Great Get Organized Gadgets & Clutter Clearing Tips Part TwoPosted: Updated:
Get Organized Gadgets To Clear The Clutter
by: Rachel Harris, Managedmoms.com
The last time I did a get organized segment a couple of viewers gave me some good feedback to build upon what I had showed in the segment. I shared that a good first step when it comes to cleaning out clutter in a room is to start with five empty boxes that are labeled keep, donate, recycle, trash and shred. The feedback I received suggested adding two more boxes labeled sell and undecided. Selling your clothes at a consignment store, for example, is a great way to make a few extra dollars so I readily agree with that. And if you have items that are undecided show that box to your family or friends later to get their opinion, which may help you decide what to truly let go of or still save. Thank you for the feedback. I love getting ideas to further enhance the suggestions that I make to make our manic lives a little more managed. Here are the cool get organized gadgets I showed in today's segment:
*For holiday plates - for the stack of plates that only get used several times a year, Target has a handy Essentials Holiday Saucer Plate Storage that holds and stores 12 saucer sized plates. I also used mine to hold some bowls as well. Once all of my holiday saucers and bowls were packed into the handy cloth box, I stored the box in my garage shelves to open up kitchen cabinet room since I most likely won't need the holiday plates until next year. The Essentials line also offers storage holders for wine glasses, plates, cups and more. I bought mine at www.target.com for $6.23.
*For your stack of winter boots, try the Boot Butler that works for both his and her boots. It organizes boots in half the space, prevents damage to keep boots looking like new, and keeps all boot styles organized, where they're easy to see, and access. Boot Butler's unique modular design, allows it to be configured to fit virtually any closet and can be expanded to store any size boot collection. Get a 5-pair boot rack for $69.99 or a 3-pair boot rack for $49.99 at www.bootbutler.com.
*For loose change - not only does it pile up, but it can add up and become a nice little deposit in your savings account. I found the Digital Count & Sort Bank at Target online for $8.98 and this stores the coins and counts them as they are placed in the machine. Smart product.
*To clear off the desktop, I found a very decorative set of drawers that sit on top of a shelf or desk called the Drew Derose Desk Drawer Organizer. I removed the clutter of what was a bottle of paperclips, a cup of pens, a stapler and more off of the desk and into this handy and pretty desk organizer. I love mine that I ordered at target.com for $39.99.
*Every single year I buy the attractive Best Box year box that The Container Store sells that displays the year all over the box prominently and it looks nice, too. No more looking for a label with the year since this box declares it boldly all over. It holds plenty of letter and legal size folders, documents or books for filing, storage or moving. It's also perfect for storing children's artwork and photos by year. When not in use, it can be stored flat to save space. I have one for the last three years and it has really helped me to clear out and organize the important papers from the previous year. I buy mine every year for $3.49 at The Container Store.
For the Laundry Room:
*The FlipFold from The Container Store seems like such a silly gadget and it will cost you $24.99 but I am hooked on it. I truly think that this was worth my $25 that I spent on this product. Shirts, sweaters, pants and even towels are perfectly folded thanks to this handy contraption. The FlipFold folds items into a uniform 9" x 12" size, making it easy to neatly organize your drawers and shelves. The anti-static design allows for air flow so your garments stay in place. Since we started using this to fold our clothes, I can fit a lot more shirts into the drawers which is maximizing our drawer space. I really love this funny invention!
*After tiring of my family's shoes laying around the house, I purchased the Smith & Hawken Square Decorative Basket with the attached chalkboard label so that I could write "shoes" on the front. It does cost $39.99 but it is quite big and very sturdy and now my family can always quickly find their shoes. Keeping this box in the laundry room works well because their shoes can be found and worn right out the door.
For the Car:
*Keep the super cute 17 Essentials MiniEmergency Kit in your car and you will have everything you need at a moment's notice handy in your vehicle. This tiny little kit that takes up little space has 17 essential female items like a safety pin, band aid, earring backs, clear elastics for hair, lip balm and more. This also makes a fun gift idea. I bought mine at The Container Store for $15.99.
What are your great get organized gadgets and declutter tips? Share here in the comments section and remember to check my blog at www.managedmoms.com for more ideas about how to keep our manic lives somewhat managed. Happy Organizing!