Box of Last Resort

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This is a clever little tactic that will save you a great deal of stress and grief at inconvenient times of the day and night when you are running out of something crucial. Get a medium sized box with a lid and before you hide it away from other members of the household for safekeeping, put inside small sample sizes of things like the following (depending on who is in your household and what you usually need to ensure you have a supply of). Promise yourself faithfully that if you use anything in this box, you will replace it the next day, otherwise the box will lose its magical ability to reduce your stress. Also there’s another advantage. Having a stash of these items will also help your resilience, in that if you have to evacuate your property with practically no notice (for example if there is a flood or nearby explosion), you can scoop up the box on your way out, and it will contain quite a lot of the things in it that will make your life easier as you spend an enforced night in a school sports hall or whatever. It may be paranoid, but it’s reassuring …

  • Guest soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner sachets
  • Toothpaste
  • One or two cheap spare toothbrushes
  • Dishwasher tablet
  • Bin bag
  • Toilet roll
  • Kitchen roll
  • Washing powder tablet or capsule
  • Disposable cleaning cloth
  • Washing up sponge
  • Travel pack baby wipes
  • Nappy
  • Medicated nappy cream
  • A couple of tampons
  • One day’s supply of any important medication
  • Sachet coffee
  • Tea bags
  • Little cartons of milk and/or coffee cream (the type in some self service cafes)
  • Sachet sugar
  • One day’s dinner money for the children
  • Small amount of change for the utilities meter (if you have one)
  • £5 or £10 note
  • A couple of first class stamps and envelopes
  • A working biro
  • A spare printer cartridge and half a dozen pieces of A4 printer paper
  • Small bar chocolate

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2 thoughts on “Box of Last Resort

    Stella Maris said:
    15 February, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    This is a great idea! I shall make one immediately. Love the blog – thank you

      Sandra Bradley responded:
      15 February, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      I’m so glad you like it. Twenty minutes squirrelling away bits and pieces can save an enormous amount of hassle – in the last week we’ve already had a last dishwasher tablet incident and a teabag crisis. The box saved the day, as ever!

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