For many, the best part of any organizing project is the opportunity to purchase fun, stylish bins, baskets and containers. Part of the Eliminate Chaos process is to ensure that if you are going to make these purchases, you do so in the proper order – and shopping is step #8, not step #1 in our 10-step process.
Bins and baskets come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, materials, and patterns. With so many different storage options to choose from, it may seem overwhelming at first. Ensure that you make smart choices by purchasing products after you have:
- Eliminated items that no longer serve a purpose in your life
- Grouped “like” items together so you can determine your quantity
- Re-examined your space
By definition, bins are enclosed spaces used for storage. Bins are perfect for storing things such as sweaters and craft items. While most bins do come with lids, you might find it more convenient not to cover items that are used daily like socks and bathroom supplies.
- Closet - Bins can be very functional. In order to maximize closet storage, install shelving so you have a place for the bins. Avoid stacking bins on top of each other. Ensure you have plenty of room for each bin so you can easily access the contents. Pullout drawers conceal items without completely hiding their contents. Check out your local home organization store for bins and shelves that will enhance your space.
- Bathroom – Storage is often a challenge because there are so many different items with a variety of purposes. Sometimes you need to think “outside the box” or “bin” and use one that was designed for a different purpose or different area of your home. Combine like items in each; for example, all hair products would live in one bin while make-up would live in another. The bathroom drawer you see pictured here is my bathroom where I used CD/DVD media bins to keep tall items from falling over when I open the drawer.
- Craft room – Projects can take over a space. However, if you have the proper storage for each craft, your room can be organized and enjoyable. Mount a curtain rod to the wall and hang canvas bins from handles. You can also attach a metal hook to the bins if they do not have handles. These wall-mounted bins serve as the perfect storage place for bulky items such as knitting supplies or fabric samples.
Baskets are a wonderful storage option for items that need to breathe or stay out in the open such as sports equipment, toys and produce.
- Garage - Storage does not have to be hi-tech or complicated. Simply mount metal baskets to store your sports equipment and gardening supplies. They are perfect for storing products that are used often because they allow the items to air out.
- Nursery – Clutter is common when you do not have the correct storage. Most of the time the real chaos comes from the large amount of toys and books on the floor. To keep your baby’s room looking tidy, simply mount garden baskets on the wall. The baskets come in different sizes; use one of each to capture all those cuddly stuffed animals.
- Kitchen - Counters are often a dumping ground for items such as vegetables, bread, and food coupons. These daily-use items need to be easily accessible, yet counter space is precious real estate in most homes. If you do not have extra cabinet space, use wicker baskets with a tighter weave to contain the products, and conceal them in an island with open shelves. You could also install floating shelves near your kitchen to hold the baskets.
As you can see, there are many storage options when using bins and baskets. I am certain that you can create a storage space that is organized, efficient and beautiful. Good luck and happy organizing!
Laura Leist, CPO
Organizing with Laura