Whether you love it or hate it, spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to make your home clean, happy and efficient. Those using a feeding tube have a special task at hand—cleaning out and organizing feeding and other medical supplies. This can be a huge undertaking, but we’ve got you covered! Check out our tips to keep this project manageable and moving forward.
1- Find a home (or homes)
To start, figure out the optimal place or places to store all of your feeding tube and/or medical supplies. This could be anywhere from a closet or cabinet, to underneath the bed or in an empty corner. If you’re only tube-feeding, it might be realistic to designate a spot in your pantry for all your feeding tube items.
If you have other medical issues, it might be best to mark off a few different areas in your home for supplies. When scoping out your storage locations, remember to ask yourself what will be most efficient and convenient for you. If you have to run around the house gathering all your supplies, you’ll be less likely the put things back in their place and your new system won’t last long.
In addition, make note of some supplies-free zones. Maybe you want to keep the living room or guest room clear of medical items? Determine these areas now and vow to keep them free of extra supplies moving forward.
2- Start with a blank slate
Now that you’ve selected your home(s), it’s time to get cleaning. The first thing on the list is clearing out your new storage space of items that don’t belong. Make piles to donate, throw away or move to a more appropriate storage location. If the area you’re clearing is already holding on to some of your feeding and medical supplies, then set those in a different pile.
3- Take Inventory
The next task on the list is to take inventory. You’ll want to consolidate all of your feeding and medical supplies in one area to do this. Group all like items together and get rid of anything that’s expired. Also, take note of what you are missing or running low on and restock those items as soon as possible.
4- Pick a storage solution
Now that you know what you have, you can pick a storage solution. Decide whether or not you want open storage—like shelves or cubbies—or closed storage—such as drawers or bins with lids. A lot of this will depend on the area you have designated to be your supplies space. You also might want a combination of solutions. Regardless, be sure that you have enough room to put away all of the supplies in your inventory.
5- A place for everything and everything in its place
Once you have your storage items ready, put everything away. As you do this, consider what items you use the most often. Put those in the most convenient spot in your storage area. Put those things you only use on occasion or in case of emergency in less-convenient locations, such as up high or down low. Lastly, if you’ve opted for closed storage or containers that are not easy to see through, consider making labels for easy recognition.
6- Enjoy your hard work!
Sit back, relax and admire your beautifully organized supplies.
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