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What Do I Do with Expired Meds?

(Expiration Dates on Meds / Out of Sight, Out of Mind)

The smallest room in your home needs attention…

Even in design, the bathroom is too often neglected.  It’s the smallest room in your home, and contains so many and important things.  For sure, there’s most likely the medicine cabinet, and the average person spends 30 minutes a day in the bathroom.  If this statistic is true, then what’s behind the closed door of the medicine cabinet is ever-present and inevitably neglected until the moment calls to use something hidden from every day view.  Medications have a way of accumulating and are contributory to the “unseen clutter”.  And by taking the steps to declutter your medicine cabinet it is also a best way to prevent misuse or accidental use of medications.

When you open up the medicine cabinet, what do you see?  Assuredly, what you see isn’t comforting.  Besides the half-empty bottles of aspirin, bits and pieces of first aid solutions and personal care products, there is a collection of old prescription bottles from a previous illness.  And those prescription bottles contain meds that are long past the expiration dates.  There may even be medications that are not in the original container.

Of course, the first step is to throw out all that has expired.  It’s a telltale sign if you can’t remember when you bought it or if the medicines have changed color – it needs to be disposed of properly.  (Doubly telltale if you can’t remember what color the original medicine should be).  But there is a protocol for the proper disposal of unused and expired medications that is important for health and safety reasons.

There are precautions, environmental, and safety concerns for proper disposal of drugs and inhalers.  When disposing of medications it is important to remember that the illegal use of prescription medications is a concern as well.  Medicines are classified into categories because not all medicines can be immediately disposed into regular house-hold trash. Community take-back programs provide options for disposal, and require preparation for the expired meds for disposal or call your local Police Department, they might be part of a federal program that allows you to drop bagged medication into a receptacle at any time.  Recycle the plastic bottles or boil and take to your local Humane Society or Pet Adoption Center.

Cleaning out your medicine cabinet and exposing of expired medications should be done two times a year.  Assigning this task to an important date like daylight savings time and changing the battery in your smoke detector, or New Year’s Day and July 4th can serve as an important reminder and keep your medicine cabinet free and clear of the accumulation of expired medications.

DeClutter By Deirdre is committed to assisting people & their families who struggle with where to start and complete de-cluttering their homes so they can de-stress and enjoy a full life without extra burdens they could not previously tackle on their own. People who are ready to take control of all they can in their lives and develop solid systems that allow them to step away from items and stresses that no longer serve them and to enjoy the company of others and have the leisure time to pursue family time, interests and hobbies. Remodeled/organized spaces reduce the mental burden of clutter, allow easier movement about the house when physical challenges present themselves or changes to the home have to be made to allow those individuals who will be aging in place to stay in their own home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How accurate is this meme?  People keep plastic tubs without thinking.  The tub gets emptied, washed and stacked with the other 99 tubs in the cabinet. These tubs are great for storage but as the meme points out, you never know what is in them and the stored food tends to get forgotten and is then thrown away instead of consumed.  Take a hard look at your piles of tubs, how many do you really need?  One for the protein course, one for the green vegetables, one for the orange/yellow vegetables, one for the starch, one for the gravy/salsa/sauce and one for salad.  That’s about 6, only 6.  Get rid of the other tubs, this will keep your organization on track, no more tubs?  Eat what’s in them, no waste, no guilt throwing out spoiled food.http://www.memes.com/img/762317

I find a LOT of DVD’s collecting dust in homes, we just don’t know what to do with these collections since the advent of online/on demand movies.  What Kid Flicks found out was when kids are sick they want to watch a movie so it’s their mission to create movie libraries in children’s hospitals.      http://www.kidflicks.org/

People ask me what I do, I used to answer I help people declutter their homes and/or project manage their move but lately feedback from my clients has been slapping me in the face that it is so much MORE than that. In response, I’ve been saying I destress people and their adult children, I help them put their shoulders back where they should be instead of next to their ears, I actually help them start moving forward in their lives…and I love it!

Many times clients have an obsession with touching their face and scalp.  This behavior can be upsetting for caregivers who cannot figure out what is going on when it actually is a response to not really knowing what to do with their hands.  These Twiddlemuffs are a brilliant solution!  http://www.upworthy.com/twiddlemuffs-the-biggest-holiday-gift-trend-youve-never-heard-of?utm_content=buffer0676d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

“I waited too long, I should have moved while I was still healthy.”

My client (let’s call her Carol) and her husband (Mike) lived in their colonial for 30 years. Suddenly, both needed medical care in separate facilities. They had full time non-medical care at home and their aides directed us as to what would go to their new, shared home in a care facility.

It took Mike and Carol a couple of tries for them to decide exactly what they would need at their new home in an assisted living facility. It was hard for them to recall from memory, in a stressful and medical situation, exactly what was in their colonial home and what would be essential in their new assisted living home. Our first trip was to retrieve from their colonial, the few items they would need to get settled but when we got to their new home at the assisted living facility we were told my client had decided they would need more items and larger items to make them feel more comfortable. We measured the items they were requesting then, went back to the assisted living center and measured their new rooms to ensure they would fit with enough space in between for a wheelchair to maneuver. The following day their last items were delivered and they were able to move in. Neither client ever returned to that colonial before it was sold.

Mike and Carol would tell everyone considering moving to start making a plan long before you think you need to move, that way if you have an emergency situation you will have some direction that will satisfy you, at the very least in the short term.

As a senior, how do you avoid this type of stressful situation? Create a list of essentials you would take with you if your life was suddenly turned upside down. Leave it out where someone walking into your home could easily find it or with a trusted friend, family member or helper.  Planning for a crisis can create stress initially but not as much stress as loss of control over your possessions and decisions. Decide what you want while you are in charge!

declutter by deirdre senior move specialistDeirdre Dolan Nesline, a Senior Move Planning Specialist and Owner of DeClutter By Deirdre, A Senior Move Management Company.
Member: National Association of Senior Move Managers,
Coalition of Agencies Relating to Elderly Services, Senior Care Resources of Western Connecticut
Email: DeClutterByDeirdre@gmail.com
Phone: 203-733-1073
www.declutterbydeirdre.com
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The major reason to hire DeClutter By Deirdre is we DE-CLUTTER your home in preparation for your move! This saves you money so you are not moving and paying to move items you will never use or store in an expensive storage unit. If you are not moving it pays to unburden your life from clutter, saving you from repurchasing items you didn’t know you had and saving you from the psychological burden of clutter! Message me!

declutter by deirdre senior move specialistDeirdre Dolan Nesline, a Senior Move Planning Specialist and Owner of DeClutter By Deirdre, A Senior Move Management Company.
Member: National Association of Senior Move Managers,
Coalition of Agencies Relating to Elderly Services, Senior Care Resources of Western Connecticut
Email: DeClutterByDeirdre@gmail.com
Phone: 203-733-1073
www.declutterbydeirdre.com
Follow: DeClutter By Deirdre on Facebook

1. Be sure you have 42 inches between furniture so a wheelchair can
move around easily
2. Start planning for aging in place before you need it
3. Tell your family and friends your wishes to stay in your home and
what you have done to ensure that you do
4. Consider a 55+ community to move to, they know what people
need to have in order to age in place
5. Educate yourself on services available in your area, will they meet
your needs and budget?

declutter by deirdre senior move specialistDeirdre Dolan Nesline, a Senior Move Planning Specialist and Owner of DeClutter By Deirdre, A Senior Move Management Company.
Member: National Association of Senior Move Managers,
Coalition of Agencies Relating to Elderly Services, Senior Care Resources of Western Connecticut
Email: DeClutterByDeirdre@gmail.com
Phone: 203-733-1073
www.declutterbydeirdre.com
Follow: DeClutter By Deirdre on Facebook