This was how I USED to ship items:
Item needs to be shipped, run upstairs get items (this is actually still the same) bring to sewing room to iron, lint roll as needed.
Off to the office to print postage, then find packaging, sometimes this was on my desk in the office, in the hall closet, in the closet on the bookshelf, in the basement, in the dining room. Really this was a nightmare tracking down an envelope, peanuts, tissue, boxes.
Move with packaging and item to the dining room to complete wrap up. I did make a little box for thank yous, business cards, blank cards, I also kept my tissue and this box on part of my kitchen counter, actually more of an island between my kitchen and my dining room, it is a large space so for the most part it was out of the way. Yet it was tiresome to look at and it always had to be moved for company, which more opportunity for things to get lost.
Oh, the tape, now back to the office, or the hall shelf, or in the kitchen drawers, and pens those like to wander too.
Seriously this was about how I did things for 4 years, sometimes better then others.
Now, I have a 5 shelf bookshelf JUST outside my sewing room, this has always been there but was really just a dumping ground between me and my husband. I have dedicated 2 full shelves to all my shipping supplies.
What I keep on hand:
- envelopes, priority, small, bubble and so on. I have a few old plastic book racks that divide and sort them, I keep the overflow in the basement on a dedicated shipping rack.
- My tissue paper and packaging peanuts (just a few of these)
- Thank you notes, blank cards for gift greetings which is sometimes requested
- I have tape, scissors, lint roller, address labels and stamp, pens and scissors that all STAY here
- Local post cards or newsletter of events and such
Shipping has become a lot less stressful and easy to manage.