Do you Need Some Organizing Containers?
You might think that a professional organizer would have a serious infatuation with all types of storage containers but in my case, you would be wrong. I’d be lying if I said that the stacks of brightly colored, perfectly matching storage containers on display don’t make me walk a little slower past the storage container section but I never pretty them for jobs because I never know the space with which I will have to work or the amount and kind of stuff I will have to contain and that determines everything when buying containers.
I Almost Never Buy Organizing Containers
I can’t remember the last time I purchased storage containers. So how to get buy organizing without buying storage containers? Firstly, since I don’t hang onto large amounts of decorations, memorabilia, craft supplies, etc. I don’t need storage containers to store them in. By simply regularly editing my home, I do not need to purchase any more storage containers. In fact, I have 6 completely empty boxes sitting in my closet right now!
It’s just a better use of time and money to take a few minutes to edit than to take an hour to drive to the store, buy a new container, only to realize that container won’t work for your project and it further adds difficulty to keeping track of what you have. With the various baskets, trays, boxes lying around after editing the house it’s extremely rare that I can NOT find a suitable storage container already owned.
Clients Often Misprioritize
Clients often start out asking if they should get some organizing containers before we start organizing work. Here is the yield of containers already on hand once the first step of weeding had finished with one client. Systemize with what you have first and the left-over containers will help you organize the rest. Not only that but buying containers comes AFTER deleting the contents. They need to be a certain size taking into account unique home dimensions and the amount and kind of things to be stored where. There’s a lot to the process. Don’t worry I have you set, call me anytime.
DIY Organizing Containers
Huffington Post featured some interesting ideas in their article, 34 DIY Container Ideas to Completely Declutter Your Home. Everything from mason jars, suitcases, pallets, fabric boxes, tissue boxes, cardboard boxes are restyled to suit your organizing needs.
Commonly Purchased Organizing Containers
Most have a sturdy storage shelving unit for storage already in their basement or garage. For these folks I can be seen buying clear bins for storing things on the shelves if the client doesn’t have them already. Often they don’t have them because they buy solid-colored bins that labels and tape don’t stick well to in different temperature changes or they haven’t had a chance to fill this part of their organizing system yet. I like the clear bins because one glance and you know what’s in the bin without having to pul it off the shelf and open it. I like to buy Sterilite containers because they are true rectangles (not curved around the edges). I also like that they have a latch so they don’t accidentally pop open if they are bumped or nudged or filled to theorem with contents. usually they are the right size and keep things clean and dry and not too expensive.
I also appreciate square shaped wicker baskets. I use one for the little travel sized personal care items and toiletries a client gave to me. Liners, custom made perhaps, can be put inside them that can be cleaned to keep the dust free environment going. I also washed my baskets for the full dust free effect. Just a quick wash under the faucet with a shake can really remove the settled dust. I wouldn’t;t do this with an antique quality basket but newer ones of minimal value can be well washed this way. You can then wipe down with an oil to bring back the richness again if preferred. The texture and color lend themselves to the decor as well.
What’s not to love about shoe boxes. They come through a home so frequently you can really keep your organizing capability while being able to recycle them when you move. Both the top and bottom serve similar functions in different depths of drawers. And high on the list is that they are free. We don’t need to break the bank when organizing. I prefer the cheapest system that does the job or go purchase specialty when less requested. Large diaper boxes have become a favorite storage tools. They are usually quite sturdy in construction so they can be used for other types of things in the house. These too are free and even better ALREADY IN TH HOME. Don’t make organizing so hard you get distracted by all the administration of organizing.
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