In my life, the need for an organized space to store my ostomy and medical supplies became essential. One spot where I can easily find and locate supplies is one less thing to stress about and is easy to send others to grab those supplies as well. Here is my quick and easy guide to making a basic and well-organized supply closet:

Picking the right amount of space for your supplies is important. You want all your supplies to fit in one place. Make sure it’s big enough to fit everything. For me, that meant buying a tall cupboard. I used to keep supplies in one place, medicine in another, and emergency supplies somewhere else. It became a headache to keep track of everything.

Don’t be afraid to use labels. Working in the medical field taught me that clear labels saves time, makes less mess from not digging around, and it helps others find your supplies when you can’t grab them yourself. After you deal with a stoma doing its best volcano impression, and you need another wafer, you realize sending your spouse to an unlabeled medical supply closet can be a daunting and time-consuming task for them.

Display important information in your supply closet as well. This handy list can include doctor, I.C.E., medical supply vendor, and medication information that can keep you and your caregivers informed.

With your well organized and labeled supply closet, you’ll be able to see what needs to be restocked at just a glance. There won’t be any lost supplies or getting behind on refills and supplies.

I hope that sharing my supplies closet with you helps spark the movement needed to get your supplies stocked and organized well.

What does your medical supply bin or closet look like?

How well organized would you rate yourself 1-10? One being a trash bag you keep in the back of your closet and can’t stand to deal with, and up to a ten being a medical grade lockable supply closet.

Sierra Cabezas - Patient Coach

Sierra Cabezas