Organizing Insulin Pump Supplies

posted by on 03/13/2014 | 14 comments (leave one of your own)

We have most of the diabetes supplies in the pantry for easy access, like test strips, lancets, back up meters, syringes for back up, the glucagon. I’ve always stashed Z’s pump supplies in the kids’ bathroom closet because I was out of room in the pantry. We get five boxes of reservoirs and five boxes of infusion sets every few months.


They are sealed up nicely (with the world’s stickiest tape) and when Z or I go to open a new box? This happens every single time and it drives me freaking crazy.


When they dump out on the floor at six a.m. (before coffee) while I’m fumbling around with the box, it makes me extra happy.

This has made me crazy for awhile now, but I just kept forgetting to do something about it. Seriously, I would look at this and go “I really need to do something about these boxes” and forget until I looked at the box again. THREE DAYS LATER. FOR SIX MONTHS. I ran across the most perfect bins at Target on Sunday and they were on clearance for $2.78 a piece and my brain actually did me a solid and reminded me that they would probably be the perfect size for reservoirs and sets.

YOU GUYS. This makes me ridiculously happy.


The dimension of the baskets are six inches high by six inches wide by 12 inches long.


After all my hard work, Zoe said, “I wish the bins were pink” and I said, “I wish I weighed what I did before you were born” and she said, “Point taken”.


And yes, I just wrote all about how to put shit into bins, but only because I’m here to help. Don’t end up like me, living so heinously for six months, get these bins and save yourself.

  • Susannah

    I did the same thing with Ozzy’s nebulizer ampules for his asthma…I was ashamed with how happy it made me to organize that shit.

    Now Bryan’s diabetic stuff on the other hand–I just. He is a 41 year old man who does not know how to organize. To illustrate: we have an empty cat litter jug in our bedroom where he puts his used needles. Needless to say, this does not promote sexy time.
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  • Anne

    And all of these years (nearly 7) I’ve been trying to figure out how to get the tape off a Medtronic supplies box, without ripping the box to pieces when I could have been expending that mental energy thinking of storage alternatives! Why do they seal those boxes with tape that will stick for 1,000 years, but the tape on the infusion set won’t stick for more than a day? On the other hand, I wouldn’t want the infusion set tape to stick as well as the tape on the boxes.

    • Zakary

      Oh my gosh, THANK YOU. I was afraid people would be all, “Seriously she can’t open a box?” The tape on these boxes make me insane. Start ripping them, it’s super liberating.


  • Sara

    And now I am going to Target – after being on the pump and fighting the boxes for 9 years…
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  • Ami

    As always, Target just makes everything better.
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  • katy

    I finally read this post. I read about it IN PASSING on facebook; some D person mentioned that you had got rid of all your boxes. I went right out to Target and bought a bunch of bins. And now here I am, finally reading the post, and I GOT THE SAME BINS!!!

    They were $1.97. I got eleven bins. (No greens. One faux bois, three red, seven blue.) Way more than I need, but I just wanted to make sure I never, ever, ever have to keep a thing in its box again.

    Thank you for being such an inspiration. Simple pleasures.
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  • kayla

    i love those freakin bins. i got them to organize my sock/underwear drawer because it was always an explosion of underclothes when i opened the drawer.

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