Inspired Solution: Multiples
Aug 17, 2009
You're running downstairs for the scissors again. Where's that hammer? Oh yeah, in the garage. A few years ago after moving from a split-level to a two-story house with detached garage, it hit me that I'd save a lot of time by having multiples of certain things around the house. It started with scissors. They always weren't where I needed them. Now I have three pairs for the kitchen (paper, food, and clipping herbs), the mudroom (for coupons from the mail), the bedroom closet (clothing tags), and the upstairs home office. I'm no longer tempted to grab my expensive sewing scissors in a pinch. (Um, yeah, there are 4 more pairs in the sewing room).
I started thinking about other things that would be handy to scatter throughout the house. Hammers. Flashlights. Matches. Tape measures. Permanent markers. Dog treats. (Yes, this is necessary.) I even took it one step further in my kitchen where I have a box of tinfoil near the toaster oven and another near the dishwasher where I wrap up leftovers.
A few bucks now can save you a lot of time later. A lot of these things can be bought secondhand if you're sensitive to over-consumption. You might be surprised how many you already own if you check junk drawers and remote reaches of the garage or basement. —Diane
Isn't that a good painting?
The scissors painting is by Craig Stephens, a talented and prolific painter from Northern California. Check out his blog, Daily Painting, where the paintings are very fine (and also for sale).
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