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Bag It! Crate it! Put It in a Basket!

By Chloe JonPaul

You can solve your storage problem simply and economically.  Those haphazard closets and messy shelves can be eliminated completely and you can do it in no time at all.

organizeFirst of all, take inventory of your needs. As you go from room to room, take note of what bothers you the most. Is it your kitchen cabinets where there is a jumble of canned goods, mismatched plastic containers, and condiments? Is it your hall closet where you see a tangled array of linens, towels, medicines, and personal hygiene items? If you keep gift wrap on hand, how is it that you never find it? And the bedroom closet? You don't even want to think about that one but you must!

So let's tackle the problem right now!  Here are the tools you will need to get started:

plastic shoe boxes with lids
junior crates and mini-crates
zip lock bags: gallon and quart -size
plastic baskets: utility bins, under-the-shelf-baskets
shelving space makers
labels, tape, marking pen

Buy what you think you will need for the most troublesome area you want to tackle first.  For example, in my kitchen I wound up using 14 junior crates, 3 small plastic baskets, and 1 plastic shoebox - all for under $20.00 at the dollar store.

Remember how your teacher made you categorize words when you were in the fourth grade?  Put that skill to good use and categorize items on your shelves.  Then crate and label them.  The crates stack nicely on top of one another, creating even more space.

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