Organizing your storage doesn’t have to be complicated, but somehow it ends up being just that. If you’re not a weirdo, like me, you should probably stop reading. In other words, if mismatched plastic bins and labels written in permanent marker don’t bother you then just keep doing what you’re doing.
I don’t understand why stores change plastic storage bin colors, latches and shapes every season. Does anyone really care if their storage is in this season’s hottest color? My garage or office storage ends up being a mess. New bin sizes don’t stack properly or fit on my existing shelving. When I’ve tried to reorganize it all again and stock up on extra bins, I still end up needing more than I purchased.
I took a look at various sizes of bins, prices and of course how long the design has been around. I also looked at different ways to label the storage so I can easily find what I’m looking for and easily change the label with the contents.
My favorite bin right now is the Office Depot Clear File Tote. They also have fun colors, but I decided to stick with clear as I know it won’t change. These bins are the right size for most items including letter and legal size files. Office Depot also runs frequent promotions on this item. At this moment they are having double-reward points.
To label the bins I affix an M.O. Document Pocket available on www.seejanework.com. The Document Pockets are intended for customizing project or presentation folders, but they work great for holding labels on plastic storage bins.
Why use Document Pockets for labeling? I can print the labels on regular 8.5” x 11” paper and simply cut it in half and insert into the pocket. I can easily change the label if the contents change. The label is really large and easy to read and the size is consistent among the items being stored. Also the document pocket provides protection from the label rubbing or falling off.
Here are the steps:
The Label being used is a simple Word Document printed on standard letter size paper. I can print two labels per page and simply cut them in half to fit into the pocket. Save the document on your computer so that you are consistent with font style and size.
The clear file totes from Office Depot stack well and the labels are easy to read.
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