Being organized is beneficial on so many levels. I really haven’t found a bin or basket that I can’t use in multiple ways. I always try to use what a client has first before investing in expensive or just plain pretty bins. Because really, how it looks is only important to you. When things are being placed closed doors or in a drawer; the look doesn’t matter.
Shoe boxes, liquor store boxes, reusable totes, take-out containers are great for storage. Mismatched mugs, bowls, baskets and more are perfect and helpful. I am always amazed at what the local dollar store has! They have plastic shoe boxes, plastic containers, office organization tools, plus. They even a section geared towards closet/clothing organization with under the bed bags, large Ziploc bags, drawer bins and more. And, there is an area with tons of small containers in bright colors perfect for organizing in the kids’ rooms or playroom. For $20, you could equip your desk, playroom and pantry with multiple bins that could change your life daily!
Some of the “free” or cheap bins may not be great to look at. Covering them with leftover wallpaper or fabric can make it look high-end. Even spray painting could be done – say you have 4 random baskets of varying sizes and shapes, get a bold color and spray them all for a uniform look. If the bins are for a playroom, have the kids decorate with stickers or have them write in their own handwriting on a plain label what goes in the bin.
So, when you get something in the mail or buy something or even stop in at a garage sale…don’t look for beauty but look for functionality.
Everything should have a home; what it looks like can be cheap!