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slides: Organize + Energize: 9 Ways To Get The Most Out of Containers

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Do you get excited when you decide to start an organizing project? Do you rush out and purchase containers before you start the project? Don't do it! Wait! Stop! Get organized and then purchase your containers. You can't purchase containers until you know exactly what you are going to store in them. Follow these steps to make your next container-shopping binge a smart one.


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Container Step 1:

Get organized first. 

Empty the area you are organizing. Itemize and categorize. Once you can see what you have in front of you, you can decide what container will best suit your needs.

Photo: Simplified Bee.com

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Container Step 2:

Figure out if you even need containers.

You may have a stack of organizing containers stored in the basement from previous projects.  Check your inventory before you head to the store.

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Container Step 3:

Recycle and re-purpose containers to save money.

You don’t have to spend tons of money on containers. You may have old shoe boxes, business card holder boxes, plastic recycled food containers, or you can be creative and make your own.

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Container Step 4:

Purchase containers that best fit what you are going to be storing.

There are so many different types of organizing containers out there today. There is a container for everything. Think about what you have and how you can best utilize a container.

Photo: The Container Store.

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Container Step 5:

Get the most out of your space, maximize!

Containers will allow you to maximize your space and give you room to store other items.

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Container Step 6:

Measure the space.

As you know, not all containers are created equal. Be sure that your container is going to fit the space.

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Container Step 7:

Plan ahead and search online.

Do your research. Search for the best deals and prices. See what stores have in stock so you aren't running all over the state searching for the container that you want to purchase.

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Container Step 8:

Don’t forget to make a list.

Bring your measurements and list of containers that you need to the store. Don’t forget to bring coupons if you have them.

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Container Step 9:

Once you have the containers, label them if you must.

Your family will get in the habit of putting things back if they are labeled. Organize your items into the container as if you were putting a puzzle together. Do not just throw the items into the container. Make the most of the space in the container.

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Remember, you can use containers ANYWHERE in your home. Maximize space in your closets, linen closets, under sinks, basement, and garage, anywhere!

Once you are organized and have containers in place, step back and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. You are on your way to reaping the benefits of being organized!

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Organize + Energize

Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. 

Through her organizing ability and her passion for motivating others to achieve their goals, Kristin created Organizing in RI. Kristin has appeared on air on www.talkstreamradio.com and Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio. Her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. She is also available for organizing workshops


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