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Ideas & Tips
For the Home
Containers are helpful in organizing a kitchen because of the variety of items stored in this space. And, luckily, there are numerous container options (size, color, material, price) out there to meet most of your kitchen needs. Containers can be very useful in organizing anything from small kitchen gadgets to coffee/tea, baking supplies, refrigerator, pantry foods, or even your bar area. If you're kitchen layout allows, try to organize it functionally (pots near the stove, dishes near the dishwasher, cutting board near food prep area, etc). Try setting up a coffee/tea zone near the coffee pot or a baking zone near where you bake. These areas could have a cabinet and/or drawer with all your coffee/baking supplies. Tips: Drawer dividers are a great, adjustable way to customize your drawer space. And, for those tall cabinets, small cabinet shelfs help maximize vertical space.
Note: If buying containers aren't in your budget, use containers you have lying around, such as shoe boxes or small gift boxes.
Coffee / Tea Station
Low on hanging space in your closet? Maximize your storage by rolling clothes in drawers or by placing in containers on shelves. Don't be afraid to try new things: you can roll your pants, shorts, sweaters, scarves, t-shirts, and tank tops. Tip: For stacked clothing on shelves, use shelf dividers to keep stacks from falling over.
Mix and match containers to meet your specific needs and dimensions of your drawers/cabinets. There are many options to help maximize storage in deep cabinets or even a shallow drawer. Tip: try labeling a drawer side to help organize a tall drawer.
Is that paper inbox getting out of control? Whenever possible, paper is easier to manage if it's vertical. Use verical paper sorters, hanging files, or vertical cubbies to organize bills, to do's, filing, printer paper, folders, etc. If space constraints require horizontal storage, try to store each type of paper / folders / envelopes separately. Use a drawer organizer to sort and organize office supplies. If no drawer space is available, there are many desktop organizers which can hold your "most used" office supplies. Ideally, keep your everyday office supplies within reach. Any surplus supplies that don't fit on or near your desk can be kept in the closet. Tip: For snail mail, use a paper sorter to create your own mail station including envelopes, padded mailers, stamps, cards, stationery, and return address labels.
Surplus Office Supplies
Storage by Activity
Create areas of storage for a particular activity or function. Tip: Use a paper sorter to organize gift bags, gift boxes, and tissue paper.
Games / Kid Art Supplies
Similar to clothing, linen storage can be maximized by different folding methods. Roll the kitchen towels in a drawer, use containers to stand linen napkins on their side, and fold towels in a manner that fill up the cabinet. Tip: fold sheet sets and "bundle" together with one pillowcase, creating a stack that's easy to grab and keep intact.
Laundry Room / Utility Storage
Group utility items in their own container and, of course, labeling makes it much easier to remember where everything is. Hint: Pull-out drawers for household cleaners make it much easier to reach all the cleaners, even the ones in the back of the cabinet. Tip: A simple utility hook will help manage brooms, mops, and ironing boards, which often fall over and out of the cabinet.
Gain the Upper Hand
Tired of the junk drawer and reusable bags having control? Tips: Find a storage container, box, or crate to manage all the bags. A simple utility organizer, small boxes, or tupperware will help sort out that junk drawer.
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