How To: Start Organizing: Part III

100908container-02.jpgWhew. You're on the home stretch and have sorted, purged and decided where all your items will finally land. What's next is the easy part--storing and stowing. We took some pictures of containers we use at home for ideas to check out after the jump.

100908container-13.jpgAs you processed all of your belongings, some containers probably came out of the woodwork. When we organize clients, they initially believe two things. The first is that they don't have enough storage space and the second is that they don't have enough containers to store their items. But honestly, once you start going through your items you'll notice that you end up with empty containers (lots of them). It's also important to think outside of the box and use everyday items and re-purpose them for storage needs. A unique mug from your travels might be a fun way to spruce up your office (and remind you of good times). Most of the pictures below are taken from our space to give you ideas and starting points. Not all containers and storage systems work the same for everyone. That's why we love organizing--it's definitely not one size fits all.

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Clear containers are best for storing items when it's necessary to see what's inside.
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Vintage cookie tins
[Image from "T" altered art]
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The next best option for knowing what's inside your container is to label. We like the standard look from a label maker but we've posted about using decorative labels as well.
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Repurposing items is our favorite way to store our belongings because the containers blend in with our decor. This was a glass soap dish and now it contains foreign change.
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We love the look of these vintage milk glass pyrex containers to store loose odds and ends on our desk.
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These decorative glass containers are perfect for storing keys and change on your landing strip when you come home. Every thrift store carries items like this and they are usually around $5 and under.
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Glass containers like these once held baby food but they now work perfectly for storing our sewing materials and buttons.

Other containers we like

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