How about some organization fun today? I love being organized! It just helps me feel more clear headed.
Last summer, I went through all of our items in our storage areas and got everything organized. While I was working on my own house, I created a storage organization system and I'm sharing it with you. Yay!
**If you found the picture below on Pinterest, I've updated the Storage Organization System! It's now a more modern version with simple directions to make it easy to use. Pictures in this post will contain some of the old Storage Organization System, but you will receive the new version. Woot, woot!**
When we moved into our house 7 years ago, I was due to have Pumpkin 12 days later via c-section. I didn't care about what boxes went where. I just wanted to get mostly unpacked and settled in those 12 days because I knew I would be tired and post surgery in 12 days. A lot of boxes just went into the attic or shed to be dealt with later.
Later came 7 years later….a LOT longer than I had planned. I wrote about my disgustingly messy house during my process of cleaning all the boxes out (which you guys sure seemed to like seeing my mess).
As with any organization project, you will want to start by taking everything out that you are working on organizing. Everything… yep. This is a disaster.
Next, you will want to purge. Be ruthless and get rid of everything you don't love or that doesn't have a specific purpose or use in the near future.
Then sort items together by groups or categories.
Figure out how you intend to store those like items.
I really like the plastic bins. They are easy to store things in and keep things clean regardless of where you are storing things.
The picture above is from my new Holiday Storage Organization System which is great for storing all your holiday decor items, but they look just like the new Storage Organization System sheets as well.
As you store items, you will want to catalog what you have and where it will ‘live.' That way when you are looking for that science textbook from college or those baby blankets or kid's clothes in the next size up, you will know where you put them.
The Storage Organization System has a master sheet that allows you to list the boxes that are stored in that location.
This may not be an issue for you if you only have one storage location.
In our current house, we have a small shed and our attic as our primary locations that we store things. So, I need to know which location I'm going to find those clothes in the next size up.
Next up, you will want to label your boxes and fill in the specific details of what is in that box.
Once again these pictures are from my Holiday Storage Organization System, but they look the same in the Original Storage organization system minus the cute holiday graphics.
Print your labels on full sheet Avery labels (affiliate link). Cut them apart and label each box with the same name you entered on the detail sheet.
The labels look different in the new Storage Organization System. They are so much cuter and they are still color coded for color coding your multiple storage locations.
PRO TIP: Label each box on at least 2 sides. 3 is even better. That will allow you to see the label for that box no matter which direction you end up needing to put it in the storage location.
Now take a look out our shed! It looks great and so organized.
When I need to find something, I am able to quickly and easily know where to find it by using my master list and then my detail sheet.
It is also so easy to know where to put it away when I am done because I have the areas in our house in which we store things color coded.
I'm telling you, I LOVE the Storage Organization System. It has helped me so much in the time since I created it. The newly updated look is sleek and modern. Love it!
Snag your Storage Organization System by clicking that link. If you are interested in learning more about the Holiday Storage Organization System, click that link to read more or click this link to buy it. You can also snag both in my great deal of a combo package! Yay! Have fun organizing!
Do you have storage organization issues at your house? How did you solve them?