stuff in the cupboard and taking out and deciding what to keep and not to keep. So it’s a very personal interaction with clients to declutter and then to organize everything.

Sean: Ok, so, ’cause in my mind, I am walking through the process as well. So, now we have talked to the client, we know the situation; we know we have gotten the necessary information. What do you do next? How do you know which way to organize? Which sort of technique or method are you going to use? How do you go about that?

Shelina: For me it is intuitive, so as soon as I see items I know how to group them together. So for this client, they were coughing a lot, they had been having colds and flus quite often, so we put into one basket all the cough medicine that hadn’t expired. The Panadol, the aspirin, all those kind of cold flu medicines were all put into one basket and then labelled. I was trying to be funny so I called it cough, cough. And I try and make it a bit more exciting when I label the baskets and the boxes. So that was one basket, and then we worked on first aid box so the plasters, the antiseptic cream, the Dettol, all of that was put into another box and then labelled as the first aid box. And that should be accessible straight away, because you always need the first aid box in an emergency -something always happens. And then we created another box afterwards, which was for stomach and relief of indigestion and all. So you put that kind of thing.

And also for relief, I put in all the bandages, the big bandages – when you go to the gym and you hurt yourself, because there was enough room in the basket for that. And another box that we had was a miscellaneous, with the extra medicines and different items. So everything that’s – the extra things that you can’t class straight away, you put it into this one basket. And it was at the top because it is not used very often. With the vitamins and the supplements that was put into a separate cupboard, because they wanted that with all the organic food so that was separated from the actual medicine. And so, that was how we organized it, and we had to make sure the items were put into a cupboard that was not reachable by the child. So it has to be high enough, because otherwise it can get dangerous – and so we put it on a high cupboard, and both parents were very tall, so they could reach everything, so that was good for them. And that’s generally how that was organized.

Sean: That is good, I mean, it seems simple enough, but I do not think I could do that. Anyways, just out of curiosity, in a situation like this, you will have obviously some expired medicine. What do you do with those ones that are not needed any longer or that expired or out of date? What happens to them now?

Shelina: The unfortunate thing here in Dubai or in the UAE is that you can’t go to the pharmacies and give back old medicine to destroy which is what you can do in Europe. It is a requirement that you can go to a pharmacy and give back whole medicine than to destroy. So here I recommend that if it’s say a cough medicine, it’s thrown in the sink, and then the bottle is thrown away. With tablets, if you can destroy them by crushing them, before you throw the packets away, if not throw it in a bag that can’t be accessible by the children. It’s dangerous, and hopefully it will change; the policy here, so that we can go to pharmacies and deposit unwanted medicine. But for now, you just have to throw it away in a safe manner.

Sean: Ok, interesting. Alright, I guess this brings us to the end of today’s podcast. It has been very informative. Thank you very much Shelina. Next week we will have you again, talking to us more about decluttering and we will not just be talking about medicine cabinets this time around. You will be telling us more about the house generally – definitely different things. We look forward to having you next week. Thanks for coming here today, Shelina.

Shelina: Thank you for having me. It has been great. Thank you.

Sean: See you next week

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“Ask Shelina” is a podcast created for people who want to declutter, but don’t know where to begin. Learn how to organize your medicine cabinet today!

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