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Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life Quick Tip: Baskets!

Who’s ready for a new Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life post?  “A what now?” you may be asking.  (I know, I know – it’s been quite a long time since the last one.)

Ironically, the reason I haven’t done much posting on POYEL lately is because I’ve been spending all my extra time getting our house ready to list.  While that has involved quite a bit of organizing and cleaning, I just haven’t had the time to document it.

However, last week I did have the chance to snap this quick after photo of our linen closet.  I briefly considered posting the before photo here as well but, honestly, no one needs to see that.  Just imagine a black hole and you’ll have a proper visual.

So do you see what I did here?  I used the absolute best trick for half-hearted organization ever: baskets.  They really do make everything better. The simple act of taking the 200 or so random health, beauty and linen products in that closet and divvying them up into 8 happy looking baskets from Target magically turned my humble closet into organization Mecca.

To make this system functional on top of looking good, I went the extra mile and actually sorted what should go in each basket.  In total the project took about 20 minutes and the result – actually knowing where the cold medicine, ear drops, nail clippers, etc. are – feels fabulous.

Even if you don’t have an extra 20 minutes to organize, I still encourage you to try the basket trick. The next time you’re at your favorite box store, pick up a few cute ones.  Then head home, pick your most disorganized cupboard and just start putting stuff in them.

At the very least, the basket system will keep you from knocking down a dozen things each time you’re reaching for something towards the back of the black hole.  That in itself is worth it’s weight in gold.

Baskets aren’t just great in closets and cupboards either.  Here’s a sampling of my all-time favorite basket ideas straight from our Getting Organized pinterest board.  Hope you find some inspiration!

File/Respond/Bills Mail Center

Basket Storage Roundup

Under the Sink Baskets

Secrets to an organized fridge

MPMK’s own Fridge Baskets

Storage Basket Roundup

Baskets as Storage Furniture

Storage Basket Roundup

Rolling Baskets Under a Bench

Storage Basket Roundup

MPMK’s Garage Basket Printable Labels

Storage Baskets Roundup

Too Big/Too Small Baskets in Kids’ Closets

Storage Basket Roundup

Brilliant Garage Basket Solution Using PVC Pipes

QUESTION OF THE DAY: WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE SPOT FOR BASKETS?

This post is part of MPMK’s “Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life”.  You can read all about it here, check out all of projects here, and join thousands of POYEL facebook group members here.

 

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Nicole May 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm

I love your basket organization!!! We live in an older home with very limited (read: no closed door storage closets) so we have become very creative with organizing. I am slowly getting working my way through the house and have found that spray painting the same size boxes grouped together (usually grey) and labeling works well in a pinch while waiting for baskets at Michaels to go on sale!

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Steph (MPMK Founder) May 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Great tip Nicole – what type of boxes do you usually use?

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Anna June 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I love the baskets in the top picture – where did you get them?

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Steph (MPMK Founder) June 25, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Target :)

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Anna June 25, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Thanks!

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