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12 Organization Tips From the Experts at The Container Store

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
July 05, 2016 · 2.2k Views

You go through periods of trying to get more organized. Unfortunately these periods are fleeting and you once again find yourself throwing stuff wherever in the house. There’s always an excuse – you don’t have enough time or enough storage space, you are too busy, or it’s just too much of a hassle. A few months pass this way. You get fed up with the messes and not being able to find what you need, try to organize, then become overwhelmed and give up. The cycle just keeps repeating itself.

Well the good folks over at The Container Store are here to help you break the cycle. They’ve leaked a list of pro tips to help you get organized once and for all.

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1. Start in one place.

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Most likely, there is more than one trouble area in your home. Trying to tackle them all at once will inevitably end in failure. Start by choosing one space and focus all your energy there. Once you have it organized, check it of the list and move on to the next. As you cross more spaces off the to-organize list, you’ll start to notice a changed atmosphere in the house, which is great motivation to keep at it. If you are starting with the closet, check out these clear storage boxes.

2. Allow plenty of time.

The saying Rome wasn’t built in a day can easily be applied to organizing your living space. This is a major undertaking, which will take time and effort on your part. And understand that the size determines how long a job will take. To avoid burn out on a larger space, set a side a couple of hours for work. This approach takes longer, but is totally worth the wait of finally having a tidy and efficient laundry room. Check out the Chrome Double Laundry Bag Stand.

3. Get rid of what you don’t use anymore.

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You’ve chosen to start with the home office, now it’s time throw out, donate, or sell what you don’t use anymore. This is a great space to purge electronics, old office equipment, and out-of-date books like The Idiot’s Guide to the Internet. They take of up space and make clutter that can distract you from getting work done. Once the junk is cleared, you can start thinking about organizational items like this Bisley 5-drawer cabinet (more colors available).

4. Take inventory.

The clutter is gone. Now take a look of what you have decided to keep. Ask questions such as is this the best place for it? Or will it serve a better purpose in another room? The sewing machine has better use in the office/studio than on the top shelf of your son’s closet. For ideas about organizing the home office, check out the InterMetro Office Shelving.

5. Be creative with space.

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You do all this work, but still don’t have enough space to store things. Be creative and reconsider areas that could be used for storage. A door can be used to hang a rack and storage boxes can go under a bed. To create space in your bathroom, try this Iron Folding Bath Etagere.

6. Maximize vertical space.

Anyone who has lived in a small space knows that thinking vertical is a guaranteed way to create more storage. Skip long, horizontal shelves and look for units that utilize the wall vertically. Check this White elfa utility Mesh Pantry Door & Wall Rack Solution for organizing pantry goods.

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7. Divide the space.

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Dividing a space is a great way to organize and create more storage. Think about investing in a few shelves that can be arranged together on the wall or stacking containers for the closet. To organize your desk area, check out items like these Navy Bigso Marten Stacking Letter Trays.

8. Keep it moving.

An organizational unit on wheels is ideal in just about any space. Not only can it be moved, but it also allows for a more dynamic and flexible space. Have a small kitchen? Check out this Platinum elfa Mesh Kitchen Cart, which has great storage and acts like a work station that can be moved from the refrigerator to the sink, to the stove as needed.

9. Organize by color.

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You’ve been using color to organize since you were a kid. Why stop now? Try using different color stacking letter trays to organize bills. The kids will love the different color boxes used to store their equipment for sports and activities. Check out these Turquoise Oskar Boxes, which come in variety of colors.

10. Accessibility.

When determining an item’s place, always consider how often you will use/need it. Items that you use often should be easy to access while those you need every once in a while should be placed higher up on a shelf.

11. Make sure everything is visible.

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Being able to see what you have is key to being organized. Stopping what you are doing to repeatedly open containers is frustrating, wastes time, and interrupts work flow. Invest in clear boxes or make sure they are visibly marked. Check out these Stor-n-Slide Underbed Boxes that fit nicely under your bed.

12. Flexibility.

We all have different needs and ways of moving about the home. You want a storage system that will work for you while making the space organized and efficient even under changing circumstances. Check out the authentic dairy crate, which you can be rearranged and add to as needed.

The Container Store has something for any project whether you want to organize the garage, a closet, or junk drawer. Follow these pro tips and you’ll be on the way to finally have a neat, mess-free home.


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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.