Now that the winter holidays are over, we may find ourselves with a few extra baskets on hand – baskets that arrived holding fresh fruit or bath products.
Baskets, while making a lovely presentation containers, often have awkward shapes and can be challenging to store. Sometimes donating them seems preferable to losing storage space to their clumsy designs. And then again, how can we let them go when there may be a use for them…someday?
Before letting your frustration take over, here are a few suggestions of places around your home that can benefit from the strategic placement of some of these vexing vessels:
So, if you’re ready to cram your baskets into cupboards or send them on their way out the door, take a look around your home and ask yourself if there area any areas that could benefit from some clever containment.
A lovely new basket might be just the solution!
Wow! Summer vacation is right around the corner. I’m sure we all can become overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of chauffeuring our children back and forth and to all the end of school events. Let alone commuting to your own appointments; the last thing most of us are thinking about is keeping our car clean and organized. After all, being that high profile chauffer to those daily and extracurricular activities can be very tasking. It isn’t until a friend you haven’t seen in ages comes up to your car you feel embarrassed. Then you get a frightful look on your face when you realize it looks like you’ve lived in the car for the past 6 months. You say to yourself I’ve got to clean this car.
Don’t fret you still have time to get your car ready for the summer. Keeping your car organized can make your travel time less stressful. Here are some helpful tips below:
Enjoy your summer! Happy Organizing.
As a Professional Organizer, one of my favorite tools is my label maker. With one little machine you can create oodles of labels in different fonts, colors and even add borders. However, can you create a label without a label maker? Absolutely! Check out these other creative and perhaps “new to you” ideas to keep all of your favorite things in place:
The additional ideas listed below are brought to you courtesy of Martha Stewart and her new Home Office line at Staples. What can’t that woman do!
Whatever your preference or style there is a labeling option out there for you…even if it’s as simple as a Post-It and Sharpie! Happy Labeling!
Home is where you hang your hat. – Proverb
(That is, if you can find your hat and if there’s room for it on the hat rack.)
You’re walking through your local home goods store and you see the most attractive fabric storage totes that would be just perfect for finally organizing your bulging linen closet and you just have to buy them. When you go to set them up the next day, you realize that not only are they too small to hold the contents of your closet but they are also too tall to fit on your shelves!
It can be so frustrating to spend time picking out a lovely basket or interesting storage piece only to bring it home and find that it is barely big enough to store half of what you had in mind. It could be baskets to organize your pantry or plastic bins for sports equipment in the garage. Whatever the intent, there are a few things worth considering prior to running out to buy organizing supplies.
Size: It’s hard to choose the right sized storage piece(s) when you don’t know how much you have to store! Before picking out the container
Function: The type of items and frequency of their usage should be taken into account when deciding what type of container to choose
Placement: Decide whether or not your container will be in public view
Cost: Your need for function or fashion will have some affect on the amount you will spend on storage.
Now that you have considered size, function, placement and cost, you can stroll confidently among aisles of home organizing tools, sizing up all the latest, greatest products with an eye for just the right one that fits your need.