How to Control Household Stuff Successfully

The first step in organization is to remove items you do not use or need.  After you purge, you are ready to set up an organization system.  You will need lots of baskets and containers to organize your ‘stuff.’  Use different sized baskets to organize household items.  Stacking baskets or lidded containers can be arranged on top of each other.  You will need durable baskets to store heavy items such as books, magazines, and tools.  Less durable baskets can serve as the home for stuffed toys, bags of chips, and hair ribbons.  By containing items in baskets and containers you create a system in which things will stay organized and look neat on a shelf.  It also enables you to group like things together.  How do you use specific containers?  The lists below explain how to use specific containers to meet your needs.


Large Storage Baskets

  • Store it in the trunk of a car to contain items taken from place to place.
  • Use in closets to store sheets and pillowcases.
  • Use to store heavy items such as books and magazines.
  • Use as toy storage in a playroom or family room.
  • Store disposable products such as napkins, plastic silverware, and paper plates.
  • Use to take laundry to the dry cleaners.

Medium Storage Basket

  • Use on a counter as a temporary home for items to be put away in other rooms.
  • Store on laundry room shelf to hold laundry supplies.
  • Store bags of chips and snacks in the pantry.
  • Use to contain dog supplies and toys.
  • Use in closets, pantries, and drawers to contain and divide items.
  • Store clothing in closets.
  • Use to separate clothing accessories such as scarves, belts, and purses.
  • Use in the linen closet to separate linens.
  • Store backup supplies such as cosmetics, shampoo, and shower gels in the linen closet.

Small Storage Baskets

  • Store hair or makeup supplies.
  • Use in the pantry to store spices, snacks, onions, potatoes, and baking items.
  • Use to store children’s bathtub toys.
  • Place in linen closet to contain washcloths and hand towels.
  • Put a basket in the middle of the sock drawer to separate sock colors.

Narrow Storage Baskets

  • Use to store papers, notebooks, and folders.  It can be easily moved around the home and carried in and out of the car.
  • Use as magazine storage.
  • This basket fits between the front seats of a mini van.
  • Use to return library books or videotapes.
  • Put daily mail and take along when waiting in carpool line or sports practices.
  • Use to store construction paper.
  • Holds camera or video cameras to transport to your car.
  • Store iron, extension cord, spray starch, and other ironing products.

Baskets with Handles

  • Place on a desk or counter to store office supplies such as tape, stapler, calculator, etc.
  • Place on desk or counter  top.
  • Use in the bathroom to store lotions, soaps, or cosmetics.
  • Place items in these baskets that are carried from room to room.
  • Store brushes, combs, hair ribbons, clips, bands, etc.

Lidded Containers

  • Lids make for great stacking of containers in closets.
  • Additional storage for household items, toys, or keepsake items.
  • Use smaller containers in linen closet for items that are not used daily.  Place a basket with daily used items on top of lidded container.
  • Use medium sized containers to store children’s art supplies.
  • Store toys and games.

Drawer Organizers (small baskets in various sizes)

  • Place in drawers to contain office supplies, pens, pencils, scissors, tape, etc.
  • Use to organize a junk drawer.
  • Separate screws, nails, nuts, and bolts.
  • Use in a desk to contain office supplies.
  • Use in bathroom drawers to contain toothbrushes, toothpaste, nail clippers, etc.
  • Use in kitchen drawers to contain knives and small cooking utensils.
  • Use in pantry to hold small items such as Jell-O, sprinkles, and chocolate chip bags.
  • Divide medications, bandages, etc.
  • Separate jewelry.
  • Store coins, cell phone, and keys.

“Maintain it as you contain it!”



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