10 Helpful Items to Keep in the House with Kids

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Let me start by saying kids do some pretty funny and unexpected things. I always say we never really know what the next minute is going to bring. From cutting hair, to getting stuff stuck in unusual places, or a sniffle starting out of nowhere, you never know what you are going to get on any given day.

I am sure that most houses have that random junk drawer. You know, that drawer that houses all the things that you just don’t know where they go to or how you will use them. Well, ours has kind of turned to a junk cabinet and drawer because over the years, we realized there are some things that you need to keep around. You don’t know when you will need them, but it is highly likely that at some point you will.

Here are 10 of the top items that we keep in our cabinet, just in case. They are not things that we use daily, but they are things that can greatly help in a time of need. I know they are all things we have used multiple times now.

Duct Tape

This one seems like a given, but I was surprised that more people don’t keep duct tape on hand. We still with the original brand because it works every time. But we use it to decorate, “fix” things, and we have even created costumes out of it.

Magic Erasers

Literally, Magic Erasers are sent from heaven. If you have never tried one, please go get one. These things have taken crayon (and pencil) off of walls in our home. I am not sure what the magic is, but it’s there and they work on everything. Buy a 6 pack!

Furniture Repair Set

If you don’t get dings in your furniture, we need to swap kids. Moving things around, toys in the house, and other random acts create nice little dings in things. Furniture repair kits help your furniture look nice and give you a little more time before buying a new piece.

Hot Glue Gun

I, literally, love my hot glue gun. It has fixed so many things in our home. It can be used for school projects, crafts, when a bow falls off something, or even when something accidentally gets broken.

Spray Bottle

This is one you may not think of often, but it is so useful. Ever had gum stuck in anyone’s hair or needed to put oil on an old fake tattoo? You just never know when you are going to need a spray bottle. Ours has been used for cleaning, oil, conditioner mixes, and many other random things.

Battery Holder

We got this battery case as a gift and I am thankful for it. I am not sure if you go through batteries like we do, but this thing helps a ton. We keep it stocked with all sizes and it even has a tester on it.

Mini Sewing Kit

Sewing has become one of those things that not many people know how to do. But I have always found that having a little sewing kit can help me in a time of need. Buttons pop off and things need a safety pin often. I even keep a little kit in my car.

Reusable Hot/Cold Pack

Reusable hot and cold packs are a wonderful invention. Kids get bumps, bruises, and sometimes just need the attention. These packs can be used for a boo boo or they can be used for your back after a long day of chasing kids.

Picture Hanging Kit

For many years, I did not hang things on my walls. Then one day it clicked, and I realized the house feels more like a home with stuff on the walls. So, we keep a picture hanging kit around now. It gets used quite a few times a year for a variety of reasons.

General House Tool Kit

This one is probably a given, but I love my pink tool kit. Many people have a big tool set out in the garage, but having a little tool kit with all the essentials around is so helpful. It helps you know where everything is and keeps it organized all in one place. This one, that I use, has allen wrenches and all that good stuff.

These are our top 10 items in the “junk” cabinet. Hopefully it has given you an idea of something that you would find useful in your own home. Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what items you keep on hand!

-Kristy M., Mommy to Many

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