Time Saving Organizers
Time Saving Organizers
If you're like me, you really want to keep your home organized. In theory, you know that should make life easier. But keeping up with it - making sure everything STAYS organized after you've gone to the trouble of getting it organized in the first place - that's not always as simple as it sounds.
There are things that help, though, as I've discovered over time. I thought I'd highlight a couple here. These two items are so great and versatile, I've got more than a dozen of each in my house.
Honestly, I don't know what I would do without these wonderful fabric cubes. We use them for practically everything in our house, and it's the easiest way I know to save time while trying to maintain some semblance of neatness. For example:
I've got a couple of these in the bathroom closet for washcloths and hand towels. When I'm doing laundry, I grab them, and as I'm sorting the clean stuff from the dryer, I toss the washcloths and the little hand towels in their respective bins. No need to fold them - they just go into their little fabric drawer homes. Quick and easy, and everyone in the household can just grab 'em as they need 'em.
Now I'll admit, all of our washcloths and towels color-coordinate very well, which adds to the time saved. No need to spend extra time making sure the right washcloths are available to use with the right towels, because we mix-and-match. And even unfolded, they stay fresh and fluffy in these bins, as long as you pack them densely. (But really - how many washcloths would you have to have in order to pack them that tightly? Our family as a few dozen, and they do just fine.) Another thing - if you're into this type of thing, toss a scented sachet in the bottom of the bin. Or even a dryer sheet.
Another use: In the kids' rooms, we use these for their clean socks (stored next to their shoes), for their winter scarves and mittens (stored in the closet), and for some of their toys (stored on a couple of bookshelves). We'll sometimes keep the ones on the bookshelves with the open end facing out instead of up - makes it handy to store things like coloring books and turtle puzzles.
In the office/study, we use these to store miscellaneous computer doodads - extra power cords and whatnot.
We store holiday stuff in them. The red ones and dark green ones for Christmas things, and the orange ones and brown ones are perfect for Thanksgiving. The colors make it easy to know which ones to grab.
We bring a few along on vacations, too. They fold flat, so are easy to bring along in the car. And if you're vacationing in a bungalow or timeshare, sometimes you don't want to put everything in unfamiliar dresser drawers, you know?
Trust me - these bins are the number one thing to have if quick-n-easy organization is your goal. And there are about twenty colors available, including some really cute plaids, so they'll fit in anywhere. I wish I'd had these when I was in college - I'd have been the envy of my friends!
Great Stuff on Amazon - Fabric Drawers/Storage Cubes
I have to admit - until a couple of years ago, I didn't know these things existed. And when I first came across them, I was thrilled. You see, I'm not someone who maintains a file cabinet with all of my receipts perfectly organized into their folders and sorted by date. I just don't have time for that. But I didn't want to be one of those people who just tosses everything onto the desk until it piles up and falls over and the baby begins chewing on it. I needed a happy medium - something that would let me keep things organized but not take forever, but something that would still let me find things quickly six months later.
Enter - these things called document boxes. You can buy these in groups of five (for under 20 bucks! Seriously, a great deal!), and they assemble very easily. They've got those little paper tabs so you can label what's in them, but to be honest I just let the colors be my guide. I store certain types of things in certain colors, and then it's easy to grab the right box as needed. Open the blue box, toss in the credit card receipts. Open the orange box, toss in the warranties and instructions for the new appliances. Keep all of the boxes in one easy-to-find place, or break up the set and keep a couple of boxes in appropriate rooms - one in the kitchen, a couple in the office, etc. Handy for kids' rooms, too!
By the way - these stack really well on top of each other on the top shelf of a closet or along the top of a bookcase.
And if you're like me and print out a lot of pages (guilty pleasure of mine - I print out fanfiction to read at the beach), then these boxes are perfect for that. Perfect!
Get 'em at Amazon
Corner TV/DVD Cabinet - Great for Kids Room or Guest Room
I had to add this one because I fell in love with it. The picture doesn't do it justice - this is a really beautiful piece of furniture for the price. It's a corner piece, doesn't dominate the room, but is sturdy and strong. It may take two people to put together - unless you're more talented at that sort of thing than I am, anyway - but it's worth it. Holds quite a bit, too! And the shelf is adjustable, so if you don't need it for storing DVD's, it's nice for storing a couple of extra blankets, kids' toys, or sweaters. It's available in black, white or the walnut (above). The white is terrific for a kids' room, or if you're lucky enough to live in a part of the country that goes well with those light, summery white furniture pieces.
Corner TV/DVD Cabinet (Louvered Doors)
See? Here it is in White, too!
Do you use these products? I'd love to know what you think of them!