If you have diabetes, you are already multi-tasking. You’re managing your blood glucose levels through a specific diet plan, trying to fit in physical activity, managing stress, taking your medications as prescribed by your doctor and checking your blood glucose levels in addition to living life at the same time. Keeping yourself well-organized can also have health benefits in keeping your diabetes under control.
A great starting point is to organize your diabetes supplies. Keeping your supplies organized can even be another way for reducing stress and anxiety with managing diabetes. Have you ever lost your house or car key? What happened next? Most likely you frantically ran around the house or riffled through your desk trying to locate the important object – your key. And if it’s your diabetes supplies you have lost, that can be double stressful! We can alleviate some of that stress by keeping organized. I like to first write my list of supplies and then break it down into categories. It can be as easy as 1,2,3.
Start with the list of diabetes supplies you may need
- Blood glucose meter and case
- Extra batteries
- Test strips
- Lancets and lancing device
- Soap and towel
- Oral medications
- Syringe/pen, needles, or pump infusion set (if using injectable medications)
- Insulin (if prescribed by your doctor)
- Sharps container for disposal of needles
- Medical ID bracelet
- Fast acting carbohydrate to treat low blood glucose (glucose tabs, lifesavers, raisins, etc)
- Sustaining snacks (Greek yogurt, crackers with cheese or nuts and a nutrition bar)
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Food scale
Assign categories for these supplies
- Daily needs
- Supplies on the go (when you leave the house)
- Supplies requiring refrigeration
- Extra supplies
Group the items from the supply list into the categories
For example: you may place your “daily needs” (meter, lancing device and lancets, testing strips, snacks, and medical ID bracelet) near your house keys or purse so you will remember to take these items with you when you leave the house. Daily medication should go somewhere easily accessible, and the occasional extra supplies in the linen closet all in one bin. The measuring tools (spoons, cups and scale) can be stored in your kitchen cabinet in an easy-to-get-to spot.
Give these organizational tips a try – you’ll be pleased when you’re finished.