It is just so darn tempting - I know. Walking into The Container Store, gazing at all those sexy organizing baskets and jewelry containers. Imaging how gorgeous your spaces would look if only you had that shiny orange desktop letter holder on your desk...
Don’t believe yourself. Don’t believe all the magazines showcasing the picture-perfect, neatly-labeled baskets that never overflow, like in real life. Don’t give in to media’s glorification of storage baskets.
We started February identifying some Common Organizing Mistakes, and this is one of them! But read below for tips on how to make the best decisions when it comes to making purchases to store your stuff.
Tips for Purchasing Organizing Supplies:
Tip #1: Like any good therapist will tell you, “If you can name it, you can tame it.” Use this philosophy for purchasing organizing products too - don’t buy the stuff if you don’t have a plan. Make sure you know how the product will really help you organize your space.
Bonus tip: I learned from my mother to use makeshift items like shoeboxes and jars before purchasing new items. This allows you to perfect the space before investing in pricier items. Here’s a photo of my mother’s kitchen cabinet, using Tang jars from the 1970s as storage containers. Inexpensive... and functional!
Tip #2: Shop for organizing products last. This may seem backwards, but it is best to declutter and organize your items before you buy the containers. And make sure to measure your spaces along the way, so you can ensure that whatever you purchase will fit properly. A bin hanging part way off a shelf or a drawer organizer that is two sizes too small will just add frustration.
Tip #3: Purchase items that appeal to you. When you open the doors to a closet, you want to feel at home, inspired and at peace. Those are strong motivators to help you stay organized. Do you like baskets, cardboard boxes, plastics, wire frames, metal bins, wooden boxes? Make sure you visualize the look you want to achieve, come up with a design style and stick to it.
Tip #4: Whether you go to an office supply, home improvement or organizing store, nothing beats shopping for organizing products in person. It is the best way to make sure you like what you are getting, and make sure they are sturdy enough. Products tend to look and feel differently in person than they do in an online catalog. So, go ahead, invest your time in the shopping trip. You’ll be glad you did.
Do you have other tips for shopping for organizing products?