What is an organizing “system”?

What is an effective storage system?

For most of us, setting up an effective storage system is a challenge.  Often, as a first step, we got out and try to purchase the “right storage” – the pretty boxes or plastic bins.  But the reality is that getting organized isn’t about the box or the bin.  To create an effective storage system, we need to start with having the “right stuff” in our spaces.  The first step in the process is getting rid of the excess – the damaged, the unused, and the unneeded.  There are many options to donate your unused and unneeded items and you can find a list of these resources here.

How do I use a storage system in my space?

Once you have decided on what to keep, then decide where the item should be stored.  Games in the toy room or family room?  Books in the nursery or playroom? Extra linens in the bedroom or hall closet?  Once your item has a home, then you are ready to create a storage system, i.e. finding the “right” storage. When choosing a storage solution, think about trying to find that item when you are looking for it.  Opaque is not your friend!!  Choose a clear storage option whenever possible unless you really are trying to “hide” items from view.  And don’t feel that you need to buy a fancy, high-end container system.  Clear plastic shoe boxes are ideal for so many items – small toys, art supplies, legos, cosmetics, office supplies.  Now you have a home for your items and they are housed in the right storage solution – voila, a storage system!

Storage systems are unique to the item and space so batteries might be stored well in clear plastic shoe boxes but that’s not a good fit for large stuffed animals.  Keep your storage solutions and systems clear and simple.