It seems counter-intuitive, but containers are actually one of the most common types of clutter. According to Karen Kingston, author of Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, "empty box energy" will drain the vitality from your home. To avoid a bunch of empty boxes and mismatched containers, we've rounded up a few tips for storage shopping...
- Don't buy anything until you've determined what you need to store and how you're going to store it. Before you decide to put it in storage, give yourself the option of letting it go. You may find that you're able to declutter more than you thought.
- Make a list and take it with you to the store. Don't cave into impulse buys - they may seem practical at the time, but they'll probably end up adding to your clutter.
- Shop for sets in the same size. This will allow you to stack boxes and containers, maximizing your available space. Sets also look good out in the open, while a hodge-podge of boxes will seem disorganized.
- Account for labels when you buy something by making sure whatever you're buying has a neat and clear spot for a tag. Otherwise, you'll have a hard time finding your stuff once you've stored it.
(Photo: Kasset Boxes from IKEA)