I keep tape measures in my purse, on each of my sewing tables and in my sewing boxes but never on my cutting counter. On the counter, I have a folding cutting board with measurements. It saves on ruining a good tape measure. I love those retractable measures as they are easy to carry and the numbers are large enough to read. I also use the curve measures (like an architect might use) plus several sets of rulers. However, I do keep losing my seam gauges. I need to buy a few more the next time I'm in a sewing shop.
Brighten each corner where you are ... smile!