Whenever you buy a storage container, think clear. I have been in basements of many clients with Rubbermaid tubs filled to the brim with unknown stuff. Not only are houses filled with the Rubbermaid bins, but also boxes that are equally as hard to see through unless you have x-ray vision. Why unknown, because the tubs are not clear. Years ago the only ones that were sold were blue or green. How do I know this, because my basement storage closet is full of those blue and green bins. Even if we were to label them, we still wouldn’t know everything that is in them. Most labels are generic like Christmas or baby clothes. But when the tub is clear, all of a sudden you can see what is in them. You can see that it is Christmas, but you can also see that your tree skirt and nativity set are also in that clear bin. This does not mean that you should get rid of all of your bins, unless you are OCD and like having matching ones like I do. But as you transition to new ones and go shopping have your eyes lead you to the clear ones.
For an example of clear bins in use, I recently cleaned out a shelf in my pantry and used clear bins to help tame the canned goods.
The steps to do this were quite simple.
1. Clear everything off the shelf or drawer.
2. Wipe it down.
3. Sort and discard what is expired or you know you will never use.
4. Group all remaining items into like items. For me it was putting all of my soups and Mexican canned good together as well as everything that I would use for baking. Another bin holds what I like to call gourmet party food.
5. Locate a clear container to help keep the grouping together. I only had three and I still need to buy two more for my beans and tomato products. I loved these because they had an opening for my hands to easily grab the whole container and pull it out to see what the contents are. I also loved that they are tall and it gives me more vertical space without having to worry about the cans tumbling down.
6. Replace back in drawer or on shelf
Remember, only after you see what you will need, should you purchase organizing supplies. You can guess but in my experience, people either under or overestimate and you will take two trips to the store instead of just one. Often people can even find the perfect container already in their home.
To Joyful, Simplified Living,
MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity. She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at http://www.mssimplicity.com/
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