Note: This is not a paid post or anything like that. I just think this product is perfect for those of us in foster care and I want to let others know.
It seems my organization tip yesterday went over well. I figured I'd share my other little gem. This time it's about storage.
When you're a foster parent it can seem like you have to lock up just about everything. Of course different agencies and areas of the country have different rules. Sometimes things have to be out of reach. Sometimes they have to be under lock and key.
We have a big house. As big as it is, I still don't have a single closet I'm willing to lock down completely so that no one but the adults can get in it. Besides, it isn't our goal to live in this house (or part of the country) long-term. We don't want to put locks all over the place. I know some people use locking filing cabinets. But they are usually pretty big and often rather expensive.
So what's a foster mom to do? I've got cleaning supplies that are supposed to be kept under lock and key. Where do I put them?
I swear by these locked storage boxes!
Not only do they lock, but it ISN'T with a key. I don't have to hide some stupid key and then try to remember where I put it. These lock with a combination. And yes...the combination at my house is 0000. But that's only because I think it's perfectly ridiculous to have to lock up my cleaning supplies!! bwwaahahahahah
Where I live the standard my agency holds for medications is a "double lock". However, I can't get a definitive answer from anyone about what that HAS to look like. Some say it much be a locked box inside another locked box or closet. Because I've had licensing in my home a couple different times, and no one has said anything negative, I also store my medications in one of these lock boxes. There are two combination locks that function independently from each other. Therefore, the meds are double locked!
I found these at Office Depot but I'm sure other office supply stores carry similar products.
Oh yeah, if you're wondering why I have two spray bottles that look like they contain cleaning products NOT in the box – it's because they are filled with a solution of vinegar and water. Not only is vinegar cheaper than traditional cleaning products, but it is better for the environment AND I'm not required to lock up vinegar. That way any of my kids can get a basic household cleaner out to clean up after themselves and I can't get in trouble for it.