”Mom, can you put my hair up in a ponytail?”The girls would inevitably ask this just as we were about to walk out the door. I’d have to drop my purse and keys and traipse upstairs to the bathroom or bedroom, where we stored their hairbrushes, clips and bands.One day I thought how convenient it would be to store that stuff downstairs somewhere. We didn’t have drawer space in the downstairs half-bath, but we did have an extra drawer in our kitchen away from the immediate cooking area.It’s far from the stove, sink or food preparation counters, so I decided to make that the location to store last-minute hair-prep tools.I emptied an under-utilized drawer organizer (office supply type) from a desk and inserted it in one of those kitchen drawers. It worked great to contain and separate the essential items: The brushes fit in the longest section; clips, bobby pins, and hair bands in the smaller squares. We also store Chapstick and lip gloss in one of the slots, and a small container of hand lotion in another.Although not hair related, I also drop into the last slot those little items that show up on the floor or under the table and belong elsewhere–earrings, marbles, Playmobil flowers and eating utensils (all of three millimeters long), game pieces like the pink and blue pegs that represent a family in “Life.” That kind of thing. Periodically I scoop those out of the drawer and ask the kids to return them to their boxes. I guess that drawer should be more broadly categorized as “Kid hair care and other small kid-oriented stuff.”Visitors may find it a little odd to see me whip out a hairbrush from a kitchen drawer, but they appreciate it when we can all leave on time–looking presentable.Last-minute hair prep, right where you need it.