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Organize + Energize: 9 Things to Remember When Purchasing Organizing Supplies

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

 

I know you get excited and want to run to the store and look at all the fun containers, but next time you need to purchase organizing supplies, stop and read this article. It will save you time, money, and will help with the feeling of overwhelm.  

Here are 9 tips you can follow:

Get organized first.  You have to tackle this before you can purchase anything. Empty the area you’re organizing. Itemize and categorize.  Once you can see what you have in front of you, you can decide which container will best suit your needs.

Figure out if you even need containers. You may have a stack of organizing containers stored in the basement or floating around the home from previous projects.  Check your inventory before you head to the store. 

Recycle and re-purpose containers. 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.

Purchase the right size.  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 it. 

Get the most out of your space, maximize! Containers will allow you to maximize your space and give you room to store other items. 

Measure the space.  As you know, not all containers are created equal. Be sure that your container is going to fit the space. Measure the height, width, and length of the space. 

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 need.

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.

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.

Most people will purchase the incorrect product for the space and use it anyway. The system becomes broken because the space isn’t functional and then people don’t want to take the time to re-work the system.  Save yourself the stress and take the time to refer to this list before you head out to the store.   

 

Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, is an organizing & efficiency expert and owner of Organizing in RI. Kristin teaches her clients that living an organized lifestyle will save them time and money, decrease their stress levels and help them become more efficient and productive. Her articles have been published in local and national magazines. She has also given over 70 presentations throughout the state. Watch Kristin LIVE every Thursday at 3pm here on GoLocal LIVE with Molly O’Brien.

 

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Kristin MacRae

Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. She has appeared on air on Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio and her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start. She is also available for organizing workshops. Tune into her weekly radio show, Organize, Energize! on Mondays at 8:30am on www.talkstreamradio.com.

 
 

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