Grouping like items together in containers makes an area look so much neater, not to mention that it makes it a lot easier to locate items. For example, pulling down a labeled container of spices is so much easier than pulling out the individual containers of spices until you find the one you need. Pulling out a labeled container of office supplies is much easier than having a bunch of loose items on a shelf. You get my drift.
Now, let’s discuss these containers. When clients want to organize, one of the first things they want to do is run to the store and to buy pretty containers. Do. Not. Do. This.
First decide what is going to be grouped in the container. Cull out any duplicates or unneeded items. Now you can see the quantity and size. Next, decide where this container will live. Measure the space. Now you know the maximum dimension of that container. You may need two smaller ones instead of one large one.
Decide if you want the container to be attractive or does it just have to be utilitarian. Now, you are ready to shop.
Don’t get into the mindset that items stored in the bathroom have to be stored in “bathroom” containers or items in the office need to be stored in “office” containers. Shop around in all sections.
I have seen Lego containers that cost four times as much as kitchen containers of the same size. I have seen office containers that are perfect for storing short sharp knives. And don’t forget to shop from your home first. That bread basket might be just the thing to hold some rarely used kitchen gadgets. The plastic shoe box is very versatile. Inexpensive leftover food containers make great containers.
I would love to hear about some of your favorite container ideas.
Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer