Storage 101

What are these for?

It comes in different shapes, sizes, and make – but with 1 purpose – to keep your things organized.

Some will say it’s a waste of money, but there are a lot of affordable organizers now in the market which will help you sort and organize like a pro. You can also use make-shift organizers (ex. Shoe/perfume/gift boxes) to tuck away your things.

Tip 1: if your storage organizer is exposed, then you have to make sure that you’ll still neatly display your things. It defeats the purpose if you’ll just put your things without arranging it nicely – it will still look untidy.

Tip 2: if you are the type of person who doesn’t want arranging things, then go for the “boxed” opaque type organizers with a cover so that you can just dump away and cover it making your space eye-sore free.

Tip 3: Style and Color matching. All your storages have to match the areas you will put these in. If its just the closet, then plastic would do. If these are located somewhere a lot of people will see, make sure it matches the look and feel of the shelving spaces or areas where you will put these in. If you feel like you don’t want to use plastic (although this is the most practical because it’s not too expensive, easy to clean, and lasts a long time), other options include metal mesh and cases and wood crates or boxes. Most stylish for me would always be the wooden ones but it tends to be very expensive and may not last as long if not treated. The metal ones are good, just make sure it’s not used inside the fridge or humid areas of the house. You don’t want these to be rusty and affect the stuff you put inside.

Tip 4: The size and shape – having the right size make it easier to stack or configure in where you want your storages in. So make sure the sizes and shapes are the same (for an area) and something that can be stable when placed inside an area.

Tip 5:  Make sure you add labels. This would make it a lot easier on what the contents are. In addition, try to have a whiteboard sticker where you can write the date last opened. This way you would know when you last checked the contents, cleaned it, and updated it. You will avoid those items which are already near expiry or check if the quality of the clothes/shoes is still good or if you need to put in silica gel to absorb excess moisture.

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You can use these organizers in your closets, kitchen, storage, dining, refrigerators, playrooms, garage, and almost anywhere you can imagine. I get thrilled every time I see different types of storages, especially the smart and easy to use ones. If only Manila has The Container Store, then I will be in that storage heaven almost every day!

So there you go, some simple tips for getting the right storages.  Stay Neat everyone, until my next post!