Getting organized seems to be a very popular New Years resolution and it's also one of my favorite things to do. Just ask Mark, I'm always tinkering, moving things around, trying to figure out what is working and what isn't as far as containing all the stuff in our house. Over the past few weeks I've been working in spurts, consolidating, purging and making sure everything has a home. And most importantly, I'm doing it without buying any new bins, boxes or containers. I'm using what I have and some are just ordinary objects not necessarily meant for storage.
I used to keep Morgan's bibs in a cabinet next to our kitchen table, just loosely laying on a shelf. It worked fine for a while, until our bib stash tripled after Parker started teething/drooling constantly/eating solids. Most of the time, they were haphazardly just tossed in there and it became a bit of a mess. Time for a basket.
Next, Parker's table toys:
Then, there was the junk drawer type items:
Another problem area was all of the loose little baking stuff stored in the pantry.
Like it or not, we use food as a reward for Morgan's potty efforts. And I wanted to keep them out in the open as a reminder and motivation for her to keep doing a good job.
Sometimes people seem to get overwhelmed with the whole idea of getting organized. It can be a lot to absorb, and a lot of work, but often, it's as easy as putting like items together in the place you use them. You don't have to buy a trunkload of matching plastic storage bins to "get organized." You can just as easily make a home for your things with stuff you already have.