Organizing with Storage Containers

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I am a naturally untidy and disorganised person and this one tip makes a huge difference to the state of my cupboards shelves and drawers: Never impulse buy a storage container, whether it's for food, finances, crafts, shoes, nuts and bolts or toys.

You know how it is, you finally decide it's about time you sorted out your mess, so with great enthusiasm you hit the shops and come home with cute stylish, neat or innovative storage solutions only to find they don't fit in the cupboard or on the shelf

Take time to measure your spaces, write down the measurements and take them with you to the store together with a tape measure. Buy only containers that are going to fit the space rather than how they look and your surroundings will be 10 times more manageable and easier to keep tidy once you are sorted.

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I absolutely love to organize and label! I have attached labels with double sided tape, Velcro, and poster putty. All of those work perfectly if the container's surface is smooth and without holes. However, I bought a storage tower that only had space for strips from a small label maker.

Since I wanted the words to be larger, I came up with another way to attach bigger tags. I found butterfly cut-outs that I loved and laminated them. I then punched a hole in the center at the top of each. To attach the butterflies, I stuck the pipe cleaners through the holes and the middle slot of each drawer. With a quick twist, they were on! I just tucked the pipe cleaner that was sticking up behind the butterflies.


You could use any cut outs or tags that can be hole punched. And the best part about attaching the tags this way is how easy they'll be to change later if you need to!

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What else can you do with the plastic tool boxes your tools come in? I use my tools frequently, so putting them back in evening isn't practical. So, there are about 7-10 various plastic boxes taking up space in my basement. What other things can these be used for? Repurposed? Recycle them? Thank you.


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August 12, 20090 found this helpful
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There are tons of things that tool boxes can be used for. If you're into crafting, they're great for storing a lot of craft supplies. And if you're going on a trip, they're great for putting your craft supplies to go with you into. If you're into gardening, they're ideal for carrying around your supplies so you don't have to be running back and forth to the shed.
If you have kids and travel, they're great for packing things to keep the kids occupied on the trip. Even on a plane. If the box isn't too big, they can carry it on board. Pets? Keep all your pet supplies easily accessible, and findable! In the kitchen, if you're short on drawer space, they're great for keeping cooking utensils in.


They work great as jewelry boxes too with all the little compartments on top. And lots of room to store boxes in the bottom. They are handy to have next to your desk to hold all kinds of things: all the little things can go on top into the small compartments. Extra reams of paper can go in the bottom.

I could go on and on, but these are just a few things you could use them for. Just let your imagination run wild and you'll come up with lots more!

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Are these the flat-type plastic cases like cordless drills come in? If so, we have converted them into first aid kits...spray painted it white, then spray paint a red cross on it. They could also make a good lap desk, with space inside for paper, pencils, pens, crayons, etc. I could also see keeping scrapbooking supplies in them, or individual cross stitch projects that are in progress, with chart, highlighter, project in or out of embroidery hoop, scissors, baggie with floss for that project, and baggie for scrap floss.


They would be great for transporting small items that you don't want to get mashed in-transit.

Just a few ideas.

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Could be used for Make-up cases or even better for fishing tackle boxes.

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