Creating Space with Storage Bins; Decluttering and Organizing
"Honey, where are my socks?"
If you are one of many that believe in the dryer sock monster, I have a simple solution that millions already use. It is efficient, inexpensive, and will help create much-needed space. It will also help organize highly-trafficked areas that need it most...
Storage bins! Yes, a box made of fabric or plastic. I told you that it is simple! Single storage bins are typically under $10, even for larger ones. If you are particularly crafty, making your own can easily cut that cost in half.
As a busy mother (or roommate), we often find ourselves following others around the house, picking up after them. No more! Put a "mom bin" somewhere handy (but out of view for visitors) so that when you (or anyone else) find something lying around, but do not have time to find it's proper place, throw it in the bin. Come back to the bin every so often and carry it with you as you tidy up. Or, assign someone to the bin daily or weekly, as a way to help around the house! (Thank you, Cagsil & Sholland10, for the brilliant idea!)
How I Created Space and Reorganized
I needed more space. Who knew that having clothes to spare could be such a burden? I decided to go through closets and narrow down a more appropriate and accurate wardrobe (of who I am now). I used one of my decluttering mottos, "If you haven't used it (worn it) in the past year, you don't need it." I donated bags and bags of clothes, scarves, gloves, hats, belts, purses, and shoes. I thought to myself, "If I lose the weight needed to be able to fit into those pants, I would have to buy a shirt to match," and "Realistically, when will I ever wear that again?" Be honest with yourself. Could someone else get more use of it?
It was time, then, to organize. Previously, I had hung almost all of my shirts in the closet, which left little room for dresses and sweaters. I had to do this because my drawers were full of undies, tanks, and socks. I made the decision to take back reign of my drawers, and kicked out the aforementioned necessities. (enter storage bins here)
I used two large-sized open top storage bins for undies - one "his" and one "hers". I used another of the same size for socks (if you have an abundance of socks, try doing the his and her thing with them, too - or bins for different types/colors of socks). By doing so, I cleared up space in my drawers for normal, every day shirts, which then created space in the closet for sweaters and coats.
Going a step further, I decided to use storage bins (aka storage boxes) in the bathroom. I stockpile. Meaning, I buy in bulk when items are on sale and I have coupons. That way, I save money, and have what I need when I need it. For excess products in the bathroom, I store them in bins. Razors, shaving cream, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotions, and more fit easily into storage bins. By using bins for those things, I keep room on shelves and in drawers for things currently in use.
I also use storage bins as a way to keep blankets, sheets, and pillow cases organized while securing space in the closet for towels and other (less bulky) items. I hide them under the bed! Storage bins come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including long, rectangular ones for storing items easily under the bed. Hideaway bins could be used for seasonal clothes, books or magazines, holiday decorations, excess purses, or just about anything else!
I highly suggest that if you are looking for a simple way to organize clutter and create space, to try storage bins. They can be purchased at any home improvement or major retail store, like Target and Walmart, and may even be available at your local dollar store!
Uses for Storage Bins
Storage bins can be used for a variety of reasons and in a variety of settings, such as for:
- toys in the kids' rooms
- toiletries in the bathroom
- office supplies
- purses, scarves, hats, gloves, etc.
- pictures and small keepsakes
- camera equipment
- art supplies
- nail polishes
- perfumes and lotions
- pet leashes, toys, and treats
- hair accessories
- small electronics
- light bulbs
- cleaning supplies
Using stacked bins in childrens' rooms seems to work well. With three little boys in the house, they each get their own row of bins. They have to keep their bins organized. Not only does it make it easier for cleaning up after playtime, but gives each of them their own space. Plus, it helps to foster responsibility.
I also use bins for pet food and supplies, as suggested in the list above. By keeping food in a sealed, air-tight container, food stays fresher longer, and is less likely to attract any unwanted pests. Keeping toys, leashes, and extra pet-related items in a box creates space and keeps things organized in a place that is easily accessible.
Whatever the use, storage bins can help declutter a space and organize belongings easily and inexpensively.
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