I suggest that before we can get springy with the big bits, we need to get the little bits sorted. The little bits get in the way. Like, before I got myself a stationery caddy, I could spend ages looking for a pair of scissors, a thumb tack, a rubber band, a life.
“Who has the scissors?” I would bellow at the kids. “Who used them and didn’t put them away in the… where they go… wherever that is…”
Then I bought a cheap plastic caddy from Howards Storage World (well, I bought a caddy – nothing is cheap at HSW) and I stocked it with all the things I need for an organised life. Not stuff the kids need, not things for homework, things for me.
A small notebook for shopping lists, a larger one for writing notes to teachers (so many notes), pens, pencils, glue, paperclips, rubber bands, twist top ties, thumb tacks, scissors, washi tape, stapler, ruler, pencil sharpener, tape measure, batteries, permanent markers, blue tac, name stickers, a couple of random pegs (pegs are so handy, don’t you think?), sticky tape – it’s all in the caddy, ready to go wherever I want it to go.
A stationery caddy could well change your life it’s that darn handy. Can the kids use the stuff in there? Not on your life.
So, round up all the random bits you need on a day to day basis and put them all in a caddy (or a box or even a drawer, you may not need yours to be as mobile as mine) and forget all about the lot of it… until you need it. Then it will be right where you left it, ready to go.