Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
I agree with Flylady when she says that clutter cannot be organized. For that reason, I generally dislike storage bins. They seem to put a nice face on a messy problem.
However, sometimes containers can help me set limits on what I do keep. I use the container to say that I cannot have any more “x” when the container is full. Some examples:
The Yarn Stash. Every knitter has one. And although I completely cleared mine out two years ago, the odd ends from projects keep hanging around. I keep them in a banker’s box, and when the box is full, I must give some away.
Children’s art supplies. We have a hanging rack on the back of a door that holds all the art supplies. If the rack is full, the supplies must be used before more may be collected or purchased. This has the great effect of keeping the stash of toilet paper rolls to a manageable level, and making sure that we don’t buy duplicates.
Board Games. As my daughter gets older, I sometimes forget to weed out the board games. By limiting our board games to one cabinet, we make sure that we keep only those that we play and that are age appropriate.
If you use containers purposefully, they can be a great aid in controlling the amount of stuff in your home. What do you use containers to corral?
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