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Organize + Energize: Organize a First-Aid Kit

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Are you prepared if there is an accident, a bee sting, a scrape or burn? Do you have a first-aid kit, and does everybody in your household know where it’s located? This is a perfect time of year to get your first-aid kit in order.  It’s a preference, but you can keep one in each bathroom or a designated spot in the house. You may also want to keep one in the car, just in case.  Notify everybody in the household where to locate the kit if an accident were to happen.

You want to be able to locate an item and locate it quickly when an accident occurs. You don’t want to have to rush out to the store to purchase something you know you have in the home. You don’t feel like searching for it, so you run out, waste time and money and purchase a duplicate item. 

Here are 22 items you can add to your first-aid kit. Remember, you may already have some of these items, scattered around the home. Check inventory and then purchase what you need.

  • Tweezers & magnifier for removing splinters
  • Small scissors
  • Benadryl
  • Neosporin/bacitracin
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Disposable ice pack
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Insect sting relief wipes
  • Peroxide
  • A box of all different sizes of band aids
  • Gauze pads- 4x4 pads or a gauze roll
  • Tape
  • Ace bandage
  • Gloves
  • If anybody is allergic to bees, keep a spare epi-pen in the kit
  • First-aid guide 
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Barf bag for the car
  • Disposable thermometers
  • CPR Mask
  • Low-dose aspirin
  • Any trial size products that you find in your travels that you think you might benefit from if they were in your kit.


While you’re preparing your first aid kit, also prepare an area to keep sunscreens, SPF lip balm, bug spray and any other items you need to put on before you head outside.

Gather all the first-aid items that you already store in your home. Check for expired items. Categorize and itemize the items you are keeping. You can store your first-aid products in a see through or colorful container, a basket, zippered pouch,  or whatever type of container will fit in the area you are storing the kit. Label if you must.

Again, keep these contained to one area and be sure everybody in the home is aware of where they are stored. Once these items are used, they will be put back in their place and that is how organization will be maintained.

This is a quick organizing project that you can tackle and feel great after you accomplish it. Get prepared now and be ready for when that accident happens. When an accident occurs, you won't be stressed or frazzled looking for items; you will be organized, prepared and you will save time and money.

Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, is an organizing & efficiency expert and owner of Organizing in RI. Kristin teaches her clients that living an organized lifestyle will save them time and money, decrease their stress levels and help them become more efficient and productive. Her articles have been published in local and national magazines. She has also given over 70 presentations throughout the state. Watch Kristin LIVE every Thursday at 3pm here on GoLocal LIVE with Molly O’Brien.


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