Alright, as soon as I started this post a lens popped out of my glasses. Thankfully I knew which box (or in this case plastic drawer unit) held the small screwdriver to fix my glasses. Organization saves time and frustration and that’s what we are all about. So how does one organize on the cheap?
If one could wave a money wand and be able to go out and buy matching organizing boxes (totes or drawers etc.) it would be wonderful but many of us have to organize on the cheap.
So if it’s a quick “get ‘er done” type project your best bet is plastic storage bags. Now days they come in many sizes and you can get a box of each for under @$30.00 depending on how many of the larger sizes you get. When you are thinking of storage of items for any length of time you should go for the heavier “freezer” or “storage” type rather than the thinner food grade bags. Zipper close will save your fingers and accidents over the press and seals.
It seams logical to start layering bag within bag and to some degree this is fine. However when you get a lot of small bags you will find them slipping all over the place. This is a time to pull out the boxes in which to place the bags in. Again you should go for the best quality boxes you can afford but even boxes found around the house can be a temporary fix until you can upgrade to decorative storage or plastic containers.
All of this sort and store is good but there are a few rules that you need to keep in mind:
Have a toss bag. Dried up pens, markers etc. need to be tossed
Have a donate bag. If you have room and know you are going to carry through, donate that which you don’t need.
Don’t use garbage bags! Even if you live alone avoid using trash bags because you will risk things being tossed in the trash by accident!
Out of sight – out of mind. Even organized there needs to be some sort of labeling or tracking system in place.
Organization bag vs. box is one method of getting your life on track, but always evaluate your items workflow. If you have too many of one type of item or are not using others make sure you realize this and adjust spending patters.
Even stored things wear out. Make sure you use items or donate/toss/re-sort as time goes by.