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A Place for Everything
by Monica Resinger
So, you've made the decision to get organized, you've sorted through your
belongings and you now have only items that you love and are usable. This may
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
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
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:
Paperwork: 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
have success in finding it.
Magazines: 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
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
or ribbon. You can also put magazines in big wide wicker baskets.
Coupons: 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
your clipped coupons in them. The envelopes can be stored in a recipe or card
file box of appropriate size.
In the closet:
Blankets: Laundry baskets make excellent holders for blankets that sometimes
fit awkwardly on shelves.
Shoes: An over-the-door shoe hanger is a great way to get shoes off the floor.
Travel bags, purses and totes: Plastic storage bins are very handy for
In the craft room:
Crafting items: 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:
Remote controls: A great way to store these is in small wicker or wire
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
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:
Miscellaneous items: 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.
Medicines: For the medicine cabinet, I bought short, plastic drawer
organizers that fit the shelves just right. I have one for headache medicines,
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
easier to wipe the shelves when they become dirty.
Toilet Paper: 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:
Miscellaneous items: Under the bed storage organizers are great for storing
seasonal clothes, Christmas wrapping supplies, gifts to give, books, and other
Kids Toys: 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 the children.
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
Once you have accomplished making a place for everything, you only need to
train yourself and family members to put things away in the appropriate places.
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