Sort and eliminate what you don’t want first. THEN categorize like with like. And only AFTER THAT do you buy an organizing container, now that you know exactly how much space each category will take up. It’s a waste of time and money to buy containers before starting your organizing project.
Buying all matching containers may cost a bit of money, but it looks amazing on a shelf and in a drawer. And when the new system looks great, that often inspires your family members to put things back where they go because no one wants to mess up the new, gorgeous space.
Round containers (e.g. baskets, canisters) waste a lot of space on the shelf. This is why we always use square-sided containers.
Baskets with handles don’t make great organizing containers because their handles get in the way, making it impossible to store them in cabinets, on shelves or in drawers. Best to keep those baskets with your Easter decorations or donate them.
Containers often aren’t enough to keep your family organized. You usually have to label the containers as well. However you choose to label the containers (e.g. label tape, blue painters tape, custom Etsy labels) the key is to make sure the writing is LARGE and LEGIBLE (no cursive!)