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kickingandscreaming
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« on: January 10, 2016, 11:58:03 AM »

I'm starting PD training this week.  At some point in the week I will be overwhelmed with boxes of supplies.  I have designated certain areas of my house where the boxes can be stored, but is their some method to the madness?  Should I unpack certain boxes and put their contents out where I can get to them? Should I have boxes with similar contents grouped together? Or doesn't it matter?

How do those of you dealing with "supplies" deal with it?
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2016, 04:44:51 PM »

 No extra bedroom,closet or garage, so I gave up my little breakfast area about 10 x 6 feet open to the kitchen. I added a wall shelf about 4 1/2feet from the floor. Under the shelf goes the large box of cassettes, on the shelf goes the extra box of caps, I have a plastic three drawer that holds quick simple supplies, my Baxter order folder. I cut the flaps off a box, put extra cassettes there (holds 12).My manual boxes are all yellow together then green, then my cycler bags are all yellow, all green. This fills the full 10 foot area.  I keep an old plastic ice chest for warming bags. I use the heater pad given me when I first started PD. Still working. I was told if I want to I could turn on the cycler to start and the little heater will heat the manual bag then just turn off the cycler.I got a chrome four shelf rolling cart, (Lowes) bottom shelf I put cassettes. Again I cut off box flaps of two boxes, fit nicely on the bottom shelf holds total of 24 cassettes. Next shelf is the cycler. Next up is where I put extra cycler night bags, third shelf is box of caps, B/P, thermometer, box masks,hand cleaner. Top shelf is misc. Kleenex, couple books, things for boredom.  I have two hooks on the side of my chart I hang my flow sheet on clipboard. I can roll the cart any where in my little place. For the bedroom I put the cart in the hallway, the living room I put the cart at the end of the hall way just into the living room. I can get to the kitchen and laundry room. I can go outside onto the deck  I have the cycler connected to an 8 foot heavy duty three prong orange extension cord.  I do not know the wire size. So all box things are at the end of the kitchen, the rest on the cart. It is all new but the PD classes will tell you a lot. Some where people posted how they set up their cycler some had pictures.  I have adjusted things over the years but now it all runs smoothly.  Bathroom is in middle draining at night is not a problem. I keep an empty cassette box in the laundry room and put all folded boxes holds thirty. I then recycle. I fold or roll everything else into smallest sizes, in one week four Walmart size bags to dispose.
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2016, 06:59:08 PM »

Thank you, GrannyM.  Lots to consider here.
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2016, 06:43:30 AM »


Maybe we need to take pictures and see how to post them here.

I have 6 stacks of boxes along the hallway wall.  Three each of yellow and green.  Five Ico and next case of cassettes just around the corner at the short double door entrance way.

In my bedroom I use and old fishtank table, one of the longer ones.  I've put plywood on both levels for shelves and covered the top one with heavy aluminum foil so I can wipe it with those Clorox wipes.  My Cycler sits on top, an IV pole at that end.  Laptop, and misc stuff take up the rest of the top. Case of cassettes, case of Ico, box of patient extension hoses and box of caps all fit on the lower shelf.  I use a 5 Gal bucket for a drain, it sits alongside the IV pole.  I empty that bucket every morning as I go in the bathroom to weigh.  Three times in the last year and a halt I have had my morning 'routine' disrupted, and forgot to empty that bucket.  I clean carpet the next morning.
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