Just a quick little tip that has saved us more than one headache: have you ever popped the cap off of a marker or a jug of milk, only to have it mysteriously disappear? Where can it possibly go in the course of 5 minutes? Do you really want to put the milk back in the fridge with a rubber-band-and-plastic-wrap lid because you’ve got to leave for the dentist right now and you don’t have time to find the cap which somebody managed to lose even though the milk jug never left the table?
Our solution: We always try to keep an extra cap for commonly used items. When a dry erase marker breathes its last, I toss the cap in the silverware drawer and the marker in the trash. I try to hold onto one or two extra lids for the kids’ markers. I save a cap from each type of milk jug (pop-on and the threaded type). We don’t save large lids, because these don’t inexplicably disappear during use. Since it’s only small lids, it takes very little space to do this and saves us a lot of time and stress.
It’s a small thing but it sure works for me.
Now maybe I should start keeping the girls’ shoes in the silverware drawer…