A Place for Everything
By Monica Resinger
So, you've made the excellent decision to get organized, you've
sorted through your belongings and you now have only items that you love and are
usable. This may be for one small area of your home, a few areas, a drawer or
two, or the whole house. However much you have done, it is an accomplishment no
matter how big or small, so congratulations!
A very important aspect of being and staying organized is to
have a place for everything. If you don't have a place for everything, then it
all starts piling up again and pretty soon you're keeping everything because
it's hard to tell what's what and what's where. Here's the scenario: You don't
have a home for anything and whenever the mail comes in or you go shopping, you
just put the items wherever you find room. Pretty soon, you have a mess! Believe
me, I know; I've been through it.
I urge you to put some thought into making a home for every
single type of item that you keep; this is so important! If you bring something
new and different home and you don't have a place for it, make a place for it
immediately or as soon as possible. If you don't have room, you'd better get
sorting again. Here are a few suggestions on how and where to store some common
items found around the house.
In the office
A filing cabinet is a huge lifesaver when it comes to organizing
your paperwork. I made files for every type of paper I had lying around, from
movie reviews to our house papers and this has made my life a lot easier. I put
these files in alphabetical order in my filing cabinet and now everything is put
away, but even more thrilling is the fact that I can actually find a piece of
paper in about five seconds! This is a huge improvement for me when before, I
wouldn't even know where to begin searching for a piece of paper let alone have
success in finding it.
Cereal boxes are very handy for keeping magazines neat. To make
a magazine holder out of a cereal box, cut off the top inch or so of the box,
then, starting at one side of the top and cutting at a downwards angle, cut down
half to one third the height of the box. Do this on the other side also and you
will then have a magazine holder. At this point, you can decorate the holder by
pasting pretty magazine pictures on it or painting it, then adding lace or
ribbon. You can also put magazines in big wide wicker baskets.
I have found envelopes very handy for storing coupons. Just
label them the way you'd like them labeled (alphabetically or by type of food)
and put your clipped coupons in them. The envelopes can be stored in a recipe or
card file box of appropriate size.
In the closet
Laundry baskets make excellent holders for blankets that
sometimes fit awkwardly on shelves.
An over-the-door shoe hanger is a great way to get shoes off the
Travel bags, purses and totes: Plastic storage bins are very
handy for storing these.
In the craft room
See-through plastic storage bins are a very good container for
this because you can see where your items are and thus find things quickly.
In the living room
A great way to store these is in small wicker or wire baskets.
Odds and ends
We use a wooden chest as a coffee table and it's handy because
it doubles as storage. We keep some of our collectibles in there along with
craft pattern books and other odds and ends. Another idea for this is to put a
wooden or glass circle on top of a new garbage can. You would then drape a
decorative tablecloth over the top of the circle. The garbage container can then
be used to store your odds and ends and you would also have a decorative table
for fresh flower arrangements or knick-knacks.
In the bathroom
Wicker baskets are great for storing a lot of items in the
bathroom. You can put all your hair styling aids in a large one, washrags in
another and cosmetics in another.
For the medicine cabinet, I bought short, plastic drawer
organizers that fit the shelves just right. I have one for headache medicines,
one for cold medicines, one for owies (band-aids, ointment, etc.), one for
stomach medicines, etc. This not only makes it easier to find items, but it also
makes it easier to wipe the shelves when they become dirty.
I crocheted a toilet paper holder to hang right above the
toilet, so when someone runs out of toilet paper, there should be a roll in the
holder for easy retrieval. You may be able to find one of these at a craft
In the Bedrooms
Under the bed storage organizers are
great for storing seasonal clothes, Christmas wrapping supplies, gifts to give,
books, and other items.
The see-through plastic bins are great for toys because the kids
can see what goes where. You can also mark the bin with a picture or word.
Crayons Save baby wipe containers or coffee cans to
store crayons in. If using a coffee can be sure there are no sharp edges to cut
I hope this gives you enough ideas to get you started in finding
a place for everything. If you'd like more ideas, check out the e-book *Storage
Solutions* and learn how you can get it free here:
Once you have accomplished making a place for everything, you
only need to train yourself and family members to put things away in the
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