Grocery List Joy

I try to avoid hyper-organization, but sometimes I can’t help myself.  What can I say…I’m an engineer and an organizer; there almost always has to be a better way 🙂  I recently turned my process improvement focus to our grocery list.  I’ve used a pre-made grocery list for a couple years; it made the grocery list making process a little easier, but I was still feeling frustrated.

I had two main frustrations with the process:

  1. We ran out of items early in the week and forgot about it so they didn’t make it on the to grocery list.
  2. Even though I had the pre-made list, it still seemed like looking through the cabinets and fridge to see what we needed was taking too long.

    The simple solution to my grocery list making frustrations
    The simple solution to my grocery list making frustrations

If only there was a way to update the list as we used up items!  Oh wait…put a pen by the list and make it accessible.  Brilliant!

I got my supplies:

  • 3M Command Hook
  • Clipboard
  • Twine
  • Pen
  • Velcro tape
  • Grocery List

The project was done in a couple steps:

  • Hang the hook inside one of our cabinets.
  • Tie twine to the clipboard clip and around a pen.
  • Use velcro tape to attach the pen to the bottom of the clipboard.
  • Attach the grocery list.
  • Hang up the clipboard.
The new grocery list home.
Joy! An easily accessible grocery list with a pen!

Voilà!  Problem solved!

In the grand scheme of things this is a small problem, but it was something that bothered me on a frequent basis.  The list inside the cabinet with its own pen brings me joy every time I use it.  Process improvement complete…for the moment at least!

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