Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into animals or objects.  This check-list technique isn't exactly origami (or art for that matter), but I've found it extremely useful.

Before doing our weekly shopping, we invariably make a list. When actually doing the shopping I equally invariably forget to bring a pencil, pen, quill and ink pot, etc. to check off the list.  I needed to find a way to check off the list without actually writing on the list, thus was formed my paper-folding technique.

Step 1: The Basic Shopping List

We're not the best at putting lists in order of the item's occurrence in the store.  As with most busy families, we jot stuff down as we think of them.  Here's an example printed list to get us started.  I know that the Aspirin and Tooth Paste will be the first things I pick up in the store (being the first area I walk through), but those items are in the middle of this list.  Here comes the folding technique...
Good idea! It will work on hand-written scraps of paper, too, as long as they're only one column wide. Thanks!

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