Decorative Storage Bins and Boxes
All you need to get organized are some nice storage bins and racks or a few decorative storage boxes up on the shelves! Right? If you have a Container Store near you, or something comparable, then you’ve probably had a similar thought.
Well, if only it were that simple. I don’t know how many times I’ve bought a bunch of nice storage bins, carefully put a bunch of things in each one and threw them up in the closet or on a storage rack…only to pull them all apart a month later desperately looking for that missing glue gun or electric stapler. Now I know I put that in one of these boxes!!!
The key to using storage bins and racks to get organized is to have a logical system of classifying like items as well as using the right type of storage item. You’ll want to take some time before you buy your storage boxes to establish your precise needs.
You don’t want to use a large plastic pin for smaller items because they’ll most likely get lost in the mess. Likewise, don’t bother putting one large item in one small box since that’s really a waste of resources.
~ Plan your system before you buy by thinking clearly about what you’re out to accomplish.
~ Buy the appropriate type of storage bin or box for your project.
~ Make sure you have enough room to house the box or bin you buy.
~ Use this time to purge some of the unnecessary or unwanted items in your home. You don’t have to keep everything, and sometimes it feels great to lighten the load a bit.
~ Use colors logically to help you identify the contents of a box, or consider using clear plastic bins so you can see the contents without having to open everything up.
~ Label your boxes well so you know what’s in them.
~ Consider keeping a brief inventory elsewhere, like on your computer or even a printout, with a list of items in each storage box. You don’t have to list everything, but perhaps just the basics or the theme of each storage bin.