Can you relate to having a lot of containers but still being unorganized? Maybe the containers you do have are overflowing? Do you need a bigger container to store all your smaller containers in?
Are you sick of containers? Sick of having containers and still being disorganized?
Or, do you still think that if you could find the perfect container you would finally get organized?
When I help clients organize we always sort first.
We EMPTY the space and NAME the PILES – steps one and two in our END CLTR process.
As we empty spaces we are emptying containers. What do you do with empty containers? You make a pile and name it containers!! It’s that simple.
Step 1: Place all empty containers in a pile named containers.
Create only one location for ALL empty containers.
After you’ve purged the piles decide what you are keeping in the space and where it will go.
Then, you are to the C step in END CLTR – CONTAIN. Do you need any containers? Would a container help you maintain the space? Would it keep like items together? If yes…
Step 2: Shop your container pile.
Use the containers you already have. These could include empty phone or ipad boxes (one of my favorite organizing products!). Try out containers you have already even if they aren’t perfect. If you have nothing that will work, then, and only then, create a list of products you need and go shop for them. Be sure to include the measurements on your list.
Step 3: Donate all the extra containers.
If you aren’t using the containers get them out of your house. If the tags are still on them you could place a clutter-free gift in them and give them as a gift. If they are in good condition you could sell them on Craig’s List. Or, the quickest and easiest way is to donate them to a charity of your choice.
Also, can you relate to having a pile of lids that don’t match? So many people have an assortment of lids that don’t seem to go with any containers. Recycle them!
Tuesday’s Tip: Follow the END CLTR steps to get organized and when you get to the C (and only then) shop your containers first. Free yourself from the burden of excess containers and get rid of the ones you aren’t using…even if you “might” need them “someday.”