Keep storage in check Once your things have been properly segregated, it is time to restock your cabinets and shelves, and find an organization or filing system that makes searching for things a cinch. Before filling up your storage bins and cubbies with the items you’re keeping, it’s important to analyze how you use your space. “Do you prefer items to be tucked away or in plain view?” asks Ong, who says that the kind of storage you need will depend largely on your own personal organization style.
“If you want your items exposed, opt for clear or acrylic storage bins,” she suggests. Remember that items stored in shelves should be arranged relatively neatly, since they will be exposed to everyone coming in and out of your space. Small baskets and pretty yet functional boxes can be useful storage solutions for these shelves because they offer you a place to stash in all your knickknacks and undesirables without disturbing the peace.
“With items that you want tucked away, labeling can come in handy,” Ong says. Whether you are storing shoes in boxes and labeling their sides with Polaroid shots, sticking Dymo labels onto jars in the kitchen pantry, or identifying which remote control goes with which device, labels can easily restore order.
Measuring your space can also help you trim your shopping list when buying new containers and bins. Knowing exactly how much room you have for under-the-bed storage, or how high your walls go up for built-in shelves can keep you from over-buying materials (leaving you with more clutter than you started with).