It’s been a while since I’ve written an article on organizing. Typically, I visit homes, see what folks have on hand, and streamline a method of organization for all rooms in the house. I encourage others to use what they have on hand instead of purchasing expensive bins, closet organizers, containers, and such. This proves to be more economical, budget-wise, and environmentally conscious.
For storage and sorting of toys, clothes, books, veggies, etc. I’ve used milk crates, recycled apple baskets, Easter baskets, rigid shopping bags, and recycled Amazon boxes (which come in many shapes and sizes).
If you have milk crates on hand, they’re an excellent stacking tool for storage. I use them to organize and store shoes, sandals, and sneakers. Boots get transferred to the basement during warmer months. We are just beginning to warm-up in my neck of the woods. I came with a great way to keep boots upright while in storage. Grab a couple of pool noodles and cut them to size. Insert them in your boots to prevent collapsing (see photos below)
When storing extra supplies, organize them by category:
1. Canned goods: place soups, beans, veggies, in order & condiments
2. Pasta, rice, and starches can be categorized together. Baking goods can store together with cereals and oatmeal
3. Snack foods can go in one spot
4. Paper goods such as napkins, tissues, and toilet paper & cleaning products
I also keep an inventory list of the extra items stored in the basement and cross them out as they get brought to the kitchen for use. This helps to keep your shopping list organized so you don’t buy repeat items. Keep it simple and keep it organized!