August 13th, 2015
Confession Time. Although aren’t all of these blogs confessions in a way?
Here’s my confession today: I fell prey to the cube organizer craze in the worst way. Cube organizers have been out for many years now and in many ways, they are awesome! They allow you to easily store items out of view and create a finished product that looks streamlined and pretty. The ability to subdivide items in a square foot space is great!
However, they allow you to store things out of sight, which for many people (like me) has led to items just being shoved in and the bins themselves becoming very cluttered. You pull out the bin and you can’t find anything you want in it, so they can very quickly get out of hand.
In my home, I have 20 cubes. I kind of knew which things were in which bin, but not really, so there was still a ton of searching. I am a firm believer in the saying that organized people are so organized because they are too lazy to look for things. That is me. I don’t want to have to look for things!
The bins became a real pain point.
Not only could I not always find what I was looking for, but then when I was done using it, I didn’t really have a clear place to put it back. One of the most important aspects of organizing is to create rules. It’s not just “where” something goes, but “why” it goes there.
I didn’t have firm rules for my bins, so while I might store it in one place one time, it would make sense for me to place in somewhere else the next time. I needed to get it under control!
This week, I tackled the bins. While it might be hard to distinguish the before/after pictures because truthfully they really do look similar, in function they couldn’t be further apart.
I was able to clear out three bins to make space for Mardi Gras beads – completely eliminating all of those bags from my life! Most importantly, I was able to group like items in a way that made sense – with rules. Then, I put labels on the cube holder itself so if I forget where anything is, I can find it again!
I’m working on a video that will contain tips for how to handle the cube organizers in your life. What has been your biggest struggle with them? What is your favorite part about them?