NOTE TO READERS: As COVID-19 converges with cold and flu season, we asked one of our writers to examine and redesign her medicine cabinet so that she’s best prepared to be at her healthiest through fall and winter. She learned quite a lot along the way, lessons which can help you prepare as well. Let the organizing commence! Safe to say: I'm a planner. When a new stressor pops up, I need to prepare. Whether it’s accounting for traffic on my way to work, packing for a trip weeks in advance or making thoroughly detailed plans with friends, I jump through many hoops to mitigate the unexpected. You can imagine how COVID-19 threw me for a loop. This virus was novel, unknown and almost impossible to strategize against. But over the past couple of years, I stocked up on essentials, took precautions and have learned how to take things into my hands to create some sense of control. And it’s clear that I’m not alone in this. Since the pandemic began, others want to be more in control of their health. Abbott and The Home Edit, a global media and organization company and subjects of the Emmy-nominated Netflix show, 'Get Organized with The Home Edit', teamed up to help people — like me and like you — design their medicine cabinet ahead of cold and flu season as colder temps, indoor gatherings and holiday travels threaten another COVID wave. I followed their tips to a T to help establish my action plan and regain my feeling of control in the fight against virus season. Here’s how it went.