Make yourself a household essentials kit
- Tape – all options whether you’re wrapping pressies, boxing something up or simply sticking something down. In the same place as your tapes keep a range of glues, a heavy-duty stapler and spare staples.
With all the above it is also a good idea to keep some string, to tackle any indoor and outdoor jobs, even if just for wrapping up packages with.
- Light bulbs – store them altogether in one box and list what you have ‘in stock’ and which bulbs are required for which rooms, lamps etc.
- In case of power cuts, have a torch in a handy, easy to find place and candles close by too, complete with matches or a lighter.
- Have batteries in a box together and ensure you keep an eye on usage so you don’t run out and be sure to always have spare batteries for your smoke alarm.
- Store spare cables and bits and bobs for equipment, such as ‘phones, TVs and tablets, in see through bags in a box together.
- It pays to have a good selection of scissors for various uses and to keep them altogether in a safe place. Also enforce a ‘must be returned after use’ policy with them.
- Dusters are a must at any time of year, but if you’re spring cleaning you’ll need lots and they should be kept together for ease of use.
- Invest in some WD-40, which is handy for a vast array of jobs all around the house and outdoors too. Perfect for curing squeaky doors for example.
- Tissues and paper towels – good to have a decent stock of these all year round. At this time of year tissue stocks are definitely getting depleted faster than anything so don’t be caught out with a runny nose and check how many you have and replenish if necessary.