Monday, December 13, 2010

Where Do Your Postage Stamps Live?

Mine live where I use them.

When ever I am reorganizing an area (or even better inventing space, like when we remodeled our kitchen three years ago!) I put things where they are used. We have beautiful built-in cabinet in our dinning area. It was one of the things Brad loved about our house when we first walked in six years ago. The top half has glass doors and I keep serving bowls and some cute glasses in there. The bottom half houses four baskets: one for my magazine mission, one for washcloths and bibs, one for play dough, and the other is for coloring books and a small box of crayons/pencils/markers. In the middle of these two cabinets is a drawer. This drawer has served several purposes since we moved in: a catch all, candles and matches, stationary. It's current assignment suits the drawer the best.

Current contents:

  • receipt folder
  • post-it notes
  • bills
  • envelopes
  • thank-you cards
  • postage stamps
  • return address stickers
  • stapler
  • tape
  • calculator
  • paper clips 

Looking in this drawer reminds me of a small office but it also seems a bit random, I assure you it is very purposeful.

Brad pays the bills at the dining room table. He used to go to our "office desk" in the basement and collect a few things, then he would go to the computer stand and collect a few other things, then he would get his laptop and head to the table, often needing to retrieve at least one more thing before finishing the bills. After years of doing this I realized I could make his time paying bills more efficient and less agonizing by bringing all these needed items together in one place, where he uses them.

My mom taught me a place for everything and everything in it's place. I just take that saying one step farther, and make the "place for everything" where I use the "everything." Would you really keep your butcher knife in the bathroom cabinet?!

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.

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