How to Use Storage Containers to Help Get Organized
When you look at beautiful catalogs from Container Store, Pottery Barn, or West Elm there’s a whole lot to be excited about. Schools is almost here, which means that it’s time to get your house, kids, and family organized. But have you lost your organizing mojo? That seems to be the case for many families who are struggling to get organized and get learning once again.
After reading a few articles about how to get and stay organized, I realized there was a tool that was cheap, pretty to look at, and truly effective. It was something I could find at almost every store. The big organizing secret? Baskets and storage containers.
I rounded up a few of my absolute favorite containers. Take a look…
1. Plastic Storage Bin from Target — $6.99
These bins are great for organizing a lot of things. At the end of a school year, I usually purchase one of two of these to house old projects and notebooks that I think my kids might want to go through one day. I also use these to store sweaters during the summer, and boots during the winter.
2. Magazine Files from Ikea — $1.99 for 5
If you’re like me and love looking at beautiful pictures of perfectly organized spaces then you get a lot of magazines. I keep mine organized using these extremely affordable magazine files from Ikea.
3. Pretty Storage Baskets from Amazon — $38.03 for 3
These are a bit on the smaller size, but they’re great for fitting in bookshelves as a way to wrangle the smaller things. I have one for cards, another for change, and so on. This way what used to sit around looking ugly now has a place to live unnoticed.
4. Galvanized Bins from Amazon — $99 for 6
If you’re into a more industrial look, and don’t mind a splurge, these galvanized bins from Amazon are great. They hold a ton, but they also look super cool so you won’t mind having them sitting around your home.
5. Leather Storage Bench from Overstock.co — $111.99
If you’ve got more to hide than just piles here and there, a piece of furniture that doubles as storage is always a good answer. Use it to keep office supplies or board games. Not only will it provide extra seating, but it will help keep your home clutter free.
What types of containers do you like to use for storage? Did I hit on any of your favorites?
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