The average American wastes 55 minutes every day looking for things they know they own but can’t find. How much time are you spending looking for things?
Your bedrooms, bathrooms, and maybe even a pantry and a garage are all full of cupboards, cabinets, closets, and shelves.
Your stuff is EVERYWHERE.
Organizing and keeping everything easy to find can be daunting and time-consuming.
So if your organization motivation has floated away on a magical umbrella, you could use a simple solution, my friend.
How to Organize All Your Cupboards and Shelves with One Simple Product
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A Kitchen Cabinet Makeover
This is how the cupboard above my kitchen sink used to look. It holds a bunch of small, hard to find things like vitamins, protein powder, band-aids, teething gel, cold medicine, neti-pots, and thermometers. And it was a disaster.
If you think the before picture is crazy, you should have seen the before me.
One night, before I organized this cupboard, my three-month-old baby woke up fussy and inconsolable. He is my third, so I knew to just calmly go through my troubleshooting check list.
Clean diaper? Check.
Gassy? Burped, belly rubbed, and bicycle legs? Check.
Sick? Maybe he has a fever, maybe not, but I should at least rule it out.
So with my fussy baby in one arm I went to the cupboard where the thermometer was (somewhere) and reached up on tippy-toes to feel around for where it should be.
Next thing I knew, three bottles tumbled out, one nearly hitting the baby’s head but failed to miss my little toe. The other two splashed into the sink where I had left a crockpot to soak, so then we were both wet with gross chicken-taco-water. He was crying and I was on the verge.
Why!? I asked myself. Why is this cabinet such a disaster? I threw the bottles onto the counter and cleaned us both up.
I then had to turn more lights on and put my crying baby down before I finally found the darn thermometer. And when I actually checked his temperature? He didn’t have a fever. *sigh*
So is he teething? ah, crap. Where is the teething gel!?
It took another few minutes to find that and then I finally started to get my sweet baby settled.
I rocked him (and myself) to sleep in a chair, vowing to get that cupboard organized.
One Simple Solution to End the Chaos
A couple of days later, I scoured the internet and found just the thing to help a disheveled tired parent, like myself, easily get her life together.
The product is a Sterilite Flip-top bin.
They come in multi-packs and trust me, you will find ways to use all of them (and more).
When I got my order, it took me all of about 10 minutes to sort what I had in that mess of a kitchen cabinet and get everything organized.
Now I can reach up and pull out the thermometer (or anything else) without anyone crying. Yay!
And it is staying tidy because it is so easy to toss everything back in the bin and put it in the cabinet. Plus, my daily vitamins are not getting lost in the mix.
Organize Your Cabinets and Shelves
These bins are so versatile, I was able to use it to organize things quickly all over my house by following these 5 simple steps:
- Lay out the items that need organized
- Toss/Donate/Sell everything you no longer need
- Sort like-things into piles
- Put each pile in a flip-top bin
- Label each bin (this helps everyone in your home easily and quickly find things and put them back)
Here is how I use them on shelves for my kids’ quiet play toys and art supplies:
These bins stack perfectly and my kids can easily take them out and put them away by themselves.
I really like the flip-top style because my kids can’t lose the lids and my baby has no idea how to open them, thereby avoiding him chewing (or choking) on small items.
I’ve also used them in my bathroom:
I love the difference it has made to my morning routine because my makeup is in one place.
And because it is so quick to put everything back in the bin, my makeup is not left scattered all over the bathroom counter.
You could also use these bins in a garage or shed to organize garden seed packets or get the micro bins to store nails or screws.
They would work perfectly in a pantry to store seasoning packets or small baking items like cupcake liners, sprinkles, and cookie cutters.
Free Printable Labels
To help you stay organized, I’ve created some pretty labels you can download and use for free. They are great to use on these bins or anywhere!
Printable Label instructions:
- Sign up to receive newsletters and gain free access to the Printables Library.
- Download the label PDF in the Printables Library.
- Open your PDF with Adobe Reader.
- Click on the highlighted blue area on a label and a cursor will appear.
- Delete the example text and write in any text you want.
- Print it out on Cardstock or an Avery sticker sheet (compatible with Avery styles 22806, 22816, 22922, 22921, 22960, 80510).
- Place sticker labels on all your bins or, if you used cardstock, cut out your labels and tape them on.
- Stand back and admire your organizational awesomeness. 🙂
Now that I have organized cabinets and shelves, I love not wasting time looking for stuff!
This post originally published as a guest post on Suburban Simplicity
What area of your home do you want more organized? Let us know in the comments!