Perhaps it was your first day back from the hospital after your child’s type 1 diabetes diagnosis when you realized how woefully inadequate your medicine cabinet is. “Coming home from the hospital, we had medication and diabetes testing kits and all these things that needed batteries and outlets,” recalls Florida D-mom Nicki L. “Where was I supposed to keep it all?” Whether you’re just starting out or your supplies have been slowly taking over your shelves for years, now is a great time for a reorg! For inspiration, we rounded up some clever diabetes drawers, closets, and other organizing setups that are all T1D #goals.

All Business

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Jillee nabbed some basic organizers from the office supply store to create a mini “medication station” for her son’s diabetes supplies. Staying with the same color scheme gives the setup a sleek look.

Clearly Sorted

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Now where did those pump batteries go? D-mom Kristin uses clear plastic storage boxes for at-a-glance ease when tracking down even the smallest supply. Taking the time to label storage boxes only increases the odds for no-hassle access.

Command Central

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With its drawers, cupboard space, countertop, and refrigeration, the kitchen often makes the perfect room to set up your diabetes central command. Having everything in one place, like in D-mom Shelsea’s setup, also makes it easier to grab what you need when you need it.

Vertical Space

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Low on drawer space? Get creative: This organizer is actually a travel bag for toiletries but perfectly fits basic diabetes supplies, keeping them out of the way yet within easy reach. And if you do happen to travel — just zip it up and you’re ready to go!

Part of the Furniture

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Turn a mini chest of drawers into the ultimate diabetes organizer! The camouflage may be almost too good — be sure to tell the babysitter that’s where the diabetes supplies are kept!

Clean Drawers

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Does your diabetes drawer look more like another junk drawer? Try interlocking drawer storage cubes like Nanine did to create order from chaos. Remember the cardinal rule of organizing: When everything has a home of its own, it’s easier to get organized — and stay organized!

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.

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