I was asked how do I collect and store the "little day to day stuff"... and how do I know what I want to store? I thought that was a great question so here is what I do...
I have stackable drawers... 1o of them to be exact, I focus on one each month. Each drawer is a collection point for a specific type of thing... AND I use each month to focus on finding things for a specific drawer... I never spend more than 10-20 dollars a month but I do it every month.
Dry Medical - bandages, gauze, tape, sterile pads, scapels, vet wrap, slings,
Pills and Medicine - the assortment
Sewing and home - pins, needles, safety pins, thread, knitting needles, patterns, yarn, hand spinner, wool cards, quilting yarn , quilting thimbles, crochete hooks, sissors, awl, leather thongs/shoelaces
Cooking & Canning - tattler lids, pectin, parafin, canning spices, candy thermometer, meat saw, special boning knives, fruit pitter, peeler, other
Kitchen Small tool Gadgets - assorted, lots of extra knives, sharpening stones, pasta maker, gloves, batteries, box cutters
Personal Hygene - toothpaste, deodorant, female products, toothbrushes, floss, eye drops, 2 years worth of contacts, spare glasses, sun glasses
Entertainment - Cards, logic puzzles, small chess set, checkers, book of card games, rechargable cd player, 2 rechargeable DVD players
Tools - Flashlights, crank radio, solar panels and small batteries, 18 volt tools , Small LED lights, clips, hooks.
Trade - Batteries, water purification pills, hand sanitizer, shakeable flashlights, ponchos, prepackaged sewing kits, sponges, sos pads, I save ALL small plastic containers from mustard, etc and put liquid soap in them.
Candles - I have a whole tub of these... I find them at garage sales, good will everywhere.
My plan is when I have too much for a drawer I transfer it into a tub of the same category stacked in my storage area and keep filling the little drawer.