Page 12 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • January 21, 2009 (ARA) If opening the medicine cabinet can be hazardous to your health, you are not alone. With the many items each family member uses daily, it is hard to keep this area clean and clutter-free. Update your medicine cabinet by opting for all-in-one products that save time and shelf space. Also, consider these tips for simplifying your medicine cabinet. Stay Healthy: Remembering to take a variety of different vitamins every day can be difficult. Swap out numerous bottles for one multi-vitamin that meets all of your daily nutritional needs. Also, consider moving vitamins to a different location, such as a kitchen cabinet, that you visit each morning. Be Prepared: While space may not allow for a complete first aid kit, be sure to have the necessities on hand in case of an emergency. Help prevent infection and promote healing of common injuries by getting rid of that neverused antibacterial spray and choosing bandages that contain antibacterial ointment. Each month, perform a quick inventory of necessities to ensure the medicine cabinet remains well stocked with basics, like aspirin and cotton swabs, but also use this time to reorganize shelves. Beautify: Dispose of last season’s makeup and update your look with products that can be used all year. Replace multiple shades of lipstick and blush with a timeless, versatile shade that can be used on both cheeks and lips. Additionally, consider upgrading a basic facial moisturizer to one that also includes SPF for skin that is nourished and shielded from damaging UVA and UVB rays. Simplifying even a small portion of your day makes a big difference. Making these minor, but effective, changes to your medicine cabinet will simplify everyone’s daily routine and keep you feeling healthy and looking great. Organized medicine cabinets start here