Storage kits are a
great way to make household tasks easier.
Create one for any recurring task which requires specific
tools. Some examples include: a first aid kit, a homework kit, a cleaning kit, a mending kit, a fix-it kit, a picture hanging kit, a bicycle repair kit, a gift wrap kit, and a correspondence kit (mail).
Below are some
suggestions for what to include in your various storage kits. Please note that these lists are not all-inclusive. They are meant to get you started. Feel free to add or take away from your kits according to your specific needs.
- Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
- Moleskin (for blisters)
- Butterfly closure strips
- Sterile gauze pads (assorted sizes)
- Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
- Triangular bandages
- ACE elastic roller bandage
- Antiseptic wipes or spray
- Saline solution for cleaning wounds
- Antibiotic ointment
- Anti-itch cream
- Disposable gloves
- Space blanket (lightweight, compact emergency blanket)
- Instant cold pack
- Cotton balls/cotton swabs
- Hand sanitizer
- Bulb syringe for flushing out wounds
- First aid pamphlet
A tackle box makes a great case for a first-aid kit. It's easily portable and has lots of compartments for storing supplies.
If at all possible, your first aid kit should be stored near a water source for ease in rinsing out wounds. Wherever it's stored, the location should be intuitive to you; you don't want to have to think too hard in an emergency. Make sure everyone in the family knows where this storage kit is stashed.
- Colored pencils
- Glue stick
For older kids:
- Sticky notes
- Protractor set
A variety of containers can be used to house homework kits. My favorite is a caddy of some sort because they have different spots for different types of supplies. The homework kit shown above is stored in a Pampered Chef Tool Turn-About.
If you have multiple children you may want to have multiple homework kits, depending on their ages and needs. Ideally kits should be portable so that kids can easily get them out when they need them and put them away when they're done. Keep homework kits in whatever room kids do their homework so they're easily accessible.
- All-purpose cleanser
- Glass cleaner
- Floor cleaner
- Abrasive cleanser
- Furniture polish
- Toilet brush
- Paper towels
- Dust cloths/rags
- Feather duster
If you live in a multi-story home, I recommend having a
cleaning kit on each floor. That way you don’t
have to haul your supplies up and down the stairs when you want to use them. Keep your kit in a caddy like this one with a convenient
handle for transporting cleaning supplies from room to room.
- Small set of
- Small spools
of thread in a variety of colors
- Pin cushion
or magnetic pin holder
of generic buttons
I like to keep a mending kit in the laundry room for quick fixes like sewing on a button, but you can also keep it in your sewing room if you're fortunate enough to have one. Another good idea to have a small mending kit in the car for emergency wardrobe malfunctions. You can purchase ready-made mending (i.e. sewing) kits, or you can put your own together.
- Super glue
- Wood glue
- White glue
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
- Duct tape
- Electricians tape
- Small clamps
- Screwdrivers (Philip’s & flat tip)
- Staple gun & staples
A fix-it kit makes simple repairs even easier. Keep everything you need to perform basic fixes in a small plastic toolbox either in the garage or wherever you store utility items (light bulbs, batteries, etc.) inside your home.
- Sawtooth hangers and screw eyes for frames without hooks
- Picture wire
- Various picture hooks (10 lb. to 50 lb.)
- Picture nails (assorted)
- Small level
- Tape measure
- Masking tape
A collection of picture hanging supplies is a good thing to have on hand. To make your kit complete, just add a small hammer. This is another kit that would store well in a tackle box. Another possibility is to store supplies in a plastic shoe box container. Both options are portable to make hanging items quick and easy for everyone.
- Extra inner tubes
- Alan wrenches
- Tire levers
- Spoke wrench
- Patch kit
- Chain lube
- Bicycle Multitool
- Mini Bike Pump
Keep an assortment of bicycle repair items in a clear plastic container in the garage for easy bicycle maintenance.
- Clear Tape
- Gift Tags
There are a number of gift wrap organizers on the market that make corralling gift wrapping materials easy. The one pictured here is a favorite. It hangs in a closet out of the way and has space for everything from ribbon and bows to bags and wrapping paper.
If you're fortunate enough to have a craft room, keep this kit there. If not, store it as close to where you wrap gifts as possible. In my current home, that's the guest bedroom where there is room in the closet for the supplies and room on the bed for wrapping.
- Letter opener
- Stationery/Blank notecards
- Thank You cards
- Envelopes (letter & legal)
- Address labels
Keep mail opening, bill paying and letter writing materials in one easy to use correspondence 'kit'. Store this kit wherever you do your corresponding and pay your bills. A pretty lidded box makes a good storage container for this kit.
Create Your Own Storage Kits
Storage kits are a great way to simplify recurring tasks. Storing all the tools you need to get a job done in one portable container saves time and frustration.
I hope these ideas will inspire you to create custom storage kits of your own!
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