Disclosure: Post-it Brand and Scotch Brand provided me with product and compensation for this post. I reviewed the products before accepting the offer to make sure the product line was something I would use in my own home and could authentically recommend and share with my readers.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, when I received the Home Collection by Post-it Brand and Scotch Brand products, my head was buzzing with creative, organizing project ideas. The project I decided to do first was to create an errand center in my kitchen. The purpose of the errand center is to organize and streamline all of my ongoing errands and shopping. I had several pieces in place already, so this project was about refining and fixing what wasn’t working, and, best of all, refreshing the area with products from the Home Collection.
I set up my errand center in a basket on my kitchen counter. In the front on the left is the Post-it Shopping Organizer. I decided to use this to organize shopping trips around town to the grocery store, pharmacy and craft stores and the like. The organizer has color coded sections which allow you to create a list by store, or you could use it to create lists by person. I’ll create lists by person when I take the kids to the mall for clothes shopping or for when I do Christmas shopping. I plan to keep the Shopping Organizer open so anytime someone in my family says “Hey, I need some shampoo” or whatever, I (or they) can jot it right down on the list. Love that!
The inside cover of the shopping organizer includes a multi-layer pocket which is perfect for stashing gift cards and coupons. I added a little checklist inside the organizer using the Post-it Printed Notes. This checklist is designed to help me create some new shopping habits such as checking for coupons, and taking reusable shopping bags with me to the store. For some reason I remember my bags when grocery shopping, but always forget them when I go to run other errands.
When I’m planning my errands, I can create a reminder to take my shopping bags using the Post-it Reminder Tags, which are also stored in the message center basket. Best yet, because they’re convenient, whenever someone says “will you remind me to (fill in the blank)” I can just grab a reminder tag, write a quick reminder and attach it to their backpack or my purse. Or, if it’s really important, I could attach the reminder flag to the steering wheel in the car. As I mentioned in my earlier post, these tags have adhesive on one end which makes it super easy to create a loop and attach the reminder to straps on purses, backpacks, etc. Plus, their bright color is sure to catch your eye.
Next to the Shopping Organizer is my coupon book, which I blogged about here. I updated the cover using some cardstock I had in my stash, so the coupon book would coordinate with the Home Collection by Post-it Brand and Scotch Brand items. I thought the number themed paper was a fun little reminder about all the money I’ll be saving by using my coupons.
Speaking of coupons, since I made my coupon book I realized a couple of things. First, during certain times of the year, like back-to-school time, coupons come in at lightning speed – faster than I can keep up on putting them into my coupon book. So, I decided to continue using the coupon folder like before because it’s easy to drop in coupons I’m not sure I will use. I’m going to use the coupon book for things like gift cards, and coupons with long (or no) expiration dates, and for restaurant coupons we are very likely to use.
My coupon book didn’t account for grocery coupons. While I’m not an extreme couponer (and have no desire to become one) I would like a better system for when I come across grocery coupons I’d like to use. From time to time I’ll clip coupons from the Sunday paper at my mother-in-laws home…and I rarely use them because I didn’t have a place for them. But that Post-it View and Go Pocket got me thinking. I decided to attach one to the back of a clipboard and use it for grocery coupons.
What’s cool about these pockets is that the adhesive is removable. So I can stick the pocket to the back of the clipboard, fill it with coupons, and then, take it off of the clipboard when I go shopping. The adhesive will close the pocket, so coupons stay in place while shopping. I put a copy of my grocery list and meal planner on the front of the clipboard, so my grocery shopping system is a part of my errand center now.
And having the coupons on the back of the clipboard in the View and Go Pocket will help me remember to check and see if I have any coupons for the items on my list.
I really love the fresh new look of my errand center, but what’s more, I love how it addresses some problems I was having. I now have a simple way to remember to take reusable shopping bags with me to the store thanks to the Post-it Reminder Tags. And I have a new way to encourage using coupons at the grocery store. I also love that now there is one spot to capture all of the family errands, courtesy of the Post-it Shopping Organizer.
About the Products Used in this Project
If you’re interested in setting up an errand center of your own, the Home Collection by Post-it Brand and Scotch Brand is available at The Container Store. Products are available in stores and online. The basket I used for my errand center is no longer available, but The Container Store can set you up there, too. Look for something that is short enough that it’s easy to see and access the items inside your errand center. The tabs on my coupon binder and the white tabs on the file folders are Post-it Tabs which are available at office supply stores.
If you would like a copy of my grocery list and meal planning template, you can download it here.
How do you organize your errands and meal planning? Thanks for sharing your ideas in the comments!