The first thing you should do when you want to get organized is go shopping for containers, right? WRONG!!
If you begin with this step, you are definitely not alone. However, it is most certainly one of the least effective methods for beginning an organizing project.
1. Most of the time you simply purchase large opaque tubs available in just about any store. I guess the urge is to be able to dump your stuff into the big bin, throw on the lid and you instantly feel better because you don’t have to look at the clutter anymore. OK, sounds good in theory. But it certainly isn’t organized and many people often still FEEL cluttered and chaotic even though the stuff is contained.
- Until you know the quantity, volume and dimensions of the stuff you need to contain you are unlikely to purchase the right size or type of container.
They often compound the challenge because not only did they not solve your problem, now you have to find a place to store them and you will often spend more time digging through them trying to find what you need. And, you’re more convinced that you can’t get organized.
Bonus tip about using large plastic tubs: They are useful for larger items in places like the basement, garage or attic. They are great for seasonal supplies and decorations- as long as you separate smaller items in their own smaller container inside. Make sure to store like with like, dumping lots of stuff is just containing not organizing. Avoid purchasing opaque containers, clear containers will improve the storage and retrieval process. And, finally, (I’m sure you are sick of hearing me say this) don’t forget to label clearly!!
How often do you start organizing by going shopping? Have you been successful doing so? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.