Isn’t it frustrating when you’re in need of a pair of scissors and you can’t find one? You know you placed it right there, on the kitchen counter, the last time you used it. You look all over the place and then ta-da, find that it’s sitting in your living room. Oh right, you used it to cut out some magazine clippings earlier. Doh.
The same story applies to my search for markers, pens and notepads. I tend to leave stuff like this all over my home, thinking it would make it more convenient for me when I need them. Turns out scrambling for the right supplies makes it even more time-consuming and irritating!
Here’s a tip I learned from my Aunt (Thanks Auntie N!). Put all your supplies in a basket. It not only makes your pens, pads and tapes more organized, it also makes it more convenient for you to carry it from room to room when needed. This works great for small homes. If you have a large home, you can assign one basket for each floor.
That’s my Aunt’s supplies basket in the pic. It contains pens (markers and ballpoints), notepads, different sizes and kinds of tape, scissors, a stapler, staple wire, batteries, measuring tape, a cutter, calculator, matches and a fan. Hmmm, I don’t know why there’s a fan there. She keeps this basket on her kitchen counter, as her kitchen is central to all the rooms in her apartment. That’s easy access to the supplies when needed!
I’ve yet to find a strong and attractive basket to my liking. For now, my cute tough paper bag of supplies will do. I keep it in a little area central to all the rooms in our home too. It’s a great way to save time on looking for things and a simple, effective way of organizing your supplies.
So now, no more scrambling for scissors and tape! And remember, make sure to assign one specific area where the basket is to be returned. While you can carry the basket from room to room, you wouldn’t want to be scrambling around your home for the supplies basket when you need it. 😉