I'm only into my second or third project using InDesign CS5 and remember a handy panel I used previously which stored symbols/graphics when these items are to be used over and over again, but for whatever reason I can't locate this panel and believe me I have tried to find it.
You want to create a Library. File > New > Library. Read about libraries in InDesign Help.
Just like that!
Such a great program and now that I've rediscovered the 'Library' panel, my life just got a whole lot easier.
Thanks for all the help.