- How to use Sharpies to organise your house (Supermum kit series)
Life before Sharpies doesn’t bear thinking about. I use Sharpies everywhere, for everything and I thought I might share some ideas on how to use Sharpies to organise your house. I’m not even being sponsored by them. I’m just a big fan. I also found a few little hidden corners of my home while taking these pics that might need a bit of a scrub. Just keeping it real!
I use my sharpies to label up kitchen cupboards and drawers, the linen cupboard and the medicine cabinet just so things get put away in the same place, at least most of the time. We have 4 adults living in our house and they are all willing tidyers but if we all had our own ideas where things went, it would be chaos! This keeps it simple.
2. Kids’ shoes and boots
You can get wonderful name stickers for kids shoes and boots. I even have some. But sometimes you realise the shoes need labelling THAT MINUTE and can’t find the lovely stickers. Sharpie time
3. Light switches
Not aesthetically the best but saves the frustration of never knowing which light switch to use the put the porch light on. Particularly useful if you have ab outside light which isn’t visible to the inside of the house.
4. Plugs and extension bars
You do NOT want the slow cooker turned off half way through making something, right? Whether it’s the modem, the boiler, the washing machine, there are some plugs which need to be identifiable and which may need instructions like “Touch on pain of death” or “Switch off and you’re buying takeaway.”
5. Calendars and other shiny paper
I use a simple family organiser calendar for my meal plan (post on that coming up!) but it has a shiny surface. A ball point would do but I’d have to take the calendar down each time or the ink would run out after a few seconds. Sharpie to the rescue.
6. Casserole dishes and tupperware
We often cook for friends, especially if they’ve just had a new baby (our church uses the amazing app takethemameal.com to organise this and it’s awesome). I don’t mind my lasagne dishes going for a 6 month holiday to someone’s house (indeed my storage space kind of depends on it!) but I do like it back eventually. The sharpie is a wash-proof solution to this. It also writes on foil so is useful for putting cooking instructions and the name of the dish on top.
7. Kids’ sponges
If your kids have identical sponges and you’d rather they didn’t get mixed up, initial them. Bonus? It’s a great pre-literacy exercise recognising your initial. In fact, Sharpies have been used to initial a LOT of stuff at our house. It just saves a lot of arguments.
8. Lids and lines on jars and scoops
If you go on Pinterest you can find out how to make adorable, printable chalkboard style labels for your storage jars. Back in the real world, the smart girl’s money is on a sharpie to scribble “Rice” and “Sugar” on the jar lid. Just sayin’!
If you often need the same quantity of something, say a scoop of cat biscuits, you can also mark the quantity onto your scoop with, guess what, a sharpie. We used to have a scoop for chicken feed made out of the handle end of an old plastic milk carton, back before Mr Fox paid a visit and put an end to our urban homesteading dreams. Handy.
Once you get going, you’ll honestly wonder how you got by without these little beauties. Elegant? Hardly. Beautiful? Not always. Wildly practical and convenient? Definitely. And that wins 90% of the time in my book. Let me know any other uses you think of. I’m all ears.
And I haven’t even started on the craft projects you can use them for….
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