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Storage Organization Tips: Store More, Search Less

Jul 13, 2008
Are you constantly tossing your stuff into drawers or piles just to put it somewhere out of the way? This article will provide you with storage organization tips to help you store your items so you can find them easily when you need them. Specifics may vary from person to person; however, the following information includes helpful and important guidelines from which everyone can benefit.

For many families, the garage is not only the place where the car occasionally gets parked. It's the place where everything from tools to toys gets thrown, often just to get them out of the house. And then there's the workshop, which was supposed to be your husband's "fix-it" shop but eventually became buried in masses of piled castaways from every other room in your home.

Alas, both the garage and the workshop in many homes have become completely and utterly disorganized. Here are some storage organization tips that will help you solve the problem:

Storage Organization Tip #1: Use baby food jars. No, you don't have to have babies in your house. You can actually purchase empty jars at almost any home center. These compact containers are ideal for storing nails, screws, hooks, nuts, bolts and other small fasteners. To make things even more organized and easier to find, use a DYMO electronic labeler to create self-stick labels that identify what's in the jars.

Storage Organization Tip #2: Store paperwork in binders. In the workshop, instruction manuals for power tools can be 3-hole punched and put into ring binders for referencing whenever needed. Or, use sheet protectors...just put the instructions into the sheet protectors (which are pre-punched for use with 3-ring binders) and place into binders. Here's another suggestion you probably never considered: store sandpaper in binders! Simply punch holes in the sandpaper and insert into a ring binder.

Storage Organization Tip #3: Put up pegboards. They've been around forever and that's because they work! You can purchase a pegboard (which has holes already in it and allows for hanging various items on hooks placed into the holes) at any hardware store. Hammers, pliers and wrenches can be hung for easy finding of these handy tools whenever you need them. In addition to pegboards for hand tools, use the walls in your garage to hang up shovels, garden implements and other larger tools as well as bicycles keeping them off the floor where they can be tripped upon.

Storage Organization Tip #4: Identify cans of paint. Did you just finish a painting project but didn't use all the paint? Keep it for another project. Before storing, put some paint from the inside of the can on the top lid. You'll always know what color the paint is without having to remove the lid.

Storage Organization Tip #5: Utilize old cabinetry. Have you recently replaced those old cabinets in your kitchen, or are you putting a new medicine cabinet in your bathroom? Don't throw away the old cabinets. Instead, put them on the wall in your garage or workshop. They'll provide a perfect, quick-find place for storing cans of automotive fluid, repair manuals, garden nozzles, hoses, work gloves, and many other things.
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Sharon Mann is President of the I Hate Filing Club, a group of nearly 100,000 office professionals who hate filing but love finding new ways to become more organized. Here are some products that will help you with storage organization and smarter piling. Visit our website for details.
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