edited to add Mr. Linky at the bottom, which I referred to in the post but forgot to add.
Well, maybe that was promising too much, but we’ll share what we know and then you can set us straight with your tips and methods because I know some of you are much better at this than I am.
Back already? OK, then. I’ll start with the obvious.
My first and best tip for storage: just don’t. By that I mean don’t keep anything you don’t need now or soon. If in doubt, pitch it. I try, but this is more easily said than done for me. I want to second-guess myself before I get rid of clothes that don’t fit, a heat rock, or an unidentifiable piece of kitchen equipment.
How do I know I won’t need it next month or next year? Maybe I’ll change my mind. Maybe I’ll lose 15 lbs, get a pet iguana, or decide to try my hand at exotic new cookery. Maybe not. Somebody needs to tell me to quit being a packrat and ditch the goods.
My storage triumph: the kitchen. Shelves are labelled, and it works. I won’t try to convince you that everything stays neat and perfectly organized, but it is much easier to keep them neat or to straighten them when they get into a mess. Any child can put things away properly or restore order, and the small ones are thrilled to do it for a dollar or even just for fun.
We have labels for the canned goods:
…er…maybe I won’t show you that particular cabinet. Moving on:
Labels for the pantry:
Labels for spices, etc:
And my latest triumph, labels for the glass/plastics cupboard!
That’s what is working for us.
Now I want to hear what’s really working for you because I know we’ve got room for improvement. That may be the only place I’ve got room. So where is your great idea helping you? Closets? Linens? Toys?
Join the linky this week to share your storage triumphs, or any other post on the topic of storage. Remember the 2 rules: link to a single post about storage, and link back to one of the 4 Moms in your post.
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