leftover school supplies, workbooks, and papers. I feel the need to do
some organizing around the house before the clutter begins to overtake
Here are my top ten tools for taming the potential chaos.
- A large trash can. If you put this tool to good use, you’ll
have less of a need for the others! The fewer items you have to
organize, the easier it is.
- Baskets. I enjoy using baskets for organizing items that are
left out in the open as they make for attractive storage that’s easily
accessible. I use baskets of varying sizes to hold DVDs, magazines,
phone chargers, library books, and small toys.
- Plastic tubs or bins. I store small items – such as
toiletries or batteries – in these and place them in out-of-sight spaces
like closet shelves or under the bathroom sink.
- Round containers such as trash cans or empty oatmeal containers.
These are perfect for oddly-shaped items; standing wrapping paper rolls
upright in an empty trash can keeps them well protected. Some craft
items also store well in round containers.
- Permanent markers. I use these for marking storage containers or individual items.
- File folders. Keep paper under control by using color-coded
or clearly marked folders for different categories. The files I use
most often are stored in a pretty magazine holder next to our desk; the
rest go in a small filing cabinet.
- Drawer organizers. These work especially well in kitchen and bathroom drawers.
- Wire office accessories. I like monochromatic ones that let me see at a glance what’s stored inside.
- Ziploc bags. Everything from Polly Pocket accessories to my daughters’ hairbands have a home in gallon-sized Ziploc bags.
- A system. Each person needs a system that works for them.
Organization is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution. Analyze your needs
and develop a plan that works for you!
Now I must engage my little helpers and get busy putting all these items to use!
What’s your favorite organizing tool?
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