...and sometimes it doesn't. I have mentioned before that I am a purger, but I recently posted about the few things that I keep around so I'm not caught without something important.
Well, today I had a close call. I live in the Netherlands, right? There is really no such thing as an all-in-one store anywhere close to me. And I am still learning what stores sell what kinds of stuff. So, today I went to print some very important papers, and I was out of ink. In the states I would just run to Target and be back in half an hour. But not here. Not when I don't speak the language and don't have a clue what's going on most of the time. Here, I would be driving all over town in person, getting in and out of the car with my ink cartridge in hand, asking in broken Dutch "Hebt u deze inkt?", which is about all I could figure out to say.
my husband is still out of town. So not only was I looking at running all over town trying to find a place that sells printer ink, I was going to do it with 3 kids. They're great and all, but that's not how I wanted to spend my Saturday.
then, salvation. In a small box labeled "electronics supplies", that I forgot I had, were not one, but two spare ink cartridges. It took 2 hours from the moment I realized I needed ink to the moment I found it in the closet, and those two hours were spent beating myself up for not being a keeper.
the lesson learned? Keep what you need to keep. Think hard about that list.
And replace the spare as soon as you use it!