Bins are a potentially colorful and efficient means of separating your items from one another so that you always know where things are. I use a plastic dresser of four bright green bins to separate my undergarments from my main dresser in order to give myself the extra drawer I needed. I’m frugal, but I love to shop!
Or, for the ambitious shoe-freak, you can take a page from my granny’s book and use bins to help you organize your closet space. As I remember it, she woke up one day and bought at least 50 plastic bins; then, she grabbed some sticky labels and wrote small descriptions on each one such as: “Mauve Peep-toe.” She stacked them on shelves and now never has to open numerous boxes of shoes to find the ones she wants (or search the bottom of her closet floor.) This is ideal for the person that owns more than 15 pairs of shoes. For anything less, ordering a shoe cubby may be more appropriate.
Some stores put a lot of effort into giving customers a bag with style and accessibility. Frederick’s has their signature red bags with leopard print spines and Victoria’s Secret has a beautiful stripe design with their signature pinks. So, anytime you go out for your perfumes (or panties) save the bag! In fact, anytime you go anywhere that provides a bag with a sturdy material and a nice design, I recommend saving it. Then, instead of throwing all of your items underneath your bathroom cabinet, organize them into the bags. The result is a beautiful pattern under your sink, with your bows in one bag, your sunglasses in another, and your jewelry boxes in a third (keeping your expensive jewelry in their respective boxes helps prevent damage and tangling)
Reduce the need to buy things for storage. While getting organized it is important to remember, we are socialized into hoarders. Let’s face it, everything has good use, and all our old bills, pay stubs, and perfect attendance certificates need to be stored somewhere. Although this is counter intuitive to the organization process, having a way to organize the mess helps keep the mess at bay.
Never throw away a cardboard box again (though you should have been recycling it in the first place). Next time you order something, buy a shoe, or do anything else that results in an unnecessary box, think of what you have a lot of that you wish you could store together. Plastic bins are pretty, but boxes are free and plentiful. When you have a credit card offer come in the mail fill up an empty box. Shredding is best done in bulk—an unproven fact. Warning: this may not actually be a fact.
When you clear the box and feel you no longer need it—which is the ultimate goal—be sure to recycle! Personally, I recycle everything I can get my hands on. If you want to be a recycle guru too, I have a screensaver for you.
Next time we’re going to go a bit OUT of the box and find out how as.EZ.as ABC it can be to get creative with our closets.