The only way you can truly get and stay organized is if you have a system for storing things where you can easily find them again. A closet full of unmarked boxes is just chaos waiting to happen, and if you are even considering storing something in a bag that was designed for collecting garbage, you need to think long and hard about whether you really need to keep that item.
On the other hand, if you’ve acquired so many storage boxes, baskets and bins that you’re running out of places to put them, you’ve got the right idea, you might just need to do some editing.
Keeping things contained is only half the battle. Before you purchase even one more storage box, think about how and where you’re going to use it.
- Storing your storage. Look for file boxes that fold flat when they’re empty, sets of nesting baskets, and bins that fit inside bigger bins when they’re not being used.
- Make every inch count. Delivery trucks and warehouses are loaded with an eye towards using every inch of space. While you might not want to pack your closets or shelves quite that snug, with a little planning, you can maximize your space without making your home or office look like a stockroom. Corral small items in lidded boxes that can be stacked on a shelf, and use magazine files to keep catalogs and directories handy.
- Hang it up. Wall-mounted message centers, hooks, magnet boards, and file collators are a great way to get notes, lists, and receipts off your desk. Mount them at eye level so you don’t forget to look at your reminders.
Once you’ve got everything in it’s in place, make a concerted effort to sort through cabinets, closets and drawers from time to time to be sure you’re not keeping things you no longer need. You just might have more space than you thought you did.
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