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Medication Organization 101

Organizing your medications can be a daunting task especially if, like most people with a chronic illness, you take multiple medications at different times throughout the day.  I've tried everything to keep my prescriptions and other medications organized.  I think I've owned every pill organizer ever created.  It can be rough managing refills or even just trying to find physical space for all the bottles.

Here are some pro tips to make this process a bit more manageable.

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Keep All Your Medications 

Especially Prescription Bottles 

in One Place 

This may seem at first like a no brainer, but it can be easy to scatter small bottles around the house.

Pretty soon, if you aren't careful to corral your bottles into a single designated area, you start to lose them in your car, a purse, a suitcase.

Basically, it doesn't take long until each medication is in a different place and you have absolutely no idea where anything is.

Not a great place to be.  So let's avoid it!

I separate prescription and nonprescription medications as well as any medications that I have a surplus of.

These three categories allow me to easily and visually evaluate which medications I may need to refill or purchase more of soon.

And... that leads me to my next helpful hint!

Keep Track of Those Refills

One great way to do this is with an excel sheet.  

Make sure to include the name of each medication, the number of refills remaining, and the date they can be refilled.

Some people may prefer to record these dates in their calendar or in a separate notebook instead of an excel sheet (that's fine!).

BONUS: When you go to the Doctor's office you will have a list of your most recent medications updated and ready to go, all you have to do is make sure you include the dosages and print it out to take with you!

You may also want to keep track of pre-approval dates in this area of your records if you have any medications that need annual pre-approval.  

One of my personal tricks is to highlight on the physical bottles where it says "no refills left" so when I get down to no refills, I have a visual reminder every time I fill up my pill case to call the pharmacy to get more refills.

Did you catch me mention that I fill up a pill case every week?

Can you guess what my next tip will be??

Use A Pill Case, People

Trust, me when I said I've tried every way of organizing my medications, I mean it.  At least half of that time I spent trying to avoid using a pill organizer.

I get it, taking medication everyday is obnoxious enough, I didn't want to have to sit there and play with them and spend time sorting them.  It just felt cruel and unusual.

The thing is, pill organizers work. 

I still don't particularly enjoy filling mine every week, but I do it, and here's why.

Once you're on more than one medication (and I'm on a bunch), taking medications directly from the bottle is time consuming and chaotic.

It is much faster to open one slot of my weekly pill container and to take the pills within than to go through all my bottles, find the ones I need for that time of day, and take the appropriate amount.

Also, once I have taken the dose, I have the visual of an empty slot to let me know that I did in fact take the dose. That way if I forget or am unsure if I took a particular dose, looking at my pill container will tell me if I took my medication or not. If I were taking my medications directly from the bottles, i would not have that certainty.

I use a weekly pill organizer with slots for Morn, Noon, Eve, and Bed.  This works for me because I take medications four times a day and it has large slots that accommodate all of my medications.

Pill organizers come in all shapes and sizes and I have used AM/PMs with only seven slots, and cases that separate AM and PM, as well as many variations on size depending on my needs at the time.

I recommend a single dose case as well for when you are traveling or need to take a dose with you anywhere.

PRO TIP:  Look for organizers with compartments that seal tightly and always carry it in a sealed ziplock bag.  Having a week's assortment of medications crushed into the bottom of your bag or luggage is not a fun situation.

I hope this helps!  Do you have any insider tips for organizing your medications?  

Please share them in the comments below!!

Sending you Healing Hugs and Hope,


  1. Great tips. It is really hard to keep track of medication. The pill keepers I've had are either too large or too small, or they are divided in an odd way that doesn't work for me.

    1. That is such a common problem! I was so impressed with Amazon's selection though, they had types of pill keppers I had never seen before.


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